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Spanish Courses with optional Volunteering in Bogota, Colombia

Great weather all year round, the best coffee in the world, colonial buildings and streets, museums, the Zona Rosa with its modern boutiques, spectacular restaurants and exuberant nightlife... Bogotá is an intriguing mix of the modern and traditional that will have you coming back for more. We will be here to help and support you before your arrival and during your stay until you return home. Make friends, practise your Spanish and discover the  Colombia way of life. Experience the history of ancient civilisations, the beauty of the region’s nature reserves and the richness of Colombian culture and customs!

Students after class at school's terrace

Course Types, Dates & Prices 2017

To book your place on a program, the non-refundable application fee of 50 USD must be paid. Fees can be paid in USD or by credit card in any currency upon request.

Find the course that meets your interests:

Intensive Spanish of 20 lessons, from $220 USD a week

This is our main course. Our intensive courses consist of 4 hours tuition per day, from Monday to Friday.  It offers you a high degree of flexibility:  you can do as many weeks as you want and start at any point in the year, whatever your level. Discounts from the 5th week! Students who already have some knowledge of Spanish may start an intensive course any Monday  throughout the year.  For students with no previous knowledge of Spanish, the start dates on specific dates. 


COMBINE your intensive course WITH:

Voluntary work , FREE! added program benefit.
This programme combines an Intensive Spanish course with 3 or 4 hours of volunteer work with children.  The organization we work with is Fundación Esperanza. Make a difference by taking part in a social project. You’ll help develop the social and academic  skills of children in Bogotá. Activities may include: teaching basic English, playing board games and participating in other recreational activities. Other volunteer options may be available on request:
  • Duration - 4 weeks or more 
  • Minimum recommended level: Intermediate
  • Schedule - 3 or 4 hours a day of volunteer work 
  • Minimum age: 18 
  • Transportation is not provided, but we are happy to advise students on how best to arrive at their destination
Business Spanish, 2 hours/day (10 h/week): $300 USD a week
Learn the appropriate vocabulary and useful tips to do business in Colombia. Minimum level - Elementary. Students can take an optional BULATS test.

Salsa dancing, $70 USD a week
Put on your dancing shoes and learn from some of the best Latin dance teachers around, eight hours  per week

Eco-tourism in the Amazon
Discover the Amazon with this exciting eco-tourism programme! We offer
the opportunity to combine an Intensive Spanish course (minimum 2 weeks) with an  unforgettable eco-adventure in the Amazon rainforest, on the border of Colombia, Brazil and Peru. Along with expert local guides, you’ll explore the natural beauty and rich culture that the Amazon and its indigenous people have to offer. Hike through nature reserves and canoe down rivers, see pink dolphins and meet people from the local communities, all while exploring the stunning ecological diversity of the rainforest. More information on request.

OTHER COURSES

Private tuition, $30 USD per hour

If you want to go at your own pace, learn just what you need, and decide for yourself how  intensive you want your programme to be, one-to-one classes are the best option. You can also combine private tuition with a group course.

 Online Spanish courses

To get ready before coming to Mexico or continue your studies after returning home, we  recommend one of our online courses. Each Net Languages course consists of around 120 hours of interactive study materials and can also include individual written and spoken tutorials with a qualified language instructor. 

 WE ALSO OFFER

  • Teacher training courses for Spanish teachers 
  • Made-to-measure courses for closed groups

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Program Overview

Take a Spanish course, as many weeks as you like, at our Spanish school in Bogota, Colombia. Our method will get you ready to communicate
 in real-life situations. 

