Imagine no longer just stumbling through your meal order at a restaurant, but rather getting to know your server and the local scoop on the town you’ve just arrived in.
Envision yourself at a dinner party with new friends in Mexico City and you crack a joke in Spanish. Everyone busts up in genuine laughter and you finally feel like you fit in.
Picture yourself sitting next to a woman on the airplane who is struggling to fill out the customs and immigration forms in English. You turn to her and in Spanish offer to help. Before you know it, her form is filled out and she’s sharing her life story and inviting you for lunch with her family next time you’re in Guadalajara.
You’re traveling to Nicaragua with one of your non-Spanish-speaking friends. She starts to feel sick while in a remote town on the beach. Instead of panicking and not knowing what to do, you walk into the local pharmacy and are able to get her the medicine she needs to feel better in no time.
The job opportunity of a lifetime comes up in Buenos Aires but they require conversational Spanish. You apply confidently and nail the interview. Argentina, new friends, and a whole lot of personal growth and development await you!
You spot a beautiful stranger from across the coffee shop and there’s just something about them that makes you want to go over and say hello. They respond in Spanish and your palms sweat for a moment before you muster up the courage to dive into the conversation in Spanish. Three years later you’re setting off on a new adventure together.
You’re back in your home country and feeling outraged by the injustice happening at the border. You want to get involved but you’re not sure how. Luckily, a friend tells you about an organization looking for conversationally fluent volunteers to assist in family reunification efforts.
Your parents left El Salvador before you were born and haven’t been back. You feel drawn to go explore your roots and even look up some of your cousins you’ve never met before to grab a beer. Your Spanish isn’t perfect but it’s enough for you to reunite with family, reconnect with your culture and begin to fill a lifelong void.
Imagine no longer
just stumbling through your meal order at a restaurant, but rather getting to know your server and the local scoop on the town you’ve just arrived in.
Envision yourself at
a dinner party with new friends in Mexico City and you crack a joke in Spanish. Everyone busts up in genuine laughter and you finally feel like you fit in.
Picture yourself sitting
next to a woman on the airplane who is struggling to fill out the customs and immigration forms in English. You turn to her and in Spanish offer to help. Before you know it, her form is filled out and she’s sharing her life story and inviting you for lunch with her family next time you’re in Guadalajara.
You’re traveling to Nicaragua
with one of your non-Spanish-speaking friends. She starts to feel sick while in a remote town on the beach. Instead of panicking and not knowing what to do, you walk into the local pharmacy and are able to get her the medicine she needs to feel better in no time.
The job opportunity of a
lifetime comes up in Buenos Aires but they require conversational Spanish. You apply confidently and nail the interview. Argentina, new friends, and a whole lot of personal growth and development await you!
You spot a beautiful stranger
from across the coffee shop and there’s just something about them that makes you want to go over and say hello. They respond in Spanish and your palms sweat for a moment before you muster up the courage to dive into the conversation in Spanish. Three years later you’re setting off on a new adventure together.
You're back in your home
country and feeling outraged by the injustice happening at the border. You want to get involved but you’re not sure how. Luckily, a friend tells you about an organization looking for conversationally fluent volunteers to assist in family reunification efforts.
Your parents left El Salvador
before you were born and haven’t been back. You feel drawn to go explore your roots and even look up some of your cousins you’ve never met before to grab a beer. Your Spanish isn’t perfect but it’s enough for you to reunite with family, reconnect with your culture and begin to fill a lifelong void.
If you connected with any or all of the above, trust me when I say "I feel you" because I WAS you. And let me tell you, the single biggest life-changing decision I ever made was to really invest in my Spanish language skills. Once I began to live, eat and breathe Spanish all of a sudden my travels to Latin America shifted from fun, but superficial tourist experiences, to meaningful connections, lifelong friendships, new career opportunities, and a fresh outlook on life.
