Study Spanish in México or Costa Rica
At Chac-Mool Spanish School you can choose the location of your school, we have campuses in Mexico and Costa Rica.
Learn Spanish in México´s ideal spot due to it´s weather and Neutral Spanish! very near Mexico City , Cuernavaca is very rich in Culture and Mexican traditions. Turn your Spanish Learning into a great experience. Our School in Cuernavaca, Morelos offers a great environment for learning Spanish,and the best teachers.
If you are the adventurous type and are looking for more activities our Costa rica Campus will be ideal for you, it is near archeological ruins as well as near the highest volcano in the country. There also beautiful beaches as its name indicates Costa Rica which means Rich Coast, has many amazing beaches on both the Pacific side and the Atlantic side.
“Language acquisition” versus “language learning” is the best way competence in a second language occurs.
Learn Spanish in Cuernavaca Mexico
This campus is very nice neighborhood in Cuernavaca and it´s a beautiful setting to learn Spanish, Cuernavaca is called “La Ciudad de la Eterna Primavera” (The City of Eternal Spring), this campus has a beautiful garden and outdoor classrooms for a personal attention as well as classrooms for groups.
Costa Rica is an excellent locatin to Learn Spanish you can experience the local culture and enjoy exhuberan vegtation relaxed settings as well as beautifull beaches. Without a doubt a great place to Learn and Practice Spanish.
Our School is the Best Choice for You
Our Spanish Teachers
All our Spanish Teachers receive instruction related to our unique methodology and our techniques. They are well trained in Krashen’s theory, as well as the Seven Intelligences and the Natural Approach. When we train new teachers, they must pass several levels of proficiency. At each level, only the top prospects continue, until we are left with the best of the best at the end of the training process, ensuring top-notch Spanish teachers! Currently, we have ongoing weekly workshops for our staff so we all stay up-to-date with techniques and methodolgy.
Learning Spanish with Creativity
We have created small outdoor classrooms, and adopted a friendly, relaxed atmosphere so students have optimal conditions for being successful in their acquisition of the language. We use a hands on approach with children, adults and teens, making the learning experience auditory, visual and kinesthetic. Workshops for our staff so we all stay up-to-date with techniques and methodolgy.
Classes have a maximum of 5 people and we use a variety of media to assist in comprehension of the Spanish language. We also offer extracurricular activities in the afternoons as an extension of the classroom. These sometimes include cooking class, salsa dancing, yoga class, or even a movie in Spanish! Often we have a coto-cafe, which is just an informal gathering where students and teachers have a chance to chat in Spanish about anything at all, maybe at a local restaurant or cafe. We also offer weekend excursions, where students learn about the history and lore of local archeological zones. This way, they don’t just visit as a tourist, but take a piece of local culture home with them.
What Our Students Say
Each Spanish student is given an evaluation form to fill out at the end of their time at Instituto Chac-Mool. We ask the students to give us feedback on the teachers and staff, facilities, activities, host families… anything pertaining to our program. This information is valuable to us and we consider each evaluation with great enthusiasm. We’ve included student quotes on this page, to respect student privacy we do not publish email addresses.
My experience with Instituto Chac-Mool was wonderful from the first contact via email to the last class of my 5 day course. I could not have hoped for a better teacher and a more magical thing than the beach in Tulum. The teacher was extremely friendly, organized and attentive and always surprised me with her creativity and her approach, offering so many diversified exercises. The course was very carefully planned, tailored to my needs in a very flexible way. The methodology and the scope of the lessons were both impressive throughout. I can not think of a more fantastic teacher and stuning location to learn Spanish and can not wait to come back.
I love Chac-Mool. The school is beautiful and the atmosphere is condusive to learning. However, the best part about Chac-Mool are the teachers and their teaching strategies and encouragement. I have learned more at Chac-Mool than I have in my classes at the university. As someone with a master’s degree in language development, I understand the importance of extended immersion in a language in order to learn it.
-Jennifer, Speech-Language Pathologist
WOW!! Michelle and I thought we made progress in our three weeks at ICM. Our second summer adventure of three weeks really made a great difference according to the Spanish-speaking students and parents we work with at home. Our pronunciation and fluency is much improved, and we can listen to much faster speech. The best part of the learning has to been the practice and production of speech. It’s as if all of Cuernavaca wanted us to learn and progress in Spanish. Our home stay was, once again, excellent. The ICM instructors were patient and fun. And the price is right for a great learning vacation!!
