Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to pay in advance to have a spot with you?
Normally yes, but due to issues with PayPal we are unable to receive online payments at the moment. We will reactivate the PayPal option once we solve the inconvenience.

In the meantime just fill in this registration form which will secure your place with us. Then you can pay for your classes once you are here.

What is the maximum number of students that you place with a host family?
The maximum is 3, but normally we accommodate just 2.

Do you offer discounts to couples who stay with the same host family?
The biggest expense is the food, so we charge the same amount per person.

Do you offer vegetarian and vegan meals with the host families?
Yes we do. Please advise us in advance so that the family can accommodate you.

Can I start my home stay any day of the week?
It depends. When we are full this is not possible because the students normally leave the families on Sundays. Please email us 4 days in advance for availability.

If I am doing a home stay where and when can I meet them?
You meet your host family on Sunday at 4:00 pm at Orbita´s office. But you can do it after your class on Monday too. If you plan to arrive here after 5:00pm please let us know, because we close at 5:00pm on Sundays.

Can I start my classes any day of the week?
We ideally prefer students to start on Monday or Tuesday, but if this isn´t possible for you, we can make arrangements for you to start on another day. In this case you may also need to have some afternoon classes or have a different teacher for a couple of lessons. It depends on each specific situation.

If you have plans to study longer (at least one month), it won´t affect your Spanish classes because we will reserve a teacher just for you.

Will I have internet with the host families?
Currently we have just one family who has WiFi. But all home stay students are free to use Orbita´s WiFi any time.

Do I have to tell you how many weeks I want to study when I register?
About adding more weeks once you´re here: that´s usually easy to do. However, morning classes are normally very popular, so if you prefer to study in the morning, we recommend that you advise us how many weeks would you like to study in advance so that you will have a teacher reserved for your entire stay.

Is there a discount if I take classes with another student?
Classes with 2 students and one teacher have a 50% additional cost over individual tuition.

How much do additional hours of class cost?
If you want to study more hours you will pay $4 per hour extra.

What to bring with you:

You should bring:
– A sweater
– Sneakers for walking/hiking
– A flashlight or headlamp
– A raincoat (May – october)
– Sunscreen
– First aid kit

You might also want to bring:
– Sunglasses
– Towel (small – specific for travelers)
– A translator (dictionary)
– Mosquito repellent (not necessarily required)