Intercultura Costa Rica
Take advantage of our GREEN SEASON SPECIAL 3 POR 2 - take three weeks of classes and pay only for two! Learn Spanish at our two unique locations – HISTORIC HEREDIA
In addition to our Spanish programs we offer volunteer projects throughout Costa Rica for anyone 18 or over. Volunteer in the areas of social work, education (most popular...
Spanish Immersion for the whole family in our beautiful custom built campus right on the beach. Intercultura also offers a friendly atmosphere and learning environment...
Fantastic educational experience
Submitted by Christiana Stoddard - Bozeman United States | June 28, 2016
Fantastic program! Our girls, ages 13 and 16, attended Intercultura for 2 weeks. Intercultura did a terrific job matching them with groups with similar skill levels as well as considering their ages and schedules. Our 16 year old elected to do a class by herself the first week (early June when few other families are on vacation yet). Even though the one-on-one was hard, she felt like her Spanish improved tremendously and it was very rewarding.
The second week, she was able to be with a high school study abroad group and so had a totally different experience that week, also very positive. The 13 year old had many different aged kids in her class and had a terrific time with them--lots of fun games and interaction. I will be honest--learning a language is always challenging, but the concentrated period of learning is something regular high school classes just cannot provide in terms of having enough hours to really get the brain to switch over to Spanish. We really appreciate Intercultura's commitment to Spanish only on campus--again, hard but key for true learning.
The surfing was also fantastic. Mumford was a patient and inspiring instructor, and both girls went from non-surfers to up on the board on their own. The Samara beach is beautiful and the town is relaxed and not too aggressively touristy.
Overall, a very good experience.
Get ready to keep a permanent smile on your face!
Submitted by M.A. - Wartburg College | February 04, 2016
I have never studied abroad before in my life, so getting the opportunity to go to Intercultura as my first experience was the greatest treat. The program was set up very wonderfully ! The teachers made the classes as much fun as possible with activities in the park, group improvisation, and games to improve our vocabulary and speaking skills. The weekend excursions were also amazing! I did so many new things that I will always remember. Getting to go zip-lining, rafting, and seeing monkeys all in one month? Can't beat that! Overall, I would do to this program every year if I had the time!
Wonderful immersion experience over-all (1 week in Heredia & then 1 week in Sámara)
Submitted by Maddie K. - Tufts University | January 11, 2016
My experience with Intercultura was absolutely incredible. I spent one week at each of the two campuses--for the first week in a small 5 person class, then the second week just 1-on-1 with a professor, right on the beach (because I happened to be the only person in my Spanish level for the duration of that week)!
Both of my professors were tremendously patient and respectful, but also critical enough that I was held truly accountable to the high standards of conversation in a foreign language. This was essential given that outside of class I was constantly getting around on my own, communicating with locals and my strictly spanish-speaking host families. By the end of my trip, my speaking confidence had sky-rocketed, and I even acquired some common colloquialisms. ;)
Sadly, I have not taken Spanish classes since I've come home, but when I returned I was nearly fluent! Absolutely worth the time and money--be sure to take lots of photos, too!
Fantastic Immersion Experience in BOTH locations!!
Submitted by DM - Chicago, IL | December 22, 2015
I had the good fortune of traveling in Costa Rica during the green season and was able to spend one week with a host family while studying at Intercultura in Heredia and two weeks with a host family while studying at Intercultura in Samara. I had very little Spanish prior to starting the immersion program and felt comfortable, by the end of the first week, having a simple conversation with my host family (with the help of a Spanish dictionary and their endless patience). By the end of the three weeks, I felt more at ease attempting conversations with the locals while out and about. Both Heredia and Samara are great locations...Heredia offers the feel of a bigger city while still being small enough to explore mostly on foot, while Samara offers the quintessential beach and surf experience. If you have the opportunity to do an immersion program, I would highly recommend Intercultura!
Two weeks at Playa Samara
Submitted by RG - West Chester | December 09, 2015
I spent two weeks in the Spanish immersion program this summer. I brought my mother-in-law, my 10-year-old daughter, and a 16-year-old friend of the family. We all stayed together in a house with a lovely, welcoming hostess. The classes were very informative on both language and cultural aspects, and the teachers sharp, well prepared, and helpful. The administration was exceptionally helpful and friendly. The price for the schooling and the home-stay were very reasonable. The town is small but with good restaurants and enough fun things to do. The school offers weekend excursions which are outstanding - our group of 12 people from 6 countries, ranging in age from 10 to 70, went on unforgettable adventures one weekend to hot springs, a waterfall, a cloud forest night walk, zip-lining through the canopy, and more! I have previously done a Spanish immersion program in Guatemala, which was also excellent, but this was more social and better organized. One of the students did have a backpack stolen at a beach while I was there, so do follow the common sense guidelines for protecting yourself, which of course you must do everywhere in the world. I did not feel unsafe, even with my daughter. I didn't visit the Heredia campus at all, so I can't comment. I highly recommend Intercultura for learning Spanish and a bit of Tican culture. If you go, book an excursion early in your trip to make friends with other students quickly, and definitely do the homestay to have a more complete experience.