Trip Details

Learning Spanish quickly and effectively while experiencing the real-feel of Colombian culture is exactly what this program offers. You will taste the local cuisine and be immersed in the free and energetic lifestyle of Cartagena.

During your Spanish course, you will put a full 20 hours of work into improving your ability to communicate. You will be learning the grammatical structure and practising the conversational aspects of the language in a group made up of no more than six students, to ensure that you get plenty of time and attention from your teacher. You will have ample opportunity to interact and even bond with fellow students and locals using what you have learned in class, as you navigate your way around neighbourhood restaurants, markets and shops.

First timers to our program will be required to take a placement exam on the first day to determine your language level and placement in the most appropriate class suited to your level. The length of time needed for completion of the test is entirely dependent upon your Spanish language skills. After one of our teachers has graded your test, you will be introduced to your class!

Aims & Objectives

  • Learn Spanish quickly and effectively to improve your communication skills
  • Experience an immersion into Colombian culture, meeting people and enjoying local cuisine

Trip Itinerary

Learn Spanish and immerse yourself in the local culture, lifestyle and cuisine of Cartagena. Learning another language has never been so much fun!

This program takes Spanish to a whole new level! Get individualised help from our teachers and a chance to bond with your fellow classmates in a positive learning environment, while building your language skills. These classes have a curriculum that will help improve your knowledge of Spanish, and enhance your time spent in Colombia overall.

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Spanish Lesson
  • Lunch/Coffee Break
  • Spanish Lesson
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Spanish Lesson
  • Lunch/Coffee Break
  • Spanish Lesson
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Wednesday 

  • Breakfast
  • Spanish Lesson
  • Lunch/Coffee Break
  • Spanish Lesson
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Spanish Lesson
  • Lunch/Coffee Break
  • Spanish Lesson
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Friday 

  • Breakfast
  • Spanish Lesson
  • Lunch/Coffee Break
  • Spanish Lesson
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Saturday & Sunday 

Free time to explore Colombia 🙂

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstance

Trip Accommodation

Welcome to Cartagena City, once known as Cartagena de Indias, it continues to be a majestic shining gem among the other jewels of the Caribbean coast. As the town grew in importance because of the trade riches passing through its’ port, the town erected a barricade of stone walls. Originally used for protection, the walls engulfing the old city add to its distinctive character and old-world charm.

Known for its striking architecture, Cartagena is a city full of life and vibrancy. When you stroll through its streets you feel as though you are moving through a painting, where the sights and sounds of the city have come to life.

Being able to speak some Spanish is definitely a plus, but even if you are a novice to the language, a few gestures and a sense of adventure with attempting what you have learned, will be helpful as you communicate with locals. Don’t forget that smiles are universal and they will likely help get you whatever you need.

Accommodation & Food

You will be enjoying your stay in one of the vibrant neighbourhoods around Cartagena Colombia, from where you can access numerous sites and attractions, as well as your program very easily via public transport or local taxi.

All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organised. Room are standard with 1-4 people per room. We also offer private rooms which can also fit 1-4 people.

Food Arrangements
The food will be typically Colombian meaning lots of corn, beans, rice, chilli peppers, potatoes and other grain, all very vegetarian friendly. Keep in mind that some local dishes may be spicy!

Facilities
Shops
There are many local coffee shops and restaurants in the main township within walking distance of our centre. Restaurants & Cafes, the beach, mini-marts, fitness gyms, the supermarket, and shopping mall are all close by.

Internet use
There is Wi-Fi in common areas at your accommodation, but there are also many internet cafes in the main township where you can access online information.

Money
There are numerous shops and ATMs throughout the town.

Activities & Events
Cooking Lessons
One to two evenings per week
Join your cooks as they prepare meals for you and other participants. Take notes, learn new recipes, traditional food preservation techniques and more! Try not to spoil your dinner as you learn!

Trip Country Info

Colombia

Capital: Bogota
Language: Spanish, 68 Regional/Ethnic Languages, English (San Andres, Providencia)
Currency: Colombian Pesos (COP)
Time zone: COT (UTC -5)

Country Information
Colombia has coasts on both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and covers about 440,000 square miles (1.14 million square kilometres). It is home to the Amazon rainforest, Andes mountains, and the Llanos ( grassland plains).

Colombia is the fourth largest country in South America and it has several islands in the Atlantic and Pacific (San Andres and Providencia, and in the Pacific, the Malpelo and Gorgona, respectively). It shares borders with Brazil, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela. Some of the major cities include Medellin, Cali, Barranquilla.

Climate
Weather in Colombia can range from desert to tropical to freezing because it contains a variety of climate zones. To experience the most pleasant weather and the most local activity, you might want to visit during the months of December to March or July to August.

Culture
Culture in Colombia has been greatly influenced by its diversity. It is easy to recognise African, Caribbean, European, Middle Eastern and Native American impacts on the area as well as that of the Indigenous people of the region. Unfortunately during the colonial era many European settlers decimated the Indigenous population which left the Spanish influence as the most pronounced. What has evolved over time is now a melange of distinctive layers which make up Colombia today.

Early in the 19th century the country gained independence and in 1886 the Republic of Colombia was formed.

Transportation
For the most part, public transportation costs in Colombia are minimal and fairly easy to access. Most of the larger urban centres and even some of the smaller towns have a bus system. Taxis are very common and offer even greater convenience to the traveller. Some of the main tourist areas have moto-taxis and a bustling city like Medellin even has a Metro commuter rail.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa