Location
  • Costa Rica
    • Heredia
Length
1 - 2 weeks

Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Timeframe
Summer
Housing
Host Family
Language
Spanish
Age Min.
13
Age Max
17

Pricing

Starting Price
3950
Price Details
All meals, classes, tours, transportation, class materials, and activities are included in the camp. We provide 24/7 communication with parents and upload photos of the camp daily to instagram and Whatsapp text groups.

Included in the Camp:
• Small Group Spanish classes, 20 hours/week
• Spanish Oral examination to ensure proper Spanish class placement
• Homestay Accommodation – 2 meals/day, laundry, wifi
• Daily cultural activities; dance, yoga, art, cooking, soccer
• Mix of traditional and modern Costa Rica lunch provided daily
• Weekend adventure tours like white water rafting and national park tours
• Airport pick-up and drop-off (from SJO)
• Chaperones 24/7; 7:1 student-chaperone ratio
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Meals SIM cards Transportation Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

All meals, classes, tours, transportation, class materials, and activities are included in the camp. We provide 24/7 communication with parents and upload photos of the camp daily to parent Whatsapp group chats.

What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
What's Not Included (Extra)

Not Included in the Camp:
— Airfare & Travel Insurance
—Spending money for umbrellas, snacks, ice-cream, souvenirs, etc. (we recommend $50/week)

Jan 24, 2024
Mar 06, 2024
23 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Combining intensive Spanish classes, local homestay accommodation, daily cultural activities, and weekend adventure tours, the Teen Spanish Summer Camp fully immerses students in Costa Rica’s culture, language, and natural beauty.

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

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Program Highlights

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

Program Dates

Application Deadline
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Program Reviews

4.92 Rating
based on 36 reviews
  • 5 rating 91.67%
  • 4 rating 8.33%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Growth 4.8
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.9
  • Housing 4.95
  • Safety 4.85
Showing 1 - 8 of 36 reviews
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Riya
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Tico Lingo Teen Summer Camp Review

Being at Tico lingo was truly a life changing experience for me. Aside from the fact that we were surrounded by awesome staff and host families I learned more Spanish in the two weeks I was there than I had learned in years of school Spanish classes. The Tico lingo experience was not only a great learning experience for Spanish but to make lifelong friends and family. I met my best friend on one of my trips to Tico lingo and I am so thankful for the opportunities the trip gave me each and every day. The Tico lingo program will always have a special place in my heart and I highly highly recommend for anyone looking to travel and learn Spanish. It is safe, fun and engaging experience!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be brave put yourself out there when you're traveling around the city! Make new friends and have fun.
Pros
  • Fun
  • Safe
  • Creative
Cons
  • None
9 people found this review helpful.
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Olivia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

If you’re thinking about it even a little bit, do it!!!

I loved my experience in Costa Rica. Tico lingo was such a fun program and I met some people I think will be my life long friends, my host family was excellent and it even made me realize how much I love the Costa Rican culture. It was very safe and fun and overall just an awesome experience. I truly think everyone should get to go to Costa Rica with Tico lingo. I also feel a lot more cultured now, and it’s been a really good refresher when coming back to school and taking Spanish, it felt like I was a step ahead of everyone.

What was your funniest moment?
Well when me and my friend were swimming out on the rocks and we both got cut from the rocks(lesson learned) but we could not stop laughing about how stupid we were. I did learn a VERY valuable lesson though.
Pros
  • Learned ALOT more Spanish from an authentic Spanish teacher
  • I met really fun friends
  • And I feel a lot more cultured from trying new things and pushing myself to speak with the locals
Cons
  • The mall did not have very good shops
  • I wasn’t a big fan of the scavenger hunt, and maybe some more time at the beach would be good
  • I think I wish we spent more time at the beach.
7 people found this review helpful.
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Grace
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

I loved this program!

Tico Lingo gave me such a unique opportunity to learn Spanish while in an immersive environment while also exploring Costa Rica! We went on trips around the country as a group in order to learn more about the culture, but the best part for me was the Spanish classes and the homestay. Tico Lingo matched me with a Spanish class for my level, so I always felt comfortable speaking up in class and talking in Spanish with my teacher, who was a native speaker. I also loved my host family and homestay, and I thought Tico Lingo did an amazing job not only matching me with a host family, but also matching me with a roommate. Thanks to Tico Lingo, I'm still in touch with both my roommate and my host family. I always felt safe and welcomed in my homestay, and Tico Lingo also made sure to find host families who were so kind and helpful; I got to meet their family and go out to dinner with them, and my host mom made sure to take great care of my roommate and me when we were sick!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Tico Lingo made a huge effort to get us to try new foods and expand our horizons! Across the street there was a store with Costa Rican snacks, some that I'd never seen before like aloe water. Whenever we got lunch, we would get what are called casado, a traditional Costa Rican dish with some type of meat (usually), rice, beans, plantains, and sometimes vegetables. I think the most unfamiliar thing was some of the fruit they have there, specifically the granadilla. It's a sort of sour fruit with a weird texture that you can eat right out of the shell when you buy it at the market!
Pros
  • Great learning experience
  • Fun way to meet new people from around the world
  • Amazing summer adventure
Cons
  • Flying alone was a little scary (especially when my flight got cancelled)
11 people found this review helpful.
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Hazel
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Love this program!

