Study Spanish in Samara, Costa Rica - Spanish School in Samara, Costa Rica - Study Abroad in Samara, Costa Rica
People of all ages and backgrounds can study and learn Spanish abroad in Samara, Costa Rica. This is one of the many Spanish immersion programs offered by Spanish Por Favor, the Spanish division of Think Abroar. Samara is one of the most relaxed and friendly beach towns of Costa Rica. Students who want to study and learn Spanish in Samara, Costa Rica or other beach towns should contact us to learn more about all of our Spanish immersion programs in Costa Rica.
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Learn Spanish at our Affiliate Spanish Language School in Sámara Beach, Costa Rica.
Our Affiliate Spanish Language School (ASLS) in Sámara opened its doors to foreigners interested in learning Spanish in 2004. The school is known for its commitment to improving the local infrastructure, educational system, and environment through active participation and community outreach. Last year, over two hundred students from around the world studied Spanish through immersion education here.
The Executive Director states that, “Though a private enterprise, the majority of our profits are reinvested into academic and professional development for our staff, improvement of student facilities, and expansion of our community and cultural activities. A significant portion of these profits go to local causes and social development organizations, and to the funding of our local student scholarship fund”.
The school is located in Sámara, Costa Rica. Sámara boasts 5 km of white sand, lined with palm tress, in a protected coral reef bay. The beach is known as one of the most beautiful and clean in all of Costa Rica.
The school’s beach-front location makes it an ideal destination for those seeking a laid back atmosphere in which to acquire a new language. Nearby restaurants and open air café-bars provide ample places to relax and chat with friends, drink coffee or try the delicious local fresh fruit shakes.
Students at our ASLS in Sámara will find shops, cafes, restaurants, internet cafes, bars, and nightclubs within walking distance of the school. You can walk to the school everyday, and your homestay family will gladly take and pick you up from the school on your first day of classes.
This newly built, vibrantly colored, and spacious facility houses seventeen indoor, air conditioned classrooms and three additional outdoor classrooms.
The grounds are immaculately landscaped and flowers are ubiquitous. Students are assigned to morning or afternoon classes. Monday through Friday, the morning classes are held from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM and the afternoon classes are held from 1:15- 5:15. After class, students usually walk over to the beach, which is literally a stones throw away.
NATIONAL HOLIDAYS IN COSTA RICA - "No classes on these dates"
- New Years Day
APRIL: 1st-7th - Semana Santa (Easter Week) (Samara Campus)
- Costa Rican Labor Day
START DATES: Any monday of the year, except holidays.
To enhance foreign language acquisition, the school incorporates computer-based learning activities as well as interactive audio-visual learning tools.
For a fee, students can buy international phone cards and make international phone calls or faxes from the school.
The school recommends that students check the notice boards in reception daily for times, sign-up sheets and specific information. Spanish Por Favor and the school encourage all students to participate in as many activities as possible, as you will find they greatly enhance your understanding of, and connection to, the culture.
Four times a week, for free, the school offers Latin Dance classes for all students who wish to participate. You have the opportunity to participate in classes where you will learn salsa, merengue, cumbia and marcado, the most popular dances in Costa Rica.
In addition, our ASLS in Sámara offers Costa Rican cooking classes once a week, yoga classes daily, and weekly movie nights. All of these cultural activities are included in the price of tuition and the school is continuously adding new activities to keep language acquisition fun and exciting.
Day and weekend excursions can be arranged once you arrive and they are all reasonably priced.
To be selected as an ASLS, the school must offer classes that primarily focus on developing the students' communicative skills. The Executive Director states, “We emphasize student participation, conversational skills and educational activities, within a framework that teaches you not only the necessary grammar, but also how to converse and be understood in real-life situations. Hands-on experience, role-plays, games, music, interviews with locals, and intensive class-work support your language acquisition goals, helping you become quickly familiar with and comfortable in the language”.
Classes are fifty-five minutes long with a ten minute break in between. Students take a total of twenty hours of group classes per week and have the option of taking private one on one classes thereafter at an additional cost (see price list for details).
The school takes beginners up to advanced native Spanish-speakers. Classes start on every Monday of the year, except holidays, and there is a minimum student age of 18; however, during the summer a teen program in which the minimum age is 13 is offered for three weeks. This program is specifically for teenagers who are interested in improving their Spanish language skills through immersion education.
Students progress through the school’s Spanish language books focusing on communicative skills but still addressing grammar and the structure of the language.
Our ASLS in Sámara has many specialty Spanish courses for people of all ages and backgrounds, such as Spanish for Health Professionals, Law Enforcement, Teachers, Flight Attendants, Artists, Teens, and others.
