Intensive Spanish Language Immersion Program

Overall rating: 9.7 based on 2 reviews

Program Description

Study Spanish the real way; through complete immersion.

The Intensive Spanish immersion program encompass Tico Lingo's philosophy to give students linguistic fluency through cultural immersion. We offer three distinctive program choices that each incorporate Spanish language courses and the homestay experience. The program also includes yoga classes to calm the mind after a long day of Spanish classes. Students are encouraged to play around in the kitchen and taste some traditional Costa Rican food during a cooking class or tune into their inner rhythm during a fun dance lessons.

Each Saturday, students have the option of selecting a tour from a variety of choices. The weekly package includes 20 hours of Spanish instruction, seven nights of homestay, yoga instruction, dance classes, local cuisine cooking classes, and weekend full-day adventure tours.

Program duration is flexible, ranging from 1-8 weeks.

Highlights

1. Live, connect, and share two meals a day with a local Homestay family in Heredia

2. Receive four hours of personalized Spanish language instruction every day

3. Calm your mind after a long day of Spanish classes in yoga lessons with professional instructors practicing Vinyasa flow

4. Learn to cook traditional Costa Rican cuisine.

5. Learn the intricate steps of three Latin Dances; Salsa, Bacchata, and Cumbia

6. Select from a list of specially deigned student culture and adventure tours every weekend. Think white water rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, and volcano hiking.

What`s Included

All programs include the following:

• Small groups (max. 6, avg. 3)
• City-wide tour of Heredia
• Placement exam (oral and written) to ensure proper leveling
• Conversational classes with English students
• Free pick-up / drop-off at airport
• Diploma for course completion
• Map of the city and surrounding area
• 24/7 emergency support
• Volunteer opportunity guidance and support
• Free use of wi-fi

Program Locations

Heredia, Costa Rica

Overall rating 
9.7
Experience
10
Program Administration
10
Living Conditions
9
Cultural Immersion
10
Social Life
9
Health and Safety
10
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Program Details

Provider:
Tico Lingo
Location
  • Costa Rica: Heredia
Duration:
1-3 months
School Term:
Throughout the year
Language:
Spanish
Participants:
WorldWide
Cost:
$375/Week

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    Review this program
    I came down to Costa Rica to once and for all learn the Spanish language. I had been struggling to learn it in the States for so much time, I decided to find a program, take some time off work, and give it a try.

    I went with Tico Lingo because of they are much less expensive when compared to the other schools in the country and because their Program Director did an phenomenal job filling me in on the details, answering any and every questions I had, and putting together a program perfect for what I needed.

    Immediately, I was impressed with the school. It was absolutely beautiful and was centrally located in a really non-touristy area. Many people said that in Costa Rica everyone basically speaks English. This is absolutely not the case in Heredia (where the school is located). I got the chance to practice the language with so many different friendly people in the streets and local markets. Very, very cool.

    I stayed with a family near the school (less than a ten minute walk) and got to practice with them at the house every morning and evening. The food or room wasn't life changing, but the expereince on a whole definitely helped me learn the language quickly. They took me out dancing a few nights and connected me with a few musicians in the area who we're playing small concerts in the city.

    The classes were super professional, the material was all custom, and the teachers were very emotionally involved with the learning process. I got the sense that they really cared about how my Spanish was going.

    I made alot of friends at the school and overall had a really great expereince. Highly recommended.
    Avatar Jack Fitzgerald

    Greatly Improved my Spanish, Met a lot of Super Cool People

    Review by: Jack Fitzgerald , On: 29 Mar 2016, Changed On: 29 Mar 2016 | Yes, I would recommend this program
    I came down to Costa Rica to once and for all learn the Spanish language. I had been struggling to learn it in the States for so much time, I decided to find a program, take some time off work, and give it a try.

    I went with Tico Lingo because of they are much less expensive when compared to the other schools in the country and because their Program Director did an phenomenal job filling me in on the details, answering any and every questions I had, and putting together a program perfect for what I needed.

    Immediately, I was impressed with the school. It was absolutely beautiful and was centrally located in a really non-touristy area. Many people said that in Costa Rica everyone basically speaks English. This is absolutely not the case in Heredia (where the school is located). I got the chance to practice the language with so many different friendly people in the streets and local markets. Very, very cool.

    I stayed with a family near the school (less than a ten minute walk) and got to practice with them at the house every morning and evening. The food or room wasn't life changing, but the expereince on a whole definitely helped me learn the language quickly. They took me out dancing a few nights and connected me with a few musicians in the area who we're playing small concerts in the city.

    The classes were super professional, the material was all custom, and the teachers were very emotionally involved with the learning process. I got the sense that they really cared about how my Spanish was going.

    I made alot of friends at the school and overall had a really great expereince. Highly recommended.
    Overall rating 
    9.7
    Experience
    10
    Program Administration
    10
    Living Conditions
    8
    Cultural Immersion
    10
    Social Life
    10
    Health and Safety
    10
    I came to this program with little to no Spanish language skills. I studied French in school and could barely manage an 'hola.' After one month in this program I can speak and understand conversational Spanish with ease -- something I could never imagine doing before I came here. Learning a foreign language in a U.S. classroom is a far cry from an immersion experience. I was inspired to learn by my patient and competent teacher, Freddy, and by my wonderful, loving and gracious home stay family. The Heredia community also provided innumerable opportunities for me to practice my burgeoning Spanish language skills and a cultural experience far different than what I was used to back home in Chicago. I was surrounded by native speakers at every turn. I honestly cannot imagine picking up Spanish any faster than I did in this program. Plus, weekend trips to the beach were easy and incredibly fun. I met so many friendly, open and welcoming people here -- I can't wait to come back. If you're serious about learning Spanish as fast as humanly possible, Tico Lingo is your best bet.
    Avatar Lee Gaines

    The fastest way to learn Spanish. Period. And a rich cultural experience to boot.

    Review by: Lee Gaines , On: 28 Mar 2016, Changed On: 28 Mar 2016 | Yes, I would recommend this program
    I came to this program with little to no Spanish language skills. I studied French in school and could barely manage an 'hola.' After one month in this program I can speak and understand conversational Spanish with ease -- something I could never imagine doing before I came here. Learning a foreign language in a U.S. classroom is a far cry from an immersion experience. I was inspired to learn by my patient and competent teacher, Freddy, and by my wonderful, loving and gracious home stay family. The Heredia community also provided innumerable opportunities for me to practice my burgeoning Spanish language skills and a cultural experience far different than what I was used to back home in Chicago. I was surrounded by native speakers at every turn. I honestly cannot imagine picking up Spanish any faster than I did in this program. Plus, weekend trips to the beach were easy and incredibly fun. I met so many friendly, open and welcoming people here -- I can't wait to come back. If you're serious about learning Spanish as fast as humanly possible, Tico Lingo is your best bet.
    Overall rating 
    9.7
    Experience
    10
    Program Administration
    10
    Living Conditions
    10
    Cultural Immersion
    10
    Social Life
    8
    Health and Safety
    10

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