Reviews of International House - Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Total No. of Reviews: 33
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International House - Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
4.1/5.0 
(33 reviews)
City 4.2/5.0 
Organisation 4.2/5.0 
Facilities 3.9/5.0 
Social activities 3.9/5.0 
Course Quality / Progress in language 4.1/5.0 
Value for money 4.0/5.0 
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Host Family 4.1/5.0 
Shared flat (apartment) 4.4/5.0 
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Individual Reviews
14. Aug. 2014
1. (56 years)  -  United States
1. Intensive Group Course - 1 week

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15. Jul. 2014
2. (66 years)  -  United States
2. Intensive Group Course - 4 weeks

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16. Feb. 2014
3. (63 years)  - 
3. Intensive Group Course - 2 weeks

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Nice atmosphere, good welcoming, teachers listening to the needs.
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touristic sites around.
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Inadequate course structure. The school does not give any info on course content: difficult to assess in which group one should be classified.
10. Feb. 2014
4. (59 years)  - 
4. Intensive Group Course - 2 weeks

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The availability and the friendly staff.
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Free activities offered by the 'school and competitive prices for sightseeing such as Itchen Itza and Tulum
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I would have liked to keep the same teacher for the two weeks. This would ensure greater continuity in the course and in the knowledge acquired.
4. Jan. 2014
5. (55 years)  -  United States
5. Intensive course - 4 weeks

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The instructor, Lucy. Also, the school's willingness to help with issues outside of the norm--doctors, housing, anything. The staff in Playa del Carmen is truly amazing.
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I entered as an Elementary Level student and stayed for 4 weeks. I really feel I needed at least two months but couldn't do that, due to family, other obligations. Would recommend staying longer if you are able. If not, plan to return within a year. I am continuing my studies at home, with Duolingo application as well as Rosetta Stone and CDs.
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The air conditioning system could use some improvement. I realize this is a tropical environment, but it made it tedious to study at times.
9. Sep. 2013
6. (34 years)  - 
6. Intensive Group Course - 5 weeks

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The level of teaching and the warmness, it seems to be a small family
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Keep an open mind, because firstly you are in a different country and should be respected the traditions and culture, and secondly, you will meet people from all over the world. Follow the lessons and especially practice the language without searching or forming groups of the same nationality. Mingle yourself with the knowledge of the people and language.
13. Aug. 2013
7. (57 years)  -  United States
7. Intensive Group Course - 1 week

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Structure of the language learning. Very effective and efficient, and the instructor Alex was very good.
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Explore some of the really good restaurants. Get to know your fellow students from all over the world.
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Everyone was helpful and made me feel welcome. I will be continuing the course in future months.
14. Jul. 2013
8. Langhin (22 years)  -  Canada
8. Intensive Group Course - 1 week

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20. May. 2013
9. (72 years)  -  United States
9. Intensive Group Course + Latin Dancing - 1 week

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Excellent setting and potentially great school. The social activities were excellent.
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Nonstop bus from airport arrives less than one block from residence. No need to pay more. I paid $75 for transport from the airport, an unnecessary expense. The residence is almost ideal. It is close to the school and situated near restaurants and services. The rooms are basic but comfortable.
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The school has serious, but correctable problems. I came to improve my speaking, but did not receive a sufficient chance to do so, because of 7 students in my class. 7 is too many. Most of the 7 students spoke better than me. As a result, they dominated the discussions. Also, when my ability was initially evaluated, they determined my speaking ability was only intermediate level one, but they made no effort to determine my grammar level. As a result, I did not learn anything new in grammar. And sadly, I did not get enough chance to improve my speaking. The student residence is excellent, but the food needs improvement. It would not take much effort. Also, at the residence, students should be encouraged to speak only Spanish. Again, this would not take much effort. Because I did not learn much Spanish and because I spent money on transport, scuba diving and salsa which was not well organized, I have given the school a low rating. The problems can be corrected.
23. Apr. 2013
10. Kirill (31 years)  -  United States
10. Intensive Group Course - 1 week

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Playa del Carmen is very touristy and has lots of nightlife, but the lack of a good place for latin dancing was a surprise. The beach is nice and within walking distance. Multiple options for day trips, both organized and individual.
15. Mar. 2013
11. Aaron (35 years)  - 
11. Intensive Group Course - 2 weeks

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1. Dec. 2012
12. (55 years)  -  Canada
12. Intensive Group Course - 1 week

