What to expect:
Become acquainted with Colombian life and culture
Improve your spoken Spanish skills
Explore one of South America’s most exciting cities
Connect with new people while learning Spanish
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 experience by chatting with locals (called Paisas), tasting locally sourced, roasted, and brewed specialty coffee, and practicing your Spanish with your Chaptermates.
Work the Way You Want.
If you plan to work while on your Sojrn, you’ll have the opportunity to do so from afar while immersing yourself in the local culture. With a personal WiFi hotspot, your desk can be anywhere you like, from your own apartment to the cute coffee shop around the corner. Sojrn has also partnered with a cafe to create a Sojrn Space, so you’ll always have somewhere nearby to get work done or meet up with Chaptermates whenever you like. Think of it as your friendly neighborhood hangout.
We’ve found that this setup is ideal for the majority of people who join Sojrn. However, if you have more specific work needs, we also provide a co-working space nearby with an open desk, rooftop terrace, and 24/7 access for an additional cost. Just be sure to choose this as an optional add-on when you book.
Choose your stay.
The Spanish in Medellin Chapter Sojrn has two different tiers of centrally-located accommodations available, as well as an option to join the Chapter but arrange your own accommodation.
Private Housing - $4,299 | A private apartment equipped with kitchen space, a kitchen table, Wi-Fi, and other modern amenities.
Shared Housing - $3,699 | A private bedroom in a shared apartment equipped with a shared kitchen, a dining table, WiFi, and other modern amenities. Guests who book first are entitled to the main bedroom, which has an ensuite bathroom. The second bedrooms are slightly smaller and have bathrooms located directly outside their doors.
No Housing - $2,399 | If you have specific accommodation needs, you may participate in the Sojrn program but arrange your own housing. While you will need to book and manage your accommodations on your own, you will be fully involved in all other facets of the Chapter and Sojrn community.
Like most living spaces in Medellin, these apartments can vary significantly. All units are accessible via elevator and are equipped with fans and washing machines; some may have balconies, dryers, or other amenities.
PS: If you book the Private Housing option with someone (shared bed), the second person gets 50% off of their Sojrn.
Hablar y aprender.
With mild, melodic accents, a lively social scene, and friendly locals, Medellin is a perfect place to improve your Spanish skills. Weekly lessons are supplemented by immersive, local experiences where you'll have opportunities to practice as much as you like. All speaking levels are welcome.
Set out on foot and wander this Andes-backed, jungle-infused hive of energy as you start to acclimate to the climate, the altitude, and the language. Spend time in local bars, restaurants, or cafes and eavesdrop whenever you can—it’s the perfect tactic to begin learning the words or phrases you’ll use most.
Your first week is full of foundational activities aimed at setting the stage for your month abroad. You’ll meet your Chaptermates and explore this language and culture through experiences that could include group lunches, tutoring sessions, happy hours, neighborhood scavenger hunts, salsa nights, or arts and music tours of Comuna 13. There will be additional optional activities to take part in as well that may range from day trips to Guatapé to local hikes or bike rides.
Now that you’ve started to grasp the local language and developed an understanding of the way things work in Medellin, it’s time to get personal—after all, the soul of any city lies with those who call it home. Your second week focuses on the stories passed down, the traditions upheld, and above all else, the people that shape this society and define this culture.
Your activities will focus on engagement with the local community and may include service projects or immersive get-togethers, as well as happy hours or traditional language learning experiences like one-on-one tutoring sessions. There will also be a wide range of optionals for you to choose from that could include historical tours, salsa classes, or even Cartagena weekend trips.
In your third week, you'll begin to take a deep, delicious dive into a defining feature of all cultures and that no-so-secret ingredient that keeps Medellin moving: the food. You'll focus on the language of cuisine as you learn about an array of local dishes and examine agriculture's outsized role and fundamental importance to the region and the nation.
Your activities will be nothing short of mouth-watering; in addition to private language sessions and Chapter happy hours, they may include street food challenges, local cooking classes, agricultural tours, or craft beer experiences. Of course, there will be optionals as well, and those could include group dinners and nature walks.
Your last week in Medellin is a celebration of the rugged natural world that both fringes and tumbles down into the city—that extra special cherry on top that draws visitors in and sets this refreshing urban oasis apart. Although you’ve been surrounded by mountains and jungle for the better part of a month, after your final week, you’ll be able to speak of it like a local.
To round out your Chapter, your activities will mix farewell events, language lessons, and local experiences. They may include coffee farm excursions, happy hours, and group dinners. You’ll also have the chance to participate in some final optionals, such as dance experiences, hikes, or a tejo night.
We've covered the basics so you can arrive at your new home feeling like a local.
Living accommodations (if you select a housing option)
Access to Sojrn Spaces (workspaces and partner cafes)
Personal WiFi hotpsot
Eight included activities (two per week)
Chapter platform with pre-travel prep, important information, menu of curated optionals, and more
Two included meals
A community of Chaptermates
A Chapter Host
A Local Host
Optional curated activities (curated for you but paid separately)
Arrival airport transportation
Our Sojrn Chapters are created to cater to your needs and allow you the most flexibility and control over how you spend your time and money. As such, these items are left for you to arrange at your discretion:
Meals (unless otherwise noted)
Visas and related fees
Departure airport transportation
Co-work space provided at an additional cost
"I participated in the Medellín Spanish in Colombia” chapter. We had a fantastic Sojrn host, Makayla, and local host, Juan Manuel. I loved the cultural exchanges, Spanish lessons, group trips and the food! It was wonderful meeting so many people who wanted to explore the wonderful city of Medellín just like me. A special recognition goes out to Makayla who always made sure everyone was comfortable, included and having a good time. I’d recommend for anyone wanting to make the most of travel while doing so safely."