SPI's Costa Rica Immersion & Community Service Programsgive high school students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the pura vida lifestyle and Spanish language while also volunteering in the local community.
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Tucked away in the heart of the highland cloud forest, the towns of Monteverde and Santa Elena offer SPI participants an ideal location to experience the authentic “tico” way of life. Monteverde’s lush hills provide a spectacular backdrop, and there is a plethora of outdoor activities that afford students the opportunity to improve their Spanish skills and immerse locally.
Flamingo Beach, Costa Rica
Flamingo Beach is renowned for its breathtakingly beautiful beaches, crystal-clear water and peaceful, small-town environment. Despite its quaint size, Flamingo offers students a vast array of activities; these include kayaking, surfing, swimming, horseback riding, snorkeling, nature hikes, and simply enjoying the natural wildlife! Flamingo is a perfect locale for practicing your Spanish, zip-lining through the rain forest, or just relaxing on the beach!
SPI offers two to four-week long summer immersion programs in Costa Rica. For complete program details, dates, tuition, itineraries and photos, please visit the SPI Study Abroad website or call 866-502-7505.
What Makes SPI Unique?
- Hands-on experiential approach to language acquisition
- Caring local homestay with experience hosting students
- Supportive on-site leadership & supervision
- Opportunity to earn college credit and build academic resume
- Meaningful activities designed to gets students engaged with locals
Learn Another Language, Know Another World
Studying abroad will be a defining educational experience — it is a journey that will transform students into being global thinkers with an international perspective putting them ahead of their peers. SPI Study Abroad programs are designed to provide full cultural and language immersion for students by placing them in safe and easy-to-manage cities with caring homestay families. Students gain self confidence, independence, and maturity, as well as increased fluency in a foreign language — skills that enrich their lives forever.
Your Day in Costa Rica
Morning: Breakfast with homestay, then participate in various cultural, elective, or volunteer service activities.
Afternoon: After lunch, attend interactive Spanish language & conversation courses.
Evening: Dinner & quality time with homestay or an evening activity with the group.
"This trip was a life changing experience! The program staff for both SPI and the school were so nice and they were always there to help us!... From day one, you'll live with a host family that will, by the end of the trip, become your second family!...The volunteer service was so much fun and it's even better knowing you're making a difference...Trust me, you'll never get sick of the Costa Rica sunsets! Pura Vida!" -Juliana, Costa Rica participant