The InterExchange Spanish Immersion Costa Rica programs in San Jose and Manuel Antonio are opportunities to improve your language proficiency quickly while exploring a beautiful country in the process. You will take four to six hours of Spanish per day, have the option to join free English-Spanish exchanges with locals, and interact with your Spanish-speaking host family members while enjoying home cooked meals!
- Language classes Monday through Friday
- Host family accommodation
- Breakfast and dinner seven days per week
- Pickup from airport
- Orientation meeting
- Language exchanges and social activities
- 24-hour emergency line
- Pre-departure and alumni support
Arrival and Orientation
Programs begin every Sunday with pickup at the San Jose Airport (SJO) and transfer to your host family. If you are heading to the Manuel Antonio location an extra night is included on Saturday and you'll have a bus ticket (Sunday) provided to Quepos to join your host family there. Your host family will help you navigate to the language school Monday morning for your orientation session and placement exam. Classes start the same day and will take place each day Monday through Friday.
You'll have plenty of time to enjoy the beaches and the park if you choose to study in Manuel Antonio. You might also consider joining a group rafting or hiking trip, a sunset sail or a bit of kayaking. For those in San Jose the list of excursions is extensive: canopy tours, volcano hikes, rafting, beaches, rainforests and more. We recommend taking at least one weekend trip and perhaps adding a bit of time after your immersion program to explore!
Spanish classes start Monday morning and you can choose group or private classes or a combination of both. Teachers have master's degrees and/or certification in teaching Spanish and over five years of teaching experience. They will create ample opportunities for you to practice speaking and listening. Textbooks are provided at no extra cost.
You'll meet plenty of other Spanish students, but the schools also support local English learners, with whom you will have the option to connect for one-to-one language exchanges (to help with their English for 30 minutes and practice your Spanish for 30 minutes). Also, your host family will provide breakfast and dinner, which often create additional opportunities for language practice.
Standard accommodation is a shared room with one or two other students/volunteers of the same sex, in the home of screened, middle-class host family (private rooms available for an additional $30/week). You will receive a key to the home and can come and go as you please, provided you respect the space and routines of your hosts. Your host family's home will either be within a 10- to 25-minute walk or a short taxi/bus ride from the school where InterExchange's partner offices are situated.
On the Manuel Antonio program host families live in the town of Quepos and you'll take a short bus ride to the school each day. The beach is just another five minutes down the hill! Those in San Jose will stay in the San Pedro part of town (not far from the University of Costa Rica). Family members are caring and always happy to help you during your program.
All families must partake in a formal application, vetting and interview process before becoming hosts. You'll receive your specific host family information with your arrival packet.
Hostel stays can also be arranged, or apartments for placements four weeks or longer. Please inquire for details.
English-speaking program staff work from both school locations seven days per week and maintain a 24-hour emergency phone, so support is always available. The staff can assist you with logistical questions, or give you tips for exploring the area before and after class and during weekends.
The school campuses have spaces to study, computers and free WiFi, free coffee and tea, and great hang-out space for meeting friends and making new ones. The program also organizes weekly free activities like salsa or cooking lessons, and you can check the monthly activities calendar for other ideas on connecting with students and travelers.
Support from InterExchange begins the moment you inquire and continues beyond your program when you become a part of our alumni community! Have questions now? Ask away!
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All prices include host family accommodation with breakfast and dinner, airport pickup and support throughout your program.
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Small Group and Private courses are four hours/day Monday - Friday. The 6-hour Combo includes four hours group lessons plus two hours private lessons. In the unlikely event that you are the only student at your level, any two hours of group lessons will be replaced with one hour of private lessons. This is rare.
Above pricing includes standard host family accommodation in a shared room. For private room with a host family, or accommodation in a hostel or apartment, please give us a call at 1.800.597.3675 or email email@example.com
If you would like to earn credit we will need to know in advance. Please note that additional fees will incur for this option, which go to the accrediting school. Please contact us to request a syllabus.
What our participants are saying
InterExchange was very helpful! They helped me set up my trip with just a few week's notice. I was very happy with my Spanish class. The office staff were very friendly and flexible, and my teachers were great. Jane
I know if I need anything I can send a quick email and be assisted right away. I feel secure with [InterExchange] staff and am grateful for the extensive information that has been provided. Keirsten
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