Sol Abroad High School Program in Costa Rica

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Study abroad and learn Spanish in one of the most beautiful countries in the world . . . ¡Costa Rica! Explore the verdant cloud forests and tropical coastlines of the Central American country while immersing yourself in the Spanish language. Sol Abroad has on-site directors that provide quality academic support and assistance during your study abroad. For our Summer Programs, you will study at a language institute, located in the highlands of central Costa Rica. For our Gap Year programs, you will take classes at an accredited private university. Sol Abroad high school programs provide quality academic support and assistance throughout your experience.

Highlights
  • Highly rated homestays
  • Included excursions and cultural activities
  • High-level academic advising and assistance
  • Attentive and dedicated onsite directors
  • Very personable and inclusive program

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Reviews

93%
based on 48 reviews
  • Growth 8.4
  • Support 9.1
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 8.8
  • Safety 9
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Kaitlyn
10/10

CR2018

I have fallen in love with Costa Rica. It is a beautiful country with such an amazing and rich culture. The locals here are incredibly friendly and always greet you when you´re out walking. The food here is some of the most amazing food I´ve had in my life, and everything is so fresh. My host mom and the teachers here were very kind and really helped me break out of my shell when speaking Spanish. All of the cultural activities and excursions were to the most beautiful places and always had something fun to do. A part of me will always be with Costa Rica and eagerly await to return!

How can this program be improved?
This program and be improved by adding more activities that allow us to interact more with the locals.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Morgan
9/10

Costa Rica 2018

My study abroad experience in Costa Rica this summer was incredible and definitely an experience I will remember forever. My host family was one of the best parts! With me being an only child, living with 6 other people here was a great time! We stayed up late singing to songs we all loved. We played volleyball in our backyard almost every day. The food was also delicious! Also, the professors/directors were so kind and helped us in every way possible to not only improve our Spanish as students, but to ensure each student had a fullfilling experience.

How can this program be improved?
It's good the way it is.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Bi
10/10

Overall unforgettable experience.

This trip has strengthened my spanish as well as catered to my desire for new experiences. The trip provided me with an extensive amount of spanish usage, as well as a new appreciation for Costa Rican culture. It has given me a good balance between learning and genuine fun. I have also gotten to get close with my host family, who took great care of me and allowed me to form a genuine bond with them.

How can this program be improved?
One way this program could be improved is by giving us the opportunity to get to know our roommates beforehand. Giving us the opprutunity to get to know them better will help us grow a stronger bond.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Whit
9/10

Costa Rica is amazing

The directors of the trip, Maria and Judith, were awesome, as they struck a perfect balance between learning Spanish and having fun. Also, they prioritized our safety at all times. Furthermore, I loved my host family and want to visit them in the future. They treated my housemate and I as family and really cared for us. Lastly, I really enjoyed all three of the excursions as they were a great opportunity to bond with the other kids on the trip. Overall, it was a great experience!

How can this program be improved?
Maybe a little less school and instead spending a bit more time with our family. I feel like I learned almost as much Spanish speaking with my family as I did at school, but school was great as well.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Theodore
10/10

Andrews messenger

Once upon a time... there was a man named Andrew. He decided to tell one of his students that he was God. The student believed him and proceeded to pray under his stewardship. One class he handed out papers to his disciples each 14-15 year old reaching out to grasp the thin piece of scripture. All but one student recived one. That student was Theodore Tolan. The one student who prayed for him, the student who cherished his lord, the student who carried his teachings throughout the valleys of Austin TX. The student pleaded and pleaded to consider the knowledge of his lord. Eventually he was passed ink, a quill, and the words of god. What he understood was that if he signed his name on the script he would be able to travel to the happiest nation in the world for 2 weeks with his lord. With a large and profound stroke of the quill along the paper, the disciple checked yes in the square inscription on the document. A few months later he is having the time of his life becoming more and more compfortable with speaking Spanish. He is eating large quantities of delicious food, zip lining through a rainforest and thanking his holy father, Andrew Lantz, for blessing him with this opportunity.

How can this program be improved?
More time to hang out with Andy
Yes, I recommend this program
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Harper
10/10

Costa Rica 2018

This program was a very good experience! Our host family was very nice and easy to talk to, the directors were more than capable and very nice, and the country was a very nice place. I really felt like I was immersed in the culture, and I learned a lot. . .

How can this program be improved?
Spend more time planning for the volunteering because we were kind of over our heads
Yes, I recommend this program
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Moe
10/10

Sol Abroad High School Program Costa Rica

My host family was one of my favourite parts of the trip because they were simply such welcoming, understanding, and heart-warming people. Living with a host family is not only beneficial for language development, but it is also significant because it adds to the personal connection and takeaway of the program. The location, Atenas, and the reliable host family program is what drew me to Sol Abroad as the sense of community that is built makes the trip much more interesting and unique. My most vivid memory of this program are the incredible people of Costa Rica, including the directors. I am an international student with complicated travel requirements; however, the directors were very helpful and knowledgeable before and during the trip.

How can this program be improved?
The academics/school portion of the program should of been more rigorous as majority of what we did was busywork despite the long hours we spent there.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Maggie
9/10

A Typical Costa Rican Night

One time, my roommate, Olive, and I were walking home from downtown Atenas. We were planning on having a night in; finishing some home, do some painting, etc. It didn't exactly turn out that way. On the way back, we passed by the indoor soccer rink, where our five year old "nephew" was having a game. Afterward, our adult "sister" invited us over to her house for a few minutes. We stayed there for three hours. We talked, played with our "nieces and nephews," making enpanadas. That's a perfect example of Costa Rican life. You can make plans, but chaces are, they're not going to stick. That's the beauty of it.

