Learn Spanish in Central America at Habla Ya Spanish Schools

Teachers and staff in front of Spanish school

In Boquete, Bocas & Panama City...

Spanish in the mountains, by the beach or in the city!

  • Why Choose Habla Ya? 10 reasons why you'll LIVE the most amazing Spanish learning experience!
  • 3 Schools in Panama: get to know the campuses of Panama's top ranked network of Spanish schools.
  • Boquete, Bocas & Panama City: travel guides to Panama's most exciting destinations to learn Spanish.
  • Nationalities, Ages & Testimonials: get to know our students and what they have to say about their experience.
  • Certifications: Instituto Cervantes accredited, Official DELE Examination Centers, Bildungsurlaub approved.
  • The Team: meet our Spanish teachers and get to know the friendly faces at Habla Ya Panama.
  • About Habla Ya: here's our story, mentions in the press, our values, mission and vision.

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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we're currently not offering on-site Spanish lessons in a traditional group setting but instead in a TRAVELING CLASSROOM that delivers a teacher directly to you in a COVID safe way wherever you are, be it your hotel, home, park, on tour, at the beach or in any other place where social distancing is comfortably and safely possible. BOOK NOW!

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Habla Ya Bocas del Toro and Habla Ya Panama City are accredited by the Instituto Cervantes, the worldwide authority for teaching Spanish as a foreign language. Habla Ya Panama City, Habla Ya Bocas and Habla Ya Boquete, are Official DELE Examination Centers, the most widely recognized certification that qualifies levels of competence and command of the Spanish language.

What's it like to learn Spanish in Panama?
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Why Habla Ya? Top 10 Reasons to Join Habla Ya!

You can study Spanish with Habla Ya in Bocas del Toro, the perfect beach location
1. Top Rated Schools by Students

Habla Ya is the most and best reviewed network of Spanish Schools in Central and South America. Do your research: it's a fact that Habla Ya has been reviewed by more students than any other Spanish school in Latin America.

No wonder students of so many different ages, nationalities and walks of life choose Habla Ya.

Habla Ya has also been featured on the BBC Travel Show, The New York Times, Study Travel Magazine, all major guide books from Lonely Planet and Frommer's to Moon Travel, as well as numerous travel blogs. GO HERE for a complete compilation of Habla Ya's reviews and features on third party sites...

2. Amazing Destinations

Traveling Classroom! Mountains, beach and the city: experience three of Central America's most exciting destinations with complete academic continuity. Boquete is Panama's eco-adventure capital, Bocas del Toro is the country's most authentic beach destination in the Caribbean, and Panama City is Latin America's trendiest and most cosmopolitan capital.

You should wear comfortable sports clothing for the zipline canopy tour
3. Modern Facilities & Convenient Locations

Modern schools with well equipped and air conditioned classrooms, located in the heart of each destination. Front desks staffed 7 days a week so you'll always have someone there to help you with whatever you need.

4. Ample Course & Program Options

A wide variety of Spanish Courses, Spanish Learning Vacations, and one of the most complete Spanish Immersion Programs in Latin America. Choose what best suits YOU!

5. Loads of Eco-Adventures

Endless list of world class outdoor opportunities: surfing, scuba diving, hiking, rafting, island hopping, ziplining, rock climbing, biking, horseback riding, hot springs, caving, coffee & cacao tours, wildlife expeditions, sailing, historical tours, etc.

Panama City is the best city in Latin America to learn Spanish
6. Daily Extra Activities

Have a blast after class! Besides all the eco-adventures mentioned above, you can have daily yoga classes, and our extra curricular program of cultural & social activities includes weekly Panamanian dinner parties, movie nights in Spanish, night outs to local restaurants, salsa lessons, conversational sessions and we'll party together on the weekends.

7. Appropriate Accommodation

Comfortable accommodation is an essential part of your study trip. We will make you feel cozy, secure and right at home. Lodging close to our Spanish Schools will be arranged. Choose from a family home stay, budget hostel, midrange hotel or bed & breakfast, apartments, vacation rentals, luxury resorts or upscale boutique hotels.

