Learn Spanish and Volunteer in Panama with Habla Ya!

Learn Spanish and volunteer in Panama

BE the change you wish to see in the world. ~ Ghandi

Daily Spanish lessons and volunteer projects!

  • Locations: Boquete (Pacific mountains), Bocas del Toro (Caribbean beaches) and Panama City.
  • Spanish Course: have group Spanish classes, 1 to 1 private Spanish lessons or a combination of both. Learn Spanish for Travelers, prepare for the DELE Test, learn medical Spanish or Spanish for business...
  • Volunteering Projects: community centers, animal rescue, medical and healthcare volunteering, elderly home, reading, music, nutritional, sports, academic and social development programs, handicap support.
  • Accommodation: live with a local host family to keep practicing your Spanish after class or stay at a budget hostel, mid-range hotel, B&B, cabin or upscale hotel.
  • Extra Activities: loads of eco-adventure tours and cultural-social activities to have a blast after class!
  • Rates: cost for classes, volunteering, lodging & extras.
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Current Special Offers & Contests!
- Book a 5 Week Spanish Immersion Program during June, July or August, and receive a FREE WEEKLY TOUR... MORE INFO HERE!

We're all part of this social evolution: you can affect positive change (incremental or by quantic leaps), take the skills back home (or wherever you're headed to), and we can all carry on consciously making the world a better place... TOGETHER, but each in our own FREE way. Businesses and NGO's (Non Profit or Non Governmental Organizations), if you're up to something good, list your Volunteer Project HERE: GET IN TOUCH AND TELL US MORE ABOUT THOSE AMAZING THINGS YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS ARE UP TO!

Locations

Boquete: Learn Spanish and Volunteer 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 while volunteering.

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: Volunteer and 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 most authentic beach town and its magic will certainly enchant you Bocas del Toro is the perfect town to learn Spanish by the beach and volunteer to give back.

The Archipelago of Bocas del Toro, 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 and Volunteer in Latin America's Most Cosmopolitan Capital
Panama City is the perfect city to learn Spanish in Latin America

Panama City is situated in the center of the country between the Panama Canal, the Pacific Ocean and dense tropical rainforest. You can reach Panama City 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.

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 colonial neighbourhoods tastefully renovated such as Casco Viejo, its modern skyline bordered by the Panama Canal and Pacific Ocean, 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.

PANAMA CITY: THE TRENDIEST CITY TO LEARN SPANISH...
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 and volunteer 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

Yoga Classes in Bocas del Toro, Panama with Laura Kay from Bocas Yoga Studio

Have daily Spanish lessons and then practice your Spanish while helping others in need. We have different volunteer projects in which you can put your time and skills to use to improve our communities and make a difference.

Daily Schedule for Spanish + Volunteering

Spanish lessons take place either in the mornings or in the afternoon, leaving you free the other half of the day to volunteer. Group lessons for Spanish in Bocas del Toro are usually scheduled in the morning starting at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 12:00 p.m. so you volunteer in the afternoon. Private lessons normally take place in the afternoons starting at 1:00 p.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m., leaving you the mornings available for volunteering. The schedule for Spanish lessons in Boquete and Panama City is the other way around, with Panama City starting at 9 am instead of 8 pm. There aren't any Spanish classes during the weekend, so you could also help out more (or have some time off and enjoy all those amazing things that Boquete, Panama City and Bocas del Toro have to offer).

Different Spanish courses for different learning needs...

Not everyone wants the same type of Spanish class in their language learning holiday... choose a Spanish course that best meets your needs!

At our Spanish Language School we offer students a wide variety of options when it comes to Spanish classes
Spanish Lessons at Habla Ya Spanish School are dynamic and entertaining, and will keep you on your toes every minute

The cost for Spanish lessons goes from $175 - $575 USD per week. It all depends on the type of Spanish classes you decide to have (group lessons or private lessons) and on the amount of hours of classes you have each week (10 to 30 hours). The total cost of your Spanish Language Holiday also depends on which type of accommodation you decide to have.

If you would like to learn more about each type of the Spanish classes offered at our Spanish Language Schools you can visit our Spanish courses section. And to easily find out and compare the cost for Spanish classes on their own you can do so by visiting our Courses' Rates section.

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If in doubt about which Spanish course is the best for you, feel free to Contact Us and we will be thrilled to assist you in selecting the most appropriate Spanish course for your Spanish learning and volunteer program.
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Volunteer Projects in Panama

Are you a good fit to volunteer? Maybe. Your daily life is your best chance to make the world a better place. If you don't see how, an opportunity to volunteer abroad might be the transformational vacation you need to find your path. Giving back is about acknowledging your privilege and finding ways to effectively make the difference (not just a feel good experience with no real impact). Real success is about doing good to the most amount of people in your life.

