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Reviews of StudyTeam Cuba, Havana, Cuba

Total number of reviews: 5
NOTE: All reviews are authentic. Only students who booked their course through us can publish evaluations here, and only after the end of their programme. These evaluations then are not manipulated in any way, neither by us nor by the school, and can be trusted as honest opinions about personal experiences with the school.

Average Rating

Based on 5 reviews of former students of StudyTeam Cuba
Overall Rating
StudyTeam Cuba, Havana, Cuba

Rating of 2.6 out of 5 stars

2.6/5.0 
City

Rating of 3.2 out of 5 stars

3.2/5.0 
Organisation

Rating of 2.4 out of 5 stars

2.4/5.0 
Facilities

Rating of 1.8 out of 5 stars

1.8/5.0 
Social activities

Rating of 1 out of 5 stars

1.0/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language

Rating of out of 5 stars

4.2/5.0 
Value for money

Rating of out of 5 stars

1.8/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay

Rating of out of 5 stars

2.7/5.0 
Shared Flat

Rating of out of 5 stars

0.0/5.0 
other

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0.0/5.0 

Individual Reviews

StudyTeam Cuba
14. May. 2018
1.  (68 years) - 
101. Course:  Mini group Spanish 20 [Spanish] - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating of 1 out of 5 stars

Value for money

Rating of 1 out of 5 stars

Detailed review
City/place

Rating of 1 out of 5 stars

School organization

Rating of 2 out of 5 stars

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating of 1 out of 5 stars

Social activities

Rating of 1 out of 5 stars

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating of 4 out of 5 stars

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The only thing I liked about the school was my teacher, who was excellent. However, I think I was lucky because the other teachers did not appear to me to be as good. One of the students had a tutor who was over 80 years old. He had to have his classes outside the "school," because his tutor wasn't able to climb the stairs! I happened to get along very well with my teacher. He was a good fit for me, was very humorous, spoke to me only in Spanish, and was both very organized and flexible in his approach.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
This is not really a school. It's a private home with three extra rooms that they rent out to students who also wish to have room and board. There are no classrooms, nor are there classes as such. The people who run this "school" merely have tutors on call. The tutors can take up to three students at a time, but this rarely occurs because students are at different levels. For the most part, these are tutorials. Since there are no classrooms, the tutorials take place either in the kitchen or in the students' rooms. In many cases, they don't even take place at the "school," but rather at the teachers' homes. The teachers often live in very poor conditions. For my first day, my teacher took me to his home, which was poorly lit and uncomfortable. I complained to the manager of the school and was able to arrange to have my classes in a spare bedroom at the "school" in the middle of the day when it was free. In addition, there are no materials. I expected a book or at least some copied materials, but there were none. The teacher himself had wonderful materials, mainly neatly hand-written in his own notebooks, but there were no copies from which I could study. I was forced to take pictures of the lesson and exercise pages with my iPhone. Then, after the class, I had to laboriously download the images onto my laptop, edit them so they were legible, and make transcripts in Word. Often, the images my iPhone produced were blurry and I nearly ruined my vision trying to make them out. After going through all this work, there was little time left for study, and since I was all alone with no other fellow students there was no one to practice with. There were essentially no social opportunities. I joined a couple of other students one weekend, and we toured the old city together, but that was it.
Other comments
This is basically a rip-off. The owner of the company and the owners of the private home that they called a "school." are undoubtedly profiting handsomely from this enterprise. The students (as well as, I assume, the teachers), are the ones getting ripped off. The only real service the school provides is to connect the students with a (hopefully) qualified teacher. After the two weeks was over, he gave me his card and said that if I was ever in Cuba again and needed more lessons to call him. That I certainly would do, but in that case I would take lessons directly from him. I certainly would not book with Study Team Cuba again. I paid over $200 per week for two weeks (about 30 hours total) of classes. When I inquired of one of the tutors how much they would charge if I contacted them privately, I was told that she charged $4 per hour. So if I had simply known where to find a tutor myself, I could have had the same lessons for $120 for which I paid around $415 through Study Team Cuba. So I ended up paying three and a half times as much for classes that I would have had to pay if I had known how to find a tutor on my own.
16. Aug. 2017
2.  (43 years) - Switzerland
102. Course:  Mini group Spanish 20 - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating of 4 out of 5 stars

Value for money

Rating of 2 out of 5 stars

Detailed review
City/place

Rating of 4 out of 5 stars

School organization

Rating of 3 out of 5 stars

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating of 2 out of 5 stars

Social activities

Rating of 6 out of 5 stars

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating of 5 out of 5 stars

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The teacher, Israel Machado, was great!
16. Feb. 2017
3.  (65 years) - United Kingdom
103. Course:  One-to-one Spanish 20 + Guitar lessons (5 classes/week) - 2 weeks

Overall Rating

Rating of 2 out of 5 stars

Value for money

Rating of 2 out of 5 stars

Detailed review
City/place

Rating of 3 out of 5 stars

School organization

Rating of 2 out of 5 stars

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating of 2 out of 5 stars

Social activities

Rating of 1 out of 5 stars

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating of 3 out of 5 stars

Accommodation
Homestay

Rating of 2 out of 5 stars

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Difficult to like because it hardly exists. The 'school' needs to up its game if it wants to continue to earn European fees. The people were nice enough but (with the exception of Ileana in Havana) did not come up to European teaching standards. They have no text books and have not realised the potential of the internet to provide teaching aids.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Bring your own text book/course book because they have no teaching aids. Do not part with fees any earlier than absolutely necessary; there is nothing to be gained. Do not book guitar lessons ... because they have no real guitar teachers!
Other comments
I still don't know who Study Team Cuba is. None of the other students recognised that name either.
5. Dec. 2016
4.  (74 years) - 
104. Course:  One-to-one Spanish 20 - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating of 3 out of 5 stars

Value for money

Rating of 1 out of 5 stars

Detailed review
City/place

Rating of 5 out of 5 stars

School organization

Rating of 1 out of 5 stars

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating of 1 out of 5 stars

Social activities

Rating of 1 out of 5 stars

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating of 5 out of 5 stars

Accommodation
Homestay

Rating of 4 out of 5 stars

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Ghost school, nonexistent in my case. I asked for a private teacher so I ' ve followed all my courses at my teacher's therefore hardly had contact with the school.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Do not miss an opportunity to talk with Cubans ... they are charming, even if they always want to try to rip you off a little bit ...
Other comments
The fact that I followed private classes didn't enable me to have contact with the other students, so I spent the week alone on my visits. It was a bit sad!!! A big lack of organisation from the management.
17. Oct. 2016
5.  (43 years) - Japan
105. Course:  Mini group Spanish 20 - 1 week

Overall Rating

Rating of 3 out of 5 stars

Value for money

Rating of 3 out of 5 stars

Detailed review
City/place

Rating of 3 out of 5 stars

School organization

Rating of 4 out of 5 stars

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating of 3 out of 5 stars

Social activities

Rating of 1 out of 5 stars

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating of 4 out of 5 stars

Accommodation
Homestay

Rating of 2 out of 5 stars

Additional information
Positive aspects of school
It is hard to assess the school, since there is no actual school, i.e. facilities, class rooms, etc. But, my personal teacher was good.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
I chose the option "host family" for accommodation. Actually, it is not a "host family", but merely the "CASA". If I knew that before arriving at the school, I would have looked for accommodation by myself.
Other comments
I liked the style, taking lessons in CASA.

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