Spanish in

MEDELLÍN

Experience living in the “City of the Eternal Spring” Medellín, Colombia for an entire month while soaking in the local culture and improving your Spanish.

Chapter Details

DATES

Nov 21 –  Dec 18, 2021

WHERE

Medellín, Colombia

COST

Starting at $2,899

THEME

Spanish

What to expect:

Become better acquainted with the Colombian culture

Improve your spoken Spanish skills

Explore different parts of Colombia in your free time

Connect with others trying to learn Spanish

Easy and convenient access to all your remote working needs

Speak Like a Local.

It is said that you can not truly understand a culture until you begin to understand its language. Learning Spanish in such a vibrant city will certainly be a powerful driver to have you speaking in no time! Once Spanish classes are over, you’ll find yourself with plenty of time to enrich your Spanish experience by chatting with locals (called Paisas), tasting locally sourced, roasted and brewed specialty coffee, and practicing your Spanish with your Chaptermates. 

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Reliably Connect Anytime You Need.

If you will be working remotely while in Medellín, we’ve made sure to give you access to what you’ll need to get the job done. We have partnered with a local co-working space that can cater to a range of needs. Here you will find super fast wifi, plenty of outlets, and even private rooms in case you need to get some privacy or just spread out.

 

If you enjoy a little more hustle and bustle while working, you can check out our Sojrn Spaces - places you're always welcome to pop into to socialize, get some work done, or grab a bite to eat. Through our partnerships with local cafes and restaurants around Medellín, you'll be able to find your new favorite spot in no time!

Choose your stay.

The Spanish in Colombia chapter has two accommodation options available for your choosing. Swipe to see an example of each. 

  • Tier 1 - $2,999   |   A private bedroom in a studio or shared apartment, all equipped with kitchen space with a large work/dinner table, Wi-Fi and all other modern amenities.

  • Tier 2 - $4,499   |   A room at a 4 star centrally located hotel complete with all amenities you would expect as well as a gym, daily housekeeping and a rooftop bar.

 

* Sign up with a friend and share a room to each get 20% off of your Sojrn!

Hablar y aprender.

With beautiful accents (and people), a lively social scene, and low cost of living - Medellin is the ultimate place to spend time improving your Spanish. Our month-long curriculum includes plenty of opportunities to practice what you are learning by immersing yourself in different experiences. While each week has a theme, living in Medellin will give you opportunities to speak as much Spanish as you want, on a range of different topics. All speaking levels are welcome. 

WEEK 1

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Basics

The first week here is all about acclimating to Colombian life with words and phrases you'd use in common situations.

Included Activities:

  • Welcome Dinner

  • Private 1hr Tutor Session

  • Half Day Historical Medellin Tour in both Spanish and English - see how much you can understand of the Spanish version!

You'll have the opportunity to participate in many optional activities to explore Medellin and its surrounding areas. 
 

WEEK 2

La Comida

There's nothing that connects us more than food. This week will focus on food vocabulary, local cuisine, and the importance of agriculture in Colombia. You could say you'll learn as much cuisine-related vocabulary as you can stomach :)

Included Activities: 

  • Food Market Challenge

  • Private 1hr Tutor Session

  • Game night

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WEEK 3

People

The vocabulary this week is focused on people and what they do. You'll have the opportunity to spend an overnight in a local family's home to learn about their life and share with them a bit about yours - en Español.

Included Activities

  • Family Overnight

  • Private 1hr Tutor Session

WEEK 4

Nature

Colombia is known for its amazing nature and we’d be remiss to not incorporate it in your stay here. The vocabulary focus covers much of the natural world plus activities you can do in it. 

Included Activities:

  • Guided nature hike and waterfall visit

  • Private 1hr Tutor Session

  • Farewell Dinner 

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What's Included:

We've covered the basics so you can arrive at your new home feeling like a local.  

