ABOUT US

una vaina bien spanish

A Unique Spanish Language School in Cabarete, Dominican Republic

UVB is a unique Spanish language school in the Dominican Republic. In our Cabarete and Santo Domingo locations we offer hourly Spanish lessons, online lessons, a Spanish language and cultural immersion course, and aim to teach students practical, interactive Spanish classes with a side of Dominican history and culture. The focus is on immediately useful, conversational Spanish through digital, yours-to-keep materials. Free, downloadable resources help students learn vocabulary on their own so class time can be about hand-on language exploration, NOT a pricy alternative to Google Translate.

Spend your class time talking and practicing so you can learn Spanish that much faster. We believe cultural instruction grounded in sustainable tourism practices is an important part of supporting the local Dominican community and making sure it stays healthy for all of us to continue to enjoy for years to come.

Una Vaina Bien is a Dominican colloquialism for something that is cool, well done, and that draws people to it. We want people to learn Spanish, look back and say: “¡eso fue una vaina bien!” Make sure to follow UVB on Facebook for interesting articles, blog updates, videos, Spanish language infographics, and “Today in Dominican History” posts.

Mechi, Founder & Owner

Spanish language school in Cabarete Dominican Republic

Teacher. Cultural guide. Writer. I’m just an Afro-Indigenous Bachata dancing mermaid. 

¡Qué lo qué! I’m Mechi. Emocionada is my favorite emotion because if it doesn’t excite me, I don’t do it! Sustainable and socially responsible tourism are my jam. Born and raised in between Washington Heights, NYC and Santo Domingo, I am fluent in español, English, and espanglés. I have over 7 years of experience teaching languages all over the world—a Buddhist monastery in Nepal, two schools in an Ethiopian village, and now beachside in Cabarete.

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Not the Typical Resort-Tourist

Adventurous. Experiential learner. Always looking for the roads less travelled and ways to travel them responsibly and sustainably. You want to learn Spanish but the idea of sitting at a desk with a textbook and copying notes off of a board sounds like torture. Mixing with locals, learning about Dominican culture and history, and experiencing everything Cabarete has to offer sounds like the best kind of vacation you could possibly have.

What are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

See what other students have said...

5/5
Her lessons were always interesting. I also always had plenty of homework if I wanted to work more at home. I learnt a lot about local people while improving on my language. if I come back to Dominican Republic I will definitely continue my lessons with her.
Maya Hackman
Cabarete Student
5/5
Mechi is both an incredible teacher and an incredible spirit. My sons (13 & 11) and I studied Spanish with her for 10 hours and there was never a dull moment. Her style, materials, and energy, made it easy for us to take time away from the beach and embrace learning a new language and hearing about Dominican culture. We had a blast, learned a ton (my boys felt they learned more Spanish in 5 days than they have learned of French in 5 years at school), and appreciated the passion Mechi brought to her values and ideas. We learned much beyond Spanish. Thank you Mechi!
Michelle Rothstein
Cabarete Student
5/5
Her lessons were always interesting. I also always had plenty of homework if I wanted to work more at home. I learnt a lot about local people while improving on my language. if I come back to Dominican Republic I will definitely continue my lessons with her.
Maya Hackman
Cabarete Student
5/5
I can't believe I didn't do this before! Mechi is an amazing teacher. She taught me remotely and was casual but firm and it stuck enough that I understood the old lady on my block talking to me about how my baby needed a hat on a 80 degree day. Thank you, Mechi!
April Outen
Skype Student
5/5
I took a 5-day course with Mechi last winter and really enjoyed the class. Before beginning class, Mechi sent a placement test to assess my level and design the lessons accordingly. Each class was a lot of fun – Mechi always came very well prepared, and always brought a lot of energy and a fun spirit to the classes. I would highly recommend the course for anyone looking to refresh or advance their Spanish skills.
Dean Jolliffe
Cabarete Student
5/5
Mechi is an incredibly knowledgeable, animated, well organized, articulate and remarkably dynamic instructor. She is able to break down difficult concepts into digestible and interesting lessons, adapted specifically to your particular interests and needs. I feel incredibly lucky to have found not only an incredible resource for learning Spanish, but also a fantastic mentor who exemplifies incredible care, dedication and passion in her work. Needless to say, I highly recommend working with her!
Lyndsey Grace
Cabarete & Skype Student

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