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Costa Rica is considered the jewel of Central America for its natural beauty and its high biodiversity. It is so small that you can cross from the Atlantic to the Pacific in just one day, but still there is an amazing variety of landscapes and ecosystems. Imagine learning Spanish in such a paradise while you enjoy outdoor activities, yoga classes and tasty organic local food. This Spanish immersion will take place in a remote eco-lodge and organic farm in rural Costa Rica that has been awarded with a 5-leaf award, the highest certification in sustainable tourism in Costa Rica. You will learn Spanish in a practical and pleasant way surrounded by nature and in an international environment where you can meet people from everywhere.
Reasons to choose this programme:
The location of the programme is Arenal, famous for the volcano with the same name. This area is mainly covered by primary rainforest and has a very high biodiversity. The Arenal Volcano National Park has several trails that visitors can explore to discover the rich flora and fauna of the area. It is also possible to walk to the top of the smaller and older Cerro Chato Volcano. The nearby town of La Fortuna is small but has all the amenities, shops and services that you might need during your stay. It is possible to do rafting in the rivers of the area, visit La Fortuna Waterfall or do canoeing in the Lake Arenal. Finally, the volcano’s geothermal activity was used to create several beautiful hot springs. This area is full of possibilities and it will be the perfect location for your Spanish immersion.
The classes have a communicative Approach in the classes with emphasis on speaking. They are fully taught in Spanish by competent teachers with a certificate to teach Spanish as a Second Language. Maximum of 6 students per class and different levels available. Apart from the classes, there are opportunities for daily practice by assisting team members at their work.
The classes are held from Monday to Friday from 9 to 11 am or from 11:30 to 1:30 pm (2 hours per day), throughout the whole year. You will also have 2 hours per day of listen-do-conversation practice at one of the working areas. There is also de possibility of doing community service in local schools. At the weekends the students have free time to explore the area on their own or they can take one of the tours that are offered at the eco-lodge.
On your first days here you will be offered a 2 hour guided tour of this place. Every day you can join yoga classes at 7 am & 4 pm. There are also natural warm and cold pools that you can use any time you wish. You can do walks in the several hiking trails around this area. Finally, you can relax at the many hot springs of the area.
Accommodation and meals:
The accommodation is in a bunkhouse equipped with 5 showers, 5 toilets and a common area. Each bedroom has a 2-person capacity and it is equipped with one bunk bed. Delicious and fresh breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served each day.
If you wish, you can book one of the tours offered at the eco-lodge: horse riding, kayaking, hiking and nature walks in Arenal National Park. They can also arrange other tours offered by several local agencies such as hanging bridges, canopy zipline, white water rafting, canyoneering, Rio Celeste National Park or Venado Caves.
First week: €630/ £510
Additional week: €533/ £430
Upgrade to single bunkhouse: $60 + tax
* Note: Prices might increase if there are exchange rate fluctuations/increases
This price includes:
– 2 hours of Spanish classes per day, 2 hours of practice in a working area and community service.
– Accommodation in the bunkhouse (double occupancy).
– Three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
– Daily yoga classes.
– 2 hour guided Ranch Tour.
– Free access to the natural warm and cold pools.
– Wireless internet access.
This price does not include:
– International flight.
– Insurance: Everyone is responsible for their own travel insurance and a copy of the insurance contract must be sent to us at least two weeks before the start of the trip.
– Transportation from the airport to the eco-lodge.
– Tours: If you are interested in doing some tours, please ask us for the price list.
All year round.
Currency: Colon (€1 corresponds to about 653 Crc).
Climate: Tropical. Average temperature of 22°C. From December to April, the weather is dry and May to November corresponds to the rain season.
Documentation: Passport only (for less than 3 months, no visa is requested).
Health: Typhoid vaccine is recommended.
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