Study & Learn Spanish in Monteverde, Costa Rica - Spanish School in Monteverde - Spanish Immersion in Costa Rica
Students who want to study and learn Spanish in Monteverde, Costa Rica have come to the right place. Spanish Por Favor, the Spanish division of Think Abroad, has the perfect Spanish immersion program for you! Anyone can study and learn Spanish in Monteverde, Costa Rica!
Our Affiliate Spanish Language School (ASLS)l is located in Monteverde, Costa Rica. This small-town is one of the most famous eco-tourism-oriented communities in Central America. Here and around Monteverde, one can participate in canopy tours, visits to the butterfly garden, walks on the suspension bridges in the could forest, rides on a train tour through the forest, horseback riding, and much more, all while traveling trough three different micro-climates.
Whatever you choose to do or see, you are sure to have fun and learn a lot of Spanish at our in Monteverde, Costa Rica. We believe that living, studying, and learning Spanish in Monteverde, Costa Rica will be the experience of a lifetim. You are sure to improve your Spanish language skills and have much fun!!!
You can be confident in our selection of our ASLS. It is our policy to personally visit and evaluate each school we represent. In addition to a comprehensive tour of all campus facilities and in-depth interviews of key faculty and staff, we actually take the classes offered to ensure that our company's elevated standards are upheld. A formal review and evaluation of all homestay accommodations is also performed to ensure that host families meet our requirements. Relax, we do all the work for you!
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Study and Learn Spanish at our Affiliate Spanish Language School
Our ASLS in Monteverde was founded in 1996 and is accredited by the Costa Rican Ministry of Education. Also, the School is an active member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and is an associated center for Instituto Cervantes of Spain.
The school is internationally known and has a reputation of being the best Spanish language school in Monteverde. The school director states that, “Our school gives students the opportunity to combine intensive Spanish study with an eco-tourism vacation environment." The school's mission is, "To teach Spanish as a second language in a structured, yet comfortable environment and expose students to Latin American culture, specifically, Costa Rican, through arranging homestays, organizing cultural activities and planning tours that expose students to the natural beauty of the Pura Vida country, Costa Rica.”
Our ASLS in Monteverde offers small classroom sizes
The school also offers volunteer opportunities, specialty Spanish courses for professionals and cultural activities that are sure to keep you busy and happy while abroad!
The school hosts students from around the world (Asia, Africa, Europe & North America) and people of all ages (from 5 to 90 years old) and backgrounds. The School’s bilingual staff is ready to assist you and offer details on how to enjoy and get the most out of your Spanish immersion program in Monteverde, Costa Rica.
Regardless of your background or country of origin, every student will ultimately be taking Spanish courses at an outstanding private Spanish school that is committed to the foreign language acquisition of its students.
The goal of every Think Abroad immersion program is to present as many opportunities as possible for students to be speaking and engaging in the language of the host country in which they are living.
The spectacular Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is where you can see, on a clear day, both the Caribbean and the Pacific coasts. This reserve is also one of the few remaining homes of the endangered resplendent Quetzal (the bird of the Monteverde region that is on the verge of extinction). The second cloud forest reserve is called Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, which has views of the Arenal Volcano on clear days. Here and around Monteverde, one can participate in canopy tours or horseback riding lessons, as well as visits to the butterfly garden, the suspension bridges, the serpentarium, the Train Forest tour.
Monteverde is a 3 hour drive to San Jose, 4 hours to Manuel Antonio, and 45 minutes to the famous Arenal Volcano Region. The school is, more or less, situated in the middle of the country and nearly every site/location of importance within Costa Rica is a day trip away. Get ready to experience Spanish immersion education at its best!
Located in Monteverde proper, the school has breathtakingly beautiful views of this mountainous region. It is close to all things that are happening in the area. This is an amazing town with excellent restaurants and things to do regardless of one’s age.
In addition to all that, Monteverde offers day and weekend activities like the Monteverde coffee tour, butterfly garden, bat jungle tour, horseback riding tour, Hidden Valley night tour, orchid garden and much more. Whichever activities you choose to participate in, you are sure to have fun and learn a lot of Spanish at our Partner School in Monteverde.
The climate in and around Monteverde is variable. Sometimes, in one day, you can have sun, mist, clouds and rain. The temperatures generally range from 15 to 22° Celsius (59 to 77° Fahrenheit) throughout the year. Annual rainfall averages around 3,000 millimeters (118 in). If you plan to visit during the rainy season (May - December), we recommend bringing rain gear and waterproof shoes or boots (especially if you plan to visit the reserves and participate in all of the amazing outdoor activities) as well as pants, long-sleeved shirts and a light jacket.
