PASSIVE LEARNING:  The curriculums for the large majority of Spanish schools in the Medellin area are fill-in-the-blank / worksheet-driven.  These exercises are similar to the DuoLingo approach to language learning, considered passive learning, and are good for vocabulary building and language theory (Spanish knowledge).  These techniques develop reading and writing abilities, but are weak in listening and speaking/conversational skills.  

ACTIVE LEARNING:  OLSA students practice and learn Spanish through actually listening, processing and speaking Spanish with native Spanish-speaking teachers.  The result is improved Spanish fluency (not just Spanish knowledge).  This is what is needed if you would like to meet and speak with Colombians at events or on the street.  This concept of learning Spanish through practice in-real-time is called active learning and is the preferred method for language learning for those who wish to interact (not text) with native Spanish speakers.


Conversational SpanishOther Academies  An student enters a bicycle academy and asks for a course to learn how to ride a bicycle.  The instructor tells the student, “Of course! Here, I have two books and five magazines about bicycles.  We will spend the next two years studying how to ride a bicycle”.  After two years, the instructor tells the student, “Today, we finish with the bicycle-riding course.”  The student replies, “But we haven’t ridden any bicycles, yet.  When are we going ride a bike?”  At that, the instructor claims, “I have given you all of the knowledge you need to ride a bike.  Now, you go figure out how to ride the bike on your own”.

OLSA International – An student enters a bicycle academy and asks for a course to learn how to ride a bicycle. The instructor tells the student, “Of course!  Let’s go outside and get on a bike right now!.”  After two years practicing how to ride a bike, the student knows how to maneuver, do tricks and is earning a salary using the skills he learned by practicing with the instructor.

Learning a language is similar to riding a bike.  To be able to hear, understand and speak a language in real-time, you must physically/orally interact with that language with native speakers.  Yes, at first it is difficult, and brushing up on a little language theory doesn’t hurt, but through actual language practice, your ear will get used to new sounds and you will be able to converse in the language, easily.  The more actual practice, the better you will speak and the deeper the conversations you will be able to have.


OLSA’s Conversational Spanish curriculum designed to help students improve their Spanish fluency. This program, written, recorded and taught by native Spanish speakers, uses themed conversations, stories, videos and other multimedia to present the living Spanish language outside of the grammatical restrictions of a textbook. This is the actual Spanish students will hear and use on the street, in the market, making new friends and participating in events with native Spanish speakers.  These interactive conversation classes are an excellent choice for travelers, expats living in Medellín, and/or a full-time university students looking to gain Spanish fluency in an immersive environment.


Designed for maximum learning in a short amount of time – very intensive/participation oriented – more than 24 hours of instruction and activities per week.
Heavy focus on conversational Spanish fluency with a practical look at specific grammar topics by level.
Classes start weekly – 5 days per week – all levels – 9:00am to 12:00pm classes + 12:00pm to 2:00pm language exchange (Wednesday schedule depends on tour).
4 days on-campus + 1 day excursion (Wednesdays) + 4 days participation in Lunch & Language + 4 days snack breakfast

Packet consists of the following:
2 Conversational Spanish Classes four days per week (total 8 classes)
1 Grammar-Focused Spanish Class four days per week (total of 4 classes)
1 Day-Excursion (programed) + lunch + transportation + insurance card – see table below for excursions
4 Days snack breakfast (between classes)
4 Days entrance to lunch language exchange (Lunch & Language), which includes a menu lunch from our restaurant!

Enrollment Packets
1 week = $214 US dollars
2 weeks = $398 USD ($199 USD per week) – 7% DISCOUNT
3 weeks = $552 USD ($184 USD per week) – 14% DISCOUNT
4 weeks = $676 USD ($169 USD per week) – 21% DISCOUNT

Packet Excursions
Week One = Comuna 13 Tour
Week Two = 
Guatapé Tour
Week Three = 
Downtown Historical / Cultural Tour
Week Four = 
Exotic Fruit Tour


Additional excursions available at regular prices – see below.
All excursions include lunch and insurance card.
Excursion days are Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Comuna 13 Tour – $70 USD
Guatapé Tour – $70 USD
Downtown Historical / Cultural Tour – $70 USD
Exotic Fruit Tour – $70 USD
Coffee Finca Tour – $95 USD
Electric Bike Tour – $95 USD
VIP Comuna 13 Tour – $120 USD
Paragliding Tour – $130 USD
Rafting Tour – COMING SOON

There are many tours and tour companies in Medellin.  As the top school in Medellin, we are bombarded with people pitching tours and ideas for tours.  Seems like everyone has a tour for something.  Some tours are very good, while others, not so much.  OLSA only works with the best tours in Medellin.  Our tours are chosen for historical content, educational value and/or “the fun factor”.  Members of our staff have personally participated in each of the tours we represent and can vouch for the quality/content of each tour.


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