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Family Spanish Immersion Program in Boquete, Panama

A Family Vacation that's worth it!

Spanish Lessons, Eco-Adventures, Volunteering & more!

  • Locations: Boquete, Bocas del Toro & Panama City, 3 incredible destinations, 1 amazing Spanish program!
  • Spanish Learning: Spanish language lessons suitable for each family member according to their level & age.
  • Lodging Options: adequate accommodation for your family such as home stays with local host families, budget hostels, mid-range b&b's, upscale boutique hotels and resorts, and vacation rentals.
  • Eco-Adventure Tours + Cultural-Social Activities: plenty of outdoor excursions and tours for all + cultural and social activities after class (and childcare!).
  • Volunteering: a family who volunteers together becomes even more grateful and appreciative of life!
  • Rates: rates for Spanish lessons, lodging, eco-adventure tours and volunteering (optional).

Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown, make the most of your time and pickup a skill: learn Spanish from the convenience and safety of your home: receive a 25% Discount Off Online Private Spanish Lessons — when you sign up for a minimum of 10 hours — and 50% Discount Off Online Group Spanish Lessons — when you sign up for a minimum of 60 hours. Limited spaces. SIGN UP AND REGISTER TODAY!
Family Spanish Learning Vacations can take place at any of our Spanish schools in Panama (or you can also combine destinations). If you're looking for a Spanish school by the beach, then Bocas del Toro is the place to go. If you'd like to take your family to a Spanish school in the mountains, then Boquete is what you're looking for. Or if you're looking for a modern metropolis, then you can't go wrong with our Spanish school in Panama City. Another idea to consider is combining several locations for the most amazing Spanish immersion vacation for your family.


Boquete: Learn Spanish in Panama's Eco-Adventure Capital
Boquete is hikers' paradise and the perfect place to learn Spanish in Central America

Boquete is a charming mountain town with a wonderful sense of community. Known as Panama's Eco-Adventure Capital, Boquete is famous for its coffee and fresh mountain climate with pleasant year round temperatures. Its immense variety of outdoor adventures make Boquete a superb place to study Spanish surrounded by nature.

The valley of Boquete is located in the western highlands of Panama at 1,200 meters above the sea level in the lush province of Chiriqui near the Costa Rican border. Boquete is easily accessed from David (DAV), Panama's second largest city (only 38 km away from Boquete), which can be reached by 35 minute flights from Panama City, 1 hour flights from San José, Costa Rica or a 3 hour drive plus a 30 minute boat ride from Bocas del Toro.

DISCOVER BOQUETE: THE PERFECT MOUNTAIN TOWN TO LEARN SPANISH... Bocas del Toro: Learn Spanish in Panama's Top Beach Destination
Bocas del Toro's beaches make the perfect fit for a Spanish learning vacation by the beach

The islands of Bocas del Toro are famous for their emerald Caribbean waters, secluded golden and white sand beaches, uncrowded waves, colorful coral reefs and abundant marine life. Its funky-vibrant nightlife, and friendly, chilled-back locals also add to the mix which make Bocas Panama's coolest beach destination.

Bocas del Toro is Panama's #1 beach town and its magic will certainly enchant you: you won't want to leave! Without any doubt Bocas del Toro is the perfect town to learn Spanish by the beach.

The Archipelago of Bocas del Toro (BOC), is located in Panama's northwest Caribbean Sea, very near the border with Costa Rica, only a 45 minute flight from Panama City, a 1 hour flight from San José, Costa Rica, or a 3 hour journey by road plus a 30 minute boat ride from Boquete.

BOCAS DEL TORO: STUNNING CARIBBEAN ISLANDS TO STUDY SPANISH... Panama City: Learn Spanish in Latin America's Most Cosmopolitan Capital
Panama City is the best city in Latin America to learn Spanish

Cosmopolitan and trendy are the words that always come to mind when thinking about Panama City. With people from every single part of the world, the vibe in Panama City is one of rich diversity and mixture of cultures, which certainly makes for a unique experience when visiting Central America's most modern city.

