Morning classes start at 9:00 a.m. and run until 12:00 noon. (Morning classes
are usually devoted to grammar, oral exercises, new vocabulary, reading &
discussion of texts, specific questions from the students and going over
homework and working on problem areas.) Then there is a lunch break from 12:00 -
1:00 p.m. Afternoon classes are from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (for students receiving
4hrs/day), from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (for students receiving 5 hrs/day) or 1:00 -
4:00 p.m. (for students receiving 6 hrs/day), and emphasize conversation and
After their Spanish classes the students participate in the afternoon cultural
Latin dance classes (every day from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.)
Cooking classes (Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.)
Conversation classes (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.)
All the classes (including culture classes) are conducted completely in Spanish.
This is the ideal setting to improve your conversation skills and fluency.
Therefore, we have designed our classes to ensure maximum student participation.
Our Homestay program, afternoon conversation classes and the school's friendly
atmosphere also provide additional opportunities for conversation.
In addition to activities and classes with the school, students may also
participate in activities outside the School during their free time such as:
Visits to museums and markets located close to the School.
Night outings to local discotheques and dance clubs accompanied by our dance
Night outings to restaurants, bars and theaters located near the School.
Weekend excursions to beaches, rain forests, volcanoes and National Parks.
First Day of Classes
On the first day of class we require students to be at the school at 8:00 a.m so
that we can make a short evaluation to determine their Spanish level (placement
test). We also give them information, a student card with telephone number and
exact address of the homestay (for giving a taxi driver), and general
On the first day of class the host family will accompany the student to the
School and make sure that the student knows how to get to the school. (It is
usually a short 10-15 minute easy bus ride. Students catch the bus about 1 or
two blocks away from their homestay and it drops them off 1 or 2 blocks away
from the school.**
Families will also return to the School in the afternoon and take the student
back home after classes on the first day and as long as necessary until the
student knows his/her way around.
** Public buses are very easy to use, very cheap (about US .20 cents) and they
run every 10-15 minutes from 5:30AM until 11:00 p.m.. If students go out at
night we recommend that they take a taxi home (taxis are also cheap: about US $3