Spanish for Backpackers is a course designed for
the special needs of the Israeli backpacker in Latin America.
AAI specializes in Spanish instruction, emphasizing the spoken
Spanish of Central and South America. The Spanish for
Backpackers course is the most widely known and popular
course in Israel today.
The purpose of the course is to give you the ability to converse
in Spanish upon your arrival to the continent, and provide
you with the necessary tools to help you hone your learning
skills so that you may pick up more of the language as you
It is widely known that English is not a popular language
among Latin Americans. In order to communicate with the locals,
the traveler needs to speak Spanish. The many backpackers
who have completed their studies in the AAI have already shown
that not only did the course provide them with the ability
to communicate with the locals, but it also gave them the
necessary tools to know and speak Spanish correctly during
their travels and even afterwards.
Our Special Instruction Method
Spanish for Backpackers is designed for travelers
to Latin America. In 'regular' language courses the
teacher slowly advances in the course material, taking into
account the lack of opportunity the student may have to practice
Spanish beyond the class. In contrast, in the Spanish
for Backpackers course the teacher advances very rapidly
through the learning material, basing the lesson on special
techniques for mastering language structures – techniques
that provide the student with tools for an independent, quick
and systematic method of learning Spanish.
The method bases the teaching on Hebrew and English, thus
saving time and allowing for more powerful learning tools
for learning and understanding the language.
The Purpose of the Course
The purpose of the course is to provide the student with
knowledge in Spanish on two levels. The first level
is knowledge of the structure of the language. This level
allows for an independent, quick and systematic language learning
skill. The second level entails specific
vocabulary. This level provides the student with important
vocabulary and necessary key phrases for relevant themes regarding
travel (i.e. renting a room in a hotel, ordering in a restaurant,
changing money, public transportation, etc.).
Duration of the Course
Spanish for Backpackers is a three-week course with
six classes given in the evening or during the day. The first
lesson is three hours, and the rest are four-hour classes each,
totaling 22 full hours (30 academic hours).
Additionally, within the DIBURIMOS
meetings, a separate study-group meets for those taking the
Spanish for Backpackers course. This group has special lessons
designed to enhance conversational skills in situations more
common to backpackers in Latin America. These sessions amount
to two meetings, two hours each, totaling 4 full hours (6
academic hours) of Spanish conversational practice.
Also, students in the course receive free admission to DIBURIMOS
until their departure date. This way, students can practice
6 more hours per week until their travel date!
Spanish for Backpackers at AAI
– All the Advantages
- A unique instruction
method developed especially for the Israeli student.
- The only school teaching Latin American Spanish in Israel
- The AAI is recommended by Latin American consulates and
embassies in Israel.
- During the course and after practice in a unique environment
- Courses are recognized by the Ministry of Education for
the Discharged Soldiers Deposit (Pikadon) and for
Continuing Education Credits (Gmul Hishtalmut).
Only in Israel.
- A one-year subscription to KORIMOS
– a virtual Spanish learning newsletter, published by the
- A licensed access code for LOMDIMOS
– Spanish vocabulary and grammar learning software.
A Complete Package for the Traveler
The Spanish for Backpackers course is a complete
package meeting all the needs of those traveling to Latin
Why a complete package? Because the course is held in association
with ISSTA Lines, Israel’s largest travel agency,
and Lametayel, Israel’s biggest travel equipment
store. Spanish for Backpackers students learn Spanish
while enjoying special guidance, bonuses and price reductions
(10% off all Lametayel equipment). In short, all
your needs in one package deal – all high quality, all at
an excellent price.