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Learn Spanish in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

As soon as you arrive you will see why coming to learn Spanish in Playa del Carmen is a wonderful option!  A seaside town located on the Caribbean coast just 60km south of Cancun, the turquoise sea and long white sandy beaches are complemented by the relaxed atmosphere and slow pace of life. More like a Mexican village than a Caribbean resort town, our school provides an ideal and safe location for studying.

We offer Spanish courses at all levels for individuals and families as well as Spanish plus:

  • Spanish Language (for individuals and families)
  • Spanish + Mexican culture
  • Spanish + Mexican cookery
  • Spanish + Latin dance
  • Spanish + Diving

”Absolutely loved this place – my homestay family treated me just like I was their daughter and I really felt welcome. I learned loads more Spanish as well, and even learned how to cook some great local food. Loved it!” LM, Manchester

Our School
Our school is located just two blocks from the beach with a wide range of bars, restaurants and shops close by.  There are 10 spacious classrooms, all with air-conditioning and views of the exotic garden. There is also a study room, internet facilities and a popular restaurant as well as a cafe in the garden area where students can socialise after lessons.

Cultural Activities and Excursions
Cultural activities and excursions are offered throughout the year and students are provided with a 2-week programme upon arrival.  Social activities held in the school include welcome cocktails, cultural exchanges, Latin dance classes, lectures on Mexican and Mayan culture and film screenings and these are all free of charge.  Excursions are organised to local places of interest, such as the ancient Mayan cities of Tulum and Chichen Itza, as well as the island of Cozumel, which is famous for its coral reefs and marine life.

National Holidays
1 January, 7 February, 20 March, 9/10 April, 1 May, 18 September, 20 November, 25 December 2020
The school will close on these public holidays and no classes will be held. Only individual lessons will be rescheduled.

Transfers
Transfers can be arranged from/to Cancun International Airport.  1 person costs £110 one way.  2-3 people travelling together, £80 per person one way.
These prices are for transfers from 08.00 to 18.00 (arrival time at the airport). Transfers outside these hours will be charged at 50% extra.

General Spanish Course

These courses are designed for those who wish to learn communicative Spanish skills, ideal for use in everyday life. Long term courses are also available for 5+ weeks – please contact us for more details.

Course duration:1 or more weeks
Consists of:20 group lessons per week
Class timetable:09.30 – 13.30 including 20 minute break (Mon-Fri)
Lesson duration:55 minutes
Maximum class size:8 students
Minimum language level:beginner
Minimum age:16 years
Cost:1 week £250 / 2 weeks £435 / 3 weeks £645 / 4 weeks £865

2020 Start dates

Courses start on any Monday throughout the year for all levels, except absolute beginners who should start on the following dates:
13/27 January, 10/24 February, 09/23 March, 06/20 April, 04/18 May, 01/15/29 June, 13/27 July, 10/24 August, 07/21 September, 05/19 October, 02/16/30 November, 14/28 December

Courses are available all year round for a variety of ages and levels. Course fees include a placement test, course materials and certificate, student card and some social/cultural activities.  Please note that students are required to purchase the course book at the school for approximately US$50.

Please click on one of the options below for more details:

Individual Spanish Course

Individual tuition is ideal for those who would prefer intensive learning or who wish to focus on specific topics as lesson content can be tailored to an individual’s needs. 2:1 private tuition available on request.

Course duration:1 or more weeks
Consists of:10/15 individual lessons per week
Class timetable:flexible
Lesson duration:60 minutes
Maximum class size:1 student
Minimum language level:beginner
Minimum age:16 years
Cost:10 lessons per week, 1 week £300/ 2 weeks £560
15 lessons per week, 1 week £450 / 2 weeks £900

2020 Start dates: Individual courses are flexible and can start on any weekday, except public holidays

Family Spanish Course

This course is aimed specifically at families with children aged between 2 and 15 years old who want to spend a study holiday together.  For children aged 2 to 5, childcare is provided by staff members who use a play-based approach to introduce them to the Spanish language. Children aged 6 to 15 are taught on a 1:1 or 2:1 basis with tuition designed for the relevant age and level of language skill, whilst parents study their chosen course.  The whole family has the option to join in the cultural activities offered by the school in the afternoons and evenings.

Please get in touch for further details!

Spanish + Mexican Culture

This course combines Spanish group tuition in the morning with afternoon study sessions which provide an insight into the rich Mexican culture.  Activities in afternoon classes are designed to develop communicative skills, covering topics such as the history of Mexico, regional and ethnic diversity, folklore and the arts.

Course duration:1 or more weeks
Consists of:20 group Spanish lessons + 2 Discover Mexico sessions per week
Class timetable:Spanish 09.30 – 13.30 including 20 minute break (Mon-Fri)
+ 2 afternoon sessions per week
Lesson duration:55 minutes (Spanish) / 90 minutes (afternoon sessions)
Maximum class size:8 students
Minimum language level:beginner
Minimum age:16 years
Cost:1 week £300 / 2 weeks £560 / 3 weeks £845 / 4 weeks £1115

2020 Start dates

Courses start on any Monday throughout the year for all levels, except absolute beginners who should start on the following dates:
13/27 January, 10/24 February, 09/23 March, 06/20 April, 04/18 May, 01/15/29 June, 13/27 July, 10/24 August, 07/21 September, 05/19 October, 02/16/30 November, 14/28 December

Spanish + Mexican Cookery

This course combines Spanish tuition and cookery classes in the school’s purpose built kitchen, offering the opportunity to learn how to prepare some of Mexico’s most enticing dishes.  The first class includes a visit to a local food market so that students can learn the names of all basic ingredients.  All the ingredients are included in the course fee and students eat everything that they have prepared.