The high seasons (when the school has the most students) are usually June through August and December through January. The low student season is comprised of all of the other months. Regardless of when you come, you are sure to receive personal attention and excellent Spanish instruction. Relax, we have done the work for you!
Monteverde is surrounded by mountains, vegetation, flowers and spectacular views. Every day, the school opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Students can use the facility and school resources during theses hours of operation. Also, the school has a jacuzzi for those who want to relax during break and/or after or before classes.
On the first day of class, the student is given a written and oral exam to determine his/her skill level. The student is always placed in a class according to his/her Spanish ability. The school chooses NOT to mix ability levels in order to fill groups, but instead, places students in their appropriate group level depending only on skill level. This is not a business decision, but an educational one in which the student's needs are paramount.
Also, on the first day of class, students will participate in an orientation to discuss the following: local points of interest, the school services (tourism advice, post office, private inter-campus transfers, cultural activities, tours, etc.), safety precautions, tips concerning the homestay setting and cultural acclimation processes.
Please view our video of one of the many peaceful areas in and around the school that students are free to use when ever they want. Our ASLS in Monteverde really feels like a home way from home!
Students who wish to bring their laptops along can utilize the school’s vast Internet connections, computer labs, and resources. Students are allowed to use the school’s computers with Internet access during break, before or after class. International phone calls also can be made for free through Skype at the school.
Additionally, the school has WiFi throughout, which can be accessed anywhere on the school grounds. In addition to WiFi access, there is a computer lab with three computers that are all equipped with high-speed Internet and additional word processing applications.
Students can rent cell phones or buy international phone cards at the school to make calls home. Local phone calls can also be made at the school for free.
Our AFLS in Monteverde provides students with the option of enrolling in various cultural programs and activities. Through participating in these cultural activities, you will have the opportunity to utilize the Spanish acquired in the classroom and to become accustomed to the realities of Costa Rican life and culture.
Free Weekly Cultural Activities
Fee-based Day & Weekend Excursions & Cultural Activities
At all Think Abroad Partner schools, students are encouraged to only speak the target language that they are studying. By doing this, every day is an opportunity to finely tune the student’s understanding and knowledge of the foreign language they are learning.
Through social outings and cultural excursions, students will constantly be using and refining their language skills through conversation and continued interaction with fellow students, staff, and local residents.
As a result, Think Abroad students attain a heightened confidence and comfort level with the language they are seeking to take hold of and master.
The School offers small group classes and/or private classes to all students. The group classes will never have more than 4 students per class to ensure personal attention and increased talk-time. The average size of the group classes at Monteverde is 2 students, which is basically a semi-private class for the price of a group course. Students get an amazing bang for their buck at this Spanish school!
On the first day of classes the student must arrive at the school by 7:00 AM to take both a written and oral exam to determine his/her Spanish language level. The school does not mix language levels so you are sure to be with other students at, more or less, your language level.
However, if you feel that you are in a group that is not advanced or challenging enough, please let the Academic Coordinator or Think Abroad know and we will work to ensure that your group is changed.
Private Classes - On your terms, one-on-one training to address your specific Spanish language needs. You can take 2 - 10 hours of private Spanish classes at our Partner school in Monteverde.
The school’s methodology concentrates on developing the students’ linguistic ability, specifically oral fluency. With that said, students can expect to be challenged to practice speaking the language and the teachers are trained to get the most out of each student. Additionally, the school offers specific programs for health professionals, lawyers, businesspeople and any other profession for which a student might like to acquire vocabulary relevant to his/her focal area.
One-on-one, Private classes:
For the volunteer option, only in Heredia, students observe 4 days a week, Tuesday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am, at a medical clinic in a low income community in Costa Rica. The additional volunteer fee of $120 includes the cost of transportation as well as a donation to the low-income clinic. NOTE: a minimum level of “high beginner” is required for the medical volunteer program.
The school has created a specialized Medical Spanish textbook that is included in the price of the course. Additionally, this program does include Medical Volunteer opportunities in local Costa Rican clinics.
Again, grammar and conversation remain the focus of class; however, greater emphasis and increased class time is dedicated to relevant medical vocabulary, practice in patient-clinician dialogues and conversation topics that include important multicultural elements. All grammar topics are taught in the context of medical terminology and expressions. The goal of this course is for students to have the necessary language skills in order to provide quality health care to Spanish speakers.
