Spanish on Tour through Costa Rica:
Español en la Ciudad, en el Bosque y en la Playa
Our two weeks Language Course on Tour gives you the possibility to combine Spanish lessons and an ecotouristic tour as well to know wonderful Pacific beaches. We give you a real insight view to our country, you will get to know the fascinating nature, the Latin-American culture and at the same time you get a high quality language course taught by native speakers.
Here in Costa Rica you, will listen and speak authentic Spanish and we want to put you into situations, where you can use your new knowledge right away. The course material and method is communicative, so it is prepared especially for this kind of learning. We travel mostly with public transport.
At the beginning and at the end of the course, you will stay two days at our Guesthouse El Marañón, to start, remember or complete your Spanish knowledge. On the third day you will travel to the remote island of Chira in the Gulf of Nicoya, to Hojancha on the Nicoya peninsula and to the Pacific Ocean to Puerto Carillo and Sámara Beach. You will stay in ecological community-run projects, managed by fisherwomen, campesinos and ecologists.
So you will automatically take part in daily life of the Costaricans. You will have teacher and tour guide in one: She has long experience in both areas and gladly wants to share her or his knowledge of the Spanish language and of the Costarican culture with you.
Topics could be culture, nature, ecology, history or politics. Our purpose is, that you speak often and thus learn faster. On 10 days you will get 4 lessons of Spanish classes and on 12 days you get the opportunity to practice your Spanish in authentic situations!
Our service includes: Airport pick-up, 40 Spanish lessons 45 minutes each, tour guide, guided tours, accommodation in double rooms (single room extra charge), breakfast & Good-bye lunch. Not included are: further meals and options.
Dates 2016: 03.07., 06.11., 04.12.
Dates 2017: 29.01., 19.03., 04.06., 23.07., 20.08., 26.11. - Individual: any time!
Our Rates per person: from 2 participants on EUR 1499 (single room extra charge: EUR 180)
- 1 participant only in a single room EUR 2799
Sunday: Arrival in San José and pick-up at the airport; stay your first night in our Guesthouse El Marañón, beautiful situated 15 km outside of San José in Ciudad Colón located in a tropical garden with a great view over the Central Valley and to the Poás volcano.
Monday: Start your first lesson at 9 a.m.. The teacher will get an impression of the Spanish knowledge of his students and will discuss the topics for the next 2 weeks. The afternoon is free for individual activities such as visiting Ciudad Colón, money change, hiking through the mountains to coffee plantations or just relax in our garden in a hammock.
Tuesday: Vistit of the UN-University for Peace. Visit of the peace monument and continue with the Spanish lessons in the park. In the afternoon free time for hiking or horseback riding in the dry forest reserve El Rodeo.
Wednesday: Travel to the Pacific and to the Gulf of Nicoya to the od harbour of Puntarenas or Costa de Pájaros to take the boat to the remote island of Chira. After crossing the island by bus we will be guests of the Fisherwomens project "Damas de Chira". Clases in the afternoon. At dinner we will taske delicious fresh fish.
Thursday: After clases we explore the island hiking or cycling. At night we hear about the projects work and listen to the story of the Princess Chira.
Friday: We cross by boat the Mangroves of San Pablo and get to the peninsula of Nicoya. Continue to Hojancha into forest reserve Monte Alto, a community project: A farmers cooperative is saving the forest and is bringing back wildlife to the surrounding hills, to save the water supply of the town as well as for many species living in the area of Rio Nosara. Accommodation in the beautiful located lodge.
Saturday: Lessons will take place inmid of the Rain forest and in the afternoon we´ll have a biological guided and bird watching tour on the trails (also an orchid trail) of the reserve. As well we can visit Teak, Melina and Pochote plantations.
Sunday: After clases in the morning we have the day for free; you can make a "Coffee Tour" at the local cooperative that exports as well in the Fair trade selling f.ex. to "Starbucks". As well you can relax in the public pool nearby or visit the small town of Hojancha.
Monday: In the morning we visit the local primary school to practice our Spanish. This school with 20 students get English clases from first grade on! Vamos a la playa! At around noon we travel to Puerto Carillo with its tremendous palm beach: We stay at our hotel in Sámara beach.
Tuesday: Continue with the lessons in the early morning to have time for individual activities on the beach.
Wednesday: We visit the town of Nicoya to get to know the 2nd oldest colonial church and the typical central park before we get back to Ciudad Colón.
Thursday: Clases and guided tour through San José.
Friday: Clases and we will celebrate a Good-bye lunch.
Saturday: Hasta luego!