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Teachers were great.
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Learning how to find and use "collectivos" is a must.
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I enjoyed the pace of teaching. Felt everything was well reviewed in a variety of ways
21. Oct. 2012
13. (53 years)  - 
13. Intensive Group Course - 2 weeks

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Friendly, helpful and always supportive staff, great teacher (Viri), good lunch thanks to Yvonne and nice atmosphere.
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I recommend a homestay to get to know the life in Mexico.
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Highly recommended school which attends to the needs of the individual and makes them feel welcome.
17. Jul. 2012
14. (37 years)  -  Luxembourg
14. Intensive Group Course + Mexican Cooking Classes - 2 weeks

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approach of teachers during the lessons and after lessons, friendly atmosphere in the school and in the residential area
5. Mar. 2012
15. (58 years)  - 
15. Intensive Group Course - 6 weeks

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The almost familial atmosphere, the functional, clean and well-located residence, the school cafeteria where one can eat good meals at cheap prices
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Tulum - Chichentza - Coba - swim in a cenote - Ahcacao's chocolate! - playa and sea
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Good-quality lessons overall. For the last 2 weeks, as there was no other student with the same level, I followed private courses which allowed me to greatly improve
12. Feb. 2012
16. (39 years)  -  Netherlands
16. Intensive Group Course - 2 weeks

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They really put an effort trying to fit your level. Nice teachers. Good cooks!
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Buy organized trips via school - it
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The accommodation is very good. Breakfast is excellent!
20. Jan. 2012
17. (43 years)  - 
17. Intensive Group Course - 3 weeks

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I had a lot of fun learning Spanish, very dedicated and friendly teachers and very dedicated and friendly staff, cafeteria in the school building, only 5 minutes to the beach. Residence: only 5 minutes to the beach and 5 minutes to the school.
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The activities of the school are great and in the residence you can quickly meet other students.
23. Aug. 2011
18. (43 years)  -  Italy
18. Intensive Group Course - 1 week

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The teacher.
8. Sep. 2010
19. (37 years)  - 
19. Intensive Group Course - 1 week

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The Location, the structure, the teachers and the staff.
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There are so many activities allowing you to make new friends and to practice the language.
8. Sep. 2010
20. Carlo (36 years)  - 
20. Intensive Group Course - 1 week

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26. Apr. 2010
21. (34 years)  - 
21. Intensive Group Course - 4 weeks

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Perfect location of the school and the student residence. I had morning and afternoon classes, leaving the evenings for all excursions, beach and nightlife. Good way to learn while relaxing.
10. Feb. 2010
22. (59 years)  - 
22. Intensive Group Course + Mexican Cooking Classes - 1 week

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Very friendly staff
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Cooking course excellent. There has been a mistake in the address for the host family.
3. Jan. 2010
23. (23 years)  - 
23. Intensive Group Course - 2 weeks

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The welcoming and the atmosphere
7. Jul. 2009
24. (29 years)  -  Switzerland
24. Intensive Group Course - 4 weeks

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Single Classes
17. Mar. 2009
25. Sergio (31 years)  -  Italy
25. Intensive Group Course - 2 weeks

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They offered me private classes instead than group classes as there wasn't a course with my level.
24. Oct. 2008
26. Corina (37 years)  - 
26. Intensive Group Course - 2 weeks

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2. Jul. 2008
27. (28 years)  -  Germany
27. Intensive Group Course + Latin Dancing - 3 weeks

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Our teacher Analy.
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try to do as many activities with locals, the language will advance quickly
18. Apr. 2008
28. (32 years)  - 
28. Intensive Group Course + Latin Dancing - 2 weeks

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Nice atmosphere. Really small group (3 people in my class).
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There are some really lovely people working in the school and in the residence. Big hugs especially to Linda. Also the teachers were very nice. The school is near the beach and it offers lunch.
10. Dec. 2007
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29. Intensive Group Course - 2 weeks

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very good teacher
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collectivo to Tulum
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good school and atmosphere
19. Sep. 2007
30. Bruno (23 years)  - 
30. Intensive Group Course + Diving - 6 weeks

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13. Sep. 2007
31. (48 years)  - 
31. Intensive Group Course - 3 weeks

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CLASSES WITH FEW PEOPLE, A LOT OF CONVERSATION
22. Aug. 2007
32. Yuki (35 years)  - 
32. Intensive Group Course - 1 week

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28. Mar. 2007
33. (35 years)  - 
33. Intensive Group Course - 3 weeks

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Playa Akumal,Tulum & Merida

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