Please let us know if you want to enroll and we will send you additional information about Think Abroad’s Medical Spanish course in Monteverde, Flamingo Beach and Heredia, Costa Rica.
January 10th; February 14th; March 14th; April 18th; May 16th; June 13th; July 11th; August 16th; September 12th; October 17th; November 14th.
The Kids Program is offered year-round and can accommodate kids under 12 years-old. This course focuses on basic communication skills, vocabulary and introduction to Spanish grammar concepts. While the kids study Spanish, so can the parents! Obviously, they are in separate classes, but studying at the same time and in a fun and functional way. This program provides the perfect combination of Spanish education and family vacation.
Also, kids between 4-6 years old have the opportunity to take Spanish classes that are sure to keep them excited and entertained, while teaching them elemental vocabulary and interesting age-specific topics in Spanish.
Child care is also available for parents who do not want to enroll their kids in Spanish classes. The cost, per child, is $100/week. This service starts a 8:00 a.m. and ends at 12:00 p.m. Lunch is included and, if needed, additional hours can be arranged.
Please contact Think Abroad for additional information about childcare at our ASLS in Monteverde, Costa Rica.
This specialty Spanish program, Spanish for Teens, is for those who are between 13 - 17 years old and will be traveling with or without a parent/guardian. We encourage the parent/guardian to participate and take Spanish classes while his/her child or children are taking classes. This is a wonderful opportunity to incorporate learning and self improvement into a family vacation.
All classes will focus on oral, auditory, reading and written comprehension. The textbooks are written in Spanish and have been created by the school’s academic staff. The primary aim of this course is for the student to achieve oral competence and functional fluency. The teenage participants are closely supervised by our Partner School staff and also by the host families. A school representative will be in direct contact, weekly, with the student’s parent/guardian to report on the child's general well being and share specific details about the teenager’s progression in class and how he/she is adapting to the new environment.
Each parent/guardian will have to complete the following paperwork and each teenager must follow the school’s rules to participate in the Spanish for Teens program.
Each teenage student and parent/guardian must sign a contract accepting the rules of behavior for a minor student traveling without an adult.
2. Each teenage student must be covered by an international health/travel insurance plan.
3. Each teenage student must agree to stay with one of the school’s homestay families who are trained and selected to support and nurture teenage students. The homestay families will serve and act as the student’s family while abroad.
The teenage student can take group Spanish classes for either 4 or 5.5 hours per day. The teachers are usually rotated after one week of classes; however, if a student really likes a specific teacher, the school can arrange to continue the teacher-student group for longer.
During the high season, June, July and August, it is possible to share the group Spanish class with other teenage students. However, during the other months, the teenage student will most likely share Spanish classes with students of all ages. At the end of the course, the school will issue the student a certificate that indicates the amount of hours of Spanish studied and the level of Spanish language acquisition that was attained. This certificate may be presented to a high school or could be useful on a university application.
Teenage students are encouraged to participate in both the free and fee-based cultural activities and excursions organized by the school. This is an excellent way to explore the country, people, and culture as well as to practice and improve your Spanish language skills. These activities are shared with students of all ages and backgrounds who are also taking Spanish classes at the school.
Spanish for Teen Enrollment Fee = $170
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The school offers volunteer opportunities for those students who are interested in helping others. There is a nominal charge of $60 for this opportunity.
These are some active volunteer opportunities in Monteverde, Costa Rica:
1. Teach English at the school in their English department. The volunteer will work with kids, assist an English teacher or substitute English teacher. You will use your creativity to inspire and teach kids English while living abroad.
2. The Ecological Sanctuary. The Santuario Ecológico in Monteverde is a refuge for wildlife administrated by a Costa Rican family. The sanctuary offers walks on trails through a forest with beautiful viewpoints, two large waterfalls, coffee and banana plantations and the opportunity to see many interesting and beautiful birds. The goal is to maintain the Sanctuary and projects often focus on conservation, with the aim to preserve and regenerate the forest and live in harmony with nature.
3. The Santa Elena Reserve. This volunteer position is considered full time, including 4 hours of Spanish classes per day. This opportunity is located in the Monteverde area, which is close to the school. The Santa Elena Reserve was established in 1998 not only to protect the forest and it’s flora and fauna, but to directly benefit the people in nearby communities as well.
