Sol Abroad High School Program in Costa Rica

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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 verdant highlands of central Costa Rica. For our Gap Year & High School Semester Abroad programs, you will take classes at an accredited private bilingual high school or a local accredited university. Take Spanish classes in the summer or choose from a normal high school or university curriculum during the semester or year! Sol Abroad high school programs provides quality academic support and assistance while you are on your study abroad program.

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based on 36 reviews
  • Growth 8.6
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 8.8
  • Safety 9.1
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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
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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
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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
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sean
9/10

pura vida comments

I got to the mother day party. I was exposed to spanish music and become influencd to listen to the same kind of music at home. I loved spending time with my parents at the parts. I just hoped that I could have gone to more similar to this in Costa Rica.

How can this program be improved?
Need to provide more food
Yes, I recommend
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Maggie
9/10

Atenas

Even though Atenas is small, it has alot to offer. When I first arrived here I never thought that I would have any fun in this small city, but I was really suprised. There is a ton of little surprises within the city. One thing to for sure do when in the city is to talk to the locals. they love to talk to you and it really helps with your spanish practice. All the people are so nice, except when they are behind a wheel. If the car is comming just let it go! A few resturants to go to are La Finca and Gellys. There are some of the best and super cheap. Another thing to also do is walk around the city. There are tons of small cute shops to explore and the little market is really cute and fun to walk around. Atenas is very small, but you can have a lot of fun when your here! Also, dont forget to do to the cooperativa. Its one of the nicer super markets and is a great place to get small gifts like local coffee and snacks to bring home!

How can this program be improved?
I would have to say some the lenghs of the culture activities. Some of them where way to look and some of them were way to short for the occasion.
Yes, I recommend
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Sydney
10/10

Pura Vida Sol abroad !

Sol abroad is a very good program. They pick the perfect location, you truly feel like a part of the town. With,the location they choose you are forced to speak spanish 24/7. I thoughht sol abroad was a great program.

How can this program be improved?
No, the program is great! If i had to change one more thing would add in some more excursions. So, we could experience a bit more of Costa Rica. Other than that i thought the program was amazing.
Yes, I recommend
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Shelby
8/10

Forest Excursions

With Sol Abroad I took a weekend trip to Manuel Antonio National Park, and went white water rafting the next day. Both were an incredible experience for me. I caught myself smiling without even realizing it. The scenery in Costa Rica was some of the most beautiful raw nature i've had the opporunity to see. Overall, I think it was a worthy experience.

How can this program be improved?
We didn't have a lot of opportunity to bond with the other students before we went to do cultural activities together. They were fun, but I think if I felt closer to the other students it could have been better.
Yes, I recommend
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Allison
10/10

Atenas is Cool

Atenas has a ton of really amazing sights and experiences. The weather was always nice. The park was a great place to talk and hang out with friends, there were many excellent places to eat and have fun.

How can this program be improved?
The activities were at odd times and lasted for wither to long or to short.
Yes, I recommend
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Savannah
8/10

White water rafting

Last weekend, my group went white water rafting near Manuel Antonio National Park. This was my favorite excursion during my four weeks here. My tour guide was so much fun! When the water was rough, he would stand up on the raft and jump as high as he could. At one point when the water was deep and calm, he pushed me out of the raft and into the water. Then he grabbed my life jacket to help me into the raft... or so I thought. He grabbed my life vest and threw me like a rag doll to the other side of the water! The water felt great, and I hope I can go back again before I leave for the US!

How can this program be improved?
I would require more Spanish speaking with the kids. During the excursions, they talked to us in English, and I feel like I missed out of some interesting Spanish vocabulary.
Yes, I recommend
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Anna
10/10

