Spanish Program Outline
The Standard 4-hour Program is Spanish language classes, four hours a day either in morning or afternoon. Classes are from 8am to 12pm, 1pm to 5pm. The Intensive 6-hour Program is has two additional hours of group classes in the afternoon from 1pm to 3pm. This is on top of the four hours of group in the morning. The Group 4 PLUS 2, is the standard four hours of group in the morning, followed by two hours of private lessons in the afternoon from 1pm to 3pm. Materials are included in all programs and the maximum class size is 6 students. During classes students are encouraged to converse and exchange ideas between each other and with the teacher. Out of class experiences, such as walks to the beach and visits to the local community are used to enhance the student's conversational ability as well as learn more about the culture of Costa Rica. Private Lessons are available and highly recommended for those students that have serious language goals, but limited time.
We have Programs and Packages for every level of ability, interest and pocketbook. We have a one day Discover Surfing Program that allows students who have never surfed before to find out if surfing is for them. We have our 2 week Beginners Program, which is our most comprehensive and popular option with students. Our Intermediate/Advanced Program is the only one of its kind in Costa Rica to give students two surf trips a week, 2 surf lessons a week and video analysis of their lessons. We have our Kids and Family Program that allows children of all ages and their parents to learn to surf as well as instructing them on beach safety. We also offer a 3 day Introductory Package, Weekend Surf Packages and a Boogie Boarding Program.
In Playa Tamarindo we have three lodging options: Home Stay, On-Campus Residence and Superior Off-Campus Residence. Homestay is offered in the towns of Villareal and Santa Rosa, which are located 4 and 6 kilometers from Tamarindo. The houses are small, clean, comfortable and fairly rustic. Included in the homestay option are: a private room, shared bath, breakfast, dinner, laundry service. The On Campus School Residence is on the third floor of the school building. There are two dorm style rooms each with a/c, private baths with hot water and showers. Student will have access to two balconies overlooking the ocean, a large common area and a communal kitchen. During the weekdays, the large common area, one balcony and the kitchen are used for Spanish, yoga and cooking classes. However at night and on the weekend, it is for the private use of the students in the residence. The Off-Campus Superior option is located a 5 minute walk from the school and has shared rooms with a/c, swimming pool and communal kitchen. There are high seasons and low season rates, so please check your dates. There are other lodging options for families and groups in Tamarindo available upon request.
We believe that learning the language has to do with more than just class time and homework. For this reason, the school offers two different cultural activities each week. Examples of these are Latin cooking classes, Latin dance classes, Spanish movie night, trips to nearby beaches, afternoon field trips to local markets with instructors and half day tours. By helping students learn more about the Latin culture we believe they are going to learn more Spanish.
Playa Tamarindo is on Costa Rica's west coast on the Nicoya Peninsula and is one of the country's most beautiful beaches. The long, white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters attract nature lovers, surfers, turtle watchers and sun seekers all year round, even in the rainy season. Though it is a great tourist destination, the town and area still have a very Costa Rican feel. Local fisherman and farmers still live and work as their families have for generations before them.
The school is located right on the beach in the center of town. We are steps away from the sand and ocean as well the shops, restaurants and all that Tamarindo has to offer. The school occupies the second and third floors of a three story thatch roofed building. The entire second floor is made up of clean, modern air-conditioned classrooms with glass outside walls that let in plenty of natural light and affords students in class, gorgeous views of the ocean. Each of the classrooms on this level is perfectly suited for both small group and private language instruction. The top floor of the building houses our On-Campus Student Residence, yoga studio and additional classrooms.
Besides being a nature lover's paradise with numerous outdoor activities and wildlife, Tamarindo has a very enjoyable and active nightlife. The town boasts numerous cafes, restaurants, bars and discotheques, as well as local Fiestas. These 'fiestas' move from town to town, but are never far away and a great deal of fun.
For those that like Texas Hold’em, Tamarindo has its own World Series of Poker tour. Every other Thursday they hold the tournament, and they are always looking for extra players to fill out tables. It is a great way to spend an evening meeting many of the locals in town and you may even win a little money.
Courses begin every Monday and are held every weekday of the year except in the case of national holidays. These are: Jan. 1, April 11, Thurs & Fri. of Easter, May 1, July 25, Aug. 15, Sept. 15, Oct. 12 & Dec. 25. No refund is given for classes missed on account of holidays except for Holy Thursday.
Main points about the Playa Tamarindo campus:
- The school is located directly on the beach and in the center of town.
- Climate: Guanacaste receives the least amount of rain a year and is very dry, even in the rainy season.
- On campus residence option has a/c and is on the beach with private balcony that overlooks the ocean.
- Free high speed wireless internet access at the school and student residence.
- The beaches in and around Tamarindo are great for both surfers and sunbathers alike.
- Lots of outdoor activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, horseback riding, hiking & biking.
- Weekly cultural activities such as Latin dance lessons in Salsa, Meringue and Cumbia.
- Beautiful natural environment in which to relax and enjoy the surroundings.
- Students can stay with a family or in either on-campus or off-campus residence options.
- Fly directly into Liberia’s International Airport; or from San Jose, there are daily flights to Tamarindo making it very accessible.
- The school is run very competently and professionally.
- Small school that does not feel like a factory, with a great deal of personal attention.
- Transportation to and from host families provided in the morning and afternoon.
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