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Jakera, Havana, Cuba

Among the Top 20% most popular Spanish schools in Cuba in the last 12 months Organized social activities were rated by students as the best or among the top 20% of all schools in Cuba Average student rating for this school was the best or in the top 20% among all schools in Cuba

What we like about the school

  • Location in centre of Old Havana
  • Small class sizes
  • Every afternoon free organized leisure activities for adults
  • Rooftop terrace

Jakera

The language school Jakera was founded in Havana, Cuba in 2013. Learn Spanish in Old Havana: a UNESCO World Heritage destination with atmosphere, music and dance. The school is nestled in the heart of Old Havana in a vibrant maze of neoclassical buildings. Programs include accommodation, breakfast and lunch, Spanish lessons, dance lessons and cultural excursions and activities. The objective is to give you a real cultural immersion to help you understand and enjoy this amazing country and maximise your time here!

The school address is: Lamparilla 311, entre Aguacate y Compostella, 10100 - Havana (Cuba).

Accreditations and Quality seals

School Size:

Facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • Library

  • Lounge

  • Rooftop terrace

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Free coffee

  • Free water dispenser

Classroom equipment

  • TV in some classrooms

  • Air conditioning in some classrooms

  • Heating in some classrooms

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

6

Number of public workstations:

1

Prices include

  • Organized activities
  • Free certificate of course attendance
  • Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • For adult courses: every afternoon free organized leisure program
  • For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week

Course material:

Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 6
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 6

Average age of students

  • in summer: 28 years
  • throughout the year: 28 years

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 4
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 4

Minimum age of students

  • 18 years

Spanish teacher qualifications

  • 100 % hold a university degree
  • 100 % hold a recognised language teaching qualification

Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school):

10
20
5
5
5
5
30

Airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Jose Martí International (HAV). It takes 30 minutes to school.

Language school closed

In 2016 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2016, 02.Jan.2016, 06.Jan.2016, 28.Jan.2016, 20.Mar.2016, 24.Mar.2016, 25.Mar.2016, 01.May.2016, 08.May.2016, 20.May.2016, 25.Jul.2016, 26.Jul.2016, 27.Jul.2016, 10.Oct.2016, 25.Dec.2016, 31.Dec.2016

Courses

All prices in US$ (convert currency). Below the original school prices are displayed.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ 345337 690673 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Course price includes accommodation
Hotel / Hostel, Shared room (multiple beds), Half board
Starting dates
Every first Monday of month .
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ -- -- -- -- -- 28402769 -- -- -- -- --
Course price includes accommodation
Hotel / Hostel, Shared room (multiple beds), Half board Price also includes twice weekly dance lessons, three times weekly cultural sessions, two escorted trips to the beach and an overnight trip to Viñales Valley.
2 weeks enjoying the sights & sounds of Havana + 2 weeks of residential volunteer placement in Punta Perdiz + 2 weeks of community based volunteering in Havana.

At Punta Perdiz (weeks 3 & 4 of the program) you will be staying in a series of blockwork cabins with concrete floors and en suite (cold water only) that form the accommodation units at the Campismo. Each cabin consists of bunk beds and includes a fridge. All meals are included during this part of your stay. Most Cuban guests at the Campismo will self-cater with an outdoor BBQ. Our group will be self-sufficient and have a daily rotation for preparing meals and cleaning, overseen by your program manager. You will need to bring a sheet, a mosquito net and a towel and will be encouraged to leave some or all of these items behind at the end of your stay (more ‘Donativo’!). This course takes place in a different location than main address of the school:
Havana
Starting dates
Every first Monday of month .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 11:45
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ -- 800780 -- 15801541 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Course price includes accommodation
Hotel / Hostel, Shared room (multiple beds), Half board 15 Spanish lessons + 3 Cultural lessons + 2 Dance lessons per week.
Program price also includes these weekend activities: two escorted trips to the beach and an overnight trip to Viñales Valley.
Cultural experiences will be curated by Jose Blanco Ramirez, otherwise known as VIANKO. Painter, poet, humorist and writer Vianko is a celebrated academic with the University of Havana. This course takes place in a different location than main address of the school:
Havana
Starting dates
Every first Monday of month .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 11:45
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ 420410 800780 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Course price includes accommodation
Hotel / Hostel, Shared room (multiple beds), Half board Course available in both Old Havana and Trinidad. It is possible to combine 2 weeks in each location for a 4 week course. Please specify where you would like to go in the comments field of your registration.
3 Spanish lessons each morning and 5 hours of structured dance lessons per week.
Cost per extra night accommodation: $35.00 USD
Starting dates
Every first Monday of month .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:45
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Lesson duration: 45 minutes
Individual classes Single individual lessons of tuition can be booked at 8 US$. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.
Comments about courses: All our courses include accommodation in a ‘Casa Particular’ in a shared (double) room on a Monday to Sunday basis. Single rooms are limited but they can be requested by adding the single room supplement here.

Staying in a ‘Casa Particular’ you will enjoy a homestay/B&B style experience. Rooms are en suite and breakfast and lunch are taken in the family dining room and you will have full use of the house.

Cost of additional nights in Havana: 22€/US$35/night.

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 245 490 735 980 245
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
35 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
1 minutes walking
Includes:
Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Air conditioning, Half board, Private bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
Maximum age of students: 0
  • Max. 1 student of each nationality possible? no
  • Optional airport transfer
    José Martí International Airport: for 35 US$ (one way); for 70 US$ (return trip)

Leisure activities

activity possible distance from school
Ballet 0.5 km
Baseball 0.5 km
Basketball 0.5 km
Dancing 0.2 km
Diving 15 km
Football (soccer) 0.5 km
Music 0.1 km
Swimming 15 km
Yoga 0.2 km

Reviews

City
4.0/5.0 
Organisation
3.0/5.0 
Facilities
2.3/5.0 
Social activities
4.0/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language
3.3/5.0 
Value for money
3.3/5.0 
Accommodation
Host Family
3.0/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
3.0/5.0 
Other
3.0/5.0 
Students liked about Jakera, Havana
Location, food provided - especially the yummy breakfast, the guys took us out to a dance club and also to the Labour Day parade. Friendly staff.
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
3.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
3.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Make the most of the cultural tours and extra excursions, it's not very easy to get to the beach etc by yourself, so let the school do the organising for you. They'll also organise your wider travel for you but it will not be the cheapest way to do it as bargains on accommodation are to be found when you arrive at your destination.
Other comments: A good way to experience Havana with a ready made group of friends. There are cheaper hostels but you get what you pay for. If you're not sure about dance classes or want a mix of dance and cultural tours in the afternoons just book your language classes & accommodation as you can add on dance & tours later.
Extremely friendly teachers and staff; well-organized (everyone is very prompt).
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
4.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Host Family
4.0/5.0
Other
4.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: You can stay in the school dorm or ask to be placed in a private room in the neighborhood. The food (breakfast and lunch provided) was quite good.
Other comments: Website needs updating as information about schedule and required clothing for salsa dancing was not accurate.

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