With all the amenities and conveniences of an international city, Panama City's main attractions take the form of Casco Viejo's tastefully renovated colonial neighborhood, its modern skyline bordered by the Panama Canal, the Pacific Ocean and dense tropical rainforest, Central America's trendiest restaurants and most sophisticated nightlife, world class shopping with brands from all over the globe, and as a doorway to the country's top eco-adventure destinations: Boquete and Bocas del Toro.

You can reach Panama City (PTY) through direct flights from over 15 cities in the USA, 7 in Canada, 6 European cities and almost every single major city in Latin America.

Boquete and Bocas del Toro are so close to each other (less than a 4 hour commute) that you can perfectly study Spanish at both locations after or before your Spanish program in Panama City. You'll usually enter or leave the country through Panama City so that is where your program should end or start. How much time at each location? It's really up to you, depending on what you love more: the beach, the mountains or the city. But if you can, you really should give each a go as each destination will give you a very different flavor of Panama. It's just a matter of letting us know when you sign up and register.
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Spanish Classes for Each Family Member

Spanish Lessons for Kids also take place outside of the classroom
Spanish Lessons for your Children

Being able to communicate in Spanish will open many doors for your children. And learning it with an experienced native Spanish teacher makes it a lot easier and enjoyable!

For children 12 and under we offer both group and private Spanish lessons: it's your choice! When placed in a group, your son or daughter will only have classmates of a similar age and Spanish level (maximum 6 students per class but the average is around 3 to 4). In private lessons, your child with have his or her own private Spanish tutor.

Groups are mostly available during the summer holidays (June, July, August) and during Panama's high season (January, February and March), when many families come to our Spanish Schools in Bocas del Toro, Boquete and Panama City, Panama. During other times of the year, the group option is only offered when siblings can be placed together with the same Spanish teacher or when other children of a similar age and level are joining us for the same dates. Feel free to contact us about group enquiries for your child.

For more information about our Spanish Classes for Children, please click here...

During Summer Vacations and High Season we offer Spanish lessons for Teens in Small Groups
Spanish Classes for your Teens

For teens from 13 to 17 years of age we also offer Spanish language lessons, either privately or in a small group of no more than 6 students per class.

If your teenager would like to have group lessons, this can be arranged during Panama's high season (January, February and March) or during summer holidays (June, July or August). Your son or daughter's classmates will be of a similar age and Spanish level to him or her. Teens that are 16 and 17 years of age can also be placed in a group with young adults if they are mature enough.

Many families also ask for a Total Spanish Immersion for their teen and have them placed with a local host family, while parents and younger siblings stay at one of our other lodging options.

For more information about our Spanish lessons for teens please click here...

Spanish Lessons for Mom & Dad

At Habla Ya Spanish Schools we firmly believe that every student should choose the Spanish Course that best meets their own personal needs. We offer the following courses for adults:

At our Spanish Language School we offer students a wide variety of options when it comes to Spanish classes
Families with children who study at Habla Ya receive discounts on tours and kids supervised by parents volunteer for free

The cost for Spanish lessons in Bocas del Toro, Boquete and Panama City, Panama goes from $175 - $575 USD per person per week (it costs the same at all of our Spanish schools). It all depends on the type of Spanish classes you decide to have (group lessons, mini-group lessons or private lessons) and on the amount of hours of lessons each of you decide to have each week (10 to 30 hours).

The total cost for your Family's Spanish Language Vacation also depends on which type of accommodation you decide to have.

Feel free to contact us and tell us about your family, what you're looking for and we'll get back to you with our recommendations and a precise quote for your Family Spanish Learning Vacation.

