Sámara is a small, funky town with a relaxed vibe, and a gorgeous beach. The area sits in a protected cove, so the water is calm, blue and friendly for both swimmers and surfers. Sámara is located on the Nicoya Peninsula, on the Pacific side of Costa Rica, in the Guanacaste province. It is famous for its great weather and friendly locals.
The school in Samara enjoys one of the prettier locations you'll find among Spanish schools. Located right on the beach, the two story school is equipped with air conditioning in every classroom, gorgeous views, direct beach access through the garden gate, yoga and dance studio, and an expansive beachfront garden that students enjoy during breaks and after class.
This course consists of 20 hours per week (4 hours per day Monday - Friday) of intensive immersion Spanish courses taught in small groups. Classes are limited to six students, but average four. Teachers use a communicative approach focused on student interaction, conversation, grammar and vocabulary.
Starts at $315 for one week
Starts at $260 for one week
(Private room, half-board). Staying with a Costa Rican "Tico" homestay family in Samara is a great way to complete the immersion experience by gaining extra Spanish practice each day. All host families are screened and selected by the accommodation staff at the school. Students will be issued their own key to come and go as they please. Breakfast and dinner are provided by the families daily. Homes are located within walking distance of the school campus.
*Please note that the standard of living in Costa Rica is different for an average family. Houses may be more rustic and simple than you are used to, but families are all very friendly and welcoming and will provide a true Tico cultural experience.
Starts at $175 / week
The language school is closed on public holidays, for Easter week, and for two weeks between Christmas and New Years each year. There are no discounts given for holiday weeks. Accommodation is not affected by the holidays. If a holiday falls on a Monday, classes will begin on Tuesday that week. The school will be closed on the following holidays:
The school recommends students fly into Liberia - Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR).
|Max Group Class Size:||6.0 students per class|
|Max Capacity:||98 students|
|Adjusted Price of INT 20:||$15.75 per class hour|
In addition to Spanish courses, the school organizes a variety of afternoon activities and weekend excursions. Generally afternoon activities are free of charge, and weekend trips require an extra fee.
Weekend excursion examples include
All classes are taught in a true immersion style, and students of all levels will be asked to make a "100% Spanish" pledge to speak in nothing but Spanish while on campus. Courses are taught by native speakers with advanced university degrees and teaching certificates. A placement test will be issued at the beginning of the program to determine each student's appropriate level.