Some of our volunteer projects include:

Help a Kid Have a Better Future

Everywhere in the world (and Panama is no exception) there are children who have been abandoned to their own luck, born in homes with no love, abused, or who suffer poverty and sickness. These children need a loving heart, attention, education and friends who can help them find a better life full of opportunities, and most importantly: purpose and happiness!

Volunteers' tasks within the Childrens' Programs may include:

  • working with teenage mothers and their newborn children
  • helping kids from public schools with their homework
  • running sports' lessons, playing chess, giving computer instruction, and music, dance and singing classes
  • helping to prepare meals and secure funding for schools' dining rooms
  • playing with children during their breaks
  • assisting health professionals to take care of ill children
  • teaching English or other subjects in a classroom
  • being a mentor for a group of children

For certain volunteer projects, materials are not provided and each volunteer is encouraged to purchase them before arriving to Panama, or upon arrival. Many volunteers organize fund raisers before flying to Panama.

Give and Surf Community | Bocas del Toro
Children at Give and Surf Community Center

Give and Surf serves a population of over one thousand indigenous and Panamanian students living on four islands of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago. The area severely lacks government funding for grades 1st - 6th, which is why a sponsorship program has been developed and two schools in Bahia Honda and Bahia Roja have been constructed as well as libraries, playgrounds, cafeterias, bathrooms, septic tanks, community centers and teachers' homes.

Give and Surf manages community centers in Bocas Town by Istmito Beach, in Old Bank (Bastimentos), Bahia Honda and San Cristobal Island, where daily education opportunities are provided.

Volunteering in Bocas del Toro

Part Time Volunteers - $5 per day donation

While taking Spanish classes at Habla Ya, you can volunteer in the afternoons up to twice per week (2 pm - 5 pm or 3 pm - 6 pm) at the Istmito Beach (10 minute walk from Habla Ya) and Old Bank Community Center (10 minute boat ride from town and $6 return boat ride). A minimum 1 month commitment is required to ensure continuity for the kids' education (shorter periods may be possible during our slow months September - December). Volunteers will work side-by-side with the local staff and help with the after-school programs and extracurricular activities for children aged 5 - 12 assisting with sports, arts & crafts, science projects, and more! A great opportunity to practice your Spanish and make a difference.

Full Time Volunteers: $1000 USD - 1 week, $1500 USD - 2 weeks, $1800 USD - 3 weeks, $2000 USD - 1 month

If you'd like a full volunteering immersion experience after your Spanish program, you can spend Monday - Fridays assisting Give and Surf's educational classes and recreational programs. Your exact role as a volunteer will be determined by your passions/interests, experience working with kids, level of Spanish, and length of stay. Whether it's helping teachers lead an activity or designing a new program to serve an unmet community need, your help will improve the lives of many children and their families.

Full time volunteers are primarily housed in Give and Surf's "jungle house" on the island of Bastimentos. Lodging here allow volunteers to enjoy the serene beauty and peacefulness of the jungle and islands while still remaining just a short water-taxi ride away from Bocas Town.

Rates
Twice p/week during 1 month (Part Time Volunteer) $40
1 Week (Full Time Volunteer) $1000
2 Weeks (Full Time Volunteer) $1500
3 Weeks (Full Time Volunteer) $1,800
Per Month (Full Time Volunteer) $2,000

* Note: fees are in US Dollars. Full time volunteers pay $300 non-refundable deposit via PayPal to info@giveandsurf.org. Volunteer fees are vital to the organization as they provide the majority of the funds necessary to run the educational programs offered to more than 150 students. Volunteers can join for any length of time but the communities benefit most from longer stays and for this reason volunteer fees encourage you to stay as long as possible. The fees will be prorated accordingly to the length of stay. What's included? Pre-trip and project preparations, communications, and all email/phone support, ocean front accommodations, breakfast, lunch in the community Monday through Friday, transportation to community, town, and nearby beaches, volunteer coordinator assisting with program orientation and guides with local knowledge, coordination and facilitation of volunteer projects, use of snorkel equipment, surfboards, and stand up paddle boards, surf trips to Carenero Point and Black Rock, one surf lesson by Mono Loco Surf School.

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Youth Development Sports Project | Boquete & Bocas - $5 per day donation
Sports Volunteering Project

The Youth Development Sports Project helps children develop team building and social skills, promotes hard work and improves the kid's self esteem, leads them towards a healthier lifestyle, and obviously gives them a wonderful chance to play, laugh and have fun, just like all kids should do... kids should only have two jobs: study and play! When a child can run around with freedom all his troubles seem to float away...

