Location
  • Costa Rica
    • Heredia
Length
2 - 4 weeks

Program Details

Timeframe
Summer
Housing
Host Family
Language
Spanish
Age Min.
13
Age Max
17

Pricing

Starting Price
3600
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

• Small Group Spanish classes
• Homestay Accommodation
• Community service projects
• Airport pick-up and drop-off
• Daily cultural activities and lunch
• Weekend adventure & nature tours
• Program orientation and graduation ceremony
• Official certificate for Spanish class and volunteering

What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
Feb 03, 2021
Aug 16, 2021
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About Program

Combining intensive Spanish classes, daily cultural activities, and weekend adventure tours, the Teen Spanish camp fully immerses students in Costa Rican culture and community.

The camp emphasises studying and acquiring Spanish through cultural immersion. Students will not only walk away with an increased level of Spanish, but also a new worldly and cultural perspective on life… and an adventure to share with everyone back home!

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Program Highlights

  • Take weekend excursions to rainforests, waterfalls, and volcanos.
  • Gain Spanish fluency by living with a local family and seeing the real way of life in Costa Rica.
  • Meet and study Spanish with other students your age from all over the world.
  • Partake in afternoon activities at the school.
  • Meet locals who are learning English during weekly conversation class where English and Spanish learners are grouped to practice speaking skills.

Program Reviews

9.64 Rating
based on 11 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 90.91%
  • 7-8 rating 9.09%
  • 5-6 rating 0%
  • 3-4 rating 0%
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  • Growth 9.3
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.5
  • Housing 9.8
  • Safety 9.8
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Lainee
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

6 weeks in Costa Rica

It was really fun. Lessons last for four hours with a break in between, after which there is an optional hour of either yoga, cooking classes, or dance classes. After that you're free to explore the city (and go into San José to look at the museums). I stayed with a host family, and it was super helpful. You get home cooked meals every day, a chance to practice your Spanish, and a local guide. Fair warning - the weather (at least during the wet season) switches from hot and humid to pouring rain. I'd recommend packing an umbrella and a ton of sunscreen.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Definitely bring bug spray and sunscreen. While you are in a city, there are a lot of tours offered on the weekends and they can get pretty buggy. The sun in Costa Rica is also super strong, so be prepared to get burnt. If you're an athletic person there's a lot of free exercise equipment in the parks, and several gyms near the school. There are also some good hikes (if you're willing to drive a bit). If you're a food person, there's a ton of really good restaurants in the neighborhood. The coffee is, of course, excellent. I'd recommend going for at least four weeks, so you can go on as many of the weekend tours as possible. Also, there's an option to get additional private lessons in the afternoon, and I'd recommend those if you really want to improve your Spanish.
6 people found this review helpful.
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Christian
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Tico Lingo Experience

I appreciated the Tico Lingo program. I had the intention of going to learn Spanish and although I picked up some elements it turned out not to be the focus of my time during the program. What I found was important for me was the independence I gained. This was my first trip without being accompanied by my family. I was 15 years old and I had the capacity to journey around with new friends and also have a level of financial independence. Much of the town was closed due to Covid-19 quarantine measures but I still managed to find things to do and occupy myself either via the kind family who hosted me, the roommates who became like brothers, and the activities like white water rafting that the camp provided. Interacting with some of the kids was challenging but for the most part, the group was pretty cool. I got to understand myself better and am looking forward to my next solo excursion. I think if you want to offer your child a safe environment in beautiful surroundings where they can learn a bit of Spanish and open themselves up to a culture they may not be familiar with, this is the experience for you.

7 people found this review helpful.
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Natalie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing camp full of great people

I loved every single day of the three weeks I spend in Costa Rica with Tico Lingo. My teacher was incredible and I learned so much about the structure and grammar of the Spanish language and by the end I felt drastically more comfortable speaking and interacting in Spanish using what I learned. My host family was also very kind and generous and the 13 other students were all really awesome people. The afternoon activities were also super fun and they bonded us all as a group through the unforgettable experiences we shared. We also had a good amount of free time to explore the city on our own with a friend or two. The weekend trips were really fun and we got to see so much of the wildlife in Costa Rica while also doing anything from swimming at the beach to white water rafting.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice would be to step out of your comfort zone and put yourself out there. You're only going to learn once you're out in the world interacting with different people in different cultures, so don't be afraid to make a mistake. Learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable. Let yourself stumble a bit through those mistakes, get yourself back up and don't forget your toothbrush.
8 people found this review helpful.
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jyosna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Summer Experience!

this was truly the best summer i have ever experienced. the city is safe, all the kids were incredibly kind, my teacher (Freddy) was smart and hilarious, and i always felt cared about. it was amazing to be able to hang out with other teenagers ranging from 14-17 and click instantly. Thanks to this camp I got to improve my spanish and make life long friends. i personally loved the aspect of independence that came with being able to travel by myself and i would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a safe and fun language immersive experience!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
it’s interesting to learn not to flush your TP lol
8 people found this review helpful.
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Shloka
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Tico Lingo - Shloka Mehta

I had a great time at the program. My host family was wonderful, the classes were super constructive and I definitely learned a lot from both the immersive experience and the lessons. The activities after class were fun and I never felt unsafe. I especially enjoyed the weekend outings to Manuel Antonio National Park and to the rapids for white water rafting. The staff were supportive and always available. I made lots of friends over the three weeks and will miss all of them. Overall, it was a good experience!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Everyone in the town was super friendly and didn’t mind our not-so-perfect spanish
10 people found this review helpful.
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Kennedy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience! Would highly recommend!

Going to Costa Rico and being a part of the teen Tico Lingo camp was one of the best experiences that I will always remember. I was 16 when I went, so I was still young and not use to being away from my family for so long! The staff were all very supportive and understanding that Costa Rica was a new environment for the teens and went out of their way to make us feel like we were apart of the Tico Lingo family. The life time relationships I have made through this program is unforgettable! I absolutely would 100% recommend!

What was your funniest moment?
Going white water rafting and seeing sloths in the same day! That was one of the best days!
19 people found this review helpful.
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Nel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My camp in Costa Rica

I learned way more Spanish doing this camp than I did in highschool. Speaking with natives really makes a difference. My family was amazing and the Spanish classes we're pretty intense but we were challenged and my classmates enjoyed it. It was just an overall great positive experience. I'm over 18 now, but I'd love to go back and sign up for the adult program. The teen camp was everything i needed to get used to living in a new place. There was so much support from the staff. Activities were fun, I liked the cooking classes with Profesora Helen! My teacher Oscar was so so cool. We still stay in touch on Whatsapp and he helps e with Spanish questions when I have them. Would highly recommend this camp to anyone looking for an adventure and wanting to drastically improve their Spanish speaking skills. Gracias!

21 people found this review helpful.
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Erick
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Such and awesome experience!! Want to go back!!

I did this camp in 2019 and loved loved loved it! I was planning on going in 2020, but... the pandemic didn't allow for it. I loved meeting students from all over the world, learning spanish in this cool little costa rica town, doing all the activities. Dance class was actually pretty fun. I learned so so so much more Spanish than I learned in a whole year of highschool Spanish 2. It's like a completely different experience when you're living with a family and needing to speak the language to ask for something to eat! lol. I hope I can go back in 2021. Miss my homestay family and my teacher and heredia! pura vida tico lingo is awesome!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
on our first day we had to try new fruits we had never seen. I picked one that looked like a passion fruit but it was called a Granadiya. IT was delicious!! :)
20 people found this review helpful.

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