It has a great biodiversity of species and habitats, where populations of animals that were previously endangered have risen (i.e. the agouti, jaguar and the resplendent quetzal). Volunteers work on trail maintenance by building trails, carrying sand bags, helping lay bricks for the trails, painting the bunkers and maintenance of the suspension bridge.
4. Monteverde Butterfly Garden. The Monteverde Butterfly Garden is an environmental education center focusing on “Bugs found in Costa Rica”. In the Nature Center there are live exhibits of all different species of insects. There are also four butterfly gardens, which represent micro habitats in Costa Rica. Furthermore, there is an exhibit on Leaf Cutter ants, including a colony under plexi-glass. Volunteers are needed as guides, to help at reception, and to perform general maintenance of the facility.
5. The Monteverde Conservation League. The Monteverde Conservation League (MCL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the tropical forest. Their mission is to Conserve, Preserve, and Rehabilitate Tropical Ecosystems and their Biodiversity. Volunteers are needed for trail maintenance and clearing of the trails as well as various other tasks in the forest. Volunteers might also help out in the office or create information materials and signs.
6. Biological Reserve Monteverde Cloud Forest. The Monteverde Cloud Forest has earned its fame as one of the most outstanding wildlife sanctuaries in the New World Tropics. Positioned on the Continental Divide in Northwestern Costa Rica, the resulting combination of climatic and geographic factors creates temperature and humidity gradients, which change dramatically over relatively short distances. Volunteers are needed for trail maintenance and clearing of the trails, Create Educational programs (school visits) and workshops (create visual/information material), volunteers might also help at reception and in the customer service department.
7. Cooperativa de Artesanas de Santa Elena y Monteverde (CASEM). This is a non-profit crafts cooperative dedicated to enhancing the economic and social well-being of local women artists. CASEM’s objectives are to offer employment opportunities to local women and to provide training in the production and diversification of arts and crafts techniques. They also work to promote the understanding of business operations in order to help generate extra family income and, more importantly, build self-esteem and encourage community participation. Female volunteers with a background in art or experience in crafting are welcome to volunteer at CASEM during their business hours. Preferably, the volunteer will have a basic understanding of Spanish in order to communicate with the local women artists.
IMPORTANT: Some of these opportunities require that you have a “high beginner” Spanish level to participate. Any student can participate in the volunteer programs if you are over 18 years old. Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering and we will provide you with additional information about the program in which you are interested and its requirements.
The school has 20 full-time teachers and around 5 part-time teachers (for the high season). All of them are native Spanish-speakers and are quite experienced in teaching Spanish to foreigners. The teachers must pass a four week training course facilitated by the academic coordinator of the school. Before teaching, they are evaluated based on a series of exams and presentations prior to being selected as a Spanish teacher. Some are university graduates and some are working to earn Bachelor’s Degrees.
Once on staff, the teacher begins by observing experienced teachers in preparation to teach beginner students. With experience, the teachers receive additional training in order to work with the more advanced students. Using a variety of creative teaching techniques and resources, all of the instructors have an ingenious capability to adapt and cater to the various learning styles of students, thereby creating a stimulating and inclusive environment for all students to participate and learn new material.
At the conclusion of the course, students are asked to fill out an end-of-program satisfaction survey in which they will evaluate their instructor’s teaching abilities and their overall experience at the school.
The teachers at the school are not only highly qualified Spanish instructors, but they are also fun-loving, enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about Spanish language education and have an inherent interest in their students’ success and enjoyment in and out of the classroom.
The teachers rotate to a new classroom after the end of one week. After completion of a week, students who wish to stay with their teacher longer than one week have this option, however, they need to let the academic coordinator know by Wednesday of the previous week. They will do their best to accommodate such requests.
The main goal of the Spanish classes is to develop the students' communicative skills. In class, the emphasis is on the development of speaking and listening skills, but this does not mean that other key areas are not considered.
Students also work on reading and writing skills, grammar and learning new vocabulary.
The teachers have years of experience teaching Spanish and classes are conducted in Spanish (with a “Spanish-only” policy).
The Spanish teachers always provide students with plenty of opportunities to practice using the language in class. We know that you don't just want to understand Spanish, you want to be able to speak it! Think Abroad's Spanish immersion programs abroad are the best way to learn Spanish by living it!
There are many different housing options provided for Think Abroad students. We work hard to ensure that each student’s housing requirements, specifications, and accommodation needs are sufficiently met. With that in mind, our AFLS in Monteverde, Costa Rica offers 5 types of housing options.
