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Old 01-08-2010, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Spain
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I have basic Spanish skills and want to improve them by enrolling in a Spanish language immersion program. There are programs all over Latin America and am open to any suggestions, but I want somewhere CHEAP. Not necessarily for housing or transportation, but more for food and leisure.

If you could give me a top 5 list of Latin American countries that have low costs of living, and if there are certain expensive cities to avoid (Buenos Aires) I would appreciate noting them.
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Old 01-08-2010, 02:10 PM
 
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My vote is for Guatemala, specifically Antigua. The costs are arond $200 a week, and that includes 20-25 hours of 1-on-1 class, a room, and 2-3 meals.

There are many schools there, some better than others. So, you may end up with a teacher that is not great. However, it is easy to change teachers, or host families if you are not satisfied.

Guatemala365 - A Survey of Spanish Schools - Learn Spanish in Guatemala
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Old 01-08-2010, 02:55 PM
 
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I would recommend Ecuador.
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Old 01-08-2010, 03:19 PM
 
Location: marianas trench
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the favelas of rio or mexico city or cartagena or caracas or asuncion or bogota or lima or....
just don't forget your kevlar vest and pistola or bodyguard.
they're cheap for a reason.
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Old 01-08-2010, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Austin
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the favelas of rio or mexico city or cartagena or caracas or asuncion or bogota or lima or....
just don't forget your kevlar vest and pistola or bodyguard.
they're cheap for a reason.
Why would he go to Rio if he wants to study Spanish? I would recommend Colombia.
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Old 01-08-2010, 06:39 PM
 
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the favelas of rio or mexico city or cartagena or caracas or asuncion or bogota or lima or....
just don't forget your kevlar vest and pistola or bodyguard.
they're cheap for a reason.

Funny.
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Old 01-08-2010, 07:50 PM
 
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I have basic Spanish skills and want to improve them by enrolling in a Spanish language immersion program. There are programs all over Latin America and am open to any suggestions, but I want somewhere CHEAP. Not necessarily for housing or transportation, but more for food and leisure.

If you could give me a top 5 list of Latin American countries that have low costs of living, and if there are certain expensive cities to avoid (Buenos Aires) I would appreciate noting them.
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, also known as Xela(pronounced Shayla). Loaded with cheap schools with cheap homestays. Not as pretty as Antigua, but cheaper and bigger town with more going on. Check out Xela Pages on Google.
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Old 01-12-2010, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Springfield MO
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Recommend Argentina, the interior, Cordoba. Intellectual Capital of the nation, known as "la Docta"
You can do an exchange program there, (Function /academic details-CV will have to be supplied)......no age restrictions) be home hosted (normally ith a family who has an orientation toward your area of study/professionalism) Contact www.tcef.org who may be able to help you with your enquiries.....
Good luck!
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Old 01-13-2010, 03:09 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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I second Ecuador. Especially if you enjoy learning about various cultures and love ancient history like myself, and love the outdoors. It is an outdoor lovers paradise. Very cheap...and the Spanish is considered pretty pure with no real accents, so might be a bit easier to learn. Check out Quito and Cuenca in particular.
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Old 01-14-2010, 01:28 PM
 
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I was going to say Ecuador as well! You can also teach English there and some institutos offer free Spanish if you are a native speaker of English, provided you work for them. I love Ecuador!!!
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