Toucan Spanish School is one the largest independent Spanish schools in Colombia with schools located in Medellín, Cartagena and Bogotá offering popular Spanish classes for foreigners. Toucan Spanish School has one of the largest non-university Spanish language programs in Colombia and one of the largest in South America.
Also, Toucan is more than a Spanish school as they offer a variety of cultural activities including salsa classes, tropical fruit tastings, language exchanges and volunteering. Also in Medellín, Toucan has a café, Coffee Museum plus offers tours. In Medellín, the company offers several activities and tours daily.
Note several of the photos in this article are courtesy of Toucan Spanish School.
The Toucan Spanish Program
Toucan offers multiple levels of group Spanish classes weekly that start on Mondays and are 20 hours per week. If you are a beginner you will start in the beginner’s class. And if you have studied Spanish before then you will be asked to complete a level placement test.
In addition, private Spanish classes are also offered at higher prices than group classes.
Toucan developed its own Spanish curriculum for its program. And students are given handouts in the classes. So, there is no need to buy books when taking classes at this school.
Also, Toucan recently signed an agreement with E-nable so that part of proceeds of all classes support the 3D printing of arms for victims of Colombia’s internal conflicts.
Toucan Spanish in Medellin
Toucan’s school in Medellín is located on Calle 10 in El Poblado, near Parque Lleras. This Medellín school is Toucan’s largest school and it has over 14 classrooms. And several levels of Spanish group classes are offered here weekly.
The Toucan group Spanish classes in Medellín are four hours per day on Monday to Friday for a total of 20 hours per week. And group classes for Toucan in Medellín typically have 3-4 students and never more than 7 students per class.
Toucan Spanish in Cartagena and Bogotá
Toucan’s school in Cartagena is located in the historic walled city. The Toucan group classes in Cartagena are four hours per day on Monday to Friday, which is 20 hours per week like in Medellín. And group classes in Cartagena tend to have 3-5 students.
Finally, in Bogotá Toucan doesn’t yet offer group classes, only private classes.
Toucan’s 2019 Spanish Class Pricing
Toucan offers group classes, private classes and private group classes.
The group classes have three or more students and are priced per week and you get a discount for booking more weeks of classes:
- 1 week – 595,000 pesos
- 2+ weeks – 570,000 pesos per week
- 8+ weeks – 525, 000 pesos per week
- 1 week – 550,000 pesos
- 2+ weeks – 525,000 pesos per week.
Also, there are free activities included with group classes, which include a welcome lunch, three language exchanges weekly, salsa class, fruit tasting, karaoke and discounts on tours and accommodations.
Private classes cost 700,000 pesos for 10 hours in Medellín and 525,000 pesos for 10 hours in Bogotá.
How to Get to Toucan Spanish in Medellín
Toucan’s school in Medellín is located a few blocks from Parque Lleras.
The nearest Medellín Metro station is the Poblado station on the A Line. Toucan is located about a 15-minute walk uphill from the metro station or about a 5-minute taxi ride from the metro station.
Taxis are another option to get to this school from your location. Just provide the driver the address below.
Address: Carrera 41A # 10-28
Phone: +57 4 311 7176
Hours: Monday to Friday: 8 am to 6 pm. And they have a language exchange 6-9 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Toucan Café.
Also, Toucan’s Spanish school in Cartagena is located at Calle 38 # 10-02, San Diego and in Bogotá the school is located at Carrera 15 # 83-24, office # 409.
Museo De Cafe
Toucan Museo Del Cafe is the newest museum in Medellín, which opened on November 22, 2018. This small museum has exhibits in English and Spanish showing the history of coffee in the world and the history of coffee in Colombia plus the process for making coffee.
This new museum was created by the Toucan Spanish School, which also has a café and offers several different tours in Medellín.
Museo Del Cafe is the only coffee museum in Medellín. And the museum offers a guided tour of the small museum. With the exhibits you will learn the process how coffee is made and can even sample Colombian coffee.
Museo Del Cafe website: https://www.toucancafe.co/toucan-museo-del-cafe/
The Bottom Line: Toucan Spanish: A Popular Spanish School in Medellín
Toucan’s Spanish classes in Medellín are popular and this Spanish school in Medellín typically has 50-100+ students weekly in its classes.
However, a downside of Toucan’s Spanish program is that it does not qualify for a Colombian student visa. So, if you take Spanish classes at this school you can’t get a student visa like you can receive for other Spanish schools in Medellín such as Universidad EAFIT.
We previously looked at the Spanish program at Universidad EAFIT and plan to look at all the Spanish school options in Medellín.
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