  • Living accommodations 

  • Access to Sojrn Spaces (workspaces and partner cafes)

  • Powerful wifi connection

  • Four included activities (one per week)

  • Chapter guide with pre-travel prep, important information, menu of curated optionals, and more

  • Two group meals

  • Community of chapter-mates

  • Access to a local host 

  • Airport transportation

What's Not:

Our Sojrn Chapters are created to cater to your needs and allow you the most amount of flexibility and control over how you spend your time and money. As such, these items are left for you to arrange at your discretion: 

  • Airfare

  • Meals (unless otherwise noted)

  • Optional activities/experiences

  • Insurance

  • Visas and related fees 

Additional Questions

Accommodation


All accommodation tiers consist of a private bedroom within walking distance of local facilities. We use a combination of shared apartments, studios and local hotels to house all participants. If you have a preference for an apartment or a hotel, please make a note in your book. However, we cannot guarantee any specific housing. For shared apartments, you will be matched with other Sojrn participants (usually 2-3 bedroom apartments) but you will always have a private room to yourself. Bathrooms are often private but never shared with more than one person. If you would like to guarantee having your own apartment, please select tier 2 when booking. Your Colombian home away from home will always come furnished, inclusive of:

  • Wireless internet
  • All utilities
  • Bi-weekly cleaning service
  • Basic kitchenware
  • Sheets and bath towels




Sojrn Spaces


We know that having reliable Wi-Fi is crucial to the success of working remotely. Our workspace is always located within walking distance and is set up for you to open your laptop and get work done. Your workspace comes with:

  • High-speed internet
  • air-conditioning
  • private rooms on request
  • Video call booths
  • printer and scanner

We have also created partnerships with local businesses to create Sojrn Spaces - places you can pop into for reliable wifi, familiar faces, and a bite to eat. (Think Central Perk in Friends)




Meals


Besides the two group meals at the beginning and end of your stay, there is no set meal plan so you are free to eat what you want, when you want. Your Chapter guide will include a list of recommendations for grocery shopping and restaurants.




Travel


Flights are not included. For this chapter, you should fly into Medellin Airport. If you fly in on Day 1 of the Chapter, we include an airport transfer to your accommodation.




Budget


In-destination budgets vary depending upon your personal spending habits when it comes to food, travel, local adventures and other personal expenses. As a ballpark figure, we would suggest a minimum additional budget of $800 for the full 4 weeks. However, if you plan on doing multiple optional activities and eating at restaurants for most of your stay, budget at least $1,500. Example pricing for Medellin

  • Typical Colombian Breakfast: $4
  • Average restaurant lunch in Medellin: $8
  • Average dinner in Medellin (w/o alcohol): $15




Visas


Visa requirements will vary depending upon nationality. Should you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us for assistance. HERE is a great resource to figure out what the visa requirements are for you. Please note: While we will help point you in the right direction, Sojrn is not responsible for any participant’s inability to obtain the correct visa for any given chapter and cancellation fees will apply if a participant is denied the proper visa.




Covid-19


The health and safety of our customers is always our top priority. Each Chapter will have clear Covid-19 guidelines in place based on local requirements. As local ordinances are being updated regularly, we will share Sojrn policies closer to the program start date. We reserve the right to update these on an ongoing basis per the available data and recommendations of local authorities.
For more information on our COVID protocols, please visit our FAQ page.




Online Portal


A month before your Sojrn, you will be invited to an online hub where you can connect with chaptermates, meet your local host, and get access to the Chapter Guide, which has all the information you need to have a successful Sojrn in Colombia. Through this online hub, you can also book optionals and access resources that will supplement your learning about Spanish.




In-Country Support


Part of the benefit of traveling with Sojrn is the support we provide throughout your experience. From an on the ground local host, to our team at HQ, there is always someone available to help solve any issues you may encounter. Local Host

  • Every chapter has a local host on hand throughout the 4 weeks of the Chapter with the aim of making sure you have everything you need to have a relaxing, productive and inspiring time in your temporary new home. Between the local host and Sojrn HQ, there is someone available 24/7 to help with any issues you might have.
Sojrn HQ
  • We are always available to answer any questions or concerns - before, during and even after your chapter is over. We pride ourselves on prompt responses and are happy to hear from you, whether by email, phone or ‘in person’ via a Zoom call, on how we could improve your stay or anything we need to prepare before your arrival.





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