Starting in 2009, our ASLS in Samara, Costa Rica added a specialty Spanish program for all of those surfers out there. This specialty course is called "Spanish and Surf" and has been very popular. Samara, Costa Rica's beaches have been know to have some incredible waves and boast a strong surfer culture for those interested.
Student who enroll in this course will have five surf lessons per week as well and take 20 hours or group Spanish classes on the school campus.
Also, the Spanish and Surf student will have unlimited practice time and board use with instructor and insider tips on the best areas to surf in Samara and surrounding beaches.
There are six full-time Spanish language teachers on staff at our ASLS in Sámara, but this number increases during the high season. All of the Spanish language teachers have mostly earned bachelors degrees and some hold Master's degrees in education. All teachers receive ongoing teacher training throughout the year. The Founding Director states, "The teachers have all been certified by our Professional Development Training Program, and regularly participate in ongoing seminars, both in Costa Rican and abroad, in order to remain abreast of current methodology trends and teaching concepts".
The teaching staff is multi-lingual, speaking English, French, German, and Italian as well as Spanish. All of the teachers have over two years experience teaching Spanish as a second language and most have over ten years experience. Teachers are rotated weekly, but students can choose to stay with the same teacher. Spanish Por Favor recommends that students change at least once a week to increase their exposure to different teaching styles and teachers.
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The students who wrote testimonials have agreed to share their experiences with anyone who is interested. However, their email addresses will only be shared upon written request.
"You guys made planning the logistics for this trip easy. I appreciated all of your help, professionalism and friendliness. Peter, in the utmost sincerity, you have been a wonderful resource and liaison. I appreciated the check ins. The timing was always good. I felt confident that I would have a wonderful experience bc you were such a helpful and knowledgeable liaison. I felt that you were in tune with my needs--you gave me enough space to have my experience but at the same time checked in at the appropriate times.
I went to Samara, Costa Rica hardly able to speak full sentences. After a week, I could converse with my host family. I took classes for one month. The school is situated right on the beach. It's tempting to want to skip homework and spend the time instead at the beach. However, you can do both. It's not uncommon for students to be studying on the beach. The classes are intensive but it's all about the effort you put into learning especially speaking.
My host family was wonderful and supportive. They only spoke Spanish so I practiced with them everyday. Also, my host family helped me with my homework. I had a close relationship with my host family. I attribute it to their caring nature and my willingness to keep an open mind. A flexible and curious mind-set helped me move pass fear and build wonderful experiences.
The school provides a good balance of social activities. I participated in yoga regularly, tried the cooking classes, and took salsa lessons. All these activities were free, part of tuition. Weekend trips are organized by the school as well. I went to Monteverde/Volcan Arenal, Barra Honda, and Rio Celeste. All trips were amazing, but my favorite was visiting Rio Celeste in Tenorio Park. It's not in most of the guide books, but it's gorgeous. The minerals in the water create a beautiful turquoise laguna and waterfall. We also got a chance to swim, soak and play in the natural hot springs.
Would I return? Resoundingly YES! I would love to see my family again and advance even more in my journey to learn Spanish."
Name: Kiera B .
State and Country: Pennsylvania, USA
"Studying abroad in Playa Samara, Costa Rica was the ideal experience for me. I felt it was the perfect combination of education and leisure. The complete cultural immersion allowed me to improve my language skills in a relaxing and non-threatening environment. The workload given did not at all interfere with extracurricular activities. I went to class everyday for 4 hours and then had the rest of the day free to learn how to surf, make local friends, try the local food, or learn to dance salsa.
All students receive an orientation on their first day of classes. After this, students will take a verbal examination to identify their appropriate language level. This test usually takes thirty to forty-five minutes to complete.
The school guarantees no more than 6-students per class however, the average group class size is about 3-5 students. If there is only one student in a particular language level the cost will not change but the student will only have class for three hours instead of four, with the understanding that they will learn more in a one on one setting.
Our school has affiliations with universities in the United States where students can receive credit for classes taken. Spanish language students have the opportunity to interact with English language students studying at our ASLS in Sámara. This is known as “intercambio” and is an additional method to enhance Spanish language skills and also to help native Spanish speakers learn English.
1. Liberia International Airport arrivals:
2. Juan Santamaría International Airport arrivals (San José):
3. One night stopover in Heredia/ San José:
a) Alternately, we can provide a pre-arranged one night homestay in Heredia/San Jose including airport pickup, pre-paid public bus ticket, and taxi to the bus station the next day, for $85
After you have completed your Spanish immersion experience, you will be asked to fill out a satisfaction questionnaire to critique your teachers, overall classroom experience, and homestay.
Prior to departure, students must pay a $99 enrollment fee and their program deposit to reserve a seat. All homestay accommodations (to live with a native family) start on Sundays and end on Saturdays. Think Abroad recommends enrolling in the "airport pickup service", which is optional, but highly recommended.
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