GURU Learning Center



Spanish Language Program “Culture and Communication”

Do you want to improve your Spanish while you are in Panama?

Join the weekly-two-hours workshop for Spanish intermediate/advanced level  for foreign residents in Panama!

These are the topics:

1. Socializing:

Introductions In the Café/ Restaurant
Meeting people Making arrangements
Social etiquette Time and dates
Proper gestures Appointments
Eye contact Emergency services
Topics to avoid Useful contacts

2. Host country overview:

History Customs
Cross-culture orientations Climate
Accommodations Dangers and annoyances
Activities Food

3. Managing the transition: 

Sharing intercultural experiences
Learning the host language for discussing cultural differences
Cultural values and communication styles

The instructor is Graciela Bareiro, a cross-cultural training and leadership consultant, and founder of Nexos Initiative for Expats.

Their mission is to help expats overcome the cultural shock by improving their Spanish language skills.

Please, feel free to contact them at

NEXOS Initiative for Expats
Cross-Cultural Training & Leadership
Phone: (507) 209-0786
Mobile: (507) 6269-4472
Skype: graciela.bareiro1

Você quer falar Português ?

Did you know that Portuguese is the official and co-official language in more than 9 countries all over the world?

According to estimates by UNESCO, Portuguese is the fastest-growing European language after English and the language has the highest potential for growth as an international language in southern Africa and South America.


Ms. Val, from the ES, is going to teach Basic Portuguese classes to the staff, starting September 15 of the present year.

Do you know why?  Because she noticed that many ISP staff would like to learn some Portuguese besides liking Brazil.  Also, there is a considerable number of Brazilian families at ISP and the communication with these families could be greatly improved if more of us understand and can speak a little Portuguese.

The classes are going to be in room 46 (HS) from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., every Thursday.

And better yet, it’s going to be free of charge!

Why? Because Ms. Val is passionate and wants every person who strongly wishes to learn another language, to have an opportunity to do so. 

Be ready to sing, to dance, to learn having lots of fun. Of course, there will be some home practice and perhaps some Brazilian desserts and snacks (If the class behaves).

Brazilian hugs and kisses from Ms. Val!