Family members joining our Spanish Learning Vacation Program will have classes at the same time of the day (as long as you sign up in advance and we confirm availability for the same schedule), so that they can enjoy the rest of the day together. Private Lessons mostly take place in the morning and group lessons mostly happen in the afternoons, but special arrangements can be made when requested in advance (as long as there is availability). Class schedules take into account Panama's tropical weather (click here for more info about weather in Panama City, here for more info about weather in Boquete and here for weather in Bocas del Toro), allowing the majority of students to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible.
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Accommodation Options

Home Stays with Local Host Families
A home stay with a local host family will help your family learn Spanish faster during their Spanish Learning Vacation

If you would like to get your family truly immersed in the Latin American culture, experience our way of life and expose your kids as much as possible to the Spanish language, then a family home stay is the way to go.

You'll get a unique perspective about the way of life in Central America and everyone will easily be able to practice their Spanish after class.

We currently collaborate with more than 70 host families in Boquete, 15 in Panama City, and with about 20 in Bocas del Toro, that make our Total Spanish Immersion Program a reality. A good deal of those families also have young children and teenagers, and homes suitable to accommodate a couple with several children (either in the same or in separate bedrooms). In order to ensure that we select the most appropriate host family for your family, please submit your Home Stay Interview with as much as anticipation as possible. In this way, we will know your specific needs and have more host families to choose from.

Pension Topas is a great option for travelers on a budget in Boquete, Panama
Budget Hostels

If your family is on a budget then we've selected the best hostels in each location.

At Habla Ya we work with several highly rated budget hostels that offer private rooms and beds in a dorm, where you'll be able to enjoy your stay without breaking the bank.

In Boquete, Panama we recommend:

Hostel Heike on main street in Bocas del Toro, Panama

In Bocas del Toro, Panama we recommend:

In Panama City, Panama we recommend:

All of them are located in town really close to our Spanish Schools, within a 15 minute walk. If you're looking for a bit more peace and quiet, then you can't go wrong with Hostal Garden or Hostal Gaia in Boquete. In Bocas del Toro on the other hand, 421 Guesthouse and Saigon Bay and Breakfast are just a 3 minute and 10 minute walk respectively from us. In Panama City, Panama House B&B is literally just across the road and Baru Lodge is on the street behind us.

In Boquete, Panama there are numerous mid range hotels where medical Spanish students can stay at
Mid-Range B&Bs, Cabins & Vacation Rentals

There are several places that we recommend for families looking for a cabin, a midrange b&b, a suite or an apartment to rent during their Family Spanish Program in Panama.

The above are tremendously convenient and appropriate for families with children, and are very reasonably priced for short to mid term stays (4 - 12 weeks). Each of the above have their own unique features that make them suitable for families with different desires and needs. Click on the above links for more details about each option.

There are also other types of properties available for rent in Panama City, Boquete and Bocas del Toro, Panama. If you're considering studying Spanish for four weeks or more, you might benefit from having your own vacation rental. Within our website we provide links to several sites that list vacation rentals in Panama, and we also provide links to different real estate agents in Boquete and in Bocas del Toro (as we are not real estate agents ourselves). For more information about vacation rentals please click here...

Upscale Boutique Hotels
Tropical Suites is our favourite upscale boutique hotel in Bocas del Toro

Our preferred luxury hotels in Panama City are The Bristol and Hotel El Panama.

In Bocas del Toro our favorite upscale hotels are Tropical Suites and Palma Royale. Tropical Suites is built directly over turquoise Caribbean waters, with 16 guest suites, a three bedroom Presidential Penthouse, and a Luxury Studio Apartment. Simply put Tropical Suites is Bocas del Toro's premier upscale boutique hotel. Palma Royale, Bocas del Toro's latest upscale boutique hotel, is located at the end of main street, only 20 meters from the Caribbean Sea and has 15 suites with marble and bamboo flooring, handcrafted cedar doors and beds with pillowtop mattresses.

There are also other types of properties available for rent in Bocas del Toro, Panama. If you're considering studying Spanish with us for 4 weeks or more, you might benefit from having your very own vacation rental. Please contact us for more information about rentals in Bocas.