The school has over 35 homestay family partnerships for students who desire an authentic Costa Rican experience while living in Monteverde. We at Think Abroad, highly recommend this housing option. The homestay is when a student is housed with a native Costa Rican family. The family will provide traditional meals (2 per day), facilities, and linens for their guests and, with advance notice, they can meet special dietary needs, including those of vegetarians and vegans. $150 per week.
All of the host families are carefully screened and evaluated by both the school and the students. These families are accustomed to hosting foreign students and all are located in Monteverde and Santa Elena, which are both close to the school. The homes are humble, clean and safe. The families are exceptionally friendly and happy to be hosting international students. If you decide not to walk to school, the school’s transportation service will take you to and from your homestay every day.
The ultimate benefit of the homestay option is that it will allow the student to greatly enhance his/her Spanish abilities due to the countless opportunities to practice speaking and hearing the language in a traditional, family environment. This real-life exposure to the language will increase your confidence and ability to communicate in Spanish!
General Information: Student Residence and Apartment complex - These settings are located 5 minutes (walking) from the school in the town of Monteverde.
SHARED ROOM AT STUDENT RESIDENCE
This option is for students who come alone, with a partner or with a friend. There are 2 single beds in the room and you will share the kitchen and dining room with the fellow students housed at the residence.
If you choose this option by yourself, the school will place you with a roommate of the same gender. No meals are provided, but the apartment is equipped with a microwave, stove, cutlery, and a refrigerator. The price is $200 per week.
PRIVATE AT STUDENT RESIDENCE
This includes a private room with a private bathroom. Guests share the kitchen and dining room. No meals are provided, but the residence is equipped with a microwave, stove, cutlery, and a refrigerator. The price is $275 per week.
The private apartment option is designed for a maximum of two students. You will have one room with either a double bed or two twin beds. The private apartment is fully furnished. No meals are provided, but the apartment is equipped with a microwave, stove, cutlery, and a refrigerator. The price is $400 per week either for one person, or for 2 people..
Student Residence and Apartment Options INCLUDE:
- Free transportation to and from school
- Hot water and towels
- Cable TV
- Fully equipped kitchens with an electric stove, refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker/eating area
- Telephone in the common area for local and incoming calls
- Rooms are cleaned daily
- Laundry service (one bag per week)
- Wireless internet
- There is a $36 Costa Rican airport tax that must be paid at the airport before you depart back to your home country.
You must fly into San Jose International Airport (SJO). The school will pick you up from the airport and take you to a hotel or hostel for free. You will need to stay overnight before taking a shuttle to Monteverde the next day. That said, it is recommended that students arrive to SJO no later than the Saturday before classes are to begin.
- Students starting classes in Monteverde are recommended taking the arrival package (cost $90.00 per student and includes one night at a B&B in a single room and transportation to Flamingo or Monteverde).
- Any student can participate in the volunteer programs if you are over 18 years old. Some programs do require a certain level of Spanish language skill.
- Observed Holidays - The school is closed on the following dates:
Thursday, April 5th and Friday, April 6th (Thursday and Friday of Easter week)
Wednesday, April 11th (Day of Juan Santamarķa)
Tuesday, May 1st (Labor Day)
Wednesday, July 25th (Annexation of the Province of Guanacaste to Costa Rica)
Wednesday, August 15th (Mother's Day)
Tuesday, December 25th (Christmas Day)
|2012 Prices for Monteverde, Costa Rica|
|Intensive Group 20||Tuition only||$360||$720||$1,020||$1,320||$310/wk|
|Super Intensive Group 27.5||Tuition only||$495||$990||$1,410||$1,820||$425|
|Medical Spanish||Tuition only||$430||$830||$1,155||-|
|Private, one-on-one||$23 per hour|
|$150||$300||$450||$600||Sun. - Sun|
|Shared Room Student Residence||$150 per week||Sun - Sun|
|Private Room Student Residence||$225 per week||Sun - Sun|
|Private, Studio Apartment||$350 per week for one or two people||Sun - Sun|
|Volunteer Program Fee||$50 for a volunteer program arraged by the school|
||$175 per student aged 14-17 years old|
|Transport to school from San Jose||$90; includes one night at a B&B in a single room and transportation to the school|
Prior to departure, students must pay a $99 enrollment fee and deposit to reserve a seat. All homestay accommodations (to live with a native family) start on Sundays and end on Saturdays. The airport pickup service is optional, but highly recommended. Price points are quoted in US Dollars.