Volunteers can assist at public schools, day care or community centers. Volunteers can expect to practice and teach soccer, gymnastics, baseball, basketball, kickball and many other sports.

This program is part-time and will need to be combined with other projects to make up a full-time schedule. If you like to play, run around, and let your inner child loose, then this project is for you!

This program is held both in Boquete and in Bocas del Toro, Panama.

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Public Schools (March - December) | Boquete & Bocas - $5 per day donation
Volunteering at a Public School in Panama

Volunteers can help at several public schools in Boquete and Bocas del Toro such as the Escuela Josefa Montero de Vásquez, Escuela de Alto Boquete, Escuela de Carenero and Escuela República de Nicaragua.

Volunteers can work supporting English teachers, kindergarten teachers, sport teachers and the Multiple Challenges classroom where there are kids with special needs.

Public schools are open en Panama from March to December and kids attend schools either in the mornings or afternoons.

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Boquete Dog Camp | Boquete - $5 per day donation

If you are a dog lover and wish to help our abandoned canine friends, you can come work at the Boquete Dog Camp. You will help feed the dogs, and generally care for them and spend time with them. They also have cats on some occasions.

Posted by DOG CAMP Boquete on Monday, October 15, 2018

This center relies on donations to subsist, so volunteering there also guarantees that your daily fee is donated towards food and medical needs.

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Volunteer with the Floating Doctors | Bocas del Toro - $750 USD - 1 week, $1400 USD - 2 weeks, $1950 USD - 3 weeks, $650 USD - each extra week
Every opportunity to help and cure is also a learning opportunity

Volunteering with Floating Doctors is a full time experience and thus can be arranged after your Spanish program.

Floating Doctors asks all volunteers to participate in their program for a minimum of 1 week, and plan to meet their Sunday 5:00 p.m. boat to base for orientation.

As a Floating Doctor's volunteer, you will have a 10% discount off group lessons.

For those doctors, medical students or healthcare practitioners in general, who would like to volunteer with Floating Doctors, please send your, complete résumé and a transcript of the highest or current level of medical education completed and/or a scanned copy of your medical license.

Many patients in Bocas del Toro, Panama can't "just go to the hospital". Oceans, mountains, jungles, politics, economics, and bigotry separate our patients from their basic human right of ACCESS to care, so we come to our patients' communities and to their homes, traveling by boat, by foot, by dugout canoe, horse, and rescue panga.

Every child's smile is worth the world

Volunteering with Floating Doctors provides experienced clinicians and students alike with the unique opportunity to see advanced and unusual disease cases, hone their clinical diagnostic skills, and challenge their ability to provide the best outcome possible for a patient, even with limited resources (and to practice their Medical Spanish!). More importantly, however, is the opportunity to practice medicine from the heart to treat each patient with dignity and compassion and care. This experience, along with increased diagnostic skills and clinical confidence, is the gift that Floating Doctors intends our volunteers to carry back to their practice in the developed world, and one that will benefit clinicians and patients well beyond the locations we visit.

The Multi-Day Mobile Clinic functions the same way as our day long mobile clinic but leaves us in the community for 3 - 4 days living, working and sleeping with the patients that we are serving. This provides a unique opportunity to get to know the people whom you're serving on a level that is much deeper than a day long clinic provides. You can be sure to treat a lot of patients, be introduced to amazing cultures, and make a lot of friends along the way!

Rates
1 Week $750
2 Weeks $1400
3 Weeks $1950

* Floating Doctors' $100 USD Application Fee is waived for Habla Ya students. Volunteers and staff stay at the Floating Doctors base on Isla San Cristobal, a 10-minute boat ride from the town of Bocas del Toro on Isla Colon. Fees include accommodation and meals from Sunday to Friday night. Our headquarters is an off-the-grid remote facility located on a mangrove island, relying on solar power, rain catchment and filtration, and biotreatment of waste. Participants sleep in our 9-room bunkhouse dormitory or in small casitas, and deploy from our base to our target communities. Cooking facilities are available for volunteers and staff staying on base for a quiet weekend to prepare their own food; often volunteers and staff stay at hostels in Bocas town Friday and/or Saturday night to enjoy Bocas' night life). There is access to Wi-Fi, showers and other basic amenities. All program-related transportation is provided, as well as regular scheduled water shuttle service twice daily between Bocas town on Isla Colon and the Floating Doctors headquarters.

