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We've been writing about all things Panama for over 10 years. So search our blog to plan your vacation. From must do's, where to party or eat, to which beaches and hiking trails you shouldn't miss. You'll find great insider info about Bocas del Toro, Panama City and Boquete, as well as Panamanian culture, customs and traditions, and certainly tips and advice for learning Spanish while on vacation!


CSR: Towards a Sustainable Environmental, Social & Economic Development

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Sustainable development may sound like another business buzzword that big companies talk about because it's fashionable, but we believe it's worth much more than that.

There are three main pillars of sustainable development: environmental, social and economic. The first two certainly speak more to the heart, but the third is important too as businesses must be viable to do good. For a business to work long-term, it is important to grow sustainably. In turn this brings many benefits for the local communities.

Our locations have certainly encouraged us to think about the environment; Bocas del Toro and Boquete are breathtakingly beautiful and of course we want them to stay that way! Courses at Habla Ya offer the chance to combine Spanish language training with eco-adventures immersed in Panama's biodiversity.

Our Boquete center in Panama's western mountains is surrounded by old growth forests where you can explore Panama's natural abundance. Raft on the rivers of Chiriquí, hike among the exotic trees and plants that line the ancient Barú volcano and enjoy the company of the spectacular native animals. Afterwards, settle down with a coffee fresh from the legendary local plantations, which produce some of the world's finest beans.

Artilleria Hiking Tour in Boquete, Panama
Artilleria Hiking Tour in Boquete, Panama

Or perhaps you would prefer to wake up to the gentle splashing of Caribbean waves against the shore. Our school in Bocas del Toro sits on the shoreline of the spectacular archipelago, near the Costa Rican border. The ocean offers great surfing conditions for much of the year or can be explored with scuba gear, while the jungles inland bristle with wildlife and tropical plants. The range of activities on offer is impressive!

Lunch Break during Boat Tour in Bocas del Toro, Panama
Lunch Break during Boat Tour in Bocas del Toro, Panama

When it comes to our local communities, our range of volunteer programs ensure that our students can make a difference to people's lives, while enjoying the experience of learning Spanish in Panama.

So, we are highly aware of the natural surroundings and our local communities. But awareness counts for little without action. With help from ESL Language Studies Abroad, we have developed a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) action plan to make our schools and staff more aware of the goals of sustainable development and our roles in achieving them. ESL has developed a CSR Self-Assessment tool for language schools that helps turn the individual good actions of team members at schools into a co-ordinated corporate plan. It has been highly useful in formulating our own CSR policy.

Even before using the tool, we were involved in many positive activities that strengthened our local communities and encouraged our students to connect with the beautiful natural environment of Panama, but using ESL's tool to formalize an action plan has helped create a structure for our CSR work at the individual schools and as a group.

We're just in the first stages of implementing our action plan but are truly excited about the future that lies in front of us. We invite you to find out more about the range of Spanish courses we offer and find out why Habla Ya is one of the best-reviewed language schools in Central America!

Habla Ya Spanish School, Bocas del Toro Campus
Habla Ya Spanish School, Bocas del Toro Campus

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