Learn Spanish in one of the most beautiful countries in the world - Costa Rica! Explore the cloud forests and tropical coastlines of the Central American country while immersing yourself in the Spanish language.
Sol Abroad provides quality academic support and assistance during your study abroad. Costa Rica is often referred to as the "Switzerland of the Americas" due to its natural beauty and political stability. It is among a minority of countries in the world that have no standing army. Students in this summer study abroad program will discover a country of friendly people and breathtaking landscapes. Costa Rica is roughly the size of West Virginia, yet it holds 5 percent of the world's biodiversity. The mountainous landscape is speckled with volcanoes, cascading waterfalls, and flowing rivers. Students in Costa Rica will have endless opportunities to practice and learn Spanish. It is considered one of the best places in the world to study Spanish due to the clear and enjoyable accent of its inhabitants.
High school students in Sol Abroad's summer programs in Costa Rica will study the Spanish language at the ATESA Spanish Institute, located in Atenas of central Costa Rica. Sol Abroad's summer program is a homestay experience in which high school students will take Spanish classes in the mornings (from 9 to 12) to improve their Spanish skills. Classes are usually 5 students to a teacher. Facilities include both indoor and outdoor classrooms. Students have the ability to earn college credit for their summer courses.
The weekends and evenings are reserved for an abundance of cultural activities, excursions/travel, and volunteer/community service work. Cultural activities include hiking in Costa Rica, dance classes, horseback riding, yoga classes, festivals, market days, museum visits, cooking classes, theater night, a coffee tour, and a Trapiche tour. Students will also travel to the Pacific Beach (Manuel Antonio National Park), visit the Arenal Volcano and hot springs, engage in a rain forest zipline tour, visit La Fortuna Waterfall, travel to San Jose, and go white-water rafting! All Sol Abroad students are encouraged to volunteer during their study abroad experience. Whether teens and young adults decide to teach English to local high school students, assist in a Costa Rican grassroots community service program, or dedicate time to a food shelter, students will better their Spanish AND make lifelong friends along the way.