The following video gives you a good idea about what Mobile Clinics are like.

Volunteering at Clinics | Boquete - $10 donation per day
Changing a suprapubic catheter blocked after 11 months of neglect

Your responsibilities will depend on your medical education, experience, level of proficiency in the Spanish language (YOU NEED TO AT LEAST HAVE A BASIC CONVERSATIONAL LEVEL OF SPANISH) and on what your supervisor decides.

Some participants will be allowed to shadow doctors, others will be asked to contribute with administrative tasks and yet other will be able to have a more hands on role. Remember, you're here to practice your Medical Spanish and help in anyway that's needed. Don't forget to bring your own white lab coat!

Please remember to submit your volunteering interview if you would like to participate in this part of the program.

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Fundación Pro-Integración: Boquete Handicap Foundation | $5 donation per day
Fundación Pro-Integración, Boquete Handicap Foundation

The Handicap Foundation of Boquete, founded in 1989 is one of many chapters of the main office in Panama City. It is a non-profit organization established in 1983 with funds from the 20-30 Teletons.

All chapters such as ours are volunteers (including handicap family members) interested in helping the handicap community (especially the most economically depressed) improve their life style. We are able to supply wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, canes, occasionally hearing aids, and funds for children to attend special education classes, physical therapy, doctor's appointments and medications.

Fundación Pro-Integración, Boquete Handicap Foundation

There are no dues and the only requirement for membership is a desire to be of assistance to the handicapped community. This can be offered through professional skills such as teachers, medical personnel, physical therapists, or personal time in reading to children, playing games, doing handcrafts, or anything that would interest the specific needs of each handicapped child or adult.

Our funds are raised through projects such as the sale of prepared food or used clothing, raffles and auctions as well as donations from community members.

The new facilities are located in Alto Boquete on the east side of the Boquete to David road approximately 500m south of the Guadalupano School. It is a blue building with a red roof and surrounded by a cyclone fence.

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San Vicente Elderly Home Care Center | Bocas del Toro - $5 per day donation

The facilities at our local home care center aren't the best but keeping company, providing conversation and entertaining our elderly will definitely be very much appreciated.

Casa de Asilo is a senior center/nursing home in Bocas Del Toro with 25 residents who depend on the government, but mostly on the compassion of the community to provide around the clock care. Most of them don't have family members that visit them, which is why your role is very important.

  • Participating in the implementation and maintenance of a permaculture oriented organic garden to supply fresh food to the elderly
  • Help cooking the meals
  • Participate in the bettering of the infrastructure (clean-ups, painting, repairs).
  • Participating in the entertainment of the residents by engaging conversations, games music or any other kind of activity they can take part in. Be creative!
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The non-profit medical organization Floating Doctors looks after the health care of the residents and performs frequent checkups and provides medical treatment but also organise social events in which the volunteer can join.

The schedule for volunteers is flexible: Monday-Fridays, mornings or afternoons. Even if you have only a few days to volunteer, you can spend quality time at Casa de Asilo and brighten someone's day just through conversation and company.

Your donation should be used to buy hygiene products, sheets and towels, food, and any type of construction or gardening materials needed for the project.

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Albergue Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe | Boquete - $5 per day donation

This is a resource provided by a local Coffee Farm for their employees' kids. They provide a part time teacher that helps approximately 20 indigenous children (ages 1 to 12) with an after-school program. Our volunteers interact with the children, play with them, help them with their homework and support the work of the teacher. The Albergue is located in Alto Lino. A 10 min bus-ride is necessary to get there. Experience working with young children is beneficial. An intermediate Spanish level is needed. Volunteers are welcome to bring any materials for the children to play and learn.

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Casa Esperanza | Boquete - $5 per day donation

Casa Esperanza supports local families by providing an after-school program for children in need. Their aim is to stop child labour and to prevent these children from dropping from school. They receive over 250 children every school day, divided in age groups, from 5 to 15 years old. Our volunteers interact with the children, play with them, help them with their homework and support the work of the teachers.

Casa Esperanza is located at 10 min walking distance from Habla Ya. Experience working with young children is beneficial. An intermediate Spanish level is needed. This program is available from January through November, according to the panamanian school year.

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English Program | Bocas del Toro, No Donation Required
English Teaching Volunteer Program

The ability to speak and understand spoken English, and to read and write, has always been vital for many Panamanians since an important part of our economy is based on services to foreign countries. And nowadays, with the growth of the tourism industry, English is becoming even more and more important. Not knowing English, limits ones opportunities considerably.

