Instructions for late arrival
What to bring
Most of our host families are located in the country side within a
short distance from the Institute. During low season the students can use taxi service from the host family home to the front door of ICLC campus. Public bus service is available in the mornings during high season.
The host family stay give the students the possibility to practice the Spanish language and they will also learn about Costa Rican customs. Typical breakfast and dinner are included on the program and also laundry service.
one student lives with a family; however, couples may
stay with the same family.
always has a private room unless he/she wishes to share
the room with a companion.
provides for the student two meals per day: breakfast
and dinner. These usually consist of typical dishes
plus local vegetables and fruits (lunch is not included).
family can stay with the same
families have accommodations with a private bathroom,
which a student may request.
is no special price for the children. Even the ones
under 5 years old do not get a reduced price.
student accepted into the regular group program is 15
A special program for small children is possible during low season if there are teachers available.
The cost of the Spanish Program for children is the same as the cost of the
Spanish Program for adults.
Childcare is available upon request and for a minimum of 6 hours per day, due to the regular amount of hours that students might be out of the homestay -normally Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.- The cost of childcare is US$5 per hour, per child and must be paid in advance, before arrival to Costa Rica. The cost mentioned does not include any type of snacks. Parents are responsible to provide daily lunch and snacks. Additional hours for childcare could be requested once in Costa Rica but they will be offered depending on availability.
is a maximum of five students per class. This small
group encourages a greater participation from all the
students in the class and allows them to develop topics
levels of proficiency in Spanish include the following:
three levels (low, medium and high) each for beginners,
intermediate and advanced. Students with a superior
proficiency are placed on the superior level (they must
be fluent). These levels have been settled according
to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
of the Institute's methodology is upon the use of real-world
experiences in class to help the student excel in any
situation in a Spanish spoken country. Classes integrate
elements of grammar, listening, reading, writing, vocabulary,
fluency and culture.
provide visual aids, music, video and other class materials
according to the level.
attending the Institute come from different countries,
Canada and the
offers a variety of extracurricular activities on a
regular basis. Some examples: Visits to the museums
and the local zoos, typical supermarkets and theatrical
performances, lectures etc... Students will cover expenses
of public transportation and entrance fees.
are usually college and university students, professionals
or independent travelers.
environment is comfortable and surrounded by gardens
with tropical plants and fruit trees. Classes are indoors
time to study, based on weather, is the summer from
November to May while the best time to study, based
on cultural events or festivals, is the winter from
May to November. During the high season that goes from
May to September, there is a morning class term and
an afternoon one, the student groups are switched every
must be careful with the pick-pockets while walking
in the capital city,
San José, or in any large city.
It is not recommended to wear valuable jewelry nor to
carry purse because they can be easily snatched away.
Students should carry their shoulder bag or backpack
across their body rather than over their shoulders.
the rainy season, it rains specially in the afternoon.
An average of two hours should be expected every day.
fruits) and the complementary activities offered throughout
the week, which are aimed to increase the student's
knowledge of the culture and the language components
of the program. It is not an obligation for the student
to participate in these activities if she/he does not
wish to. All the complementary activities and mini-courses
are conducted in Spanish at no cost.
is an information board that lists all the special activities
taking place during the weekend. The
of the Institute specializes in giving specific information
to the participants as well as making the reservations
for the most wonderful tourist sites of Costa Rica.
The most common destinations are:
Tortuguero Rain Forest,
White Water Rafting,
at night, Carara Reserve and Jacó Beach, Corcovado National
Canopy Tour and
Instructions for late arrival at night
or information not listed on these pages please contact
Instituto de Cultura y Lengua Costarricense
P.O. Box 609-4050
Alajuela, Costa Rica
Phone: +506 2-458-8485 / +506 2-458-8473
Contact link form.