Blog of Habla Ya Spanish Schools & Immersion Programs

Search our blog if you're visiting Panama! 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 in our country! We've been writing about all things Panama for over 10 years and nothing beats local knowledge from the locals themselves.


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Blog Posts by Mary Beth Strawn

Not quite your typical 27-year old, Mary Beth Strawn left behind the stressful rat race in Atlanta, Georgia when she joined the Peace Corps in 2010. Since then, she has been in Boquete, Panama perfecting her Spanish, working with indigenous communities and becoming an expert in Panama's growing tourism industry. Now with a Panamanian partner, she has no plans to leave anytime soon. Who would want to leave this paradise?? In her free time, she plans future travel, plays with her husky puppy and undomesticated kitten, and works on her two personal blogs: Naïve to Cultured and please, child.

5 Tips to Continue Improving your Spanish when you Get Home (or if you Can’t Travel to Panama Yet)

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If you’re planning on traveling to Latin America to learn Spanish check out the following blog posts too:- Tips & Advice to Prepare for your Spanish Immersion Program- How to Become Fluent in Spanish with a 3 Month Immersion Program- Language Learning Tips | Spanish Study Advice & Strategies. It’s widely known that a Spanish…

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Challenges in the Ngäbe-Buglé Comarca | Part 4: Labor/Work

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This is the fourth of a 5-part series about the biggest problems in the Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé and how they are being addressed. You can click here to see the 1st part here about Physical Infrastructure, here for the 2nd part about Social Problems or here for the 3rd part about Education. The top 5 challenges…

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My 3 Favorite Luxury Hotels in Boquete, Panama

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Boquete has turned into Panama’s true mountain paradise. For those who have passed the backpacker phase, have no fear – here are my personal recommendations of the three best luxury hotels in Boquete to meet and exceed all of your expectations. Whether you are looking for a resort-style community, a comfortable, traditional hotel or a…

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Volunteering in Boquete, Panama

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Boquete is very lucky to have a caring local and expat community who work tirelessly for those in need in this region. Because of the multiple non-profit organizations, we are able to provide a large variety of volunteer positions for students who are interested in giving back to our community. As follows you’ll find a…

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Interview with Lorena Pitti, Habla Ya Boquete’s School Director

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Here at Habla Ya, we are very lucky to have a strong team of directors leading the schools. For me, our Boquete School Director, Lorena Pitti, is an example of a great leader. I’ll be honest. It’s not easy to find good leaders. The top-down employee hierarchy and rote memorization taught in the public schools…

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