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Panama Learn Spanish

Panama Learn Spanish

Learn to speak fluent Spanish in the exciting and stunning surroundings of Bocas del Toro.

Prices from $545

Panama remains one of the lesser travelled countries of Central America, giving its visitors a unique insight into the charm of Latin America away from the tourist crowds that are seen in Costa Rica and Guatemala. 

Start your Latin American travelling adventure in the best way possible with an intensive language course and cultural immersion in the stunning Bocas del Toro, an area popular with international travellers.

Enjoy learning one of the world's most useful languages whilst immersing yourself into the daily rhythm and lively ambience of Panama. In one of the country's leading educational centres you will experience the true culture and community life of this enchanting country. Relax on the breath-taking beaches, listening to the enchanting sound of the waves, practising your surf skills or getting lost on an adventure hike through the luxuriant forest. Panama has everything you could dream of and more from a project destination.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Develop your conversational Spanish
  • Experience the true culture & community life of Panama
  • Improve your ability to communicate throughout your travels

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years

FAST FACTS

Location Bocas del Toro, Panama
Activities

20 hours of Spanish classes per week
Immerse yourself into Panama’s unique culture

Transport You will make your own way to the project
Accommodation Backpacker style accommodation

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Project orientation and training  
In-country emergency support   
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

This project is perfect if you want to improve your career prospects, make travel easier throughout Latin America or want access to the countless masterpieces that have been written in Spanish. If you speak Spanish you can communicate with 500 million people in the world!

Spanish is the world's third most spoken language, after Chinese and English, and ranks second in terms of native speakers. At the end of the 19th Century, 60 million people were Spanish speakers. Today, nearly 500 million people across the world speak Spanish. Indeed, Spanish is the second most used language in international communication, and is an official language of the UN and its organisations.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

After waking up to the hustle and bustle of the lively Bocas del Toro and gorging on a delicious Central American style breakfast you will head down to the school to begin your language tuition. Taught by an experienced teacher you will get an excellent introduction to this elegant language, picking up on colloquialisms whilst mastering your pronunciation. In class exercises, reading, writing, and grammar will all be covered, ensuring that you grasp the fundamentals before moving on to more complex constructions and subjects as your confidence builds.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be met upon arrival at Bocas del Toro Airport by a friendly local staff member and escorted to your accommodation in the main town. You will have time to settle in and get acclimatised before receiving orientation to the country, local surroundings and of course your project. Your in-country coordinator will be more than happy to help you with any questions you have and you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly, vibrant community. Please aim to arrive on the Sunday.

If you would prefer we can arrange an airport arrival package from Panama City at a cost of USD $240, please speak to your Frontier Advisor for further information.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be staying in shared dormitory style accommodation at a friendly, local guesthouse where you will have the opportunity to experience the real Panama. You will be located close to the language school.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Food is not provided as part of this programme. This is a fun element of travelling away from home as it gives you that added freedom and is a good opportunity to bond with fellow travellers while exploring local restaurants and market stalls! You will get the opportunity to tantalise your taste buds with local delicacies including crisp meat filled empanada pastries and heavenly spicy stews, doused in a fusion of Caribbean and South American flavours and washed down with locally brewed balboa cerveza, enjoyed on the waterside. 

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Panama is bursting with opportunity, welcoming you to explore the tropical Caribbean and pacific coastline islands and bustling city. Rent a bicycle or scooter and venture around the crumbling churches and ruins of the old quarter of the city and climb the cathedral bell tower for a magnificent city skyline view or hike into the lush rainforest. Whether you view Panama from the tops of the canopy adventure trail or explore the marine life on a snorkelling trip Panama has something to offer for every type of adventurer. 

COSTS

1 week $545

DEPARTURE DATES

Project runs from mid-February until mid-December.

Please aim to arrive on a Sunday.

DURATION

1 week +

WHAT'S INCLUDED

before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

in-country

  • Accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up
  • 20 hours language tuition

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Bocas Del Toro (BOC), Panama City Tocumen International (PTY)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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