It wasn’t always easy and it definitely wasn’t pretty. There were times I felt overwhelmed by nerves, especially when talking to native speakers in academic and professional environments. My palms would sweat and my throat would close, turning me into a much more shy and insecure version of myself. There is literal blood, sweat, and tears in my Spanish and I’m still working on getting better each and every day. Sticking with it, even when it seemed impossible to advance further, was 110% worth it and I truly cannot imagine what my life would look like without Spanish.
Learning Spanish is not just about grammar, vocabulary, and a new skill to add to your resume. It’s a journey of personal growth and transformation that will open doors to new people, places, and possibilities and enrich your life in beautiful and unexpected ways. My Spanish language learning journey has gifted me so much over the past eleven years and together with my incredible team, we want to help you connect with yourself and others through Spanish in a deep and meaningful way.
If you connected with any or all of the above, trust me when I say
"I feel you"
because I WAS you. And let me tell you, the single biggest life-changing decision I ever made was to really invest in my Spanish language skills. Once I began to live, eat and breathe Spanish all of a sudden my travels to Latin America shifted from fun, but superficial tourist experiences, to meaningful connections, lifelong friendships, new career opportunities, and a fresh outlook on life.
Chelsea's Spanish Language Learning Timeline
Content Covered in Basic I and Basic II
|ABC’s & Pronunciation Tips & Tricks|
|Greetings & Introductions in Spanish|
|Geography and Latin American History|
|Question Words in Spanish|
|Days of the week|
|Months of the year|
|Subject pronouns - including vos and gender neutral pronouns|
|Present tense regular verbs|
|Ser & Estar|
|Household & Hotel Vocabulary|
|Airport & Train Station Vocabulary|
|Buildings & Places|
|Prepositions of time and location|
|Kitchen & Restaurant Vocabulary|
|Review and reinforcement of all concepts seen in Basic I|
|Articles in Spanish|
|Irregular Verbs in Present Tense|
|The Verb “Haber”|
|Traffic & Transportation Vocabulary|
|Asking, following and giving directions|
|“Voy a” to express future plans|
|Parts of the body vocabulary|
|Common illness and injury vocabulary|
|Hospital and medical care vocabulary|
|Getting help abroad in the case of an emergency|
|Prices & Purchasing Vocabulary|
|Market & Artisan Goods Vocablary|
|Market tips and etiquette|
|The verb “gustar”|
|Discussing daily routines|
|Discussing likes and dislikes|
|Making future plans|
What Our Students Are Saying
Listen to what Chelsea’s former private students have to say about their experiences learning with her!
Meet the team
Throughout your Spanish language journey, you will be supported by our talented and diverse team!
I am all about music, my favorite hobby is listening to music while working or basically anywhere and anytime in my life lol. Some of my favorite artists are: Jorge Drexler, Mac Miller and Gustavo Cerati. My favorite destination is Argentina, all the way from Jujuy to Ushuaia. My favorite Spanish word is “¡Hay que hacerse cargo!” which means “We have to own it!”.
Ana "Chiva" Castillo
I consider myself a very active person, that's why I love reading as much as I love listening to music while I´m thinking about travelling, lol! My favorite book is “El Desayuno de los Campeones” / “Breakfast of Champions” by Kurt Vonnegut. My favorite destination is Las Islas Galápagos in Ecuador, mostly because I love the sea life and I think that swimming with turtles is at the top of my list. My favorite Spanish word is “Otorrinolaringólogo” / “Otolaryngologist”.
One of my hobbies is listening to music (ask the rest of the team lol) and I would say The Eagles or Juan Luis Guerra are a must in many of my playlists! Besides music, I love watching tv and I would say that some of my favorite tv shows are: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Dexter, and Jane the Virgin. I also have some favorite authors like Malcom Gladwell or Isabel Allende (Chilean writer). My favorite destination is México because they literally have everything, from the food to all of their people being so nice and they really do know how to celebrate things. My favorite Spanish word is “Chuchito”, which is a Spanish word for a Guatemalan dish, Chuchito.
