:: FREETIME ACTIVITIES
After you study Spanish during the day, you have your choice of activities that are conducted in Spanish. Students should check the notice boards in reception daily for times, sign-up sheets and specific information. We encourage all students to participate in as many cultural activities as possible since they greatly enhance your understanding and connection to the culture.
Each month we have a new activities calendar of special events and a variety of fun excursions, which are accompanied by a staff member.
LATIN DANCE CLASSES: From Monday through Thursday students have the opportunity to participate in classes where they will learn salsa, merengue, cumbia and marcado, the most popular dances in Costa Rica. This enables them to go out to discos with confidence and interact with Costa Ricans.
We hold periodic talks and informal gatherings that cover a diverse range of subjects such as the culture, ecology and environment of Costa Rica, Latin-American literature, politics, women's studies and other socially and culturally related themes. The discussions are held in Spanish.
COOKING CLASS: Once a week we teach students how to make typical Costa Rican dishes, a nice skill to take home and share with friends and family!
LATIN MUSIC CLASS: In this weekly class students learn traditional and modern songs from different Spanish-speaking countries, analyzing their meaning and cultural significance. Feel free to join in and bring your own instrument!
Once a week we show a film in Spanish, an entertaining and practical way to practice the language.
TOURS / EXCURSIONS
On weekends we host excursions to many different parts of the country. Possibilities range from relaxing on a white sand beach, to studying the complex ecosystems of the Monteverde Cloud Forest, to watching the eruptions of a live volcano! During the week we take students to soccer games, hidden beaches and local hikes.