I am currently doing an internship in Salamanca in a school named Tia Tula and i highly recommend it! If you are looking for a cheap but good school, it's a good choice. The prices are quite low and if you also want accomodation, the school can also provide some (in family or in shared flat which is cheaper). The school also offer extracurricular activities, most of them are free and it's a way to practice Spanish out of the classroom.
There are a lot of people that go to Salamanca to learn Spanish because the accent here is very "pure". Since there are a lot of student, at night, the city is bustling and there are a lot of places to go.
In conclusion, if you want to learn Spanish fast and enjoy it at the same time, I think Salamanca is a good choice!
Anybody been to Nicaragua? I wasn't visiting specifically for learning the language, but I found Granada and Matagalpa very cheap and very safe and noticed a few spanish language schools. In Granada, Casa Xalteva offers a very good all inclusive program w/ home-stays and everything. I did take advantage of their homestay program and found it very interesting. They cook you 3 meals a day and are very friendly. Well that varies because different households have different people. I was with a group so I was able to meet and check out a variety of families participating in the program. Almost nobody speaks English. Some know a little or are learning, but that's mostly younger generations. Over reliance on English should not be an issue...although night life in Granada is full of foreigners. That's my 2 cents. But anyway, can anyone who's been to Nicaragua give me a comparison with other countries. I have a part time job here in America and I felt like a rich man over there. I'd like to study in a country where my money will go the furthest and I will still be relatively safe (taking common sense safety measures into account). Can anyone tell me if there is a place comparable to Nicaragua in terms of cost and then maybe describe your experience there?
I was going to ask the same question about learning Spanish, I have infinite time but limited funds so I was looking for the cheapest place to learn. I am thinking about going to Guatemala but am also interested in Mexico too.
Has anyone had any experience with schools in Guatemala and Mexico. I like the idea and the prices for the 1 on 1 teaching at a lot of the schools in Guatemala, is it expensive to learn 1 on 1 in Mexico and does anyone have any school recommendations that I could check out?
Thanks in advance!