If I could sum up Tico Lingo teen summer camp up in a sentence it would be “the opportunity that will set the tone for your teen’s pursuit of education” In the most cliche way, Tico lingo is the opportunity of a lifetime and one I would well advise your teen not pass up. The experience of being immersed in a new culture is mind blowing itself and the Staff and opportunities Tico Lingo presents will add so much to your teen’s experience. I had the pleasure of getting to know Christopher, the most passionate, hardworking and fun director. He is the backbone of the operation and (while keeping your teens safe) will make sure they have the best time possible. From scavenger hunts around the town to ice cream runs and taking us to see the Barbie movie, Chris listened, and made every kid smile. Along with Chris, I met Clay whose job was to take care of us by being fun, relatable ( college student) , and keeping us safe. He did that and so much more, he was incredibly funny and kind and brought so much laughter to my experience. Something I didn’t expect was how safe and kind Heredia is. I always felt safe walking around town and walking home, and everyone was helpful and patient. Besides all the amazing activities your teen will have the privilege to experience (coffee tour, zip lining, white water rafting, animal rescue, just to name a few) the classes your teen takes will give them passion for the language, get them excited, and teach them SO much! My professors were all incredibly patient and kind, and taught me so much. They went above and beyond to keep the group engaged and make learning fun! Every teacher at Tico lingo is incredibly smart, and kind.
My homestay family was a central part of my amazing experience and were incredibly caring and generous. The food my homestay mom, Rita, made was delicious and I miss it dearly! My homestay dad, Rafeal took incredible care cleaning my room when I was out and doing my laundry. Their sweet daughter Alma became my Tico sister and my roommates and I loved their dogs. I am still in contact with my Homestay family and couldn’t have found more welcoming people.
Before my trip I was a little nervous about my roommates, but along with getting their contact info in advance I was immediately reassured when I met them, both of my roommates are lifelong friends and we made amazing memories from venturing around the town meeting new people to staying up talking and snacking on Costa Rican fruits.
To a parent: Tico Lingo is the best choice of Spanish Immersion program, Heredia is safe and full of language and culture, Tico Lingo staff will take amazing care of your child and they will get the best Spanish immersion available. Homestay families will take your kid in as their own, being incredibly generous and kind. They will have the time of their lives and learn so much Language and culture.
To a teen: Trust me you don’t want to pass up this experience, you’ll meet new besties, you’ll try amazing new foods, you’ll have fun with your teachers and learn so much.