Intercultura: Spanish Study with Local Family

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If you are looking for a constant Spanish immersion and instruction throughout their stay, in a comfortable home with modern amenities, this is the right Spanish study program for you. You receive 20 hours per week of private instruction by a highly qualified professor in your homestay house, in an area conducive to learning, to ensure continuance of the complete immersion concept.

Families are genuinely interested in the cultural interchange experience of hosting a 24/7 immersion student. Price includes 2 local tours per week, which are done with your family, in private transportation, all costs included. Check out all details of the program by clicking on "Visit Site"!

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9.69 Rating
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  • Academics 9.2
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  • Housing 9.5
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Gina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Spanish Teacher

I have led two student trips to Intercultura's Immersion program in Heredia. Each time the school, coordinators and teachers paid attention to all details in the planning of the trip and then while we were there. I felt comfortable and safe and like a part of the Intercultura family. Teachers tailored classes to what our students needed. Our excursions were fun and cultural. I look forward to going back in the future. My favorite memory has been the people I met both at the school and my host mom. Plus as a teacher, it's been wonderful to see the impact this trip has had on my students. Some said it was their favorite high school experience.

What would you improve about this program?
Just continue to do what they are doing!
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Pamela
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Beautiful setting, excellent teachers, great options

I spent the first 3 weeks of May 2018 at the Intercultura in Heredia. In my estimation, I was an “advanced beginner” in Spanish, but for a number of reasons, was placed in advanced classes. The teachers were great, and I enjoyed the other students who were almost universally college aged students from the USA. (I am Weekly options included yoga, dancing, and cooking classes. Weekends presented options for inexpensive travel within country—to national parks, volcanoes, and beaches. Glad I stayed with a “family”—a single older woman. All in all a good, safe experience. Wish I had more opportunity to simply speak Spanish rather than focus on book learning. If I return, it will be in “off-season” when fewer groups of college students reign supreme.

What would you improve about this program?
See above.
Sheila
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great language and homestay program

Class time is well-organized and the homestay option adds to the total immersion in Spanish. Other services, such as opportunities to have conversations with other students (language exchange) give students another forum in which to practice what they've been learning. Intercultura's fees are very reasonable, including two meals daily through the homestay. My Mama Tica provided great vegan and gluten meals for me. So, dietary needs can be met for any student who opts for homestay. Faculty, administration and staff all are very friendly, accommodating and professional. Extra-curricular activities made the program feel more like a vacation!

What would you improve about this program?
I sometimes felt instruction could go a little slower with perhaps more review time allotted before going to the next lesson.
Jessica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A month in Costa Rica

I came to Costa Rica knowing very little Spanish, so the first few days were quite stressful! However, once I got used to the culture and the language, I started to understand more and more Spanish. The Intercultura Spanish classes were very helpful in giving me a good start with useful words for daily life. Living in Costa Rica was wonderful: the weather was always perfect, the people were friendly, and there was a ton of natural beauty to explore. I loved zip lining in Montezuma

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Molly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Be ready to have a smile on your face the whole time!

I have never studied abroad before in my life, so getting the opportunity to go to Intercultura as my first experience was the greatest treat. The program was set up very wonderfully ! The teachers made the classes as much fun as possible with activities in the park, group improvisation, and games to improve our vocabulary and speaking skills. The weekend excursions were also amazing! I did so many new things that I will always remember. Getting to go zip-lining, rafting, and seeing monkeys all in one month? Can't beat that! Overall, I would do to this program every year if I had the time!

What would you improve about this program?
The classes could be slightly more challenging, however I had a diverse class who were at different levels of Spanish, so I think the academics were good since my class fluctuated a lot, and if I had it even more difficult, others may have found it too hard. But overall, it was great!
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Randi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Maravilloso! Wonderful en español

I enjoyed a wonderful two week immersion with the best teacher (Monica), and a welcoming family (Jeannette). Many activities: The Nutcracker ballet at the Teatro Nacional in San Jose, the capital. Two films at the San Jose International Film Festival 2015. Two cooking classes and an coffee planation tour. A weekend at the Parque de Nacional Manuel Antonio with parasailing, jet skis and surfing. And fascinating walks through the towns and cities. Plus I learned the verb endings for past tense and future tense!

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Eric
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Good start....

Really enjoyed my host family. Mi professora was great. The staff were all very kind and helpful. I should have stayed longer.....only one week. The city is beautiful and very easy to get around. Only problem was if there is rain, you will get wet.

What would you improve about this program?
In my particular class, there was one man who monopolized the time. That was a bit frustrating. The teacher did what she could to stay on track but it was not very easy or effective.
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Natasha
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Homestay in Heredia

I took a weeks' course at each of Intercultura's locations, although I only stayed with a host family in Heredia.

The host family experience was fantastic and I thoroughly recommend it! I was impressed by the high standard of the home; the family were really fun, warm and caring and made time to talk to us each day. They spoke almost no English with guaranteed a fully immersive environment and kept me thinking in Spanish all day! Having meals included was really convenient and saved a lot of time (handy when there’s homework to complete!) and allowed us to sample traditional every day Costa Rican food.

I was happy with the facilities at the school and quality of teaching, and 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. Having someone arrange excursions was also a huge bonus, as it made it so much easier to get out and about and see the local sights – especially when the school has it’s own transportation.

I really enjoyed Heredia as a city, personally probably more than Samara beach as I prefer urban living to the outdoors. My favourite art was probably going to see a football match – what an atmosphere!