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Costa Rica

Adult Spanish Immersion Program

Tico Lingo's Spanish immersion programs encompass its philosophy to give students linguistic fluency through cultural immersion. The program includes four hours of language...

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Costa Rica

Business Spanish Immersion Program

The Business Spanish Immersion Program at Tico Lingo aims to develop the language skills of business students and professionals whom are seeking new opportunities in Spanish-speaking...

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Costa Rica

Legal Spanish Immersion Program

Explicitly designed for lawyers, the specialized legal Spanish program focuses on legal industry terms, phrases, and practices. The program is centered around getting learners...

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Medical Spanish Immersion Program

When deciding between vital choices about the well-being of a patient, any medicinal expert will say that having the full image of that patient is key. Yes, the lab test...

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Tico Lingo - Spanish Immersion School Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

A Costa Rican adventure

My experience with the Tico Lingo program was incredible! I took Spanish in high school, but that was awhile back and I didn’t keep up with it. I only had three weeks to spend in Costa Rica so I knew I would be by no means fluent, but I wanted to get a good start, and I was able to with Tico Lingo!
The teacher, Freddy, was the absolute best Spanish teacher I have ever had in my studies. Class was every morning from 8am-12pm (with free coffee!). The class size was small ensuring lots of practice with Freddy and the other students. We practiced writing, speaking, and reading (learning grammar and vocabulary throughout). I can’t speak enough to how clear and easy Freddy made learning Spanish, which in itself can be very difficult! My confidence in speaking Spanish increased greatly and my comprehension in listening and reading increased even more. The school was a short and pleasant 10 minute walk from my homestay. I visited in May (which is in the rainy season) so the mornings were usually sunny and nice weather while later in the afternoon it would typically rain for a bit.
I love my homestay family! I was traveling alone for the first time to a country where I barely spoke the language and my host family made me feel completely welcomed and safe. They brought me to their family functions, taught me how to make some typical Costa Rican dishes, took me to a Heredia soccer game (El Team!), and took me on outings with their family. I felt like one of their kids. I really enjoyed getting to know them and their extended family (which we saw often) and playing with their kids. The large language barrier at the beginning lessened and lessened throughout my time there. I now text my host mom most days even since I have left to keep in touch. She refers to me as her princesa mayor! I miss them a lot and hope to see them again sometime!
I was able to go on two excursions with Tico Lingo, the Manuel Antonio trip and the Canopy Tour. Both were amazing and I am so glad I did. At Manuel Antonio, we saw exotic animals (tons of monkeys and a sloth!), walked a trail to a waterfall, and swam in the ocean at the beach. With the canopy tour, we went through the cloud forest and could see another beautiful waterfall; it was so fun! After the canopy tour, we ate lunch at the coolest restaurant on the balcony overlooking the forest with brightly colored exotic birds and hummingbirds.
Chris, the owner, happened to be on vacation pretty much my whole trip to Costa Rica, but pre-trip and post-trip he was very accommodating and helpful! He was super responsive to all my questions (I had a lot) before I got to Costa Rica and checked in with me after my trip to see how my Spanish practicing is going. Karen, who works at Tico Lingo, basically does it all! She teaches yoga, cooking classes, leads Heredia tours, answers all questions. She is such a kind person it was always nice to see her friendly face in the mornings before class.
It seems like there are a million Spanish immersion programs out there, but one of the reasons I chose Tico Lingo (after a lot of research and comparing) was because it had great reviews. I felt completely safe the entire time, practiced a lot of Spanish, and learned a lot about Costa Rican culture. I think my only regret is that I couldn’t stay longer! I hope that this review contributes to future immersion students choosing Tico Lingo. You will not be disappointed!

Program: Adult Spanish Immersion Program

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Tico Lingo Rocks!!

My 18-year-old daughter and I attended 1wk at Tico Lingo during her spring break 2017. We wished we had more time as the time passed quickly! Before choosing TL, I researched MANY schools in Guatemala and Costa Rica (Heredia, Jaco, and Liberia). The reasons why I chose TL are: Chris, the director, was easy and pleasant to communicate with; the school was fairly new and I like to support up-and-coming businesses. The staff takes care of everything---finding a wonderful homestay family should you choose that route, arranging tours, and most of all making sure that you learn Spanish. Our teacher, Freddy, is THE BEST!!! He makes 4 hours of intense instruction FLY BY!! Every day we couldn't believe it was noon already & class was over for the day! Freddy makes sure that you understand what he's teaching. He truly cares about his students, is very patient and knowledgeable, and has a wonderful sense of humor. I shall return next year but for 3 weeks and also with my husband this time.

Program: Adult Spanish Immersion Program

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

The Tico Lingo experience

I have attended three other language schools in Spain, Guatemala and Cuba. Tico Lingo was by far the best. The level of instruction at Tico Lingo was uniquely tailored to my needs. I was able to participate in both private and group classes as well as enjoy yoga, craft and Spanish cooking classes. The facility is located in a quiet neighbourhood, but still within walking distance of the centre of town. The rooms are bright ; the atmosphere cheerful. The calibre of language instruction was excellent, and even after just 3 weeks of classes I know that I made some substantial gains in both my fluency and knowledge of the language. There were also opportunities to talk to native speakers beyond class hours. I found the instructors , the administration of the school and my homestay family to be helpful, kind and generous -- both of their time and knowledge. This is a school that I would return to, in order to further my skills and renew friendships.

Program: Adult Spanish Immersion Program

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Great Spanish immersion program!!

I had an amazing experience with Tico Lingo. I was completed immersed in the Costa Rican culture and spanish language while living with an incredibly friendly host family. The school is in an excellent location; being a solo young female I never once felt that I was in any danger. Heredia always felt safe to me. Everybody at the school is extremely kind and helpful. I went into the program knowing practically no spanish and I left (after 3 weeks) feeling that I could comfortably travel throughout a spanish speaking country without any issues. The school, host family, city, and teachers exceeded all my thoughts and expectations in the best way possible!

Program: Adult Spanish Immersion Program

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

Cool little Spanish school in Costa Rica

Tico Lingo is cool. A friend of mine recommended I check out this school while I was traveling through Costa Rica. I signed up for a week to see how much Spanish I could actually learn over 20 hours of class and quickly fell in love with how the classes were run. Likewise, I was with a homestay family and couldn't have enjoyed those first few days with them more.

I was hooked.

I signed up for three more weeks and walked away with a much higher level of Spanish that I was initially expecting to walk away with. The program director of the school, Chris, makes his own wine from the local fruit in Costa Rica and he often invited locals to the school to practice English and help Tico Lingo students practice Spanish. It was great. Really. We drank wine and spoke in our respective new languages and developed new friendships and relationships with each other.

Overall awesome experience at a Spanish school. I didn't think I would spend the majority of my time in Costa Rica learning Spanish, but it really beat out sitting at the beach paying for expensive meals and hostels.

Do it. Learn Spanish. Highly recommended.

Program: Adult Spanish Immersion Program

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