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Study Spanish on the Road - One Week and Weekend Spanish Study Tours near Puerto Vallarta


“Comprehensive, learned a ton, fabulous instructor, great connections to host families and Juanita knows everything and everyone in Yelapa. That's why I have already reserved a room to go back to Yelapa next year. … I am a Yelapatista! What a wonderful vacation!” Henrietta and James,. Toronto

“I liked that it was a small group which allowed more opportunity for individual attention and that it was in this small and culturally interesting community. You really are a good teacher and know a lot about the community, history and culture of Yelapa and Mexico which I found very interesting…so if I were to do this again, I would make it for longer. Muchos gracias again for all your efforts to make us feel at home and a unique experience that I will treasure and never forget!” Jan Blades, Vancouver
Yelapa as a location for a Spanish program: “Wonderful. People were always happy to help talk Spanish with you.” Mary Ellen Biggerstaff, Seattle
Things I like best about Yelapa: “Great teacher (really). The remote, small village atmosphere. I enjoyed walking (or horseback riding) everywhere. The daily stream crossing added to the adventure… You have found a perfect spot. “ Cesar Beltran, Orangevale, CA
“YESI school was geared totally to the students and our individual needs. The view from the classroom was world class and breath taking... [The teacher] was not only a great instructor but also became a great friend!! We spent one day with local people catching fresh water shrimp and practicing our Spanish. This class far exceeded our expectations. In fact we can now talk with most of my Spanish speaking patients in my clinic without help from a translator!!! “ Drs. Mark and Dolores Musco, Davis, California
”My experience with Yesi and Yelapa were increadable (sic)! …. You picked up right where my jr. high class left me and answered the questions I had about stuff I had not yet mastered.  You taught really well and your fascinating and good personality made the instruction more fun.” Leslie Lowrie, Alaska
”I studied with [YESI] over the Christmas just gone, and enjoyed the experience so much (and was learning so much Spanish) that if we hadn’t arranged to meet someone in Zacatecas we would have changed our plans and stayed on in Yelapa for longer. Yelapa itself is delightful … I was so happy walking along the beach each afternoon on my way to class, I only wish I were back there now…” Paul Frecker, London, England
“I spent two weeks living at Casa de Hortencia this past December and had a fantastic time. Hortencia’s family is hospitable and extremely friendly. There are enough people to speak Spanish with during dinner hour and in the evenings. At the same time you can find quiet in the casita, … a romantic little palapa, lit by candlelight, very private situated atop a hill, behind the main house. It is a nice oasis from the tourists and the chatter of village sounds…. It was a fun and fulfilling experience all round. I would definitely go back…”
Allison Urowitz, Vancouver
“[Instruction and instructional materials] were great! I still use them. Nice supplemental stuff, too. I enjoyed the peaceful setting for the classes. I loved it [the home stay]. It gave me a nice chance to test my Spanish. I was very pleased and had a wonderful stay.” Amy Friedman, Denver, Colorado
"The teacher was skilled, knowledgeable in teaching the language and in the lore of the town. The fact that she knew many of the locals made the experience social, recreational as well as academic. The excursions were very interesting and worth while. There were opportunities to practice Spanish with the guides and other locals, as well as see many things and places that would not be on a regular "tour". The experience of living in Yelapa was interesting, challenging and most enlightening. I came away with not only an improved knowledge of Spanish but also an appreciation of how real Mexican people live, work and have fun. I would gladly return to YESI and to Yelapa" - Margarita Bruehler, Vancouver, B.C.
“Everything was really nice, low key, friendly, a good learning environment. … In one week, I learned enough to make simple conversation. Thank you, you built my confidence that I actually could learn Spanish.” Janice Stalcup, Oakland, CA
“My Hubby and I had a fun time in your class. A little difficult to concentrate sometimes because of the lovely view and fun company but we are sure lessons did stay with us in the end; because we were so relaxed and having fun. We enjoyed the pace and that you would change it according to our needs. We will continue to practice and maybe take some more lessons. Also we found Yelapa a fun place, very different from our unusal holiday location. We will certainly return someday hopefully soon”. Tim and Kathy-Jo Smith, Alaska
"An awesome experience for someone looking to either learn or perfect Spanish. Jean is an exceptional teacher, understands how adults learn and want from a second language experience. very competitive prices, Yelapa is a beautiful setting with wonderful people. I highly recommend this language institute to anyone looking for a great learning experience tied in with an awesome holiday"
Angie Augier, Teacher, St. Mary’s High School, Calgary, Alberta
"It [listening to Manu Chao], of course,always makes me think of you and our Spanish class in Yelapa. Since I've been travelling since I last saw you, I haven't really been able to write and tell you how much I (we!) enjoyed the time with you. I wanted to let you know how much just that little bit of class time and formal study helped me in Ecuador and the Galapagos. My time in Yelapa was just very very incredible. I hope that you are happy and well and that you'll continue with the internationally famed YESI!" Joann Marshall, June 2005, Washington
"Yelapa is magical.Beach, butterflies, waterfalls, friendly people, warm weather, great fresh food and lots of places, people and things to explore. I was so taken with it all, I'm afraid I was'nt the most dedicated of students.
The fact that after one short week Jean somehow managed to give me a solid base on which to further (my previously non-existant) Spanish studies and allow me to have simple conversations and to shop amazes me and speaks to the
quality of her teaching. Not only is she a great teacher, she's a wealth of local knowledge and a warm and friendly person. It was an unforgetable week and I'm sure I'll be back." Gabrielle Nolte, Gibsons, B.C. December 2004
"Just wanted to let you know that I LOVED the course … . You are not only a great and very dedicated teacher of language, but a very inspiring and entertaining person as well, nothing but wonderful memories." Bill Gorishek. January 2005. Grand Junction, Colorado
"We just got our pictures back and are wowing friends with tales and photos of our time in Yelapa. We can't thank you enough for all the work you put into our education. We'll try to keep up the momentum and make you proud. All the best from wet cold and dark Seattle." Bill and Susie, December 2004, Seattle, Washington