Tico Lingo

Program Reviews

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Darrell
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Tico Lingo was amazing from start to finish. I did eight weeks at the school and had an incredible experience and learned a lot. The staff helped me with every need both concerning school and not. The teachers at Tico Lingo were too notch. I had the pleasure of working with three of them—Erick, Kevin and Freddy—all amazing and truly cared about our progress They were very adaptive to the needs of the students and met every expectation and more. Heredia was a great city to explore and the housing was very nice with good food. All in all I do not hesitate to recommend Tico Lingo!

What was your funniest moment?
The funniest moment is getting to share our learning experience with everyone. The teachers and staff are comforting and the family vibe helps students adapt quickly. We truly laughed until our faces hurt.
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Fred
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I loved the style of living and it was a great place to develop as a person and give something back to the community. There were a couple of times when it rained and night which made it a little tricker to enjoy but overall a great life experience to have had, I'm so glad I chose to do it. The setting was excellent for learning Spanish as many of the workers there don't speak English. I also really enjoyed learning the local parts of the language. If I had more time in Costa Rica I would have loved to do it again

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Alexander
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was apart of the program for 1 month and it was truly an awesome time. I learned loads and met some seriously awesome people. I am stilling living in Costa Rica and I love going back to talk with the staff who are now friends of mine. This program is a great way to ease you into Spanish and the cultural differences you experience while traveling in Costa Rica. My Spanish is much improved and I credit a lot of it to TicoLingo. I am currently traveling around with friends I met there nearly two months ago! What a time it has been! I highly recommend TicoLingo!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Meet as many people as you can and go adventure with them! Seriously just meet everyone and go have a blast!
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Kennedy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Going to Costa Rico and being a part of the teen Tico Lingo camp was one of the best experiences that I will always remember. I was 16 when I went, so I was still young and not use to being away from my family for so long! The staff were all very supportive and understanding that Costa Rica was a new environment for the teens and went out of their way to make us feel like we were apart of the Tico Lingo family. The life time relationships I have made through this program is unforgettable! I absolutely would 100% recommend!

What was your funniest moment?
Going white water rafting and seeing sloths in the same day! That was one of the best days!
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Kassim
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I did the immersive Spanish program for 8 weeks with group classes in the morning and private classes in the afternoon. I would highly recommend the program! I noticed a significant improvement in my Spanish level. The instructors were very helpful and supportive with teaching the language and customized the lessons based on our levels and interests. The administrators and staff were also very helpful and easy to work with. I also did the home stay with a local family which I would also recommend. The family was very accommodating and my stay there forced me to improve my Spanish. Overall a great experience!

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Francesca
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I attended three weeks of Spanish classes at Tico Lingo in February 2021 and I had a wonderful time.

I was a total beginner, having never learnt any Spanish before, I knew hola and si, and not much else. Whilst it was very challenging at times, trying to learn as much as possible in the short amount of time I was there, Erick was a great teacher. He was very patient and helped me to grab a good understanding of the basics. I was able to make real improvement during my time at Tico Lingo.

We were also able to organise weekend trips with some of the other students, to the volcano and hot springs at La Fortuna and Manuel Antonio National Park. Some of us even met up later in Santa Teresa, for some fun and Spanish practice on the beach.

One of the highlights of the experience was my Homestay family, Sindy and Claudio. They welcomed me into their home and treated me like one of the family. They took a real interest in my Spanish progress, helping me outside of classes, over conservation at dinner and movie nights (in Spanish). They even celebrated my birthday, surprising me with a birthday cake, even though I had only been there for a few days.

It was a great place to learn and I highly recommend Tico Lingo. Thank you Chris, Yennifer and Erick!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
On the weekends, go and explore! Don't be afraid of using public transport (something I was initially hesitant about) but everyone is so friendly and it's rather easy to figure out routes and times (even for someone with my limited Spanish knowledge).
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Rich
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I initially planned to do one week of Spanish and homestay at Tico Lingo, but I enjoyed it so much I ended up staying for four!

For me, this was an ideal introduction to my trip to Central America. I was able to improve my Spanish, learn about Costa Rica from my homestay family and hang out with other students from the school.

I was in the middle class in the school, Kevin was a great teacher helping us to improve our conversational Spanish, learning grammar, expressing past and present tenses and some handy Tico phrases! Staying in a homestay was great, feeling like part of the family and practicing your Spanish outside of school.

We also organised some trips with other students from the school which was great fun, visiting La Fortuna and Manuel Antonio, also catching up with the guys again in Santa Theresa after we'd finished studying for some time chilling on the beach

Thanks for everything Chris, Yennifer, Maritiza, Kevin and Freddie!

What was your funniest moment?
I told my homestay dad I'd seen bears in the trees in Manuel Antonio. Sloth in Spanish is Oso Perezoso (literally Lazy Bear). I tried to just shorten it to Oso, which is bear. They don't even have bears here. He was very confused!
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Samuel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I studied with Tico Lingo for three weeks in January of 2021. I learned a ton of Spanish and am absolutely way more conversational now, and have a lot of tools to continue to teach myself. I stayed with a host family and was able to continue to learn and practice every night when I went home, and experience authentic Costa Rican culture. My host family was very sweet and genuinely cared about my success in Costa Rica. The school staff was very helpful to any questions I had about Costa Rica, Spanish, and anything else that came up. All around, a great experience.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I wish I had explored the public transit a bit more! I was a bit scared at first to take a bus and just explore, but when I tried that, I had a really great time and saw some very cool things.
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Martin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I’ve tried emersion Spanish school before but this one worked. ( more of a science than language person) Why did Tico Lingo work for me?
1. Program and small classes tailored to my goals.
2. Made learning fun - I m now studying/ reviewing nearly every day on my own due my experience.
3. Supportive social environment- positive and ecouraging feedback from teachers, staff that was echoed by my host family and even townsfolk- Ticos, especially away from resort towns are more likely to tolerate my broken Spanish so I get to speak more and practice.
4. Extra activities like yoga and intercambio with local English speakers.
5. Gave me usage and details that were hard to find online and absent from my previous in person classes.

A great place to learn - I’m on the road now and sufficiently functional gain momentum.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I got to try several tropical fruits, including some varieties of citrus fruits that I have never seen before. Also the pineapples were very flavorful.
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Reid
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I loved my experience with Tico Lingo. They make it easy to learn spanish in a comfortable environment. From offering transportation directly from the airport to our homestay, to giving a tour of Heredia, I felt great attending classes. The best part of my three week experience was learning from Freddy, a teacher there. He provided tailored instruction that was incredibly well-organized. He made it fun as well and gave us a lot of advice about our travels around the country of Costa Rica. The Tico Lingo facilities were clean and modern, with fresh coffee every morning. Another activity that was surprisingly great was the Intercambio nights on Thursdays, when Ticos would come to practice their English while we practiced our Spanish.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
We got our rental car stuck on a giant hill! Whoops!