Intercultura Costa Rica: Beachfront Spanish Immersion

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Bike riding through Samara.
Zip Lining through the Monte Verde jungle!!
Weekend excursion boat ride along the river.
spanish school and cultural activities
spanish school and cultural activities
Intercultura Spanish School, Heredia Campus
Intercultura Spanish School, Heredia Campus
spanish school on the beach
spanish school on the beach
Spanish courses in costa rica with Intercultura
Spanish courses in costa rica with Intercultura

About

Widely recognized as one of the top language schools in Costa Rica, Intercultura offers a variety of Spanish immersion programs for all ages: Group / private Spanish classes, family & teen programs, university credit, 50+, 24/7 Homestay Spanish Immersion, and Spanish + Surf, Spanish & Volunteering, providing a total immersion in the Spanish language and culture. Students live with local families (all within walking distance) and can participate in free daily activities including Latin dance, yoga, cooking, zumba, arts, and excursions.

What makes our Spanish school different:
1. Two unique locations which can be combined: Vibrant CITY campus in historic Heredia and tranquil BEACHFRONT campus at tropical Sámara beach on the Northern Pacific Coast
2. Outstanding quality of our academic and cultural programs
3. Our friendly atmosphere, personalized approach, attention to detail
4. Our commitment to sustainable community development (we are part of the United Nations Global Compact)

Questions & Answers

Hi there! Our Spanish programs are offered year-round, starting every Monday. We are closed for one week during semana santa (March 25 - 31, 2018) and for two weeks over Christmas and New Years (Dec 22, 2018 - Jan 05, 2019).

Reviews

94%
based on 20 reviews
  • Instruction 9.4
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 8.8
  • Housing 8.7
  • Value 8.5
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lara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Intercultura made my trip the most wonderful time. I'm so thankful

I had the best tima at Intercultura. I made soo many friens, learnt so much spanish and thanks about the country. Even when I wasn't in class anymore I still went there because it really felt like a home to me. I spent time there every day. If I wouldn't have went to Intercultura my trip to Costa Rica wouldn't have been is wonderful as it was. They supported me, they guided me, it really felt like a new home. I want to thank everybody in the Intercultura team once again for everything you do. I hope I'll be able to come back one day and spend more time with you all. I would recommend Intercultura to everybody, I went to Costa Rica all by my self but I never felt alone because of this program.

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe classes in smaller groups sometimes, if that is posible.
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Lynn
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Total immersion: the secret to learning a new language

I attended Intercultura Spanish Language School's Samara Beachfront campus for three weeks in 2016. I was very impressed by the organization of the school and classes, the placement process for new students (a 10-minute chat, in Spanish, with a teacher who assesses at what level and in which class the student should be placed), the teachers' professionalism and the ambiance, which was casual but goal-oriented. I had a working knowledge of Spanish and was placed exactly where I needed to be to further my learning. That said, it is the total immersion that allowed me to gain and develop confidence in my speaking skills. I lodged with a local family where no one spoke any English, which meant that I would either sink or learn to swim - which is just what I did. I now speak Spanish fluently. Going to Intercultura was the best thing I could have done to achieve my goal.

What would you improve about this program?
I can't think of any areas for improvement. The registration process was very easy and the school's administrative staff was always very knowledgeable and helpful, both before my trip and on site.
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Leonie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience

I met soo many amazing people in Sámara, locals and people from abroad! I’m still in contact with them and have already planned next adventures with them. I’m also planning to come back and visit my host family, which was amazing too, and enjoy Costa Rica’s beautiful nature.
What I loved most in Costa Rica (besides the nature) was the people! Everyone was so nice and they just love life!
I learned how to surf in Costa Rica, which was one of the best things of my whole trip! I just loved it!

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Liz
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience

I spent four weeks at intercultura and loved it.

The lessons were excellent with great tutors and a very immersive experience. I had no Spanish before I started and by the end of the four weeks I could have conversations with people, ask for directions and chat to taxi drivers comfortably. They also have other cooking and dancing classes as well as unforgettable yoga on the beach!

the accommodation far exceeded my expectations I had my own bathroom in both houses and the food provided was excellent.

I also went on a couple of trips with the school which were fun and very well organised. I would love to return to Costa Rica again one day.

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Peter
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

great place to learn spanish

The school is very well organized with a system that fits you to your level of Spanish. There are basically two types of students: younger (usually university level), often European; and older travelers wanting to be able to more fully appreciate Costa Rica. And to top it off Samara is a wonderful place to study: a town but also a beach. And with the alternating schedule--morning then afternoon--lots of time to enjoy the beach.

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Renee
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Playa Samara immersion

I spent two weeks in the Spanish immersion program this summer. I brought my mother-in-law, my 10-year-old daughter, and a 16-year-old friend of the family. We all stayed together in a house with a lovely, welcoming hostess. I took 4 hours per day of small group classes, the first week with 2 other students and the second with 4 others. The classes were very informative on both language and cultural aspects, and the teachers sharp, well prepared, and helpful. The administration was exceptionally helpful and friendly. The price for the schooling and the home-stay were very reasonable. The town is small but with good restaurants and enough fun things to do. The school offers weekend excursions which are outstanding - our group of 12 people from 6 countries, ranging in age from 10 to 70, went on unforgettable adventures one weekend to hot springs, a waterfall, a cloud forest night walk, zip-lining through the canopy, and more! I have previously done a Spanish immersion program in Guatemala, which was also excellent, but this was more social and better organized. One of the students did have a backpack stolen at a beach while I was there, so do follow the common sense guidelines for protecting yourself, which of course you must do everywhere in the world. I did not feel unsafe, even with my daughter. I didn't visit the Heredia campus at all, so I can't comment. I highly recommend Intercultura for learning Spanish and a bit of Tican culture. If you go, book an excursion early in your trip to make friends with other students quickly, and definitely do the homestay to have a more complete experience.

What would you improve about this program?
The pace of the class the second week was a bit too slow. I would have liked to cover slightly more material.
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Mark
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience!

This school met all of our needs: flexible scheduling (private for me, group for my wife) to accommodate our kids, who attended Mareas School, just down the road; great location for beach fun with the kids (safer surf with minimal current for youngsters) while still allowing for surfing (at high tide) and SUP for the parents; great home stay and excursions; clean and lovely campus with AC in classrooms and hammocks, internet and shade outdoors; yoga; positive vibe and helpful teachers. We studied there for six weeks, learned plenty and met great travelers from around the world. Highly recommended!

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Natasha
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Samara Beach

I took a weeks' course at each of Intercultura's locations, and stayed in an apartment during my time in Samara Beach

The location of the school is fantastic – as soon as you leave the school gates you are stepping straight onto the sandy beach. The building is beautiful, and surrounded by a sprawling garden filled with hammocks. It’s also one of only two or so buildings in the town with air conditioning, which meant I looked forward to lessons all the more!

As mentioned in my review of Heredia, I particularly appreciated the way the curriculum was structured into one-week set programmes with an individual textbook. It’s a really great way to accommodate students who are constantly joining and departing each week, and ensures students aren’t placed in a group that has already been running for some time, or don’t end up repeating things to accommodate new students. I was happy with the quality of teaching and felt challenged by the lessons. Overall, the school in Samara felt ‘stricter’, with other languages discouraged even at break times and lessons more challenging. There were many more students studying Spanish here, and while there was a good mix of ages there were many more university-aged students making the average age lower.

Living standards in Samara are generally lower – facilities and accommodation are quite basic so you need to manage your expectations, but the reason you would choose this location is to enjoy rustic, simple living on a beautiful unspoilt beach.