Luis Miguel Sosa
Hi! As a creative asset for Heart of Travel I love listening to music while working! And of course, one of my favorite songs (always in my playlist) is Sweet Child of Mine from Guns n´ Roses. My favorite destination would be The Netherlands, especially Amsterdam. I´ve always been drawn to their culture. My favorite Spanish word is “¡Candela!”. A very Cuban expression (slang) used for a lot of things, especially people, situations and even hints or suggestions.
When I am not designing or being creative I´m just enjoying my couch and watching a good movie. Some of my favorite movies are “A Walk to Remember” and “Inception”, and I know they´re on opposite ends of a genre but I just love watching movies lol. My favorite destination is Perú. I love the lamas and their landscapes. My favorite Spanish word would be “¡Pilas!”, which is a Spanish word (slang) for “do your best” or encouraging someone to their best or work harder.
I love music as much as I love tech! I would say my favorite song of all time is “Have it all” by Brian Johnson. My favorite destination is Colombia, just because it's beautiful lol. My favorite Spanish word is “Fe” which means “Faith”.
Marketing and creativity involve so much reading sometimes! That's why one of my favorite hobbies in the world is reading. My favorite book is “Ensayo sobre la Ceguera” by José Saramago / Blindness by José Saramago (a Portuguese writer and Nobel prize winner). My favorite destination would be México, especially Oaxaca. I would love to learn everything there is about mezcal and for the food. Plus, I love tacos. My Spanish word is “¡Chilero!”, which is a Spanish word for “awesome” or “cool”.
Besides the cooking school I´d say one of my favorite hobbies is working with wood or carpentry. I love music, especially Latin music so one of my favorite songs is Almohada by Maelo Ruiz. And my favorite book and documentary is "El Señor Presidente"/"The President" by Miguel Angel Asturias (Guatemalan Nobel prize winner).
I love listening to music, and I´d say my favorite artist is Rachel Talbott with her Disney Medley. I am more into tv shows than movies, and some of my favorites are ER and Doctor House lol. My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
I studied languages so that´s why reading is such an important part of my life. My favorite book is “La Tregua” / “The Truce” by Mario Benedetti. My favorite destination would be any Guatemalan volcano, especially Atitlán and Acatenango, and on the other hand I also love Laguna Lachuá in Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. My favorite word in Spanish is “Espontaneidad” or “Spontaneity”.
Spanish Immersion Trips with Mariposa Vagabunda
For those of you ready to put your newly polished Spanish skills to the test we will be offering an optional Spanish Immersion trip after completing our 8 weekly group calls.
These trips will be offered in collaboration with Maestra Dominique Cordero of La Mariposa Spanish lessons and are the perfect combination of structured classroom time and fun adventures! These trips are open to the public but students in our program will receive a special student rate!
Plans & Prices
Bundle (B1 and B2)
6 payments of $119
VIP Add-on - Plus $159
Single - Basic I
3 payments of $129
VIP Add-on - Plus $99
Single - Basic II
3 payments of $129
VIP Add-on - Plus $99
Fears & FAQs
How much of the focus is on grammar?
Do I get graded?
What's is travel Spanish?
What type of Spanish is taught in this course?
How safe and supportive is the community?
Can I get credit for this?
What's the refund policy?
Is it 100% immersion from day one?
Should I learn from a native speaker instead?
What tech skill and devices do I need?
I don't have the time
I know ZERO Spanish
I feel too timid
Is there a refund policy for this course?
Once this course has began on January 11th, 2022 there are no refunds provided. In the event, you can no longer commit to the course due to verifiable health, familial or professional obligations please let us know and we will provide you with credit applicable to future courses or select Heart Travel trips.
If after participating in at least 50% of the course you’re truly not satisfied with your experience and results then we will discuss your case on an individual basis to process a refund and/or credit applicable to future courses, travel, or merchandise. Please note that you will have to demonstrate effort put into the course by showing up to calls and moving through the course content in Teachable and Quizlet and participating in the Discord Community Group.
Will I receive a grade for this course?
No, this course is not designed to provide you with a formal letter grade at the end of the course, rather you will be provided with constant feedback and support throughout the entirety of the course. However, you’d like to request a formal letter grade or written recommendation please let us know at the start of the course.