Heated Pool at Valle Escondido Boquete

In Boquete, the Valle Escondido Resort, Golf & Spa is the perfect place if you would like to have access to certain amenities during your medical Spanish program. With a full service spa, a 9 hole executive golf course, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis and racquetball courts, and first class restaurants, Valle Escondido will certainly keep you entertained after your daily Spanish classes, eco-adventure tours and/or volunteer projects. Valle Escondido is situated at the edge of town, about a 15 minute walk from our Spanish School, in a hidden valley, on the banks of a rushing river, with enough natural beauty and peace to make you not want to leave.

For Spanish students staying in Boquete for up to 3 weeks of Spanish we recommend staying at a suite or bungalow at the Valle Escondido Resort.

For longer stays or even more independence, a rental of Valle Escondido's vacation villas or condos can also be arranged.

Whether you're staying at the Valle Escondido Resort or at one of vacation villas or condos, you'll be able to enjoy:

Clinical Treatment at the Haven Spa
  • 9 Hole Golf Course
  • Outdoor Tennis Court and Indoor Racquetball Court
  • Country Club, complete with
    • Spa and Age Management Program
    • State-of-the-art Life Fitness Equipped Gym
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Sauna, Steam Baths and Jacuzzis
  • Deluxe Rooms at Valle Escondido Resort
  • 1 Outdoor Pools
  • A Spanish Colonial Village with
    • 1 Fantastic Restaurants
    • Bar
    • Chapel
    • 500 seat amphitheater
  • Meeting Space for Groups of 75 - 400 people

Besides staying at Valle Escondido you can also consider The Haven Spa & Hotel.

Wherever you decide to stay at, we will take care of your family and make sure that you feel at home. Please contact us and we will help you choose the most appropriate lodging option for your family's Spanish learning program.
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Eco-Adventure Tours, Cultural & Social Activities & Childcare

Eco-Adventure Tours
The zipline canopy tour gives you a unique perspective of the cloud forest and an adrenaline rush

Boquete, Panama's eco-adventure capital is the perfect place for a Spanish learning vacation:

In Bocas del Toro, Panama's top beach destination in the Caribbean, there are plenty of outdoor opportunities:

In Bocas del Toro, Panama you can learn how to surf in warm Caribbean waters
Panama's city skyline

And Panama City, Latin America's trendiest capital, is much more than a Canal:

  • Central America's most sophisticated nightlife scene
  • First class restaurants
  • Colonial & Historical Tours
  • Museums
  • Jungle Tours
  • Shopping
  • Casinos

Habla Ya Spanish students have access to special discounts off many eco-adventure tours. For more information about tours in Panama, and complete pricing info click here.

At Habla Ya we have several cultural and social activities appropriate for children
Cultural & Social Activities

At Habla Ya Spanish Schools we simply love to have fun! We start off the week with several family friendly activities and then we move on to more grown-up entertainment:

Several extra activities are free of charge, such as our movie nights, salsa lessons and conversational sessions (children are welcome). Panamanian dinners cost $5 - $7 USD per person (open to children as well). Yoga classes in Boquete cost $6 - $10 USD per person. Yoga classes in Bocas del Toro cost $5 - $10 USD per class. Yoga classes in Panama City cost from $10 - $15 USD per class and they also have monthly packages of unlimited classes. Eco-Adventure Tours have their own fees and students pay what they consume at bars, Dinner Parties and Get-Togethers. For more information about our extra activities please click here.

Many of our host families have stay at home moms, and they'll make sure that your children are safe and have fun as well!
Childcare & Babysitting

If Mom and Dad would like to have some free time for themselves or a night out, childcare is provided by our host families.

The normal rates is $5 USD per hour but also depends on the amount of children and age of each child (infants can also be take care of).

More convenient rates for childcare and babysitting can be agreed when families require extended childcare services.

There are also local nurseries that can take care of your children (as long as they have availability), while parents are enjoying Panama City's, Boquete's and Bocas del Toro's eco-adventure tours or during their Spanish lessons if kids are too young for Spanish classes.