How can this program be improved?
Maybe more outdoor hikes or adventures, but over than that, it was perfect!!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Ally
9/10

Awesome time in Costa Rica with SolAbroad

For the longest time I didn't want to go on this trip, I thought it was going to be super lame, that the school part would suck and I wouldn't be able to make any friends. However I actually had a great time, and this was easily a life changing experience. I gained a great new perspective, and still keep pretty close contact with some of the people I went with. The school/lessons portion of the trip was amazing and I didn't honestly realize how much i learned until I got home. Since I live in San Antonio I am surrounded by Spanish speakers, & coming back to being able to understand native speakers more easily, and just having a better understanding of even the billboards was awesome. All in all, great trip.

How can this program be improved?
I honestly have no complaints, it was really fun.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jessie
9/10

3 weeks in CR

At the end of my 3 weeks, I felt sadder about leaving than I thought I would. My host family was amazing and the people and friends I met along the way were truly remarkable. While Atenas is a small town (and about 45mins from SJ), it is a great place to live and study. Our houses were farther from town but that just meant you had to plan time at home, or in the town. One of my favorite things was that not very many people spoke English. As someone who has been to Mexico and Spain, it was such a refreshing experience to walk around and actually really need to use my Spanish.

While everyone is different, I think in an ideal world I would have stayed 4 or 5 weeks. By the end of the 2nd week I felt so at home and had gained enough confidence to speak, which made the 3rd week incredible. I just wish I had another week to enjoy the feeling of being a part of the town and to use my Spanish. I have always planned on studying abroad in college but this experience with Sol totally solidified that desire.
This is a summer I am going to remember for the rest of my life.

How can this program be improved?
They could work a little more on their communication with the students and the school.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Alyssa
10/10

3 Weeks in Atenas

This past summer I joined the sol abroad program and went to Atwnas Costa Rica for three weeks. I can't say that I've ever had a better experience or ever done something that fun in my life. I love traveling and sol abroad was the perfect program for me. I met so many new friends that I am still in touch with today and I couldn't be happier with the experience that I had. The town life and activities that we participated in were always so enjoyable. We had the perfect amount of time to enjoy experience the culture and city on our own. It was over all an amazing trip and I hope I'm lucky enough to be able to go again.

How can this program be improved?
I think that I would change the timing of some activities. Some days the activities were cramped together and other days the activities were hours apart.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Arielle
10/10

My experiences in Costa Rica

This is actually my second time going on a SOL Abroad program. My first was going to Argentina for a month the summer before last. It was an experience unlike any other and the first I had ever had but it was so interesting, exciting, and impactful that I had to go on another program. This past summer was filled with activities so I could not go for a full month, but it the 2.5 weeks I spend there was life changing. I was pushed out of my comfort zone because I had never stayed in a rural area, nor had I ever done some of the crazy excursions we did (like white water rafting and ziplining). All of these experiences, plus the teachers and staff, plus the phenomenal kids, made my trip one that I will never forget!

How can this program be improved?
I really loved every aspect of the program. The only thing I would suggest are maybe some activities with local teenagers (if that is at all possible).
Yes, I recommend this program
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CK
10/10

An Ideal Maiden Voyage: a Parents Review

I sent my son to Costa Rica for 2 weeks this past summer. The Sol Abroad Program exceeded my expectations and I am so appreciative to the program directors for giving him such a uniquely positive experience. It's an uneasy feeling sending one's kid off to a faraway place for the first time ever without a parent, but I felt so happy everyday because I received an email immediately when my son arrived safely and then Orlando Murrillo posted pictures on Facebook all the time- so I could see my kid at cooking class one day, dance class the next, and hiking another day, all the friends he was with; In this way, it was a vicariously-lived adventure for the parents, too! My son came back happy and healthy, with many new friends, improved Spanish, lifelong memories of his charming host family and of Costa Rica's beauty. I thought that such a program would be prohibitively expensive and available only to the very well-off. But to my pleasant surprise, the Sol Abroad Program was actually affordable and very high quality-- the kids got it ALL (housing, meals, Spanish class, cultural activities, outings including white-water rafting and ziplining, historical tours); it was an amazing deal. As a parent, I would recommend Sol Abroad, Costa Rica to anyone wanting to send their kid to study (and play) abroad! It was the perfect "maiden voyage" for a young teen who hopefully has many globetrotting passport stamps in his future. Five Stars, and a cherry on top.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Emily
10/10

I loved It

The second to last day when we went to the waterfall was amazing. It was a really great way to end the trip. I would definitely recommend going back there, because seeing the old mines and tunnels was amazing!

How can this program be improved?
The program was amazing! My only suggestion would be to make the curfew a little later.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Lindsay
10/10

Literally "the best trip" he says he has ever taken!

My son, a 17 year old from South Carolina, could not stop talking about how much fun he had and how much he loved this trip. He loved the other students, his host family, the language instructors and the people of Costa Rica. If he could have he would have extended his trip.

The best part, as a parent, was that he came back energized about language and wants to pursue a minor in Spanish. He even said the course instruction each day was reaaly fun and not boring. Coming from any boy of 17, that says a lot!

How can this program be improved?
He literally could not think of a thing he would change… other than a later curfew of course ;)
Yes, I recommend this program

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Sol Abroad is an affordable high school study abroad, Gap Year and Spanish immersion program for students 14 - 18 years of age. There are programs offered during the summer and semester. Sol students live with local families, take Spanish classes on...