Paddling and getting stronger is one of the first things you'll have to do to learn to surf
8. Superb Teachers

Highly experienced, trained and passionate Spanish teachers, all of whom hold university degrees related to languages and view teaching as their vocation. If you're serious about learning Spanish, this is the single most important aspect to consider.

9. Recognized Accreditations

Certified quality: Instituto Cervantes accredited, Official DELE Examination Centers, Bildungsurlaub approved. Proven and effective teaching methodology.

10. Volunteer Opportunities

If you're looking to give back, there are plenty of volunteering projects where you can make the difference, working with children, improving the local community, teaching English or in many other ways. If you want to help, we'll make it happen!

With so many other Spanish schools in Latin America, choose Habla Ya's network of Spanish Schools in Panama City, Boquete and Bocas del Toro, Panama! Besides being able to combine study time in the city, the beach and in the mountains in a Traveling Classroom, at Habla Ya, you'll really learn Spanish, you'll learn it fast, and you'll experience the most amazing Spanish learning vacation!
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Our Spanish Schools in Panama

Habla Ya Boquete and Habla Ya Bocas del Toro are accredited by the Instituto Cervantes, the worldwide authority for teaching Spanish as a foreign language. Habla Ya Panama City, Habla Ya Bocas and Habla Ya Boquete, are Official DELE Examination Centers, the most widely recognized certification that qualifies levels of competence and command of the Spanish language.

Habla Ya Boquete Campus
Building of our Spanish School in Boquete

Students have been learning Spanish at the town's first ever Spanish school since 2005, which is conveniently located right on the valley's Central Avenue, on the first floor of Boquete's most dynamic area, called Plaza Los Establos. At our Campus in Boquete you'll also be able to take advantage of the Plaza's common areas and many of our lodging options are literally just around the corner. It also doesn't hurt that the scenic Caldera River and several hiking trails are also close by.

Habla Ya Boquete, located in Panama's western mountains, is amongst the very select group of accredited Spanish schools in Latin America by the Cervantes Institute of Spain, the worldwide authority for teaching Spanish as a foreign language. Habla Ya Spanish School in Boquete (which is considered Panama's Eco-Adventure Capital) is also amongst the very few Official DELE Examination Centers in Central America. The DELE Spanish Test is the most widely internationally recognized certification that qualifies levels of competence and command of the Spanish language.

Habla Ya Bocas del Toro Campus
Building of our Spanish School in Bocas del Toro

Habla Ya Bocas del Toro, located in Panama's top Caribbean destination, opened its doors to the public in 2011 and is also accredited by the Instituto Cervantes. At Habla Ya Spanish school in Bocas del Toro you'll find the exact same quality teaching and amazing vacation experience, but with everything that a beach destination has to offer! Our school is just a short walk, cycle or boat ride to dozens of beaches and surf breaks. Habla Ya Spanish School in Bocas del Toro is also accredited as an Official DELE Examination Center in Panama.

In Bocas del Toro, our school occupies a recently renovated Caribbean hacienda type house on 9th Street and G Avenue, only a 10 minute walk from the Central Park and the island's closest beach. Just as with our Campus in Boquete, many restaurants and hotels are just around the corner. At our Campus in Bocas del Toro you'll also be able to enjoy our school's gardens and balcony areas, which are perfect for doing your homework or just chilling out with some fresh ocean breeze.

Habla Ya Panama City Campus
Habla Ya Spanish School in Panama City, Panama

Habla Ya's most recent addition to its network of Spanish schools began teaching Spanish in 2014 and is also an Official DELE Examination Center.

