Intercultura Language School and Cultural Center

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Intercultura Language School and Cultural Center

Intercultura Language School and Cultural Center
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Intercultura Spanish Language School in Costa Rica offers a series of 18 courses designed by curriculum specialists, using interactive small groups in an environment of total immersion in Latin American culture. Classes are 4 hours per day, Monday to Friday. Our professors are university trained and credentialed to teach Spanish as a second language. Academic credit through several accredited US university programs is available (e.g. Brookhaven, Austin College, and Duke University).Cultural activities include Latin dance classes, cooking typical Costa Rican foods, Spanish-language films, weekend sightseeing tours, cultural orientation and city tour and special holiday celebrations.
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Bonita K
St. Augustine, FL2 contributions
Need to learn Spanish?
Jun. 2021
My experience at Intercultural Costa Rica Spanish Schools exceeded my expectations in every way. I learned more Spanish in one week than I thought possible! As a former professor I worried about the teaching quality but I found all the professors at Intercultura to be highly trained professionals who are organized, patient and caring. I stayed in the apartment provided by the school and the accommodation was comfortable, attractive and very clean. As an adult I wondered if I would fit in as a student, but I found friendly fellow students from a wide age range. We all learned and had fun together including learning to dance salsa! Being in Heredia you are immersed in a Spanish language community so you have many opportunities to interact with the local residents and use your newly learned Spanish. I will be back!
Written 16 June 2021
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Patricia Sabolsky
Liberia, Costa Rica3 contributions
Best trip of my life
Feb. 2021
Istudied at the Samara location of this school and loved everything about it - the teachers, other students, Tica family and of course, the beach.
Written 7 February 2021
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JCDS2012
New York16 contributions
Love!
Jul. 2019
From the moment I arrived and Giovanna (who may be the hardest working staff member at the school!) greeted me until I said goodbye to Marcello, the staff and faculty of Intercultura treated me like a dear family member!
The teachers, (Ileana was my group teacher and I had private classes with Lourdes and Jesus), were talented, professional and committed! They have access to enriching materials, resources and games which they utilize. They are skilled with the smartboard. But, mostly, they just seem to love the students and really want us to learn. They are so patient. All the lessons were interesting and fun.
My group class was friendly and we enjoyed learning together.
The activities were fun and the scheduling was well organized.
I am middle-aged. I'd say most students were college aged, but there were younger students and many students my age and older. And, it didn't matter. This lovely school attracts really nice people. I enjoyed meeting and hanging out with the other students of all ages.
I had a wonderful time! Thank you to everybody at Intercultura for a wonderful experience! Gracias por todo!
Written 13 August 2019
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norm08
Charlottesville, VA31 contributions
Good teachers, not much volunteering
Nov. 2018 • Solo
The school advertises that they will find volunteer assignments-I went during school holidays and the one position they had was a 1 1/2 hour round trip from the school. I thought that was too much to ask for a 4 hour a day assignment. I was disappointed.
Written 3 May 2019
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Hi Norm, Thanks for your feedback. International volunteering is a very rewarding experience and more often than not, the volunteers receive more benefit than the actual organization. This is due to the fact that there is a lot of preparation, organization, and logistics to be planned, not to mention orientations and training once at said location. This being said, most of our volunteer projects and student volunteers plan for these experiences and commitments months in advance. At this moment we have over 20 volunteers working throughout Costa Rica. Often times these programs are not located in close proximity to our actual campuses, and they entail dormitory lodging and or homestays in other parts of the country, to lessen the burden of a daily commute. In your case, it sounds like the opportunity available for that time given did not meet your expectations and we are sorry that it was not the right fit given your availability and convenience. As I mentioned previously, these programs generally take months of planning. In the future, you may try volunteering in your own way to help make the world a better place: neighborhood or beach cleanups are always an easy way to give back, and they set a good example. Plus, you don’t need to organize anything, one person can make a difference in their time, in their own way. We hope this helps.
Written 7 May 2019
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TravelBug428
Chicago, IL130 contributions
Go! You won't regret it!
Feb. 2019 • Solo
I came to Intercultura to brush up on my Spanish skills and I was able to do that and so much more. My classes were exactly what I needed. Small class size allowed for better learning and the ability to really achieve help with questions and really honing the language. The school has everything that you need to feel immersed in the culture. You can participate in intercambios with Costa Rican English students, cooking classes, dance classes, excursions. They really take care of their students and celebrate their acheivements. Wonderful people at the school, they truely want you to succeed and enjoy your time in Costa Rica. The school also organized a home stay. Prior to arrival, you are asked your preferences for matching you to a family. To say my family was wonderful was an understatement. They treated me like part of the family. It was great getting to hang out with them. I learned a TON about Costa Rican life and just from conversing with my family in Spanish constantly, I feel like my language improved even more. I highly recommend Intercultura. They offer a truly unique Costa Rican experience.
Written 28 March 2019
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jennyh
Port Elgin, Canada87 contributions
Intercultura school is top notch!
Jan. 2019 • Solo
I attended Intercultura 3 years ago. I have since attended 2 other Spanish language schools in Costa Rica. Intercultura was by far the best. I attended the Heredia and Samara campuses doing homesteads at bothe.
Heredia: The town is smaller than San Jose by far but there isn't a lot to do there and not a lot of cultural things to see or do, at least in January. there cultural centre was closed for the month. There is a market and a town square where you can go to try out your Spanish and watch Tico life. The school was very good. I was in a class with 6 students and felt I was probably the weakest in the class but was able to keep up and learned a lot and the pace was good. Learning activities were well organized and I didn't feel we wasted time in class. There were students from many different places and ages. Most of us were there for morning classes, so we were able to meet others who weren't in our classes. My home stay was very nice and it was cool enough Heredia that sleeping without air-conditioning was good. The meals were fantastic - 2 fresh fruits every morning and a protein source. Suppers were great. The host will sit and talk with you during your meals so you can practice.
Samara: The town is an amazing little secret. It has a beautiful, uncrowded beach that is protected a bit by a reef where you can snorkel and the surf is great for learning how to surf or swimming. There are stores and hostels and hotels and restaurants and you can walk to all of them or rent a bike. Not much traffic, so not like trying to ride on the main highways. The school was great. Air conditioned rooms and beautiful building. Lockers to use so after school you can stash your stuff and go right to the beach which is out the front gate. They have a night watchman, so the school and your stuff is protected. There is a lady that makes lunch and sells it out of her car for about $5 (3 years ago), so you can get a great meal right there and then go play. The beach campus had yoga in the mornings for free right at the school, which is beachfront. Dance lessons on several days and cooking classes all for free.
I was in a class with just one other students-they do try to put you at your level and have enough students that they can accommodate change of class to get you in right level. Teachers moved at a good pace so you didn't get bored. Activities for learning were very helpful and audio/tec equipment worked well.
As I said, I have gone to 2 other schools and this one I would return to- Samara campus. I would probably get my own accommodations as the home stay accommodations are very rudimentary and seem to be more interested in having multiple students so it is more like a rooming house than home.
Written 31 January 2019
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majorstrickland
Heredia, Costa Rica6 contributions
Look no further: this is the Spanish Language school for you!
I attended the Centro de Idiomas Intercultura for 8 weeks. I began with nearly 0 knowledge of Spanish...just a few words and phrases, and had no speaking ability outside of "hello" and "good bye". I was truly starting from scratch. To say that I was nervous would be an understatement. I was nervous, intimidated and very apprehensive of taking an intensive immersion Spanish course. As it turns out, my fears were unfounded.

