We will speak/eat/travel in Spanish all week. You will live in an elegant hotel with us, The DreamCatcher, in a sophisticated yet off-the-beaten-path neighborhood of San Juan. Immersion will allow you to quickly improve your Spanish. We have orchestrated interactive experiences for the entire week with locals. You will have local excursions and (brief) classes every day from 10:00am-6:00pm. We eat (or make!) dinner together, en espanol naturalmente, from 8:00pm-10:00pm every night.
There are only two levels: Beginner or Intermediate (+). All students in your group have similar levels, and we will work toward your specific goals. All materials (video/audio/text) are prepared for you and included in the experience. You will be gently pushed to interact with locals all week; our expert team will make using Spanish fun and rewarding.
For Beginners, you will have Spanish class every day and you will be encouraged to maintain your Spanish on our excursions. For Intermediate-level participants (defined as the equivalent of one year of college Spanish), we customize the language levels even more. We will personalize your excursions and work toward your specific, personal goals. Our expert team will make using Spanish fun and rewarding. For intermediate-level only, we challenge you to speak only Spanish all week.
Your entire experience in San Juan with us is curated and ultra private. Two Spanish teachers/guides are present all day, eight students maximum per group. You will accumulate over 50 (fifty) hours of high-quality interaction in Spanish throughout the week; you will do this across all modalities: speaking, listening, reading, writing.
The accommodations and meals are carefully selected for our clientele, we will go to the best restaurants in San Juan and local beachfronts (provided that no English is spoken at the establishment). All meals are included in the experience, and basic wine is also included. Un poco de vino will help enhance your knowledge of Spanish.
“They made us feel like family, I felt very safe at all times.”
"If I were to rate this course/trip on a scale of 1-10, I would give it a 10+"
“The trip was an immense success, an authentic cultural and linguistic experience.”
“Our trip leader seemed to be a close friend of every proprietor in town, [this] made our interaction with locals even more comfortable.”
“The hotel was small enough that it felt like we were all living in a lovely house together.”
Hotel staff instructed to only serve you in Spanish. Options for private walking/biking tours available. Our expert Spanish teachers are there to chat if you want.
Every activity is task-based. You will be given your task before we leave, e.g., “Report how many empanada shops are in Frontera. We will only be there for 90 minutes, ask at least 5 locals for this info.”
All in Spanish.
Lesson in hotel conference room, overlooking beach and pool. All students will report their task in Spanish. Teachers will provide some grammar and vocabulary lessons after every student presents. In this way, your learning is truly experiential, based on your experiences in Mexico.
Our expert Spanish teachers are available for un helado if you want to stroll and chat with them.
Dinner at a local restaurant, where arrangements have already been made with staff—NINGUN INGLES! (On two of the six nights, we will cook dinner together with a local mama mexicana; the tasks on those two days will revolve around your shopping for la receta de la mama.)