Course duration:1 or more weeks
Consists of:20 group Spanish lessons + 2 cookery classes per week
Class timetable:Spanish 09.30 – 13.30 including 20 minute break (Mon-Fri)
+ 2 afternoons 14.30 – 16.00
Lesson duration:55 minutes (Spanish) / 90 minutes (cookery)
Maximum class size:8 students
Minimum language level:beginner
Minimum age:16 years
Cost:1 week £300 / 2 weeks £560 / 3 weeks £845 / 4 weeks £1,115

2020 Start dates

Courses start on any Monday throughout the year for all levels, except absolute beginners who should start on the following dates:
13/27 January, 10/24 February, 09/23 March, 06/20 April, 04/18 May, 01/15/29 June, 13/27 July, 10/24 August, 07/21 September, 05/19 October, 02/16/30 November, 14/28 December

Spanish + Latin Dance

This course combines Spanish language tuition and Latin dance classes with expert dance instructors.  Dance lessons take place on 2 afternoons per week and include popular Latin dances such as Salsa, Rumba, Samba and Chachacha.

Course duration:1 or more weeks
Consists of:20 group Spanish + 2 dance sessions per week
Class timetable:Spanish 09.30 – 13.30 including 20 minute break (Mon-Fri)
+ 2 afternoon dance sessions of 90 mins each, usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1430-1600
Lesson duration:55 minutes (Spanish) / 90 minutes (dance)
Maximum class size:8 students
Minimum language level:beginner
Minimum age:16 years
Cost:1 week £300 / 2 weeks £560 / 3 weeks £845 / 4 weeks £1115

2020 Start dates

Courses start on any Monday throughout the year for all levels, except absolute beginners who should start on the following dates:
13/27 January, 10/24 February, 09/23 March, 06/20 April, 04/18 May, 01/15/29 June, 13/27 July, 10/24 August, 07/21 September, 05/19 October, 02/16/30 November, 14/28 December

Spanish + Diving

Playa del Carmen is a great place to learn to dive, with different sites to suit all levels of experience and interest.  This course offers the opportunity to combine Spanish tuition with a 3 day diving course, working towards a PADI certificate.  You will be taught by fully qualified PADI instructors and fees include all diving equipment, dive centre facilities and loan of a diving manual.

Course duration:1-3 weeks
Consists of:20 group Spanish lessons + 3-day diving course
Class timetable:Spanish 09.30 – 13.30 including 20 minute break (Mon-Fri)
+ diving sessions organised outside of Spanish class time
Lesson duration:55 minutes (Spanish)
Maximum class size:8 students
Minimum language level:beginner
Minimum age:16 years

Beginners Diving Course: 3 day course leading to the PADI Open Water Diver certificate for dives of up to 18m.  Includes 5 theory modules, pool lessons and open water dives, scuba equipment, books and diving manual.

Cost: 1 week £775

Advanced Diving Course: 3 day course leading to the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certificate for dives up to 30m.  Students on this course must already have the PADI Open Water Diver certificate, or equivalent.  Includes 5 theory modules and 5 adventure dives.

Cost: 1 week £695

2020 Start dates

Courses start on any Monday throughout the year for all levels, except absolute beginners who should start on the following dates:
13/27 January, 10/24 February, 09/23 March, 06/20 April, 04/18 May, 01/15/29 June, 13/27 July, 10/24 August, 07/21 September, 05/19 October, 02/16/30 November, 14/28 December

Accommodation is available all year round in local homestays, the school residence or in shared or private apartments.
Accommodation is from the Sunday afternoon before the course starts until the Saturday morning after it finishes (1 week = 6 nights, 2 weeks = 13 nights).

Homestay
This type of accommodation is perfect for those who wish to be fully immersed in everyday Mexican life. If you would like a homestay with air-conditioning, there is a supplement for this.

 single, b&b  single, half board
1 week £235  £280
Extra week £255  £295
Extra night £35  £40

School Residence
This is ideal for those who would like to live with other students from the school.  The residence is located in a quiet street only a 5 minute walk from the school.  There are 22 bedrooms on 3 floors, all with twin beds, private bathroom, desk, TV, small fridge, fan + air conditioning.  Rooms can be booked for individual use or to share with other students.

Individual use
 self-catering  b&b   half board
1 week £255  £295   £340
Extra week £270  £310   £360
Extra night £40  £45   £50

Shared apartment
This type of accommodation is ideal for those who wish to have more independence.   Apartments usually have 1-2 bedrooms with shared kitchen facilities, private bathroom and a TV.  The school apartments are on the school premises so students will also have access to the garden.  Bed linen, towels and daily cleaning (except on Sundays) are included.

 Shared apartment
 single, self-catering
1 week £295
Extra week £320
Extra night £45

”the location was lovely, the beach and sea were beautiful and I went swimming every morning.  The people at the school really were helpful and I’d love to go back sometime.  It was also really easy to get to some of the ancient Mayan sites, like Tulum, which I found fascinating and strangely spiritual and magical at the same time.” EW, York