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NEW Habla Ya Spanish School in Panama City

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Three years ago, back in 2011, when sharing the news of the new (back then) Habla Ya Spanish School in Bocas del Toro, we committed to opening a third campus once the 1st Line of Panama City's Subway System was functional. Back then we wrote:

"And hopefully in 3 years time when the Metro System is finished in Panama City, and living over there is not as painful as it is right now because of the traffic, we can be celebrating the opening of our Spanish School in Panama City... but for now, lets enjoy learning Spanish in Bocas del Toro!"

And now, with utmost excitement and satisfaction (and just in time for Christmas), it's our pleasure to share that Habla Ya Panama City is NOW OFFICIALLY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Starting this December, Habla Ya students will also be able to learn Spanish in Panama City, one of the most exciting cities to learn Spanish... Group of students hanging out by Casco Viejo.
Starting this December, Habla Ya students will also be able to learn Spanish in Panama City, one of the most exciting cities to learn Spanish. Group of students hanging out by Casco Viejo.

For us, it's always been about "providing the most AMAZING Spanish learning experience". That is what has always inspired our entire team since day one, back in 2005, when we started Habla Ya Boquete. Having lived during high school and shortly after university in Panama City, and experienced first hand the city's "growing pains", it was very clear to us that our students would only be able to experience a one in a lifetime Spanish learning vacation, when and only if, Panama City's transport infrastructure was upgraded.

Anyone who lives in a large city knows that getting stuck in traffic is one of the most painful and frustrating experiences. Being able to use your time on your own terms is essential for being happy. Simply put: commuting makes you unhappy. Knowing this, we opened our first two Spanish schools in small towns. And we provide daily private transportation for our staff in Boquete who lives in David, which shortens their daily journey from 1.5 hours by public transportation to 25 minutes. In Bocas del Toro, we provide housing for all of our staff members who don't live on the island.


Panama City's Subway System has certainly changed the lives of many people.

And now in Panama City, our school is located only a 5 minute walk from Via Argentina's Subway Station, allowing our staff to easily reach us in under 20 minutes from the largest urban areas of the metropolis. Being in the heart of modern Panama City also has a clear benefit for our students, allowing them to be within a short walk or subway ride to their preferred lodging option in Panama City, and to literally HUNDREDS of restaurants, shops, casinos, clubs, gyms, parks and almost anything they would want to access in Panama City.

The 1st Floor of this Brand New Building is home to Habla Ya's New Spanish School in Panama City
The 1st Floor of this Brand New Building is home to Habla Ya's New Spanish School in Panama City.

Many of our former students from all over the world, as well as partner agencies from Europe and Brazil had been asking us for years to open up in Panama City. For their patience and encouragement we are extremely grateful.

Sharing the same sentiment as three years ago when we opened in Bocas, we never imagined how many lives would be touched by the small venture that started in the quaint mountain town of Boquete. Nine years ago, our Spanish School in Boquete only had 3 classrooms and a team of 3 Spanish teachers. Nowadays, more than 45 Panamanians are members of the Habla Ya Family and literally thousands of visitors from all over the world choose Boquete and Bocas del Toro as their destinations within Central America to learn or improve their Spanish.

Thinking about those 45+ staff members and their families is definitively the most rewarding aspect about being an entrepreneur. But it's also amazing to think about all those people from the USA, Canada, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, China and Australia, that because of Habla Ya Spanish Schools, have chosen Panama as their destination to learn Spanish, instead of going to Spain, Ecuador, Mexico, Costa Rica or Argentina to learn Spanish. Not only has this allowed Habla Ya to keep growing year after year but we're also very proud about how many of our customers fill Panama's hotels, eat at our country's restaurants, buy at our shops, experience Panama's eco-adventure tours, and some even decide to make Panama their new home.

Year after year the Habla Ya family keeps growing and growing
The Habla Ya Family in Boquete.

Just as always, I am deeply convinced that everything has been possible because of the people that are part of Habla Ya. Each and everyone of our Spanish teachers and staff members is truly inspired about providing their students with the most amazing Spanish learning experience, and nowadays Habla Ya is truly considered and widely recognized as one of the most prestigious network of Spanish schools in Latin America.

Today that I have the fortune and the honor to officially share the news about our NEW Spanish School in Panama City, I can't help myself but to wildly dream about where we'll be in another 3 years from now (Azuero, Costa Rica or Colombia?). We truly hope that our Spanish school in Panama City will have at least the same effect that our Spanish schools in Boquete and Bocas del Toro have had.

Carlos, Habla Ya's Co-Founder and first School Director, with Judith, from our Front Desk in Panama City.
Carlos, Habla Ya's Co-Founder and first School Director, with Judith, from our Front Desk in Panama City.

Victor, formerly from Habla Ya Boquete, training our new teachers in Panama City: Sergio and Jahel.
Victor, formerly from Habla Ya Boquete, training our new teachers in Panama City: Sergio and Jahel.

Ezequiel, our Academic Coordinator from Bocas, will be leading our team of teachers for several months in Panama City.
Ezequiel, our Academic Coordinator from Bocas, will be leading our team of teachers for several months in Panama City.

Erick, almost single handed, has lead all the tasks to remodel each of the office spaces we have in Boquete, Bocas and Panama City, and transformed them into the Spanish Schools you see today.
Erick, almost single handed, has lead all the tasks to remodel each of the office spaces we have in Boquete, Bocas and Panama City, and transformed them into the Spanish Schools you see today.

Today I would also like to invite our neighbors and tourism business owners of Panama City to Habla Ya's opening party that will take place on Saturday January 31th at 3 p.m. It will take place at Habla Ya Spanish School, Panama City Campus, which is located on 1st Street El Carmen (just behind Exedra Books), on the first floor of the brand new Le Blue building. Hopefully we'll be able to get all the invites out in time, but if you don't receive it, consider yourself invited. And if you have what it takes to join our team, feel free to send your CV to info@hablayapanama.com as we are still recruiting.

And finally I would really like to take advantage of the occasion and thank all of those who have made Habla Ya possible:

I'm very sorry for not being able to mention everybody I should: WE ARE AND WILL BE ETERNALLY BE GRATEFUL!

Panama City is the ideal city for a Spanish learning vacation!
Panama City is the ideal city for a Spanish learning vacation! We look forward to sharing all those amazing things that our students will be able to do in the city.

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