-David, Assistant Principal
A THANK-YOU/GRACIAS for the wonderful experience our daughter had in Cuernavaca. She learned a lot, had a wonderful family with whom she had lots of fun experiences and she enjoyed her time there so much. You run a great program.
-Kathi, a mom
Our family was wonderful, their cooking was out of this world, our teachers at Chac-Mool were the best on earth, and Julio and Deanna were very, very excellent hosts. Our trips to Teotihuacan and Xochicalo were the best. The drivers to-from airport were also excellent. We have recommended Chac-mool to others already and will likely do more. It was an excellent vacation for the three of us. Thanks for all of your great coordination skills.
-Vickie & family
When I originally heard about the program I was excited to take part. Upon completion of two weeks here at Chac-Mool I would have to say that it has exceeded my expectations.I thought I might learn a little, meet a few friends, see some interesting sights. Well all of that happened and more. The students, host families and friends have been a very important part of this experience. It will be difficult to leave but I do plan on returning!!!
Absolutely amazing! I learned more than what I initially thought I could. The professors here are patient as well as knowledgeable about the many intricate details of the Spanish language. Thank you for everything!
-Clarissa, Medical Assistant
Excellent school, for 2 weeks or 8. Guaranteed to learn Spanish. I’d recommend it to anyone wanting to learn in Mejico.
-Jonathan, Film Production Manager
I totally enjoyed my time at Instituto Chac-Mool. It is truly a life changing experience. Between the instructors and host family I felt very comfortable and learned a great deal. My appreciation for Mexico and it’s people has grown deeply. I would recommend Instituto Chac-Mool in a heart beat if you truly want to ‘immerse’ yourself in the Mexican culture. Muchas gracias!
-Sue, Basketball Coach
I think the experience was well worth the time spent here. The school staff is excellent and the learning environment is perfect (outside in the winter!).
-George, Business Owner
Although I was nervous on arrival, that was quickly replaced by a sense of excitement and curiosity. My family was great, better than I could have hoped for. They created a home-away-from-home environment which was a great supplement to the more structured learning at the school. The city of Cuernavaca is an awesome place to get to know! Everywhere I went there was something to see, or something to do!!! Being out in the city and talking to people was a great way to put the school work into practical use, and I was able to remember alot more than I ever could in high school classes.
This has been a wonderful experience for our whole family. My husband and I greatly improved our ability to listen and speak Spanish. My kids have learned an incredible amount of Spanish and enjoyed learning the culture and playing with the sweet children they met. Our ‘family’ was just that, they worried for us constantly and were gracious as well as hospitable. The teachers were very knowledgeable and personally interested in our progress. This has been the trip of a lifetime.
-Debbi and family
If you really are interested in learning Spanish and enjoying a fun and safe environment, then you simply must come to Instituto Chac-Mool!
I think it is awesome that Chac-Mool provides such a supportive environment. Chac-Mool takes a multifaceted approach to teaching, they support the spirit along with the mind!
I think after 2 weeks my confidence and level of ability is massively improved – plus the experience of living with a Mexican family has been fantastic. Especially the food.
-Ian, IT Consultant
Great environment for learning! Teachers are kind and gentle. I learned more at this school in 2 weeks than another school in San Miguel de Allende in 4 weeks!
-Cheryl, Educational Diagnostician
Instituto Chac-Mool turned out to be far more than I could have possibly expected. It offers just the right combination of quality, flexibility and value. My only regret is that I have to go home.
I was very pleased with my experience at Chac-Mool. I feel I have been given the basic information to be able to communicate with the patient population I work with. If I return I would continue with the medical course with the idea of obtaining more cultural aspects of the population and perhaps more observation of patient care/practice in Mexico.
-Linda, medical professional (Medical Spanish)
I totally enjoyed my experience here in Cuernavaca with Chac-Mool. The family I stayed with was everything you could hope for. They were conscientious, gracious, helpful, interactive, accepting, and welcoming. The food was excellent! The school placed me in a level I desperately needed to work on. The subject material/matter was an answer to my needs in understanding my usage of Spanish. I totally enjoyed meeting the staff, family and students at Chac-Mool.
-Joanne, Computer Consultant
I have loved my experience there and the instruction has been invaluable. All of the instructors are so great!!!! (Including el maestro bailar!!!) Thank you to all of you for being such great instructors and just very fun people to be around!!!
-Amanda, Yacht Crew Members
Tulum was wonderful in every way! Great teachers, classes and family stay… And of course, I had the ocean, the beach and lots of yoga classes! May need to return soon!
