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24/7 Homestay Spanish Immersion in Heredia
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24/7 Homestay Spanish Immersion in Heredia

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Facilities

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    N/A

I didn't want to come home!

I took Spanish in high school and had wanted to do the foreign exchange program, but didn't get to. My 20-year HS reunion was coming up, and I decided to go. I booked in January, and by the time October came around, I wasn't really that excited. But WOW. What an amazing experience! I fell right in with the school, the culture, the town, the country -- everything. I can't describe how awesome it was properly. My host family was very nice and the school was fantastic. I loved the classes, hanging out with the other students and the cultural activities. I took the dancing and cooking classes and went on several tours. I also liked just walking around town. Would definitely recommend!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Wonderful immersion experience over-all (1 week in Heredia & then 1 week in Sámara)

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!