Learn Spanish & Salsa
Indulge your Latin side when coming down to Colombia by learning Spanish & Salsa. Medellin is an excellent place to do both and offers a number of educational opportunities for learning and practicing Spanish & Salsa.
Speak with our manager when you arrive or send us an email to see if we can arrange classes for you at either the Art House or Park Place.
We can help you locate a private teacher if you like. Or, if you have your own private teacher, you’re welcome to have your classes at either of the guest homes.
You can also find numerous cafes in the neighborhood to take your Spanish classes outside in the community (it’s kind of a fun way to practice what you’re learning). Here are a few nice cafes we recommend on Local Treats.
Check out one of the Salsa classes from the Art House below.
Juan is our normal go to guy for Salsa simply because he is such a good teacher. He’s patient and relaxing to be around and a professional dancer and teacher.
He also teaches the other popular Latin Spanish dances of Merengue, Bachata, & Cumbia. Below are some great Salsa Clubs & Schools to check out.
Salsa Clubs and Lessons
Santo Baile for Salsa Lessons
Carrera 35 #7-24, Poblado
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat 9am-6pm
El SuaveSalsa Dance Club
Address: Calle 50 #68-24, Estadio
Son Havana Salsa Dance Club
Address: Carrera 73 # 44-56, Medellín
Telephone: 412 – 9644
El Eslabon Prendido Salsa Club, Live Music Tuesday and Saturday!
Address: Calle 53 #42-55, Centro (Maracaibo, a half block above Parque Periodista)
Hours: Tue-Sat 6pm to 2am
El Tibiri Salsa Club, Live Music
Address: Carrera 70 #44B-03, Laureles
Resources to learn Spanish
The key with learning Spanish is to practice what you learn, forget feeling embarrassed and go for it. You have to accept that you’re going to make mistakes and will need corrections.
So having friends that can speak with you on a daily basis will really accelerate your learning.
Here’s some other good resources.
Couchsurfing.org offers lots of groups in Medellin for social interactions and intercambios. Intercambios are meet ups where you have Spanish and English speakers who practice each others language in a fun social environment.
Join Couchsurfing for free. Create a profile and join the language exchange group. You can also email Spanish speaking members and set up 1-1 private intercambios. It’s a great way to make friends and learn.
The Wandering Paisa also has language exchanges on Thursday nights at their bar for another option. Go around 8 – 9 pm for a few beers and an opportunity to try out your new language skills.
UPB offers free conversational clubs and language exchanges as well as proper classes. Visit their website for contact information and locations. Here is their website in English.
UPB Conversation Club Schedule:
Mondays from 2 – 4 pm.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12 – 2 pm.
Writing Club: Mondays from 4 – 6 pm
Grammar Club: Fridays from 2 – 4 pm
EAFIT is a local prestigious university that you can get to in about 10-12 minutes from either Park Place or the Art House. You just want to catch the local bus called Rosellon that passes by both guest homes. Bring your Passport for identification to enter the university.
Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB) is a well know university that we mentioned above that has lots of free opportunities as well as proper classes. Click on the link to go to their English version website for more information about classes and prices.
Medellin is a great place to learn Spanish and Salsa. The locals here are great to sit down with at a local pub and engage in conversation. They’re friendly and patient and enjoy getting to know foreigners.
There are several amazing live Salsa clubs that are truly authentic Colombian experiences that every traveler should put on their To Do list.
If you have any questions about classes just send us an email.