Costa Rica is a truly wonderful location to immerse yourself in the Spanish language and Central American culture. The surroundings are breathtakingly beautiful, the people are incredibly friendly and life is easy!
Our Costa Rican summer program takes place on the campus of a well respected high school in the peaceful community of San Pedro, on the outskirts of the capital city of San Jose. The modern and environmentally friendly school is surrounded by nature. Classes are offered Monday to Friday in the afternoon. There's a maximum of 8 students per class and we will provide you with learning material throughout the course. Once a week, you will have the opportunity to volunteer at a local organization and meet new people.
Perhaps what makes this program most unique is the mix of stimulating language classes with weekly volunteer work. Volunteer placements are usually at schools for underprivileged children or orphanages. The program also offers rich and varied cultural activities that include dance classes, indigenous arts and crafts and cooking lessons. Of course, there is always time for relaxing and there are weekly sports activities such as swimming and soccer as well as leisure activities such as movie nights and concerts.
Classes are offered Monday to Friday from 2:30 to 5:30 PM. Classes cover all aspects of Spanish language learning including grammar, vocabulary, oral comprehension and oral fluency. The emphasis is on conversation and you will be encouraged to speak in class as well as use the Spanish you are learning when you are with your host family and out exploring.
Teachers are all fully qualified to teach Spanish as a second language and have many years of experience teaching young learners. They design lessons that are engaging, challenging and fun!
You will stay with warm and welcoming host families who will make you feel as if you are one of the family. At home you will eat local Costa Rican cuisine as well as learn about local customs. One other student from the program may also be placed in the same host family although you will both have single rooms. Many families have high school-aged children who attend the high school where the summer program takes place so the families are very familiar with the campus and surrounding areas.
This program is an excellent opportunity to become deeply immersed in the culture and daily life of Costa Rica while developing Spanish language skills and making new friends!
The capital, San Jose was founded in 1737 and has a pleasant mixture of traditional and modern Spanish architecture. With a population of over half a million.
The streets are narrow and busy and the liveliest place in the city can be found at the Plaza de la Cultural, the city's hub, where musicians, artists, and street vendors work the crowds.
It also has several excellent museums, some great restaurants, colorful markets and a fine climate. Mercado Central is the best market for bargains; it has a range of goods including lots of local leather work, and some of the cheapest meals in town.
San Jose is the best place to meet the local people ("the ticos", as native Costa Ricans are called), they are famous for their generosity and good humor. San Jose has a very active nightlife with many nightclubs and venues with traditional folk music and dance.