Cheapest and Best Place to learn Spanish?
I'm planning a yearlong trip to South America starting in October. My main goals are to learn Spanish fluently and dance (salsa and Afro-latin). I plan to go to language school for at least two months to get a good foundation and I'm wondering where the cheapest language schools are (including homestay) and the places least likely to have many other English speakers. I am very dedicated to complete language immersion.
I studied in Xela, Guatemala and would love to find a place that has comparable prices ($150/week for 4 hours of 1-1 instruction, homestay and 3 meals a day). Is that possible in South America?
My plan is to fly to Bogota because the 1-way tickets there are much cheaper than to other cities. I don't mind taking a bus to another country to find the right place to learn Spanish. I will be going to Bolivia later in my trip so I'm not that excited to go there in the beginning (though I know it may be the cheapest), but I could be persuaded if the price and location seem right. I'm loooking for recommendations for cities/towns and schools in Colombia, Ecuador or Peru, but any tips are greatly appreciated! Oh, and places where there is good dancing is also a plus- for me, that is salsa (cuban style if possible), Afro-latin and just a generally vibrant dance community with classes and clubs. I value Spanish immersion over dance though for the first half of my trip.
http://www.bolivianspanishschool.com/in ... &Itemid=66
price: 140$ a week for 4 hours a day, individual instruction 210 for food and housing
a little higher, but in the range- This is only ONE school.
150 for 20 hours of group lessons
* Only US $ 8.50 per hour
From June to August/2011
If you need to book less than 20 hours:
* Special price: US $ 9.00 per hour
From June to August/2011
From September to December:
* Only US $ 8.00 per hour!! (any number of hours)
Registration fee from September: US $ 20.00
http://www.simon-bolivar.com/spanish_le ... index.html
8.50 x 4 x 5 = 170 a week
Uruguay -- 25 dollars an hour for individual-
http://www.academiauruguay.com/cursos_y ... .php?id=13
Only one example..
Individual lessons, 11 dollars an hour
http://www.spanishcourses.info/spanish7 ... ees-EN.htm
Chile- 203 dollars a week for 20 hours of group lessons
http://learn-spanish-in-latin-america.l ... s.php?id=8
Like Argentina- group lessons only
I recommend the following, based upon personal experience:
no more than four hours a day, 5-6 maximum
after one month- take a two week break- you get brain meltdown, or at least i did.
So yes, you can do it, but you may have to travel to the poorer countries to do it.
Pay a week at a time if possible. This gives you the leeway to change host families without a cost penalty, or to leave the school early if it isn't to your satisfaction.
I was hoping to do something similar (except no dancing). But instead of home staying find my own apartment or something.
I was looking at doing this in Central America but if I could be close to do some trekking in the Andes it may make mroe sense.
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