Spanish Language Immersion through Costa Rica


Spanish Language Immersion through Costa Rica


Grade: 8th

Travel Dates: June 27 through July 4

* All tour dates are tentative until flights are booked in spring 2017

Each day this Language Immersion Tour is built around a different theme that tied together daily language lessons, cultural activities and interactions with locals. Language lessons provide students with the cultural context and relevant vocabulary needed to navigate each experiential activity. Through it all, the certified local Language Instructor and Tour Director are with the group, supporting their language learning and highlighting each breakthrough moment.


Day 1: Fly to Costa Rica; Meet your Program Director at the airport

Day 2: Guanacaste
Daily Theme: Community and Social Entrepreneurship

·         Practice vocabulary related to Costa Rica’s sustainability and craftsmanship during a language lesson

·         Explore a socially and environmentally sustainable project in Guanacaste

·         Learn to make local crafts

·         Reflect on today’s experiences in Spanish with your group

Day 3: Arenal Region
Daily Theme: Costa Rican Biodiversity

·         Learn terms used to describe the country’s natural surroundings and wildlife during an interactive language lesson

·         Travel to the Arenal Region

·         Get a bird’s-eye view of the landscape on a zip-line canopy tour

Day 4: Arenal Region
Daily Theme: Environmental Sustainability and Ecotourism

·         Learn how Costa Rica used ecotourism to develop its economy while protecting its biodiversity

·         Explore an eco-lodge and learn about alternative energy, microorganisms and sustainable agriculture

·         Volunteer for a few hours with the eco-lodge

·         Reflect on today’s experiences in Spanish with your group

Day 5: Sarapiqui Region
Daily Theme: Youth and Culture

·         Learn and practice vocabulary related to youth culture and daily life in Costa Rica

·         Meet local Costa Rican students and compare teenage life in each country

·         Discover the beat of Costa Rica during a salsa lesson

·         Enjoy a homemade dinner with locals

Day 6: Sarapiqui Region
Daily Theme: Culinary Traditions

·         Learn food-related terms and practice your conversational Spanish during an interactive language lesson

·         Visit an organic farm where you’ll get the chance to harvest your own vegetables

·         Learn to prepare local specialties in a cooking class using the vegetables you harvested

·         Reflect on today’s experiences in Spanish with your group

Day 7: San José
Daily Theme: Costa Rican History

·         Learn about Costa Rica’s early settlements and industry

·         Travel to a coffee plantation and processing facility and learn about coffee production

·         Transfer to San José, the country’s bustling capital and cultural center

·         Reflect on your trip experiences during your last night in Costa Rica


Day 8: Depart for home

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