I found that Intercultura as a whole was a superb school. It is professionally run by a staff that actually cares about the students, not just bringing in more money. Everyone that I spoke with was professional, courteous and excellent in their tasks.

The instructors are professional, energetic and patient. They are great at pushing you to excel and are always encouraging. Positivity is rampant here. They want the students to succeed.

Bottom line is this: Centro de Idiomas Intercultura is an outstanding place of learning. The curriculum is culturally appropriate and tailored for the location. But what makes the school great is the staff and faculty. I am greatly impressed with the quality of the professors and the caring and compassion of the staff. I could not have asked for a better experience. I am a long way from where I would like to be at this point, but I am so much further along than I was.

I hope to be able to continue classes when I return. I will also encourage others to attend Intercultura. As one of the professoras put it: Un buen professor primero tiene que tener un buen corazón. Your professors have great hearts.

Written 9 January 2019
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NatalieMichelle10
Denver, CO6 contributions
Intercultura: amazing language school
Sep. 2018 • Solo
I studied at intercultura for 3 weeks and it was honestly one of the best/ happiest times in my entire life. I cannot possibly say enough good things about this place, everything was great.
- LOCATION: I stayed at the Heredia campus for the entire time. Heredia is a lively and fun city with plenty of things to do. I went to many soccer games, clubs, and bars with my friends from the school. Also as a solo 19 year old female traveler, I felt very safe.
- SCHOOL: Intercultura is an excellent school, the teachers are caring, funny, and patient. The classes do move super fast, but it’s ok because than you learn a lot.
- HOST FAMILY: I lived with an excellent host family. Francine welcomed me into her home like I was one of her own children and fed me some pretty amazing food (a lot of rice and beans though!). My host brother was funny and my host sister was super nice.
- WEEKEND TRIPS: I went on 2 weekend trips with the school (one to Montezuma and one to Monteverde) they were super organized and a great way to see the country.
- PEOPLE: The Costa Rican people were always so nice to me and really wanted to help out with my Spanish. Also the other people attending school at intercultura are SO nice (a lot of people from Germany and North America).

The best experience! Highly highly recommend for vacation and/or learning Spanish!!!

