Take a break from the fast pace and isolation of Silicon Valley – or anywhere in the world. Join us for a Language Adventure to #SpanishCostaRica. Break away from the wifi and cell phones and enjoy the tranquil life of Tilarán, Costa Rica. You will learn Spanish, meet the wonderful Ticos, and see wildlife unique to the area such as coati, toucans, guatusas and pericos. Get your passport now and start planning for July 2020. Cost and Payment Information Here.
We will be using the Active Learning method, so your classroom is your surroundings and your days will be action packed. Learn the Spanish language, get to know the Costa Rican culture, and explore the countryside. We will accommodate all levels from beginning to advanced; however, you should have a basic knowledge of Spanish before participating. This can be acquired through the Conversational Level 1 Series with Habla Language Services, or a Beginning Spanish class at your local community college or Adult Ed program.
In addition to your Spanish Immersion, you will experience the warmth of the Costa Rican beaches, the ecosystems of the exotic rain and cloud forests, and the healing properties of volcanic hot springs. We will visit an organic farm and a small coffee plantation. You will have an opportunity for horseback riding, zipling, feeding animals in a sanctuary and MORE! It is a trip of a lifetime! Come join us! Pura vida!
- July 24: Fly to Liberia, Costa Rica
- July 25-26: Beach Trip (Waterfalls and Wild Cat Sanctuary)
- July 27-31 Spanish Immersion Program
- July 31-Aug 3: Rain and Cloud Forest Trip via Volcano Hot Springs, includes ½ Day at Wild Life Sanctuary and hike at Rio Celeste.
- Aug 4: Fly home from LIR (or we can accommodate you at the farm for longer stays)
Join us for this educational trip of a lifetime! Live with a host family in Tilarán, Guanacaste to truly experience Costa Rican culture and hospitality.
Acquire Spanish through real, hands-on learning. Apply your knowledge as you explore the country and culture. Learn the best of culture and language from experts in the field. Each morning, will include a brief Spanish lesson followed by project-based learning. Some examples include:
- Shopping in the local markets.
- Learning to take a taxi and local bus.
- Inviting a friend to lunch.
- Visiting a health clinic and local school.
- Planting organic vegetables on the farm.
- Seeing how coffee and macadamia nuts are harvested and processed.
This trip is open to adults or adults with their children. We will not accept children without their legal guardians.
- Trip includes room, breakfast and dinner with homestay.
- Airfare, lunches and travel incidentals separate.
- Weekend trips to rain forest, cloud forest, volcano/hot springs, and beach are included.
Instructor: Gina Covello earned her Master’s degree at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She has over 25 years’ experience teaching language and developing curriculum and has an Adult Ed Credential. She lived in Tilarán, Costa Rica while serving in the U.S. Peace Corps and still has many contacts there.
Costa Rican Host: Analive Alfaro will be our resident host. Her B&B is available as a homestay option. She and her husband earned the title of Superhosts on Airbnb’s website in record time of 2 months. We will visit their farm: plant organic veggies, hike, and relax in general – Tico style!
With Habla Language Services, you will be receiving the best in language instruction, Costa Rican culture and nature! Come join us for a very personal Costa Rican learning experience!
Tilarán, Guanacaste: Gateway to Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano, Tilarán is a charming town that lies in the northeastern regions of the Guanacaste Province. Located along the Pan American Highway some 4 km from Lake Arenal and 22 km from Cañas. Tilarán is also a major farming zone for coffee, peanuts and macadamia nuts in the region as well as for cattle and horse ranching.
Residents are friendly and everyone knows their neighbor, Tilarán is a great place to stay due to its fantastic climate and slow pace of life. The weather in Tilarán is great because this town lies over 500 meters above sea level, and the temperatures here are usually cool and comfortable. Our program can also serve ex-pats in Costa Rica especially: Tilaran, Tronadora, Arenal and Cañas. Contact Us for a discounted rate if you don’t need room & board and/or want only the Spanish Immersion section of the program.
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