Your family will enjoy one of the most amazing vacations that they've ever had. At Habla Ya Spanish Schools in Boquete, Bocas del Toro and Panama City, Panama we employ additional staff whose main responsibility is to make sure that our Spanish students have the time of their life outside of the classroom!
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Family Volunteering Opportunities

Families that volunteer together are happy families!
Volunteer Projects for Families

Families looking to volunteer with their children can collaborate with several local organizations such as:

  • Day Care and Community Centers
  • Public Schools
  • Handicap Foundations
  • Elderly Homes
  • Animal Camps

By volunteering and helping our children or our community's projects you'll not only be able to make the difference but your own family's life will gain a new meaning and each and one of you'll be even more grateful for all of the opportunities and means that you have access to.

Children who volunteer under the supervision of their parents volunteer for free. There is a $75 USD setup fee per adult to volunteer, and a $5 USD daily fee ($15 USD for non Spanish students). 100% of your daily volunteering fee goes as a direct donation to the local Non Profit Organization where you'll be volunteering at (75% of non students daily fee is donated as well).

If you would like your family to volunteer, please submit your volunteering interview. For even more info about volunteering and about what is included in the volunteer fees please click here.

Habla Ya's role is essential because most NGO's in Panama do not have the ability to place and manage volunteers by themselves. Setting up your volunteer project with us ensures a meaningful placement in which your skills and talents will be fully exploited.
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Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown, make the most of your time and pickup a skill: learn Spanish from the convenience and safety of your home: receive a 25% Discount Off Online Private Spanish Lessons — when you sign up for a minimum of 10 hours — and 50% Discount Off Online Group Spanish Lessons — when you sign up for a minimum of 60 hours. Limited spaces. SIGN UP AND REGISTER TODAY!
Families might have access to better rates on their Spanish Lessons
Rates for Spanish Lessons

The cost for Spanish lessons depends on the type of class (private, mini-group or group lessons) and on the length of your family's study. The more weeks and hours a family signs up for, the better the rate they'll have access to.

Depending on their length of stay and on the amount of hours purchased, families may also have access to additional discounts.

Considering 20 hours of lessons per week, rates per person are as follows:

Specific rates for Spanish lessons can be found by clicking here.

Cost for Lodging
Choosing the most appropriate lodginng options will make your stay a much more pleasant one

Rates for accommodation depend on your choice of accommodation and on the length of your stay.

  • Home Stays with Local Families cost $250 USD per week (breakfast and dinner included). Please add supplement of $25 per week in Bocas del Toro and $50 per week in Panama City.
  • Budget Hostels go from $10 USD per night for a bed in a shared dorm up to $75 USD per night for a private room with a private bathroom (more affordable private options are also available).
  • Midrange Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts go from $495 to $950 USD per week for a furnished Suite or Cabin.
  • Upscale Boutique Hotels and Resorts go from $540 to $3000 USD per week.

Please click here to checkout specific rates for all of our lodging options...

Kids learn Spanish having fun
Rates for Eco-Adventure Tours

Habla Ya Spanish students have access to special discounts off many eco-adventure tours. Children 12 and under have access to 50% discounts off several tours when they join their parents for a tour during their Family Spanish Vacation. For a complete price list of tours in Boquete, Bocas del Toro, and Panama City, Panama please click here.

Rates for Volunteering

Children who volunteer under the supervision of their parents volunteer for free. There is a $75 USD setup fee per adult to volunteer, and a $5 USD daily fee ($15 USD for non Spanish students). For more information about volunteer projects and fees involved please click here.

Please note that there is no separate registration fee for our Spanish courses. A $99 deposit, which goes toward your tuition, is required to secure your spot after you Sign Up & Register. Rates include: registration, level test, class materials and handouts, wifi internet connection at the school, certain cultural & social activities and access to all of the school's facilities. A textbook for your level is included when you sign up for at least 20 hours of lessons, and a course certificate is included when you sign up and attend for at least 60 hours of lessons. Any of our six textbooks (for our six levels) can also be purchased for $25 USD.
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