I’d love to chat about any questions! Feel free to reach out!
Written 26 November 2018
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Hi there! Thank you for choosing Intercultura! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed many aspects of your immersion program with us here in Heredia and that you´ve left with so many positive experiences!! We are glad that you choose to participate in our excursions for Spanish students getting to see some really unique landscapes and climates of Costa Rica! You made so much progress with your Spanish while here, and we encourage you to keep it up!! We hope that you´ll return soon. Nos vemos pronto! Pura Vida!
Written 28 November 2018
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stillheron
Boston, MA14 contributions
Great in every way!
Feb. 2018 • Solo
I recently spent several weeks at the Heredia campus of Intercultura and had a wonderful experience. The classes were very well structured and all of the teachers I had were knowledgeable, flexible, engaged, and fun. The school has developed its own booklets of instructional material, which are well designed and contain very good exercises. The school has beautiful courtyards for studying or just relaxing when you aren’t in class. The office staff are very friendly and more than willing to help in English if you need assistance and don’t yet know enough Spanish to follow their directions. I stayed in one of the apartments run by the school and it was roomy, clean, safe, and super convenient to the school itself. It had hot water for showers and good WiFi. The local water is potable and I had no intestinal issues. Here are some more specific recommendations that I think might help people get the most out of the program:
1) Read the materials they send you ahead of time! Intercultura is extremely well organized and provides detailed information on classes, homestays, trips, local food, safety, etc. They want to make sure people are well prepared. For instance, they make clear that Heredia is a noisy (!) city and suggest you bring earplugs. Do so! My only problem during the program was street noise which made it hard to sleep sometimes. But they are up front about this.
2) Go on trips! The afternoon and weekend trips are a great way to get out of the city and see more of Costa Rica. Jerry, who runs the trips, explains all of the details ahead of time, and regularly checks in with everyone during trips to make sure they are comfortable. The weekend trip I did to the Arenal volcano and the Monteverde cloud forest was a highlight of my visit. We soaked in a thermal river heated by the volcano, viewed the cloud forest from hanging bridges, got up close for pictures of many amazing species at a hummingbird garden, and took a night hike where we saw sloths, tarantulas, sleeping toucans, and snakes.
3) Take the additional (free) classes! I did several dance classes, as well as a cooking class, which were a lot of fun. Though I didn’t get around to them, others told me they had a very good time in the yoga and zumba classes. There is plenty to do every day in addition to the language work.
4) Do Café Tertulia! This is a language exchange with local students (most are young people) who are learning English. You spend half of the time speaking English and the other half speaking Spanish. The students are delightful and it was one of the most fun cultural exchanges I had.
Intercultura is a well run program with lots to offer. I highly recommend it!
Written 16 March 2018
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AFC26
4 contributions
2 weeks in Heredia
Feb. 2018
All in all I really enjoyed my time with Intercultura. Heredia is a small city full of friendly people. I always felt safe wherever I went. I hope to return again soon!

Here are a few notes:

CLASSES
- I was lucky enough to have the same teacher for two weeks and she was awesome
- definitely feel like I improved a lot. Teachers are attentive to individual needs.
- did two 90min sessions of private classes for vocab more specific for my job back home, which was helpful
- people who went to the Sámara location first stated they learned more in Heredia (probably because they aren’t distracted by the beach)

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES
- dance classes were awesome! Highly recommend
- also did the yoga and Zumba classes which were great too
- I recommend going to the intercambio coffee hours to practice Spanish with their English students (and in turn teach some English too)

EXCURSIONS
- one weekend we went to Arenal and Monteverde and it was incredibly disorganized. We were all given different information about the itinerary and they initially put us in a hostel (after specifically saying we wouldn’t be in hostels). Everyone was disappointed, but we did ultimately get moved to a hotel. I would not do the group excursions again. This is the only reason why I can’t give five stars.
- we spent one afternoon at a coffee tour (not with a group) and it was overpriced but informative and delicious
- did a weekend day trip to La Paz waterfalls which was amazing. Definitely recommend going. Jerry arranged for private transportation for us.

HOMESTAY
- mi mama Tica was welcoming and helped me with my Spanish at home. Her home was clean and comfortable. She also provided huge portions for breakfast and dinner. Would recommend doing a homestay if you can!
- Note - there are no water heaters in homes. Instead, shower heads have this attachment that produces hot water in it. Pro tip with the showers: first turn the knob on just a little bit, wait for the water to get hot, and then verrrrryyy slowly turn the knob little by little every couple minutes until you get the water pressure up

Written 17 February 2018
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We are very sorry to hear that you´ve had this experience on one of our weekend tours here at Intercultura, especially because this particular excursion to Arenal and Monteverde is normally a very fun filled weekend, that provides students the opportunity enjoy the biodiversity of Costa Rica and to explore unique climates of the country. In the case of this specific weekend´s excursion, the hotel the Intercultura reserved for the night, upon arrival informed our tour guide that they had overbooked this day and that they were no longer able to accommodate the 6 travelers, though they had previously confirmed the reservation. We deeply apologize for the inconvenience this caused, and we will not be using this hotel again in the future due to their handling of the reservation, and this hope to avoid the issue for any future students. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed a half-day tour with Intercultura, to La Paz Waterfall gardens, and will be happy to offer you a discounted tour rate on your next trip back, to the destination of your choosing, to make up for this mishap. Best, Sydney
Written 22 February 2018
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