Some frequent questions from our student
Some frequent questions from our students – Spanish Classes in Buenos Aires
I am interested to take some spanish classes at your school from 10th September for just over two weeks until 25th September (inclusive). Please can you let me know the following:
-For four hours of one-to-one class every weekday (12 days in total), what is the best total price for the classes?
-On the weekday, what time can the classes be arranged? Ideally, I would like to start first thing. Have two hours of classes. A break of an hour and then two more hours. Is this possible?
-Would you advise having two different teachers or the same one?
-If I want to arrange additional classes on the weekend. Is this possible? Many thanks in advance for your help with these queries.
Spanish Classes in Buenos aires – You can take private classes with us from September 10th, no problem. The cost per private class is 25 USD an hour. For 12 hours of class, the total cost would be 300USD.We can arrange class hours directly with the instructor once you have paid for the course. We are accepting payment in cash in USD. You can pay for the class on your first day. We do not normally run classes on Saturdays.
I only arrive on Monday evening. Can that be arranged in some way? I consider myself to be beginner. How many students is in the class, it is kind of important for me, that there is more than one.
You can jump into a small Spanish course of beginners or absolute beginners on Tuesday morning. We start classes at 10.00. The average number of students in a class is five or six students.
I am writing to you regarding Spanish classes and potentially volunteering as a plus. I will be travelling in South America and would like to spend a few weeks in Buenos Aires prior my trip to meet fellow travellers and improve my Spanish. Is it still possible to take classes at your school? Could I combine with volunteering? You had mentioned Techo which I am very interested in. Further, I would also need accommodation in BA. Is there place in your student house in Palermo? I would be very interested in that too!
We offer Spanish immersion classes, Volunteer opportunities and a social program as well as accommodation and TEFL courses with job placement in Buenos Aires. The cost for accommodation is 30 USD per night. The places where you would stay would be with 3 or 4 different students (not all students volunteer) so is a great way to meet people. Also in the Spanish school we have social nights every night which range from going to see an underground tango show, outdoor cinema, hidden bars and barbecues . Generally all the students are single travellers so it is a great way to meet people, and something we are happy to encourage.The homestays are approved by us (they also have licenses) and we receive regular feedback.You would have your own private room which you can safely keep your belongings in. Obviously safety is a major concern for any travellers so it is something we take seriously. Although you would volunteer in underdeveloped areas you would stay in the city. Also when you volunteer you would be with a group of other volunteers and generally the charities are well known and protected in the slums (obviously it would not be recommended for anyone to go to the slums on their own).With regard the chairites below is a list of some of them. We actually use 4 different charities to make up the package that I spoke about (as eachcharity is not necessarily on everyday). I have provided the names below (they are all on Facebook, although do not always update their pages frequently)
- Voluntarios sin fronteras
- Fundacion Banco de Alimentos
With regards travelling around South America afterwards, I would definitely recommend that! I could probably write you a book on that. You have the Mountains in Patagonia, whale watching and penguins on the west coast of Argentina, the waterfalls at Iguazú, salt flats in Bolivia, beaches in Brazil, the inca temples in Peru, the animals in the galapagos and the biodiversity in Colombia! It is an incredible continent. I have travelled it for nearly 18 months and there are still things I want to see! Most of our students start their trip in Buenos Aires and learn some Spanish that helps them when travelling afterwards (sometimes together).Anyway if you have any more questions whatsoever, just ask.
It is great that you want to do some voluntary work here and there is plenty of opportunities for you to do so. However there are not many voluntary jobs in microcredit at the moment. Some “charities” will offer you the chance to volunteer in this area but will charge $2,000 for doing it. Unfortunately here in Buenos Aires some people try to profiteer from the social situation, so I would be wary of these. Nonetheless we do have links with some excellent charities here that do make a big difference. These charities do not charge fees and all the prices I list at the bottom reflect the cost of Spanish classes and accommodation. We have two main packages that involve volunteering. One focuses on reducing food wastage and the other involves teaching in underpriviledged areas (know as “Villas” here in Argentina).
1) Reducing food wastage – This involves taking food that the supermarket no longer wants to sell, repackaging it and sending it out it out to the Villas. You then help make and serve food (as part of a team) in the Villa. In Argentina 96,000 children a day recieve food this way, so it makes huge difference and you would be able to make strong connections with other volunteers and locals in the Villa. You could do this every afternoon during the week (although you can reduce this if you want more free time around the city). You could then also help during the weekend to build homes in the Villa out of recycled materials. This would be a project that you would need to agree to do a month before it happens (this is required by thecharity itself to help it prepare for the event).
2) Teaching in the Villa – The other package would focus on teaching and learning in the Villas. You would act as a teacher’s assistant and help teach children a range of topics (English, Maths etc). The teacher speaks English and Spanish so you will be able to assist her even if you are still learning Spanish. Again you could do this every afternoon if you choose or just a couple.
Spanish Classes – You would have class evey morning from 10am to 1pm. These would be group classes, which you would have along with 3-5 other students. Your level of Spanish would be assessed when you arrive here so that we could place you in a suitable group.
The school offers social events every night for all the students so that you will be to form a close bond with your class mates.
Accommodation – you would stay in a shared accommodation here in the city with other students and a host. We have accommodation in all the nicest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires (you choose which one), near the theatres, cafes and bars. You have the option of having food provided for you or not.
Anyway the prices are provided below. If you have any questions whatsoever I would be happy to answer them
- Group Classes: 125 USD.- (15 hours / week)
- Combination Classes: 375 USD (15 hours of group classes +10 private hours)
- Private classes: U$D 25.- (each hour)