Habla Ya Panama City is situated in El Carmen neighborhood, right on the border with El Cangrejo district, Panama City's most tourist friendly area, only a couple of blocks away from the Via Argentina Metro (Subway) Station. El Carmen provides plenty of home stays and green areas within walking distance to the school, while El Cangrejo is where you'll find loads of shops, bars, casinos, gyms, and hotels. Our Spanish school in Panama City is only a block away from Vía España and Vía Brasil, two of the city's most important avenues.

Habla Ya Spanish School in Panama City is on the 1st Floor of Le Blue, a brand new commercial building. Once again we've ensured that the quality of our premises are a reflection of the quality of our Spanish programs, and our facilities are without a doubt the best amongst the schools in Panama City. This area of the city, despite being in the middle of everything, still has a touch of peace and tranquility within the chaos that is Panama City, and you'll easily feel part of a community as it's perfectly fine to practice your Spanish on the street.

Real photos give you a real idea about what to really expect. When choosing a Spanish school make sure to see real photos of the Spanish school's building, classrooms, common areas, tours, etc. Take a look. At Habla Ya Panama Spanish Schools we will not only meet your expectations: we will exceed them!
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Location #1: Boquete

Learn Spanish in Panama's Eco-Adventure Capital
Our Spanish School is located in the valley of Boquete in the western higlands of Panama

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 (only 38 km away), Panama's second largest city 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.

Boquete is a charming mountain town with a wonderful sense of community. When you come to Boquete you just know you're in a very special place. Boquete is Panama's Eco-Adventure Capital... for all ages! Famous for its coffee, Boquete has a fresh mountain climate with pleasant year round temperatures. From hiking to rafting, Boquete's outdoor opportunities are endless. Find out what makes Boquete a superb place to study Spanish.

Location #2: Bocas del Toro

Learn Spanish in Panama's Top Beach Destination
Bocas del Toro is Panama's #1 Beach Destination

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, or a 3 hour journey by road plus a 30 minute boat ride from Boquete.

The Islands of Bocas del Toro are famous for its emerald Caribbean waters, secluded golden and white sand beaches, uncrowded waves, colorful coral reefs, abundant marine fauna, vibrant nightlife, and funky, chilled back pace and friendly locals.

Bocas del Toro is definitely Panama's #1 beach town and its magic will certainly enchant you: you won't want to leave! Find out what makes Bocas del Toro the perfect place to learn Spanish by the beach...

Location #3: Panama City

Learn Spanish 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 Casco Viejo's tastefully renovated colonial neighborhood, 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 is Central America's hottest destination

Besides Panama City, Boquete and Bocas del Toro, there are many other places in Panama worth visiting. Learn about what the world is saying about Central America's hidden gem that is just being discovered. Here you'll find quick facts about Panama, top reasons about why to visit the country, a summary of Panama's provinces and Panama's top attractions. Come and visit Panama today before it gets too crowded!

TRAVELING CLASSROOM: Boquete and Bocas del Toro are so close to each other (less than a 4 hour commute), allowing you to perfectly study Spanish at both locations before or after 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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Our Students

Testimonials, Nationality Mix, Average Ages and More...
Spanish students at Habla Ya Language Center

Most of our students come from North America, Western Europe and Oceania. Some others are from South Africa, Brazil and Asia. Go HERE for percentages by nationality and school location.

The average age of our students varies from location to location and the time of the year. Our largest age group is made of young professionals from 26 to 39 years of age. 17 - 25 year old's make our second largest group: university students, students who've just finished high school and are on a gap year before college, and students who've just finished university and might already be working. Our third largest age group is in the 40+ range. And finally we have teenagers who join us during the summer as well as children who are traveling with their parents. Everyone with the same objective in mind: to learn Spanish!

In our students' section we've also made an effort to collect some of our students' testimonials.

Many of our students have shared their stories all over the internet. Some of them have even published their stories about Habla Ya on their own blogs, others have written on our facebook wall, and yet others have left reviews on several language language travel sites such as TripAdvisor, My Language Travel, 123TeachMe, GoAbroad.com, GoOverseas, etc..