How is this course geared towards travelers?
Every aspect of this course was designed with traveler’s needs and interests in mind and this is reflected in the vocabulary and grammar points focused on as well as the content provided in the workbook and instructional videos. Not only will you learn how to navigate common travel situations and scenarios in Spanish but you’ll also learn more about history, culture, and everyday life in various Latin American destinations. Additionally, there are travel tips and useful information sprinkled throughout this course so who can travel safely, responsibly, and have a blast on your next trip to Latin America.
I hear a lot about “Castilian Spanish” that’s from Spain right? What type of Spanish is taught in this course?
The term “Castilian Spanish” can mean the variety of Peninsular Spanish spoken in northern and central Spain, the standard form of Spanish, or Spanish from Spain in general. In short, Castilian Spanish is associated with Spain. Historically, many Spanish language learning programs have focused more on Castilian Spanish and there is often a degree of prestige associated with Castilian Spanish. However, and with no disrespect to Spain or Spaniards, but this feels antiquated and exclusively considering the amount of native Spanish speakers living in the Americas. Recognizing this lack of educational materials focusing on Latin American Spanish, our program seeks to reflect the linguistic diversity found throughout Latin America and prepare students for travel or relocation to Latin America. This means vocabulary and grammar structures used in class will be modeled after the Spanish spoken in Latin America and you will hear voices from Guatemala, México, Cuba, Ecuador, and other Latin American countries. That being said, we will include vosotros in written materials and remind students of certain Castillian tips and tricks to be aware of.
It’s important to note that we will be teaching and using the pronoun “vos” (not to be confused with vosotros) in our lessons and we will also be mentioning the newer “inclusive language” that is becoming popular in many areas and incorporating it in some of our lessons and exercises.
I love the idea of the community aspect portion of this course. Are there any rules I need to be aware of?
We trust our students to be kind, mature, and thoughtful individuals and we believe in asking questions, freedom of expression, and even a little healthy debate. That being said, we do NOT tolerate hate speech or discrimination of any kind, bullying, profanity, explicit or pornographic content, the spreading of dangerous misinformation, self-promotion, or spam. If you post something that qualifies as any of the mentioned above it will be removed by the group admin and you will receive a warning in private. If you continue to violate these community guidelines you will be removed from the Discord community group and your commenting privileges on Teachable will be revoked.
Likewise, if a fellow student is making you uncomfortable please reach out to us right away so we can address the situation.
Can I get high school or college credit for taking this course?
At this moment, we unfortunately are not accredited. However, we hope to be in the future! Until then, we are happy to write a letter to your educational institution (or employer if applicable) detailing the nature of the course to see if they will approve it in exchange for credit. We have done this before for our trips and had travelers get university credits or trip payment assistance from their employer in the past!
I’ve taken some Spanish classes before but they are all so boring and focus heavily on grammar. How is this program different?
Slightly unpopular opinion - but grammar matters! I see so many learners looking for ways to dodge the inevitable and many programs catering to this trend. However, I truly believe that while grammar is NOT everything and does not need to be perfect to communicate effectively, you still need to learn the general structure of the language. Even as native English speakers we are taught grammar in elementary school making our spoken English not only “acquired” but also learned. What makes our program different in regards to this topic, however, is that we don’t teach grammar in a boring and overwhelming way. We give brief but thorough explanations and then provide you with ample opportunities to study this grammar point as much or as little as you’d like. You will then utilize your newfound grammar knowledge and skills in a variety of dynamic vocabulary, reading comprehension, listening comprehension, and writing exercises.
Also, remember that learning Spanish is not the only thing that this program is about. We are also here to teach you about Latin American history, culture, and current events as well as responsible travel practices. Therefore, grammar does not represent a dominant majority of the content seen in this course but we will have 3 - 4 grammar classes (25 - 40 minutes long) per unit.
Is the course taught entirely in Spanish?
