Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala
Do you want to learn Spanish well? Do you have a sabbatical year and do you want to travel, experience and see a lot?
8 weeks of Spanish classes in a small group, accommodation, a flight from San José to Guatemala City, all your meals for one month except on Sundays and transfers costs for a total price of $2695. You can expand this package doing volunteer work in Guatemala. If you want you can divide your period of volunteer work between different projects.
Do you want to be on the road for 24 weeks?
The above mentioned package can be extended with 16 weeks of volunteer work and guest family stay with meals in Guatemala for a total of $4015 (total of 24 weeks). The perfect sabbatical!
Central America Tour
We have made a combination tour Central America of 8, 12, 16, 20 or 24 weeks.
You’ll have 8 weeks of Spanish classes and you can add 4, 8, 12 or 16 weeks of volunteer work in Guatemala.
You will first study 4 weeks in different schools in Panama and or Costa Rica followed by 4 weeks of Spanish tuition in Guatemala.
The first 6 weeks you will have classes in a small group, the last 2 weeks you’ll have private classes. The last two weeks you will focus on your verbal skills and your specific problems with the language.
Your teacher will entice you to speak and prepare you for the volunteer work you are going to do after your classes. Your Spanish will improve a lot the last 2 weeks, the perfect conclusion to your Spanish classes.
We have added the standard accommodation which in Panama and Costa Rica is a shared room in the school residence. After 4 weeks of classes in Panama / Costa Rica you will fly to Guatemala. There you’ll have 4 weeks of classes in the school of your choice and you will sleep at a guest family where you will get 3 meals per day except on Sundays. This way you will practice your Spanish a lot. In Guatemala you will have classes in Antigua. If you prefer to study in one of the other places that’s also possible but group tuition is not offered on those other schools. Just tell us which place you prefer in Guatemala and we’ll discuss the possibilities and price with you. Whenever possible transportation is included. There is always transport from the airport to your accommodation. In Panama and in Costa Rica you can choose between two out of the five schools which we work with: Panama City, Boquete and Bocas del Toro in Panama and Turrialba and Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica.
Take a look and choose from the schools on the Panama and the Costa Rica page.
The price for this trip with 8 weeks of Spanish classes, accommodation and transfers and flight is $2565.
The Sabbatical Central America Tour of 8 weeks consists of:
Two times two weeks of Spanish classes in a group of max. 6 students (mostly 3 or 4 students) in Panama and or Costa Rica (free choice of schools)
4 weeks accommodation in a shared room at the school of your choice in Panama and / or Costa Rica.
Transport from the airport from Panama City or San José to the first school of your choice.
Flight from San José to Guatemala City.
Four weeks of Spanish classes in Antigua. The first two weeks in a group, the last two weeks private classes of 3 hours per day.
4 weeks of accommodation at a guest family based on a single room and 3 meals per day except on Sundays.
Transfer from the airport in Guatemala City to the accommodation in Antigua.
12 weeks package: same as the package mentioned above + 4 weeks volunteer work in Guatemala incl. meals $3025.
16 weeks package: same as the package mentioned above + 8 weeks volunteer work in Guatemala incl. meals $3355.
20 weeks package: same as the package mentioned above + 12 weeks volunteer work in Guatemala incl. meals $3690.
24 weeks package: same as the package mentioned above + 16 weeks volunteer work in Guatemala incl. meals $4015
There is a lot of volunteer work in Guatemala. Take a look at the volunteer work page of Guatemala, if you can’t find the type of work you are looking for just ask us. We like to help and all the schools we work with like to help you too in finding the best program for you!
Not inclusive in the sabbatical package:
Flight to Panama City. The airport code is PTY . Most popular airlines that fly on Panama City are: American Airlines, KLM, Delta.
Transport between the places in Panama and Costa Rica. Depending on the schools chosen the costs are around $25/$30. You’ll receive extensive information how to travel from one school to the other.
Taxi from the bus station in San José to the airport ($30) for your flight from San José to Guatemala.
Meals during your first 4 weeks of classes, you will spend somewhere around $325 (cooking yourself with fellow students and having diner a few times per week)
Meals on Sundays in Guatemala, around $12 per Sunday (per Sunday: 2 x a good meal in a restaurant and some snacks. You could get by with $6 if you are on a budget).
Personal expenses during your trip, think of drinks in bars, coffee and or fresh juices in cafes, bottled water in Guatemala.
International flight to Panama City or San José and from Guatemala City – back home.
We have made this trip for a sabbatical year starting in Panama or Costa Rica and ending in Guatemala. This way you have a good set up culture wise. You start with the most beautiful countries nature wise and end with the culturally richest country in Latin America: Guatemala. After 4 weeks of classes in Panama and / or Costa Rica you will start to speak Spanish. That means that the advantage of living with a local family being able to practice your Spanish starts kicking in. Your Spanish will improve rapidly and you get to know the culture. Besides, there is not much English spoken in Guatemala. After 8 weeks of classes you will cope quite well and enjoy your conversations with local people. You`ll have the perfect base to start working as a volunteer!
This is just an example of a combination tour for someone who wants a sabbatical or just wants to travel over a longer period of time.
We can mix and match all the countries and schools and volunteer works we offer so just give us an idea what you would like and we can suggest some interesting itineraries to people with a sabbatical year or who just have a lot of time.
Go back to the homepage to see how the site is divided into Spanish classes, volunteer work and tours with and without Spanish classes.