In our classrooms you'll only encounter students of your same language level (a maximum of six per group, the average being 3 - 4). We assess our students' levels through a online written placement test that you do before joining our Spanish language schools in Panama and then you'll have an oral interview upon arrival. If for any reason a student is placed in a group that has a different Spanish level than he or she has, the group will be re-arranged, even if that means placing a student with only one teacher when he or she has paid for group lessons. We are here to make sure you learn Spanish and learn it fast!
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Certifications, Accreditations & College Credits

Instituto Cervantes Accredited, Official DELE Examination Centers and Bildungsurlaub

Habla Ya Boquete and Habla Ya Bocas del Toro are both amongst the very select group of accredited Spanish schools in Latin America by the Cervantes Institute of Spain, the worldwide authority for teaching Spanish as a foreign language.

Habla Ya Panama City, as well as Habla Ya Boquete and Habla Ya Bocas, are also Official DELE Examination Centers in Central America. The DELE Spanish Test is the most widely internationally recognized certification that qualifies levels of competence and command of the Spanish language.

Habla Ya Spanish School is an accredited Spanish school by the Cervantes Institute and an approved DELE Spanish Examination Center

All three Spanish schools are also recognized for Bildungsurlaub (educational leave for German citizens).

To obtain these accreditations our schools went through a rigorous process that took over 2 years which included on site inspections from members of the Instituto Cervantes in Spain. These accreditations are renewed every year.
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Spanish Teachers and Staff

Happy Teachers = Happy Students. Professional Teachers = Successful Students
All of the Spanish teachers at our Spanish school hold university degrees related with Spanish

Teachers are the single most important aspect to consider when choosing a Spanish language school in Latin America. Without excellent teachers it is very difficult to learn Spanish and to really learn it fast. If you really want to learn Spanish choose our Spanish language schools in Panama because we have the most capable, trained, enthusiastic and experienced Spanish teachers and all of them have language related college degrees.

The most prestigious Spanish language schools in Central and South America attract the best teachers and are able to retain them by not only paying them well, but also by offering them an environment where they can grow as professionals and fulfill their vocation as Spanish teachers.

Our Spanish teachers are happy teachers because they know that they are part of the best network of Spanish language schools in Panama (in fact, they make it the best), and also because they know that they are the reason why our students really learn Spanish (and they know that this changes people's lives).

When a potential student asks us why should they come to our Spanish language schools in Panama to learn Spanish we give them one simple answer: we simply have the best Spanish teachers, and at our Spanish language schools in Panama you'll live the most amazing Spanish learning experience in Latin America!

At the end of the day the success of your Spanish learning experience depends mainly on two factors: the quality of the teaching (Spanish teachers, teaching materials and teaching methodology) and how hard you work. Make sure you work hard, but also make sure that you have a great teacher that knows what he or she is doing and enjoys doing it.
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About Habla Ya

Why does Teaching Spanish Inspire Us?
Habla Ya students in Boquete can experience Panama's eco-adventure capital in the mountains

Habla Ya is not just a chain of Spanish schools: we provide a complete experience that begins the moment you start researching your Spanish program and it really never ends as the amazing memories of your trip to Panama will always stay with you.

Habla Ya has been featured on the BBC Travel Show, The New York Times, Study Travel Magazine, all major guide books from Lonely Planet and Frommer's to Moon Travel, as well as numerous travel blogs.

We've gone a long way: from three classrooms in the town of Boquete, to three schools throughout the country. Each location has its own local flare but you'll certainly be able to tell there is a common denominator behind Habla Ya that's helped us become on of Latin America's most prestigious group of Spanish Schools.

In this section of our website you'll find more about how Habla Ya started, and how we've got to where we are today. You'll also learn about what inspires us and guides our daily actions.

We are truly inspired to providing you with the MOST AMAZING SPANISH LEARNING EXPERIENCE, and becoming Latin America's #1 network of Spanish schools. Vision, mission and values are not random words for us: we LIVE them.
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