Our Advantages
There are countless language schools in Colombia: so why would you want to take a Spanish course with us?
  • In Bogotá since 2007
  • A team of specialised teachers
  • We're in a great location and in a pretty amazing city
  • A real nice atmosphere in a lovely building 
  • Attended by a nice mix of students 
  • Excellent, value-for-money accommodation 
Our Students 
Our Students come from all over the world. The majority of them are from Europe and North America. The average age for our students is 30. The majority of our students are young professional people who need Spanish to develop their careers.  However we also have a large proportion of students who are still full-time students in their own countries as well as an increasing number of people who are simply learning Spanish as a hobby
School's Location
  • located in the centre of La Candelaria, the city's historical district
  • 5 minutes walk to Plaza de Bolivar (the old city's main square)
  • 10 minutes walk to the Gold Museum 
  • Approximately 7km to Bogota airport
School's Building 
The school building which dates from the early 19th century is stunningly beautiful and has been lovingly preserved. It has many original features including beautiful tiled and wooden floors, ornately carved wooden ceilings, a wide, wooden staircase that sweeps up to the first floor, high ceilings and two spacious interior courtyards that flood the building with natural light. 
Nicknamed 'el Palacio' by the owners, the school is famous for being the building that several former presidents used to dress and take refreshment in before their ceremony of investiture
School's facilities
  • 11 spacious classrooms all with natural light 
  • A computer room with high speed Internet access which our students can use free of charge before or after class 
  • "Multimedia" facilities, which include video beams and computers which allow teachers to use the latest, interactive class materials. Some classrooms have interactive boards
  • Two beautiful courtyards where teachers and students can relax and enjoy each other’s company 
  • Free Wi-Fi
Academic Excellence , Our competitive edge
  • Our teachers are university graduates with specialised training and subject to regular assessment
  • Teachers receive continuing training: seminars, class observations with feedback, and personalised input to develop their skills
Tuition
  • The minimum age is 16 years old
  • All levels from complete beginners to very advanced
  • Classes are held from Monday to Friday
  • 1 hour is 55 minutes
  • The average number of students per group is 4 to 5, max. 8 
  • Course timetable for General courses: classes normally take place from 09.30 to 13.30, with a 20-minute break
Methodology
The emphasis of classroom activities is therefore the development of the students' abilities to speak and understand spoken Spanish. For this reason, classes are conducted entirely in Spanish and students are given plenty of opportunity to practise the sort of language they are likely to need outside the classroom. We don't just want our students to "know" Spanish, we want them to be able to use it! Due attention is also paid to grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing skills, and a wide variety of materials is used, including published materials from many different sources as well as materials which have been written by our own teachers. 
Included in the price
  • Selected Spanish course
  • Language Certificate at end of the course 
  • Level test
  • 4+ hours/week of Spanish immersion with our social programme 
  • Optional BULATS exam
  • Access to all the school facilities 
Extras
  • Application fee $50 USD
  • Course book, approx. $40 USD
  • Extra charge for exams if required
  • Entrance fees and transport for excursions 
  • Bogota Airport transfer fee (one way) $35 USD
School building
School's Entrance
School inside
Reception desk
Students on social activities

Optional accommodation during your Spanish Course in Bogota

The accommodation can be arranged on request in a Spanish host family and shared apartments.

All accommodation has been carefully selected and is regularly monitored by our staff. We can offer you accommodation to suit your needs (and pocket) in one of 2 different categories:

With local host families , from $170 to $235 USD a week

Our Colombian host families normally provide you with single rooms, although if you want to stay with a friend or relative you can also share bedrooms. Host family accommodation is offered on a bed and breakfast basis but you can also choose half board (includes evening meal). 

Options 

  • Single room in standard host family with breakfast
  • Single room in standard host family with half board
  • Single room in host family with private bathroom and breakfast
  • Single room in host family with private bathroom and half board

Rented Apartments, from $220 to 380 USD a week
If you are staying with us for 2 weeks or longer, you can choose to rent a fully furnished, self-catering apartment close to the school.  
All apartments include a bedroom, bathroom, living and dining room with equipped kitchenette, all utilities, WiFi high-speed internet connection, a 32-inch flat screen cable TV, and a cleaning service twice a week


Notes 
All accommodation is normally arranged from the Sunday evening before the course begins until the Saturday morning after the course ends. If it is impossible to arrange arrival and departure times in accordance with these days, extra nights can normally be arranged but this depends on availability of rooms.

Activities: Learn to speak Spanish and have fun!

We will be here to help and support you before your arrival and during your stay until you return home. Make friends, practise your Spanish and discover the 
Colombian way of life!

The school organises a varied programme of social activities for our Spanish students. These include welcome breakfasts,  guided visits and excursions to places of interest in and around Bogotá, films in Spanish, concerts by local musicians, and exchange evenings at which students can meet and talk with some of our other students who are learning English in the school. We also take students out in the evening to experience some of Bogotá's unforgettable nightlife. 

Most of these activities are included in the course fee. However, please note that entrance fees and transport costs (where  applicable) are not included and students will therefore have to pay for these themselves. All students are given a copy of the social programme planned for the following 2-week period when they arrive. 

We also organise full-day excursions to towns and places of interest outside Bogotá. These excursions are organised at least  once a month. Please note that for these full day excursions outside Bogotá we charge a supplement to help pay for the cost of the coach and guide.

A typical week of the social programme:
  • Monday Welcome to the school breakfast 
  • Tuesday Visit to the Archaeology Museum 
  • Wednesday Colombian Movie 
  • Thursday Salsa Classes 
  • Friday Visit to Monserrate 
  • Saturday Full-day excursion to Boyacá - “El Dorado”
Apartments
Rented apartments
Rented apartments
Bed in apartments

Welcome to our school

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CELTA Overview

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Our school

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Spanish class
Spanish class
Intensive Spanish Class
Students on terrace at school
Students on social activities
Day trip
Day trip in Bogota
Students on the activities

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