Located in the suburban El Dorado neighborhood, the Language & International Relations Institute (ILERI; 260 4424; isls.com/panama/schools/ileri.html; Camino de la Amistad) offers four hours of one-on-one instruction per day, five days a week. Costs start at US$300 for the first week (with lodging, meals, trips and activities), and then decreases with each subsequent week. The weekly rate without lodging starts at US$200.
The immensely popular language school, Spanish Panama (213 3121; www.spanishpanama.com; Av 2a B Norte), gets rave reviews from travelers. It has a similar structure to ILERI’s: four hours of one-on-one classes daily and homestays with meals for US$375 per week (long-term discounts are available). They also offer a ‘backpacker special, ’ which includes classes with dorm stay for US$275 per week.
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