Thank you, Chac Mool, for an incredible language learning experience! Bottom line: the Chac Mool teachers and administration exceeded my expectations tenfold! The instruction was individualized, relevant, thorough, and FUN. Thank you again for the unforgettable memories and jump starting our path to becoming bilingual.
I just wanted to send you a quick note to tell you how much we enjoyed our time at Chac-Mool. It was more than we could have ever hoped and dreamed for. At first my children really wanted nothing to do with “summer school” but by the end they were trying to figure out how we could extend our trip in order to go to school! Everyone there was so helpful, friendly, and kind to myself and my children. The extra cooking and capoeira classes were so much fun that we didn’t even realize we were learning! The host family that was set up for us was amazing. They took care of every need and we became quite close to them during our stay. They were many tears shed by both families when we had to say goodbye to our Mexican family. We hope to return some day in the near future.
When I take two teens on Spring break to “school” and not hear one complaint that says a lot about the teachers, the personalization, the feeling of Chac-Mool. This was effortless learning. And it gave us a feeling of familiarity with the town, improved our confidence in using public transportation and overall improved our confidence in adventurous travel in the area. (Not to mention improve our Spanish language skills). Our teachers made us feel like they really were interested in our lives. I had very interesting conversations, teaching topics felt more like sharing thoughts, ideas, and knowledge than a one way learning situation. This was definitely adult style learning at its best. I cannot recommend Chac-Mool enough!!
-Jeanne, Nurse Practitioner
Very good school with amazing teachers. Although on my spring break [in Tulum] it was a good balance of learning and practice. The immersion technique is the best I’ve used and my confidence and skill have definitely improved.”
-Zak, College Student
The school was really beautiful and pleasant and what a nice setting to learn!
-Terri, Air National Guard
I had nice lessons in Chac-Mool in January and February. I like your school, teachers and students. And I like my host mother, Maria, too. She was very kind and good cooking.
-Kazuko, in Cuernavaca from Japan
We both thoroughly enjoyed the school, the teachers and the place. It was great having the classes in those palapas. It was always cool even though the temperatures were in the mid 80s every day.
Tell Julio that I really enjoyed his and Juliana’s classes in Tulum. I’ll probably go again for 2 weeks in early Jan. 2015.
-George, student at both Tulum and Cuernavaca schools
Your school is one of the most well-organized language programs I have seen. I wish you all the best in continuing such an amazing program.
When I arrived at Chac-Mool I was sure it would be another failed attempt at learning Spanish. Instead, I had the most wonderful experience of being able to communicate in another language for the first time!! It has been great- everyone at the school was kind and helpful, especially my maestros. I cannot wait to come back and learn more.
-Malia, Student of Public Health, Ph.D.
I was never disappointed once in the people at Chac-Mool, and all my expectations were exceeded. I especially liked the teacher to student ratio, for more opportunities to interact more intimately with the learning material and other students. It was a really good environment and the teachers were filled with intellectual and charismatic demeanors. I have changed as a person (for the better) due to my experiences here, and I have learned that my opinions do not go unheard. So thank you Chac-Mool, for being everything I hoped you would be.
Chac-Mool far exceeded my expectations. Everyone was extremely helpful and very friendly. I felt valued and welcome the entire time. The personal attention within the small groups was the key to success- plenty of opportunity for conversation and individual support. Though the grounds are not essential to learning, the cleanliness and beauty created a luxurious atmosphere that supported a feeling of security and happiness. My only regret was that I only had two weeks!
Chac-Mool provided a tranquil and comforting environment for my language aquisition journey. As I struggled to learn Spanish with my head throbbing and my ego shrinking, I was supported through the process by the kind and patient teachers who helped me with their humor and excellent instruction.
Learning a new language requires feeling success, being supported enough to make mistakes, and knowing that those who are teaching you respect you and want you to learn. That is exactly what Chac-Mool provides.
Thank you for all your help in getting me prepared for my two weeks at Chac-Mool. They were absolutely wonderful. I came away with so much Spanish, and the confidence to use it, not to mention the great cultural tours, fabulous people. I could go on. I’m a little sad to be back to my regular life. How uneventful by comparison!
-Shelby, Teacher & Director
I have just returned from Chac-Mool and my experience with both the school and the homestay was fabulous! Thank you for your help with all of our questions/concerns. I have a feeling I will be going to Cuernavaca again soon.