While in Costa Rica with Tico Lingo I learned so much Spanish through classes but also through immersion as well. I loved my host family and still occasionally text with them. Even though I was nervous at first, I quickly realized it was going to be an amazing 2 weeks. Sometimes during class we would go into a nearby market to use our Spanish to buy different fruits and other things. Then when we would go home we could keep practicing our Spanish with our host parents. During the weekends we went and had so much fun white water rafting, going to the beach, and canoeing near a volcano!I had so a wonderful and beneficial experience with tico lingo and I highly recommend this program for anyone who is looking!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
A granadilla!!! Is the strangest fruit among many crazy fruits there. Me and my friends went and bought a bunch of different fruits to try and the granadilla was definitely the most unforgettable.
Pros
  • Learning Spanish through immersion
  • Meet friends from all over the world
  • The town was awesome
Cons
  • Hard to settle in at first
  • Missed my family and friends
  • 2 weeks is too short
8 people found this review helpful.
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Jonathah
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome teachers, people, and city!

The Tico Lingo teen program is awesome! I took small classes with classmates and instructors tailored to my proficiency (shoutout Freddy!), all of which taught be new skills and useful phrases. I met awesome new friends, many of whom I'm still in contact with today. Doing the program with people I'd just met but quickly knew so well gave us lots to talk about in Spanish without any of the usual awkwardness. My homestay "mama tica," Damaris, was super caring, very good at improving my housemate's and my conversational styles, and made amazing food. And Heredia was super fun to explore and easy to get around.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Spend lots of time talking in Spanish with your host family. The classes are great, but casual conversations about your life and your hosts' lives really help with learning the nuances of conversational Spanish. Also, the conversations can be super fun!
Pros
  • Great host family
  • Funny, caring, helpful teacher
  • Fun city/excursions
8 people found this review helpful.
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Daniel
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Tico Lingo summer trip

The experience was great, it showed me how I could really use my Spanish but also taught me some good lessons personally inside when I did certain things and saw certain things. I do believe people should stick in groups, especially after dark. I had to handle a situation with an aggressive homeless native mid day in a park in order to protect my group. But I strongly recommend tico lingo. I honestly think it’s a great experienced not just for Spanish but for life. I also really enjoyed the people who housed me and my housemates. Amazing people who deserve the best. The staff is great as well. They can all relate to us younger and older people.

What was your funniest moment?
Me and my housemates, all gym rats went to a gym to go lift. I left and came back with 5 pieces of fried chicken and just sat on my butt and ate while all the natives who push steroids watched me eat.
Pros
  • Good lessons
  • Shows how you can really use Spanish
  • You can really bond if you’re willing to do things differently
Cons
  • Certain native Tico’s
8 people found this review helpful.
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Elliot
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Tico Lingo Teen Summer Camp

Oh my god where to I start!? If you are looking for a safe, fun, out of the ordinary, bilingual, program to send your kid to this summer Tico Lingo is the one you want to send them to. Not only is the bilingual aspect fantastic thanks to their incredible staff and tour guides but the friendships you form overseas are one of a kind. The location is safe and not once did I feel unsafe. The Homestay families are fantastic, and the places they take you too are unforgettable. This is the best program out there and you should definitely consider it if your looking.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve racking moment for me was making the decision to go on my own and fly/travel by myself. I clearly remember bording the plane and having this rush of panic thinking, “What am I doing? This is a mistake.” Obviously at that point it was too late to turn back and the way I overcame it was making close connections with my housemates and just letting myself be in the moment and enjoy the wild ride. 10/10 would recommend
Pros
  • Friends/ host family
  • Improved my spanish
  • Food
Cons
  • The boys in my group were lame
  • It is a long way from home
  • N/A
8 people found this review helpful.
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Maya
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience of a lifetime!

I did the two week teen summer camp and loved it! Everyone was super welcoming and kind. I had a wonderful homestay family and stayed with two other girls in the Tico Lingo program that were my age. I feel like my Spanish really improved, not only from the daily classes but also from getting to be immersed in the language during everyday situations. The group dynamic was great and the wonderful staff looked out for us and made sure that we felt safe. From swimming in the crystal blue water at Manuel Antonio to kayaking through lake Arenal, the weekend excursions were breathtaking and unforgettable. Tico Lingo summer camp is the perfect opportunity for your teen to grow their Spanish, experience new cultures, and see the world.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
On one of our weekend excursions, we went into the local produce market and were tasked with buying Costa Rican ingredients with the challenge of getting them for the best price compared to the other students. I got to experience wonderfully fresh Costa Rican produce like granadilla, and mamón chino. Overall, the program does a great job at melding together Spanish-learning experiences with fun, enriching opportunities.
12 people found this review helpful.

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