No, not at the Basic I level. Due to the virtual nature of this course, there are certain classroom tricks that are harder to execute in pre-recorded videos. Therefore we utilize a fair amount of English in the first two units (out of five) in order to arm you with the basic vocabulary and listening comprehension skills to understand instructions and explanations in Spanish. As the course progresses there will be less and less English. However, English can still be heard throughout the course even at the end of the Basic II series.
I’m on the fence because Maestra Chelsea is not a native Spanish speaker and I’ve heard it’s better to take classes from native speakers. Is this the right course for me?
Maestra Chelsea here! This is such a great question and I’m even going to let you in on a little secret. I have put off promoting myself as a Spanish instructor for years for this very reason, despite having had numerous non-native Spanish-speaking professors while pursuing my MA. My insecurities about my Spanish were something I struggled with for a long time, however, over time I have come to embrace the ways in which not being a native speaker actually helps me to be a better teacher. What makes me different is that I truly understand and relate to my students’ struggles. This allows me to explain certain aspects of the language in ways that many native speakers cannot. That being said, I DO believe that exposure to native speakers is an important component of learning the language which is why I won’t be doing all of the talking. Maestra Chiva and Assistant Pamela are both native speakers who will be featured in the videos and voiceovers. Likewise, you will hear from other native speakers from all around Latin America to expose you to different accents, vocabulary, and cultural norms reflected in language. Therefore approximately 75% of the content in Spanish is coming from the mouths of native speakers, primarily from Guatemala, Cuba, México, and Ecuador.
I’m not very tech-savvy, will I be able to navigate the learning platform?
Yes, however, it might take a few days to get used to it. Don’t worry though, we are here to help walk you through it and can even jump on a one-on-one call if needed. Additionally, on the first live call, Maestras Chelsea and Pamela will show everyone how to use the course, plus there will also be a tutorial video posted in Teachable that you can revisit at any point during the course. The four platforms you’ll need to learn how to use in order to fully participate in this course are Zoom, Teachable, Discord, and Quizlet
The program looks amazing but it sounds like a heavy time commitment, what will be expected out of me?
Great question! Once you’ve purchased the course you’ll have lifetime access to the pre-recorded videos, PDF workbook, Quizlet exercises, and any extra content hosted on Teachable. Therefore you can study at your own pace and get started whenever you want once the course goes live in January 2022. However, starting January 11th, 2022 we will have 90-minute group calls once a week for 8 weeks which we HIGHLY recommend participating in or watching the replay. Likewise, you will have access to the Discord Community group for 3 months, starting on January 11th, 2022. In order to get the best results, we recommend dedicating 6 hours a week to your studies for the first 8 weeks as this course is designed for people who are truly passionate about learning Spanish and committed to doing what it takes to achieve results. Of course, everything is optional and you’re welcome to study and participate as much or as little as you’d like. At a bare minimum, we’d suggest having 3 hours to dedicate to your studies a week, even if it’s broken into shorter study sessions.
I know ZERO Spanish, is this the right course for me or will I be in over my head?
Yes! This course is a good fit for a variety of learners including total beginners as well as folks who studied Spanish at the high school or college level but who feel like they didn’t retain much. The truth is that many Spanish courses are somewhat dry and their main focus is getting you through the course. Here we truly want you to learn and apply your Spanish in real-life scenarios! We will start out with the basics so if you’ve never heard a Spanish word in your life that’s just fine. However, even if you’ve had some previous experience with Spanish this course may still be a good fit for you as review and practice truly make perfect. Plus, we aren’t just teaching your Spanish but this course is also loaded with history, culture, and travel tips that your previous Spanish courses likely didn’t include.
I really want to learn Spanish but I don’t have anyone to practice with and I get really shy when I try to speak Spanish, especially with native Spanish speakers. Can this course help me overcome my fears?
Yes, definitely! Learning a new language is overwhelming and for many people, the fear of making mistakes or having a bad accent holds them back. This is a natural reaction but together we will work to overcome this. Our course isn’t just about teaching you grammar and vocabulary, rather we also work on building the motivated mindset needed to learn a language and get comfortable in the uncomfortable and unknown. Likewise, our community group in DISCORD will give you support as well as opportunities to practice your Spanish with peers.