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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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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Lauren
9/10

Summer II

Before starting my trip with Sol Abroad I was afraid I would be homesick due to the fact that I would be in Costa Rica for three weeks. After staying in such a beautiful country, I honestly do not want to leave. I wish I would´ve chosen a longer program with Sol Abroad. I absolutely loved my experience.

How can this program be improved?
I think the program should advise the students of more activities to do in town when there is freetime.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Laura
10/10

Atenas, Costa Rica

During my experience in Costa Rica, I learned to be independent while still counting on the support of other students my age. This was one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life, and would like to have again.

How can this program be improved?
Do more activities during our free time.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Mike
10/10

Costa Rica

I think the best part of this trip was the excursions and if I had any advice to give as to how to make the program more fun it would be to have more excursions and pools days. If I had any suggestions on how to make the learining of spanish better I would leave more time for kids to speak spanish with their host families or people who speak no english whatsoever. The onñy difficulties I encountered is when our house lacked water or elictricity but other than that I there were no difficulties. I thought the cultural activities were very fun and we should have done more.

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...