Friday, March 31, 2017

TRAVELLING IN STYLE - LATIN AMERICA

By Eva Fydrych

Studying Spanish
in Panama City

Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine



Last February, I had an amazing opportunity to travel to Panama City and take an intensive Spanish program at ILERI Panama Spanish School.

I have been learning foreign languages throughout my whole life, starting with English (which is not my native language), German, Italian, and now Spanish, as I truly believe that investing in education is one of the best things you can do in life. Speaking another language can not only take your career to another level, but also help you connect with local people while travelling.

There are so many different methods and approaches when it comes to teaching that it's difficult to say what works best. However according to many experts, the best way to learn a language is through speaking and participating in various activities. And that's exactly what you can experience at ILERI!



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Location

The school is located in the trendy Betania neighbourhood, a quiet residential area with pretty houses, palm trees, and impressive views of downtown Panama. You can easily get there by taxi or using public transport (the nearest metro station is called 12 de Octubre and it's a pleasant 15-20 minute walk through the neighbourhood, especially in the morning when the weather is not too hot).


"Betania is known for its many Guayacanes which are tropical flowering trees with very brilliant yellow blooms. During the Dry Season, the blooms of these beautiful trees can be seen dotting the neighborhoods of Betania." - Panama Realtor





Daily Life

The classes were starting at 8.30 each morning. There was a short coffee break at 10.30 when you could relax in a quiet garden at the back of the building.

Small, but nicely decorated classrooms featured a lot of learning materials, Spanish newspapers & magazines, and (what's really important!) were fully air conditioned.

After a one-hour lunch break at 12.30, we were ready to participate in fun, cultural activities. There was something different planned for each day of the week, from salsa classes to cooking and sightseeing.


Activities

One of the most memorable trips was visiting the historic district of Panama City, Casco Viejo, which is an up-and-coming neighbourhood and should definitely be on every traveller's list!

Founded in 1673, Casco Viejo was built following the destruction of the original city, Panamรก Viejo in 1671, when the latter was attacked by pirates. It was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.

Today, it is one of the most visited areas in Panama City by both tourists and Panamanians seeking an authentic atmosphere, unforgettable dining experiences, and historic buildings boasting a variety of architectural styles.

Casco Viejo is home to a growing number of quality restaurants, casual eateries, rooftop bars, and coffee shops. You will be spoiled for choice!



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Weekend Trips

Studying from Monday to Friday allows you to take short weekend trips and experience many attractions that Panama has to offer. Some of my recommendations include: Isla Grande, Isla Taboga, famous Bocas Del Toro, and San Blas Islands.

There is also lots to see and do in Panama City itself, including shopping, nightlife, dining, and sightseeing. For more information, click here.



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Why ILERI?

ILERI Panama Spanish School has over 20 years of experience in teaching Spanish as a second language and all teachers are native speakers. The atmosphere is very friendly and supportive, allowing you to feel relaxed and comfortable while improving the language skills at your own pace. All groups are very small (the average group is only 2-3 students) which encourages increased student-teacher interaction and more personalised attention.

Interesting and diverse subjects of everyday conversations help students understand Panamanian culture and get a glimpse into local life. ILERI is one of those unique places where education meets funHighly recommended! :)



Welcome to ILERI

School entrance (Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine) Click to enlarge

Colourful decoration at ILERI 

Spanish fashion magazines available at the school

Sitting area

Garden

Classroom

Time for a coffee

Panamanian food (El Trapiche, Vรญa Argentina)

Downtown Panama City (view from the Hyatt Place)

Shopping at ViaVai Panama (Multiplaza Mall)

All photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine




C, Avenida 17 1/2 N
Panama City, Panama

Phone: +507 392-4086


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*Special thank you to IERI for inviting Fashion Studio Magazine to take part in the intensive Spanish program.


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2 comments:

  1. I'm taking Spanish lessons right now through the local school division's continuing education program. This school in Panama would be such a fun way to learn more!

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    1. Donna, sounds great! Keep learning Spanish, it is so useful while travelling in Latin America.

      I would definitely recommend this school. The way they teach allows you to learn much faster. And the teachers are super friendly! :)

      Eva

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