Who will I be studying with?
The on-the-ground program provider is Maximo Nivel, with whom InterExchange has collaborated for years on offering affordable Spanish immersion and other cultural exchange programs. They will be your program provider, there to support you from the school and throughout your time in Costa Rica.
What else can I do while I’m there?
San Jose is central and an ideal leaping off point for weekend excursions. Coasts, mountains, rainforests and volcanoes are all within 2-4 hours driving. Many participants also add a few days after programs to travel. If you stay in Manuel Antonio you’ll no doubt spend lots of time lounging at the beach! There are also kayaking, rafting and sailing day trips at your fingertips. With other students and volunteers around and weekly activities either planned or suggested by the program, it’s not difficult to meet new people if you are so inclined.
Can I stay with a friend?
Yes. Please let us know in advance and we’ll arrange this for you.
I’m a vegetarian – will there be vegetarian food available if I stay with a host family?
Yes, host families have experience with vegetarians/vegans and various special diets, but please let us know in your application so we can find you the right placement.
How will I get around in Costa Rica?
Walking is a great, free option, but buses are also very inexpensive and support staff will provide info on using public transportation or taxis. If you plan any excursions during weekends or after your program, buses are usually the way to go.
How can I stay in touch with friends and family back home?
You’ll have access to computers and high-speed internet at school. We recommend bringing a tablet or other personal device, as computer access can be limited during busy hours, but WiFi is available. There are also internet cafés available throughout San Juan and Quepos. Many host families have WiFi at home, but this is not guaranteed.
If your phone is unlocked for use with a foreign SIM card, you should be able to get onto a local phone plan while in Costa Rica.