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Spanish by the Sea, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Average student rating for this school was the best or in the top 20% among all schools in Panama

What we like about the school

  • 5 locations, all offering the same Spanish program
  • Unique eco classroom (outside)
  • Small class sizes
  • Top rated social activities
  • Top rated school facilities

Bocas del Toro  

Spanish by the Sea

The language school Spanish by the Sea was founded in Bocas del Toro, Panama in 1998. This Spanish School in Bocas del Toro was founded in 1998 and it is conveniently located on Fourth Street, right behind the Main Street. Spanish classes are held all around the building, from upstairs on the balcony to the "rancho" in the garden. The communicative method is applied and the teachers make sure classes are fun by using music, role-playing and adding lots of cultural information, so that you will stay motivated to learn.

The school address is: Calle 4ta, 7215 - Bocas del Toro (Panama).

Accreditations and Quality seals

Private University OTEIMA

School Size:

Facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Movie room

  • Games room

  • Lounge

  • Garden

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Free coffee

  • Free WIFI

Classroom equipment

  • TV in some classrooms

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

8

Number of public workstations:

2

Prices include

  • Organized activities
  • Internet access and use of school computers
  • Wireless LAN zone at school
  • Free certificate of course attendance
  • Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • Language level placement test before arrival

Course material:

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

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 40
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 20

Average age of students

  • in summer: 20 years
  • throughout the year: 30 years

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 6
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 4

Minimum age of students

  • 15 years
  • 6 years for specific Junior courses

Spanish teacher qualifications

  • 50 % hold a university degree
  • 80 % hold a recognised language teaching qualification

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

25
2.5
2.5
25
10
20
15

Airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Bocas del Toro. It takes 5 minutes by taxi to school.

Language school closed

In 2016 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2016, 25.Mar.2016, 01.May.2016, 25.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 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 300285 600570 900855 12001140 15001425 18001710 21001995 24002280 30002850 36003420 300285
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Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 8:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 19:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 225214 450428 675642 900855 11251069 13501283 15751497 18001710 22502138 27002565 225214
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 8:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 19:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 360342 720684 10801026 14401368 18001710 21602052 25202394 28802736 36003420 43204104 360342
Starting dates
Every Day .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 8:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 19:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 225214 450428 675642 900855 11251069 13501283 15751497 18001710 22502138 27002565 225214
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 8:00  - 11:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 19:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 300285 600570 900855 12001140 15001425 18001710 21001995 24002280 30002850 36003420 300285
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 8:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 19:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
Note: All courses offered by Spanish by the Sea, Bocas del Toro can be booked online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just mention the course description in the comment field of the online registration form.
Lesson duration: 55 minutes
School's administrative fee: 25.00  US$
Individual classes Single individual lessons of tuition can be booked at 22.50 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.

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 84 168 252 336 84
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
12 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Shared room (multiple beds).
Distance from school:
3 minutes walking (average reported by our former students)
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
Maximum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 154 308 462 616 154
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
22 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
10 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Breakfast, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
Maximum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 140 280 420 560 140
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
20 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
Maximum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 210 420 630 840 210
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
30 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
Maximum age of students: 0
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 room
Price extra night:
35 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
Maximum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 210 420 630 840 210
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per room
Price extra night:
30 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
Maximum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 280 560 840 1120 280
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per room
Price extra night:
40 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Triple room (only for 3 people travelling together).
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 0
Maximum age of students: 0
  • Airport transfer via school includes pick-up at the international airport, hostel in panama city with breakfast, transfer from hostel to national airport, national flight and transfer from Bocas del Toro to the accommodation.
  • Max. 1 student of each nationality possible? no
  • Single room: always
  • Optional airport transfer
    Bocas del Toro "Isla Colón" International Airport: for 15 US$ (pick up); for 20 US$ (return trip)

Leisure activities

Leisure activities activity possible course possible organized by school distance from school
Cooking  
Dancing  
Diving  
Horse riding 8 km
Sailing 3 km
Swimming 3 km
Yoga 1 km
Other leisure options: sea kayak
Examples of social activities
organised by language school:
Happy Hour with BBQ on Fridays, Movie nights, cooking classes

Reviews

City
4.3/5.0 
Organisation
5.0/5.0 
Facilities
4.7/5.0 
Social activities
4.7/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language
4.3/5.0 
Value for money
5.0/5.0 
Accommodation
Host Family
5.0/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0 
Other
5.0/5.0 
Students liked about Spanish by the Sea, Bocas del Toro
Friendly staff, great accommodation, many different beaches in the neighborhood.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Host Family
5.0/5.0
Hostel Spanish by the Sea - Bocas
5.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Other comments: I also stayed at the schools in Boquete and Turrialba. Everything was really great. The rooms are very large (for 10$ /night) and clean. The accommodations are very nice, spacious and well equipped. Even with a nice garden. They were the best hostels I've seen during the two months I stayed in Central America.
The family atmosphere at school was really great. Also, the classes and the teachers are really amazing.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0
Other
5.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: We were at the school/hostel in Boquete and Turrialba as well. The school in Turrialba should not be missed, just heavenly. And you can do so many cool things here.
Other comments: The entire organization of the school is amazing, they are happy to help with any questions and the staff is super nice.

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