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Costa Rica

Discover Costa Rica, one of the most bio-diverse places in the world; ISV volunteer projects demonstrate how people and nature are inextricably linked. One of ISV's Costa Rican Projects was recently awarded "Outstanding Project of the Year" at the World Youth and Student Travel Awards.

SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURAL IMMERSION PROGRAM

In every Latin country, ISV offers an incredible Spanish Language and Cultural Immersion Program that takes place one-week prior to the Volunteer Project. 

It was an amazing experience, the best way of learning about Costarican culture. Everyone was so nice and amazing to talk to! Would recommend to anyone.

Jacqueline Hamilton Glasgow University, United Kingdom

Five Reasons Why You Should Join the Spanish Language and Cultural Immersion Program:

  1. Improve your Spanish Speaking Skills! Fun and professional language lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced-level proficiencies in Spanish are facilitated by our partner Spanish School in Heredia (Intercultura), which has over 20 years of experience. By the time you reach your volunteer project, your confidence and ability to converse with the locals will have improved significantly!
  2. Stay with a “Tico” Host Family! The highlight for most participants is the home stay. Families are experienced, carefully selected for ISV, warm and friendly. Homes are safe and comfortable and located within walking distance to the School. Still not sure? Read this blog to gain more insight:  http://www.isvolunteers.org/blog/staying-host-family/  
  3. Learn to Live Like a Tico! Staying with a local family, discovering Heredia’s attractions, socializing with your fellow ISV volunteers plus included cooking and salsa lessons will give you a great start to learning to live like a Costa Rican, even before your ISV volunteer project begins!    
  4. Make New Friends! Start the process of making long-lasting ISV friends sooner by sharing this one week experience together; by the time your Volunteer Project begins you’ll already have made close friends and loads of good times together in Heredia. 
  5. 4.8/5 Approval Rating! It’s consistently awesome – each year ISV alumni rate the Program an incredible 4.8/5 for the overall experience! We’ve got thousands of positive testimonies, here’s just a few to get you excited:   

The Spanish program was so worth it. I was more comfortable with the language and environmental going into the project week. I would tell other students to do the Spanish week.

Ariel Loewenthal San Diego State University, United States

What’s included in the Spanish Language and Cultural Immersion Program?

  • 7 days and 7 nights living with a Costa Rican host family, including two meals a day in their home (breakfast and dinner)
  • Orientation Meeting and Heredia Cultural tour
  • Half-day tour to the beautiful La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • 20 hours of Spanish Language lessons for all levels
  • Latin dance lessons  (three sessions)
  • An authentic Costa Rican cooking lesson
Arrival & Meeting your Host Family
Arrival & Meeting your Host Family

Arrival & Meeting your Host Family

Upon your arrival in your host country, you will be picked up at the airport by a member of your host family and taken to your homestay location. Settle in and meet your new host family and enjoy some of the delicious home-cooked local cuisine.

Orientation & Local Sites Tour

Begin with an orientation meeting at your Spanish School, then get to know your surroundings with a cultural tour of Heredia. At night, explore the local night life or community with your new ISV friends or host family.

La Paz Waterfall Gardens Excursion

Today you’ll come together with your other ISV volunteers and enjoy a half day excursion into the countryside to explore the famous La Paz Waterfalls and Gardens, with its lush tropical rainforest, spectacular waterfalls, birds, butterflies, monkeys, sloths, snakes, frogs and jaguars. Explore its many walking trails and be reminded that you have landed in paradise!

Spanish Language, Dance and/or Cooking Classes

Receive 20 hours of professional Spanish language instruction in small class sizes (6 persons max), customized to your level of proficiency level (beginner, intermediate or advanced). In addition, have heaps of fun learning to dance Salsa, and cooking a few typical dishes of Costa Rican cuisine!

Another full day of Spanish language classes during the day and then enjoy an evening farewell party with lots of fun games.

Half-Day Classes & Departure to your Costa Rica Welcome Meeting in Heredia

On your final day, you will spend only a half day of lessons. You’ll then travel to nearby Hotel America in Heredia, to take part in the Host Country Welcome Orientation Meeting, conducted by ISV staff. The next day you’ll depart to your volunteer project with your ISV group.

My homestay family made me feel very welcome and I enjoyed the Spanish lessons and cultural activities at the Spanish school.

Christopher Skinner Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia

How do I sign up?

ISV assumes your participation in the optional one week Spanish Language and Cultural Immersion Program, and the cost will be automatically added to your ISV invoice. Beginner, intermediate and advanced Spanish lessons are available, and the vast majority of ISV participants traveling to a Latin American host country will participate in this optional week (regardless of their Spanish language skills). If you prefer not to participate in the optional Spanish Language Program week, then you may choose to opt out on your Participant Agreement or you may contact our office and inform ISV that you prefer to opt out.

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