Knowing the importance of English as a second language, Habla Ya Spanish Schools lends its premises after office hours to the English Volunteering Program in Bocas del Toro, Panama... and the match turns out to be perfect because those who really want to learn English normally have a job and are only available at the end of the afternoons.

A teaching qualification is not necessary but patience and leadership are. Volunteers can teach children or adults, either in a group setting or through private lessons.

Many years ago, Habla Ya also had an English Program (for profit) and the English Volunteering Program has benefited from that initial syllabus, course contents and materials. Nowadays, we always need English teachers to volunteer and there is not setup fee or daily fee as there is for the rest of our volunteer projects.

If you're going to study Spanish at Habla Ya Spanish Schools and would like to teach English in Bocas del Toro, Panama, just let us know. Or if you don't plan to learn Spanish and would just like to teach English, please pay us a visit once you're in town.

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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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Accommodation Options

Home Stays with Local Host Families
Live with a local host family during your Spanish course

If you would like to get fully immersed in the Spanish language, experience our culture, and get as much exposure as possible to the Latin American way of life, then a home stay with a local host family is the way to go. Living with a native Spanish speaking family and having daily intensive Spanish lessons makes the most effective Spanish immersion.

You'll get a unique perspective about how we live our lives in Latin America, what really matters to us and more importantly you'll be forced to practice your Spanish 24 x 7, which will dramatically increase how fast you learn to speak Spanish.

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 Spanish Immersion Program a reality. In order to ensure that we select the most appropriate host family for you, please submit your Home Stay Interview with as much as anticipation as possible. In this way we will know your specific needs and choose a host family according to your personality. As host families are assigned on a first come first serve basis, the sooner you fill out the interview, the more host families we will have to choose from for you.

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

If you're on a budget and would like to easily be able to socialize with fellow travelers after having Spanish lessons and Yoga all day long, then a budget hostel is for you.

At Habla Ya Spanish School we work with several top value budget hostels that offer you either private rooms or a bed in a dorm, where you'll certainly enjoy your stay.

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 Pension Topas, Hostal Refugio del Rio or Hostal Gaia in Boquete. In Bocas del Toro on the other hand, Hostel Heike and Tungara are just across the central park, about a 8 minute walk from the school, where everything is happening. 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 Spanish students looking for a bit more privacy and independence during their Yoga & Spanish program.

The above are tremendously convenient, fully furnished, very reasonably priced for short to mid term stays (4 - 12 weeks) and the students at our Spanish schools simply love them. Each of the above have their own unique features that make them suitable for guests with different needs and desires. 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 and Yogas, 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.

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

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.

Get-Togethers of Habla Ya Students with their teachers and Panamanian friends
Cultural & Social Activities

At Habla Ya Spanish Schools we simply love to have fun! We start off the week with several chilled out activities and then we move on to more party style entertainment:

Several extra activities are free of charge, such as our movie nights, salsa lessons and conversational sessions. Panamanian dinners cost $5 - $7 USD per person. 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.

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A great way to have a precise idea about how's life after class is by checking out our students' testimonials.
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Rates

Current Special Offers & Contests!
- Book a 5 Week Spanish Immersion Program during June, July or August, and receive a FREE WEEKLY TOUR... MORE INFO HERE!


Calculating the Cost of your Volunteering Spanish Program
Volunteer in Panama

There are four variables to consider when determining the total cost of your Volunteering Spanish Immersion Program. Costs are given itemized as there are multiple lodging options to choose from, and some volunteer Spanish students might decide or not to join certain eco-adventure tours. If you would like to request a quote for a specific amount of weeks (or several different options) please click here.

The different variables to consider are:

Cost for Spanish Classes
You can complement your medical Spanish classes with group lessons to improve your conversational skills

Rates for Spanish classes go from $175 - $575 USD per week. The actual rate per week depends on:

  • how many hours of lessons you have each week (10 - 30)
  • if you have private lessons only or a combination of group and private lessons
  • the amount of weeks you sign up for (the longer the length of your Spanish study program, the more convenient the rate you have access to)

Click on the links below to find prices for specific options:

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

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...

Fees for Volunteer Programs

There is a $75 USD setup fee per adult to volunteer, and a $5 USD daily donation ($15 USD for non Spanish students). 100% of your daily donation is given to the local non profit (75% for non students) where you'll be volunteering at. Full time volunteering with Give and Surf and Floating Doctors has its own fees. For more information about volunteer projects and fees involved please click here.

Rates for Eco-Adventure Tours

Habla Ya Spanish students have access to special discounts off many eco-adventure tours. For a complete price list of tours in Boquete, Bocas del Toro, and Panama City, Panama please click here...

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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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