Spanish lessons in Colombia
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Aug 19, 2013 1:21 PM Last Post By: jef1984
Apr 4, 2013 9:38 PM
Spanish lessons in ColombiaHola,
I have been spending the last 5 months taking one-on-one Spanish lessons in Lima, a few places in Colombia on and off and now in Ecuador. In Colombia, I had some private lessons in Medellin with experienced teachers and found someone to help in Cartagena. Over time across the countries, I've had lessons from a few fantastic fantastic teachers, whilst others haven't been so good. The difference can be big.
I want to return to Colombia for a month or more very soon and go to a city/town other than Medellin, Cartagena, Barranquilla and Santa Marta/Taganga (where I've been recently) AND find really experienced/good teachers for lessons that don't cost any more than $15ph. The schools in Colombia are typically very expensive compared with Peru and more so Ecuador. I'm taking many lessons over about 9 months, hence the focus on cost.
When I was last in Colombia I searched online for places like Bucaramanga and Pereira but didn't find what I was looking for. Ideally, I'd like to spend a month or so in a place with nice weather and a bit of a scene in terms of nightlife so I can meet more local people. Bogota is an option, but perhaps more expensive and the weather isn't great.
Your recommendations on schools/great teachers (*based on experience*) for private lessons that don't cost more than $15ph would be hugely appreciated.
Edited by: stephenkemp
Apr 4, 2013 11:26 PM
1Hmm...you might find the weather requirement a bit tricky to fulfil! Medellin is well known for its so-called "perpetual spring" but you've ruled it out. I quite liked Manizales, which is a friendly city quite popular on the Colombia travel circuit - you could look there. The weather when I was there was lovely, but it's quite high up and prone to the usual highland weather! At least it doesn't get too hot. Other places where tourists tend to gather in San Gil, which is in a very pretty part of the country but quite small so perhaps not ideal for finding good teachers.
On anothoer note, $15 per hour is not much money, yet you are looking for "the cream of the crop". The cost of living in Colombia is not as low as many people imagine, and when you consider the amount of preparation which goes into a good lesson, you're driving a pretty hard bargain I think! You can probably tell I'm a teacher (Biology not languages)! Granted, I live in a country with a much higher cost of living but my minimum hourly rate is over 3 times that - you might be able to achieve that rate for a 2-to-1 or 3-to-1 lesson? There are always plenty of foreigners in Colombia looking to learn Spanish (with that gorgeous lilting accent of the Colombians!) there.
Best of luck in your search - have a look at Manizales!
Apr 5, 2013 10:00 AM
Apr 5, 2013 11:58 AM
3I was actually in Manizales, San Gil, Bucaramanga, Barichara two years ago but I wasn't thinking about those places from the point of view of learning Spanish.
In Medellin, I had/knew experienced teachers who were charging within $15ph so I think that's reasonable.
The nice weather is an added bonus if possible.
Aug 19, 2013 1:21 PM
4I can recommend you the Spanish school "Learn More Than Spanish". They are located in Chapinero, the most central district of Bogota. I have studied myself at this school during 2 months. And the improvement I made was really amazing! They work small scale and are very professional with lots of personal attention. The school organizes cultural activities around the city and surroundings once a week.
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