Join our Spanish Language Course in Costa Rica, and start learning basic Spanish, or improve what you already know.
You’ll learn through classes with a professional language teacher. Outside of class, you’ll be able to practice new words and phrases with local native speakers, as well as your host family. You’ll learn about the local culture and traditions as you immerse yourself in the community.
You can study Spanish full-time, or combine your studies with one of our volunteer or internship programmes. Combining it with a project is a great option if it has a Spanish language requirement. At a Teaching or Childcare placement, you can put your newly acquired language skills to use in a practical working environment.
You’ll be based in the city of Heredia, which offers up a unique Latin American experience. Renowned for being in the middle of coffee growing territory, it’s the perfect place enjoy a cup of Costa Rican coffee as you embrace the Pura Vida.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 01 571 5080 for more info.
When you apply you only pay €295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01 571 5080 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
The project runs all year round, you can start on any day, and it’s fully supervised. So all you need to do is decide on some dates, complete our booking form with a £195 deposit and we’ll take care of the rest.
What will I be doing?
Depending on your skills and when you travel with us, you may have your classes alone or be in a small group. The time and frequency of these lessons depend on whether you’re studying full-time or part-time. Here are some of the activities that you can expect to do during your stay:
- Learn Spanish during personal lessons
- Explore and experience Costa Rica
- Help with other work if you choose to combine your lessons with a volunteer project
Your Spanish Language Course in Costa Rica will focus on the following areas:
Your Spanish classes will be personalised according to your knowledge and skill level. If you’re a beginner, you’ll be taught basic grammar and vocabulary. If you’re an intermediate level, you’ll have more control over what you and your teacher focus on.
If you choose to do this as a standalone course, you’ll attend 15 hours of classes per week. If you choose to combine this course with one of our other projects, you’ll be able to choose between a 5, 14, or 30 hour course.
Explore Costa Rica
The best thing about learning Spanish in Costa Rica is that you’re able to practice what you learn in your lessons while you’re out and about. Improve your conversation and pronunciation by placing a food order at a restaurant or shopping at a local market.
Participate in a volunteer project
We offer many different projects that are based in Costa Rica. Support early childhood development at understaffed childcare centres or gain practical work experience teaching at with . Take a look at the projects we offer to see if you’d like to combine any of them with your language course.
Alternatively, you can also do a standalone course in Spanish before moving on to contribute to one of our other projects.
Where will I be learning in Costa Rica?
The vibrant city of Heredia is situated in the heart of Costa Rica’s coffee-growing country. Due to its large student population and close proximity to San Jose, Heredia has an active social scene with plenty to offer. Its central location also means that Heredia is perfectly placed for exploring the rest of Costa Rica.
You can easily reach the impressive Poas and Irazu volcanoes on a day-trip from Heredia. Elsewhere, numerous popular tourist destinations, such as Arenal volcano and Monteverde cloud forest, are only a few hours bus ride away.
You're also never too far from the coast in Costa Rica. Spoilt for choice by the number of idyllic beaches, you'll have plenty of opportunities for water-based activities like surfing, swimming, snorkelling or scuba diving in your time off. The laid-back life of Costa Rica is infectious and you will find it hard to leave.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.