WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
The school provides a unique Spanish language experience as emphasis is on participants understanding the culture as well as learning the language, a unique advantage of studying abroad. Fun cultural activities will be included in your programme such as cooking lessons, additional conversation classes and Latin dance lessons, designed to give you an insight into what makes Costa Rica the home of Pura Vida.
As one of the few schools in Costa Rica to be entirely owned and staffed by Costa Ricans you will be lucky enough to be a part of a genuine cultural experience. The aim at the school is to make the lessons interesting and fun, often the best way to learn a language quickly and easily. The teaching approaches are dynamic and varied and the classes are intensive, yet challenging and enjoyable.
The small classes and active participation training offer the flexibility to meet your individual needs while providing you with a comprehensive learning course. The classes consider Spanish as a whole and as well as there being an emphasis on speaking abilities, they also take into account grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, pragmatic use and cultural understanding.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
FIRST DAY AT SCHOOL
On your first day of class you will need to be at the school between 7:30am and 8:00am for an oral evaluation to determine your Spanish level (placement test). Your family will bring you to the school. You will be provided with a student card with telephone number and exact address of your home stay (bring two passport photos with you, one for the ID and the other for your file). In the afternoon there will be time for a salsa class and the chance to explore the facilities at the language school. Then, you will have an orientation session (at 16:00), providing information about the course as well as about San Jose and Costa Rica in general. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions that you may have. At the end of the meeting, your host family will pick you up to show you the way back home.
Once the course has begun your classes will run four days a week (Monday - Thursday), and a typical daily itinerary could be as follows:
09:00-12:00 Morning classes
12:00-13:00 Lunch break
13:00-15:00 Afternoon classes
After your Spanish classes you will have the chance to participate in afternoon cultural activities:
Latin dance classes (every day from 15:00-16:00 and 16:00-17:00)
Cooking classes (Wednesdays from 16:00-17:00)
Conversation classes (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 16:00-17:00)
Please note: Itineraries and activities are subject to change, and volunteers are therefore asked to be flexible, open-minded and understanding.