An international team at your service

Founded in 2007 Cabarete Language Institute was created to bring high quality and personalized language instruction to the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. Since then CLI has taught Spanish, English, French to hundreds of people from around the world.

Through our Opportunities in English program we have had the opportunity to teach English to dozens of Dominicans who otherwise probably would not have had the chance to learn English at all.

We cater to a diverse set of students. We have taught many children as little as age 5. We have done many intensive English programs for Dominicans and other foreigners getting ready to move to the US or another English speaking country. Kiteboarders and surfers looking for something extra to do on their vacation love CLI’s ability to work with them to create a schedule that makes sense to them.

Come visit the Dominican Republic and have fun learning a new language at CLI.

Who are we?


Michael hails from Belgium but had been an expatriate for almost 15 years. He first came to the Dominican Republic in 1999 to work as a translator in Sosua which is located close to Cabarete. Michael has a passion for languages being fluent in his native French, as well as in Spanish and English, he also speaks Dutch and some German. He like to go kiteboarding when he is not busy translating or doing online marketing. Michael has a BA in translation from the State University of Mons, Belgium and has been living full time in the Dominican Republic since 2002.


Isaac is from Los Andes, Venezuela and holds a Master in Teaching English as a Second Language from University Of Los Andes, Venezuela, a Master of Business Administration from Karel De Grote Hoogeschool, Belgium and a Masters in Ibero-American Studies from KU Leuven, Belgium. He is currently taking a pause on his PhD dissertation from the University Of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. He has taught Spanish, English and Italian throughout his peripatetic life in Latin America and Europe. When his nose is not deep in a good book, Isaac likes long walks on the beach, drinking piña coladas, and dancing in the rain.

They trusted us

Cabarete is a really great place to learn Spanish; there are a lot of things to do, so you’ll never get bored. Patricia is a really great teacher, not only does she teach really really good, but she can also tell you a lot about Cabarete and everyday life in Latin America and Spain as well. Isaac Manages the CLI really professionally from first contact, e-mail, information, payment process etc. Really had a great time! I’d highly recommend CLI to everyone who wants to learn Spanish in a really fun place!
Germany, July 2015
Patricia is a really, really nice teacher. She made the school like having fun! Also she was not just our teacher but also became a friend and introduced us to her friends as well. So, we spent great karaoke evenings at voyvoy or at yoga sessions on the roof top. I loved the games, Live “Domino”, “Fruit/vegetable-monkey” or “Oca Loca”.
Germany, July 2015

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