Learn Spanish in Costa Rica

Travel in Costa-Rica for a life-changing experience !

To the sound of « Pura Vida », Costa Rica welcomes you for a fantastic cultural and linguistic exchange.


Learn Spanish can sound ordinary but with Globalong you will discover an extraordinary country! 


Costa Rica is a paradise for all nature lovers coming to observe its unique biodiversity.


If you travel to Costa Rica for a language stay, you are sure to learn or improve durably your Spanish.


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The Spanish school in Costa Rica !


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Language courses in Cosa Rica

Globalong costa rica language stayThe School in Costa Rica:

The school is located at Carrillos near Alajuela, near the Juan Santa Maria International Airport and the capital, San Jose. The climate is pleasant all year round. It is also a good starting point to visit the Poas Volcano and the towns of Sarchi, La Garita and Grecia.The classrooms are spacious and nicely decorated, and the school is surrounded by a large garden with tropical plants, flowers and fruit trees. Between the trees you will find several hammocks, which are available for the "recreation". You can access internet via the school's computers or from your own computer using their Wi-Fi connection. If you wish to travel on your own after your stay, the school can keep your personal items, and you can collect them from Monday to Friday during office hours.

Spanish lessons in Costa Rica:

All levels of ability are catered for - from absolute beginners to advanced. Teaching is very intense, because you will have 20 hours per week in classes of up to 4 students.

Globalong language stay in Costa RicaWorking in small groups guarantees to take into account your level of Spanish and any special vocabulary you may need. The school has a high success rate, but it is important that you contribute to the lessons by taking part enthusiastically.

The teachers are all graduates in teaching Spanish as a foreign language and receive training in the latest teaching methods and techniques. They are instructed to make learning fun and interesting to inspire students.

Costa rica spanish courses globalongParticipants come from all over the world, and you will find yourself in a very diverse group with Chinese students, American, Italian, Japanese, Canadian... One rule is paramount at the school: It is forbidden to speak a language other than Spanish!

The school offers short courses in the afternoon. If you want to participate in our humanitarian volunteer program, mini-courses are compulsory and are included in our rates. These courses will prepare you for the mission by teaching you in a fun and interesting way about Costa Rican culture. In addition to the intensive language courses in the morning, the school offers short courses in the afternoon.

Globalong costa rica spanish courses These courses allow students to experience Costa Rican culture while practicing newly learned vocabulary. Excursions and outings are part of these mini-courses. Expenses related to trips out of school are not included and must be paid locally (transport, entrance fees). Here is a partial list of excursions, activities and mini-courses offered. The complete list is posted at the school.

Examples of excursions in Costa Rica :

  • A visit to Alajuela including visits to museums
  • An excursion to Grecia including a visit to the church
  • An excursion to the local markets of Alajuela, Grecia and San Jose
  • Visits to private or public schools
  • Language courses in Costa Rica GlobalongVisits to a nursery
  • An excursion to the waterfall at Los Chorros
  • An excursion to the pool at Los Manantiales Carrillos Alto
  • Excursion to "the bird rescue centre zoo"Visits to the main museums of San Jose
  • An outing to the National Theatre of San Jose
  • A tour of Grecia, the artist`s city
  • A visit to a snake farm in Grecia

Examples of the mini-culture courses that are included in the language course:

  • An introduction to the school system in Costa Rica
  • Costa Rica Globalong language courses
    An introduction of the health system in Costa Rica
  • Traditional games
  • Fruits
  • Costa Rican cuisine
  • The traditional ox cart
  • Costa Rican coffee
  • Etc.

Example of optional weekend activities:

  • Rafting
  • Acrobranche
  • A Pacific Island Cruise
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    Excursions to the volcanoes (Poas, Arenal, Irazu, etc.)
  • Trips to the hot springs
  • Excursions to the "Tortuguero canals" in the rainforest
  • Etc.

If you want to go around the Easter holiday, you can stay with the host family even if the school is closed.

If you wish to be here in this period, you must pay for your own food and accommodation (this is true even if you choose to visit other parts of the country during this time).

Accommodation in Costa Rica !

Globalong costa rica language coursesAccommodation in Costa Rica:

During your course, you will be staying with a Costa Rican family with half board. The stay with a host family is the best way to practice Spanish in everyday life, but especially helps you to learn the local culture.

The families are carefully selected and most have been warmly welcoming foreign visitors for many years.

The family members speak only Spanish, but experience has shown that language is not a barrier, even for beginners in Spanish.

Each family receives only one participant at a time (unless you want to stay with another person), to ensure gentle integration into their daily lives.

Useful information to your language stay in Costa Rica

Included in Costa Rica's programme:Language courses in Costa Rica Globalong

Initial membership fee (200 €) enrolment as a member of the GlobAlong Association is valid for a period of 9 years (renewable).

Accommodation :

  • Laundry (once a week)

Program, follow-up and customization :

  • Pick-up at the airport
  • Help and guidance from our team in Europe before your programme starts
  • Transfer to the accommodation
  • Accommodation with a host family
  • Language courses in Costa Rica GlobalongHalf board for the duration of your stay
  • 2 hours of introduction
  • Oral and written language test on the first day
  • International classes
  • Lessons
  • Welcome breakfast
  • Outings in Alajuela
  • Salsa class (one a month)
  • Level test every week to see your improvement
  • In-country intro days to prepare for your project
  • Customization of your programme
  • Books and Tutoring
  • Activities programme
  • Outings
  • Access to the school’s infrastructures
  • Globalong volunteer abroad in Costa rica Transfer to your volunteer placement
  • 7/7 support from the local coordinator
  • Support from the Globalong team during your entire stay
  • Personal blog on our network
  • Advise on how to get a visa (if needed)
  • Country guide
  • Traveller’s guide
  • Certificate of attendance confirming your language level
  • Donation for a project
  • Organization fees

Not included in Costa Rica's programme:

  • Extra outings
  • Personal expenses
  • Flights to and from Costa Rica
  • Transfer back to the airport at the end of your stay
  • Travel and cancellation insurance (mandatory)
  • Vaccinations (click here for more information)
  • Visa fees
  • Drinks 

Climate in Costa Rica:

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