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Study Spanish for Adults with Special Classes for Children, Teachers, Doctors and Nurses

Study Spanish at Yelapa English Spanish Institute (YESI) in Mexico in weekly programs of Spanish classes near Puerto Vallarta . Learn Spanish in classes offered at all levels for children, adults, doctors, and nurses . Summer Spanish classes are offered for adults, teachers and family groups with a focus on activities. Our Spanish school offers various locations in a casual atmosphere and fun learning environment. Come study in Mexico near the beach in outdoor Spanish classes while gazing at whales in the bay, birds in trees at the tropical jungle edge. We're also open for Christmas and Easter for those only able to study during the holiday period.

After Spanish classes, learn by immersion in a home stay with a host family and save money. To learn Spanish quickly, the Yelapa English Spanish Institute also arranges guided tours and activities with guides from Yelapa , Mexico . Learn Spanish vocabulary, study the local Mexican culture in Spanish, and have fun learning.

YESI offers Weekly Intensives from Monday to Friday for groups at the same level, as well as Weekend Intensives, Children's Classes, and Family Group Classes. (See Courses Page). The regular Intensive is a "Short Cuts" to grammar and vocabulary practise, integrating Mexican songs, readings, games and discussion of the Mexican culture. We emphasize oral work to boost your confidence in speaking. We can also arrange 1-2 hr Conversational Groups in the morning for those wanting quick input and a chance to practice each morning

Spanish on the Road - Want to take a trip with daily Spanish classes and conversational practice while on the road? See the options

Spanish for Birders - Combine study and bird viewing in this little jungle paradise in Mexico . Study from our outdoor classroom. We emphasize “birding” terminology and devote hours daily for bird viewing and identification.

Summer Weekly Intensives - We've added a Family Group Class for study and practice of Spanish with simple conversational lessons and fun follow-up activities Each Adult Class will also include a follow-up activity. We've also added a new location for adult classes, in addition to Yelapa - San Sebastian del Oeste, Jalisco, a mountain village only 70 km from Puerto Vallarta with a rich colonial history and architecture from its mining days established in the 1600s. Escape the summer heat at a cool 4,500 ft.

Summer Spanish Study and Adventures –Study mornings for 3 hours with afternoon guided adventures, with possible overnight camping to pristine jungle, waterfalls and deep pools beyond the tourist zone

cross the Yelapa River en route to study spanish
Mariachia parade at rodeo - day to learn Spanish
boat trip to Marietas Islands as Spanish class outdoor activity View from Spanish home stay in Yelapa
Making Tamales in Spanish Class Study Spanish at the beach after classes
Relaxing at village falls after Spanish class Three Boys on a Horse in the River
Photo ops upriver after Spanish Class

Relaxing after class with Spanish class friends

About Yelapa

Yelapa , the site of YESI, is the perfect place to study Spanish . After a flight to Puerto Vallarta , it is only a half hour water taxi ride through whale-filled waters to this beautiful fishing village of about 1000 Mexicans. From December to February it offers hot daytime temperatures and cool nights, followed by a very dry, hot season, then the summer hot, humid months from June - August, and followed by the rainy season of September - October. Until 2001 there was neither electricity nor street lights, and there still are no cars. People still walk everywhere, so talking face to face is the main way to communicate. This makes it a truly unique experience to learn Spanish, where immersion is very natural.

Yelapa is connected only by a rough road to another mountain village, not usable most of the year. There are no cars or roads in the village. Yelapa's isolation results in unique characteristics. Many houses still have palm-thatched palapa roofs traditional to this coast, and some still have swinging beds! The relatively calm warm waters and sheltered Yelapa Bay – a rarity for the normally rough Pacific coast of Mexico - attract tourists and sailors alike.

A half kilometer beach at the river mouth is the hub of daytime activity . Come soak up the sun, cool off in the bay or lunch at one of several beachside restaurants. Charming pedestrian paths of concrete and cobble wind throughout the village. Sand paths lead many hours along the Tuito River into the jungle, past sand beaches, deep pools, huge boulders and numerous waterfalls. It is a rich environment of lush tropical growth, with trees full of macaws, parrots, other tropical birds and wildlife, where even the jaguar still exists.

Everyone is family here and visitors are included quickly into their midst. It is a healing and creative place which attracts many therapists, artists, writers and musicians who tap into the magic of the place. Students can even arrange to do yoga, bird watching, batik workshops, pottery, attend a writing group or various guided tours during the same period. You will understand why people arrive for a day and stay for months!!