We are happy to organize private or group Spanish classes for you – before you begin your volunteer project.
We work with the best and most affordable Spanish schools in the country. Our Spanish school we work with is located in San Isidro del General, on the Pacific side of Costa Rica, in the Talamanca Mountain Range.
San Isidro is a beautiful area with a more moderate climate that is not as hot as on the coasts. At night it can even get pretty cold! The area is much safer than San Jose, and the people are from the “country side” and thus a little more open, friendly, and curious.
It doesn’t matter at what fluency level you are at, you can begin from scratch. You’ll be given an entrance test and be placed in a group accordingly. In most groups are only 3 – 6 students, but you can also request for private classes. There are always a lot of students at the school so you’ll never be alone!
All teachers at the school are native bi-lingual Costa Ricans with years of language teaching experience.
Groups are also welcome to do the Spanish classes! The Spanish school has lots of experience with school and university groups. Just ask us for availability and we’ll accommodate your group.
Accommodation, Food, and Transport
While staying at the language school, you’ll be living at a host family around San Isidro del General. All of the host families have years of experience hosting students, and they’re very happy to have you there. You will commute to class by bus normally, since San Isidro is a bigger city and distances are a little further and not walkable (note that bus fares are very cheap, less than $0.50, and are not included in the project fees).
Age requirement: 15+
Class Schedule: Spanish Classes are from Monday to Friday, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, with a 15-minute break at 10:00 a.m. The afternoons are usually free and you may spent it with the other students.
1 week: $459
2 weeks: $769
3 weeks: $1099
4 weeks: $1420
These costs are if you’re doing a volunteer project through Green Life Volunteers after your Spanish school.
If you want we can also only set up a Spanish school experience for you without the volunteer projects. Check our FEES section for more info.
Optional: Airport shuttle. We can arrange for our volunteers to be picked up from the airport by a shuttle service. This shuttle service only operates on demand, and departure times are set by them (fixed). But we can help to make the arrangements during your application process. Usually this shuttle service has an additional cost of around $70 for a one-way trip.
Food: 2 Meals daily, breakfast and dinner. Lunch you’ll eat outside of home, since you’ll be at the school or in town during the day. Often Students go out and eat lunch together.
Other items included: Welcome, Orientation, and Introduction, 24/ 7 emergency telephone support through GLV
Optional: A letter of recommendation and certificate at the end of your volunteer time
Groups: Groups are welcome to volunteer on this project.
Not included in our costs are: Flights, travel insurance, visa costs, in-country transportation during program and for traveling the country, additional food items or snacks, food on the first day of arrival and second morning until you’ll arrive at your host family’s house, and any other personal expenses.
NEW – Learn Spanish Online over Skype before you start Volunteering
A language school we work with closely offers now Spanish Lessons online through Skype before you begin your stay In Costa Rica. You’ll learn from an actual Costa Rican teacher and you can choose how many lessons you would like, and you can do them whenever and from where ever you like.