Habla Ya opens school in Panama City

06, January, 2015

Panama-based language provider Habla Ya Spanish Schools has opened a new centre in the capital Panama City, adding to schools in Bocas del Toro and Boquete.

The new Le Blue Building in Panama City, home to the new Habla Ya Panama City school

The Panama City school is located in the centre of the city, a five-minute walk from Via Argentina subway station. Occupying the first floor of the newly built Le Blue Building, the school features 11 air-conditioned classrooms, along with a student area and free Wi-Fi.

Habla Ya offers Spanish courses including the Group 4 programme with four hours of group lessons per day, one-to-one tuition, Dele exam preparation classes and tailored programmes.

Julio Santamaría, Co-Owner and Co-Founder of the school, said former students and partner agencies from Europe and Brazil had been urging the company to open a centre in Panama City, but the school had waited until the city’s subway system was operational.

“For us, it’s always been about providing the most amazing Spanish learning experience. That is what has always inspired our entire team since day one, back in 2005, when we started Habla Ya Boquete. Having lived during high school and, shortly after, university in Panama City and experienced first-hand the city’s growing pains, it was very clear that our students would only be able to experience a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ Spanish-learning vacation when Panama City’s transport was upgraded,” said Santamaría.

Reflecting on the growth of the company, Santamaría said, “We never imagined how many lives would be touched by the small venture that started in the quaint mountain town of Boquete. Nine years ago, our Spanish school in Boquete only had three classrooms and a team of three Spanish teachers. Nowadays, more than 45 Panamanians are members of the Habla Ya family and literally thousands of visitors from all over the world choose Boquete and Bocas del Toro as their destinations within Central America to learn or improve their Spanish.”



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