Learning Spanish with don Quijote isn’t just about studying a language – it’s about immersing yourself in a new culture; it’s living both within a new environment and outside your comfort zone, developing new skills and gaining new insights. Our Spanish language programs will take you on an unforgettable journey of self-discovery: find out who you are, what you’re passionate about, and exactly how much you’re capable of.
Take a look at a day in the life of our don Quijote students and get inspired to take the leap into authentic Spanish immersion.
Katrin, age 21, don Quijote Salamanca (Intensive 30 - homestay)
I had a very positive experience at don Quijote with Consuelo Defez Gomez as my teacher. As a retired teacher in the U.S., I’ve had many years of working with educators of all levels of competency.
Consuelo was an excellent teacher in all ways. She was able to assess my level of Spanish quickly and create opportunities for me to continually improve, while always keeping me challenged. She spoke clearly, encouraged me to correct errors I made, and helped me understand new vocabulary without changing into English. We spent several days in the classroom, and then she suggested exploring Madrid together ......the cafes, museums, vistas, etc., which made my learning even more meaningful. My communication continued to improve, as did my appreciation of the beautiful Spanish culture.
Consuelo’s outgoing personality, kindness and apparent love of her profession, all contributed to my motivating experience. I truly hope others Spanish learners are able to experience Consuelo as their teacher in the future.
Dolores, age 60, don Quijote Madrid (Private One-to-One classes)
Arrived in Playa del Carmen yesterday! After spending 2 weeks in Guanajuato, it was hard to say goodbye to my teacher, classmates and host family… But I’m already loving Playa del Carmen. After meeting my new host family and dropping off my bags, my host brother took me on a tour of the town. Playa has an interesting energetic yet laid-back vibe – makes it a cool place to learn Spanish! Plus, the beach is stunning.
Today I picked up my Intensive Spanish course right where I left off in Guanajuato. My new teacher is terrific and the group is nice and small, just 5 students. I can really feel my Spanish improving, but more importantly, I can feel myself gaining confidence. In the afternoon I went to my elective class – Business Spanish. The class is super interesting (and I think it will come in handy after graduation).
Now I´m getting ready for my first Salsa dance lesson, so excited! And I’ve already scheduled a scuba diving lesson for this weekend, I can’t wait! I don’t ever want to leave Mexico…
Suzy, age 20, don Quijote Guanajuato and Playa del Carmen (Intensive 25)
Just finished my second day of Spanish Teacher’s Training here in Salamanca. First of all, I can’t express how much I love Salamanca. The young vibe of the city juxtaposed with its ancient stone buildings, the Plaza Mayor, the Cathedral… it’s incredible. And of course, the Spanish teacher in me loves that I’m studying in one of the most famous university cities in Europe.
This morning we’ve been in teaching methodology classes and workshops – really interesting material! I can’t wait to put these new skills and insights into practice back in my classroom. Now we’ve got a break and later this afternoon, the school is taking us on a tour of the city.
My fellow classmates, Spanish teachers from all different countries and cultures, are terrific. And tomorrow I begin shadowing a don Quijote teacher, can’t wait. I feel great knowing that I’m getting quality professional training and working to be a better teacher for my students, but I’m also having an amazing cultural experience. Not to mention I can already feel my Spanish skills improving!
Mark, age 35, don Quijote Salamanca (Spanish Teachers' Training Lab)
It’s Friday and we’re wrapping up our first week in Tenerife; it’s been such an amazing experience so far. Since we’ve never studied Spanish before, we’re in the total beginners A1 level. Señorita García is so patient and sweet with us… it’s been a while since we’ve been in the classroom! We’ve got another 4 people in class with us, all around our same age and Spanish level, so that makes it easy and comfortable.
After classes, we’ve been going out and exploring Tenerife. It’s so beautiful here! We’ve already visited Mount Teide and taken a scenic tour of Teide National Park. The school organizes all the activities for us… all we have to do is show up – no stress. There are also cultural lessons like cooking and dance, and tonight they’re taking us for a relaxing evening on the beach.
I honestly never thought learning Spanish could be like this, so fun and relaxing. I love all the personalized attention. I don’t know why I waited so long to try it…I suppose I always felt like I couldn’t do it, or didn’t have the time, or that the window of opportunity to learn Spanish closed after college. I really have to say this experience is making me reevaluate what I’m capable of and how I want to organize my upcoming retirement.
Marie, age 55, don Quijote Tenerife (Spanish for 50+)
Petra, age 33, don Qujote Valencia (DELE Exam Preparation 20)
Nat, age 19, don Quijote Playa del Carmen (Gap Year Program)
Miruna, age 28, don Quijote Playa del Carmen (Intensive 25)
Fatima, age 40, don Quijote Salamanca (Super Intensive 30)