Summer stay in Costa Rica 2015

Hi! I'm a high school student from the Midwest and this summer I went to Costa Rica as part of the Sol Abroad study abroad program. During my stay I was placed in a house in Atenas, Costa Rica with a roommate from the United States and a host mother. The house that I stayed in was absolutely beautiful and my host mother was very sweet. My roommate and I are not native Spanish speakers and our host mom spoke almost no English but she was very patient with us. She was also an amazing cook and served us 3 delicious and authentic meals per day. In the morning students attend school which helps us to enhance our understanding of the Spanish language. In the afternoons we participate in cultural activities such as cooking classes, latin dance classes, and volunteer days. On the weekend we go on excursion where we hike up volcanoes, go to the beach, go ziplining, and go white water rafting. In my opinion this program perfectly combines a small town cultural experience with the tourist type of activities you might do on vacation. There are also many opportunities to explore local cafes, restaurants, and shops with friends in your free time. I had a ton of fun on this trip and I wholeheartedly recommend it to high school students who want to experience another culture, be better at speaking spanish, make a bunch of lifelong friends, and have an unforgettable time in another country.

How can this program be improved?
Honestly I can't think of anything!
Yes, I recommend
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Robin
10/10

The first day and downtown life

The first day of my trip, I had a vague idea of what to expect but still found myself nervous and anxious. I was the only kid on the trip without a roommate, which added to my nervousness. Orlando and the other students came to pick me up at my house and we headed on our way. Not realizing that the walk to town was approximately thirty minutes through broken pavement, grass, and hills, I wore nice sandals which are good for walking.... on flat surfaces. Tip one kids- wear sneakers. We proceeded to downtown, exchanged money at the bank, and enjoyed the rest of our tour through to town. I immediately fell in love with Atenas. The park is fantastic for chilling with friends. There are volleyball and basketball courts, soccer fields, a half pipe for skateboarding, and lots of small stores and pastry shops. All the locals are super friendly and I had no problem making friends in my group of English speakers. That day was the beginning of a great month long adventure that I will always remember!

How can this program be improved?
While spending time with my host family was great for improving my Spanish, I found it to be a hinderance that my friends and I all spoke English to eachother. While I realize this will happen anywhere, I think it wouldve helped if the use of Spanish was more strictly enforced.
Yes, I recommend
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Sergio
10/10

Sol Abroad, Atenas, Costa Rica -Pura Vida

Sol Abroad does an amazing job with the students they take on. I highly recommend that you open prospective students to this opportunity. Your sons and daughters will be in good hands. From daily class to day and weekend excursions, students are active and engaged. Their are always opportunities to use their Spanish daily. As for me the Póas Volcano had to be my favorite excursion. The weather is cool and the view of the crater is amazing. All the excursions we exceptional.

How can this program be improved?
None
Yes, I recommend
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Graham
10/10

Fun people great location

I had a wonderful time and met many lifelong friends, and Costa Rica is so beautiful and was the perfect environment for it. The excursions were very fun, however the bus rides were terrible, but that's ok.

How can this program be improved?
Provide a bus from the houses to downtown, it's a long walk or an expensive cab ride
Have more first aid at the beach and la Fortuna waterfall swimming
Yes, I recommend
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Makayla
7/10

Taking Advantage

I loved this program and the experience it provided me with. My host mother Leticia was a wonderful women who was nice, funny, and a good cook. I really wish I had had more conversations with her. The excursions and cultural activities really made my experience. Not only were they fun, but they helped bring the students together, especially during the long bus rides. The people I met really helped shape my experience. I liked everyone I met, though I admittedly got annoyed with some people at some times, but that´s to be expected. people in our group got very close. So close that some people are going to visit each other and stay at each other´s houses when they are in the same state. The teachers were great too. They really cared and tried to bend the curriculm to fit your needs, which teachers in America are mostly unable to do. I would highly recommend this program, and I am thinking about coming back another year.

Response from Sol Abroad

Great review! Thank you so much for the positive feedback and nice comments. I can tell you had a great time and we look forward to seeing you next year:) Vamos SOLmates!

Yes, I recommend
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Eliana
8/10

amazing experience

The Sol Abroad Program was an amazing experience that I will never forget. I met new friends from both the US and from Costa Rica and became close with them in a matter of hours. This program does an amazing job of completely immersing you into the Costa Rican lifestyle by placing you in the household of a native family here. I enjoyed every minute I stayed here and I hope to return soon.

Yes, I recommend

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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...