Costa Rica is a great country to learn Spanish. Most Spanish speakers call Costa Rica a country with no accents, which makes it is an excellent place to practice your listening skills. Also, the Costa Rican people are very cordial and outgoing, so there is always a conversation to engage in. Take a look at one of the many different options for learning Spanish and living with a Costa Rican family.

San Jose de La Montana Spanish with 4 day Excursion of Rural Community and Arenal.

The view from this Spanish learning location is the absolute best you can imagine. You will be 5,500ft above sea-level with views of the whole Central Valley and you can even see the Pacific Ocean from your classrooms although you are about 2 hours away. Without question this is arguably the best view in the country. San Jose de la Montana a small country town but by no means is it rural. This is a great place for students to be in a small, safe, friendly community and really have a chance to interact with the locals. It is actually just 2 miles up the hill from the larger city of Heredia if students want to go to town.

Itinerary

Today you will be only 30 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from the town of Heredia but in one of the most beautiful places of all of Costa Rica. This is a mountain town but not as rural as other towns. This town is in the Central Valley. (Meals: Dinner).

Today we will make the hike to the Barva Volcano where no other tourist will be around. We will be with a nature guide that will explain the natural history of Costa Rica and the plants and animals in the area. It will be almost 8,000ft high so it might be a little chilly but the views are great and the tour is fantastic. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Well today we will learn one of the reasons why Costa Rica has become famous for its coffee. The tour will be an explanation of the history of the coffee bean and how it helped not only Costa Rica but the whole world develop. The show is put on by great actors leaving your student with an excellent entertaining understanding of the coffee bean. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Today we’ll drive to Alajuela where we will visit Hogar Siembra which is an orphanage that we have developed a great relationship with. The kids in the orphanage are pros at making local cuisine and the tortillas and empanadas are usually the food of choice. It is a chance for students to interact and be of great company to the kids in the homes. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Today we will test your happy feet on the dance floor when we take classes from a professional instructor. Hopefully in just a few minutes you will all be professional salsa dancers. After class we will visit the larger town of Heredia and walk around and get a history lesson and eat some great ice-cream. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Today we will wake up and say good-bye to our homestays, exchange emails and say “See you soon!!!”. We will then drive to the village of Sitio de Mata where we’ll stay for a few nights and enjoy the real countryside living of Costa Rica. Tere will be a welcome party for us when we arrive. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Today we will drive into mountains that look like they have no end. This is an absolute amazing drive that will take us to the reservation of the Cabecar Indians. We will meet with the Indians and learn about their way of life and how they live. There are many ideas for community service on the Reservation. Sometimes it is just visiting with the Indians and giving soccer balls, notebooks, pens, and coloring books, and other times it is services of educating in English, or manual labor like painting or building in the area. Or our service projects could be in the village of Sitio de Mata or small villages in the nearby area. We’ll share our time & talent by doing a variety of things like teaching some English, explaining some US history & culture, stressing the importance of recycling, painting, or just hanging out and playing a soccer game with the kids. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Today we will do the famous Pacuare River. National Geographic has it as one of the top 5 rivers in the world. This is an amazing run from start to finish where we will spend around 3 hours on the river. The scenery is just unbeatable while in Costa Rica. Next stop is Arenal, which is where we will take you after the river and the scenery there is not so bad either. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Today we will do one of the 77 different ziplines in the country. In my opinion this is the best zipline there is. It has the best views of the volcano and not to mention the highest cables. After the zipline we’ll go to one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful waterfalls which is La Fortuna Falls where you will have a chance to hike and take a swim if you wish. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Today we will take a walk into nature making your last day a one-on-one experience with the beauty and sounds of the wild. We will have a naturalist guide with us that will explain the many wonders of the rainforest and the many wonders yet to be discovered. After our hike we will eat a delicious lunch at the Organic Farm, where everything we eat for lunch is grown and we’ll get lessons on some serious farming skills. After lunch we will drive back to the Central Valley where we will pack up and start thinking about our next trip!

Fly Home!!! (Meals: Breakfast)

Includes

All private transportation & guide, all meals, all lodging listed, all tours and adventures, all community service supplies

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