martes, 24 de noviembre de 2015

Mi Pueblito y Cerro Ancón

Last week we visited Mi pueblito and Cerro Ancón.

Cerro Ancón is an elevation of 199 m located in Panama City. It was under the jurisdiction of the United States as part of the Panama Canal Zone, for much of the twentieth century. Although located right next to the city of Panama is not an urbanized area.

On its slopes are some homes that are part of the town of Balboa and Gorgas Hospital today the old headquarters of the Oncology Hospital and the Supreme Court. In the highest area is Quarry Heights, which was the residence of the Governor of the Canal Zone and former location of the Southern Command. Quarry Heights name comes from the old quarry which is visible from the side of the hill. Cerro Ancon has abandoned underground bunker, which belonged to the Southern Command.

Tourist Center Mi Pueblito is a reproduction in three different areas of the settlements of the main ethnic groups that make up Panama.
Mi Pueblito is set as an Afro-Caribbean people of West Indian origin with colorful houses of early twentieth century where the Muller house, a boat-shaped building stands.
Mi Pueblito Campesino is the representation of the culture of the countryside, folklore and culture of the province. Its streets are paved and the houses are wooden and tiled roofs. In the center you will see a water fountain surrounded by a beautiful garden.
Mi Pueblito Indigenous you to the forest inhabited by the native peoples of the area, the Kuna, Ngäbe-Bugle and Embera-Wounaan. This village consists of a village of huts with roofs of palm without walls

viernes, 6 de noviembre de 2015

Halloween in EPA!

We had a great moment last Friday celebrating Halloween.

The students enjoyed the conversation workshop talking about Hallowen in each country where they come from as Brazil, Corea, Sweden and Germany

Students also had the opportunity to paint their faces with make up with scare characters and take photographs with school staff.

It really was a fun afternoon

martes, 20 de octubre de 2015

Trip to Panama la Vieja

Last week we visited one of the most important places in Panamá City.. Panama La Vieja.

Panamá La Vieja is the remaining part of the old Panama City and former capital of the country. It is located in the suburbs of the modern city. Together with the historical district of Panamá, it forms a World Heritage Site from 1997.

A settlement was founded on August 15, 1519 by Pedro Arias Dávila and other 100 inhabitants. At the time, it was the first permanent European settlement on the Pacific Ocean, replacing the two cities of Santa María la Antigüa del Darién and Acla. Two years later, in 1521, the settlement was promoted to the status of city by a royal decree and was given a coat of arms by Charles V of Spain, forming a new cabildo. Shortly after its creation the city became a starting point for various expeditions in Peru and an important base where gold and silver were sent to Spain.

The student visited the visitor center and learned a lot about the history of this place and then, they walked to the catedral until the top of the tower.

They spend a good time! 

miércoles, 14 de octubre de 2015

Ana Claudia Selles - EPA! Student

Ana Claudia is one of our students of EPA! Español en Panamá

She has been student with us during some months ago and she wants to talk about her experience at EPA!

Trip to Smithsonian Exhibition Center

Last week we visited the Smithsonian Exhibition Center at Costway.
Costway are four small islands by the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. They are linked to the mainland via causeway, made from rock extracted during the excavations from the Panama Canal. In part the causeway was meant to serve as a breakwater for the entrance.

It is a recreational center in the city of Panama, on one of the islands joined by the causeway. This is administered by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and aims to promote knowledge on the biodiversity of the tropics and conservation. The center has a museum where exhibits on marine biology are presented and tropical ecosystems. It also maintains several aquariums and nature trail to a strip of dry forest tropical.

The students had a great experiences touching the starfishes, sea cucumbers and learning more of our natural resourses.

miércoles, 7 de octubre de 2015

Paseo al Museo del Canal de Panamá

Some days ago we visited the Panama Canal Museum with students of EPA!
Helen from Germany, Joao from Brasil and Jimmy from North Korea.
We had a wonderful time learning about the history of The Panana Canal and more. In the museum there is an special room of antique photography; It was very interesting.
Then, we visited La Rana Dorada, this is a nice bar where you can try different kind of artesanal beers. The students had a nice afternoon trying the beers and practicing spanish.

miércoles, 30 de septiembre de 2015

Welcome to EPA! Español en Panamá

EPA! is a high-quality center for learning Spanish in Panama as a Second or Foreign Language. EPA! opened in November 2007, and classes began on February 2008. We are part of the ELS Panama Group.
We offer top quality education, teachers, and curriculum. Our methodology is communicative and follows the Curriculum of Instituto Cervantes based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. At our Spanish School in Panama, our pride is our people. Our professional, experienced and caring staff is dedicated to helping EPA! students settle into their new Latin American surroundings, progress in their Spanish studies, and attain their educational and career goals.