This is one of our most popular programs and that´s for a reason! Venture out to Santa Teresa and learn Spanish, and surf (or yoga classes) in one of the top 10 surf destinations in the world. You will make new friends, learn Spanish, go on adventures and help in various environmental projects with an absolute highlight of protecting turtles!
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Pura Vida - This will be your next gap year program in Costa Rica
Join our amazing and busy Spanish immersion program in Costa Rica. Embrace `Pura Vida, Costa Rica`s relaxed mentality. With us, you will learn Spanish in paradise and catch one of the best waves in the world while surfing. Or develop inner awareness with yoga classes. Besides that, you will be part of a planet-saving adventure. We take you out for adventures and you will assist in preserving our planet by helping with forest, beach, and turtle conversation. This is not just a normal Spanish immersion program. This is a life-changing experience and you will get a real feel for Costa Rica`s biodiversity! Do you want to surf only or take yoga lessons? Then choose our other Surf or Yoga camp in Santa Teresa. Or do you want to travel in a group with Spanish and adventures? Check out our Traveling Classroom in Panama and Costa Rica.
Week 1: Spanish - Surfing - Yoga - Hiking
During your first week, you will have Spanish lessons with Surf or Yoga lessons. From Monday to Friday you have 2x 45 minutes of Spanish lessons. The lessons are very structured and professional. They help you in interacting and immersing with the local community. In the first week, we want you to enjoy the natural beauty of Costa Rica. You will find yourself ´lost´ on a hike along the river and into the lush tropical forest. Being in paradise and one of the best surf spots in the world. Most students choose surf lessons in the first week. Enjoy the fun of catching the waves. With the help of a professional surf instructor and 4 lessons of approximately 2 hours. You will get up, and stand up in no time. Alternatively, you can change your surf lessons to professional yoga lessons. Imagine yourself on a beautiful beach or in a jungle camp. Many people come to this part of Costa Rica to practice yoga because the destination is a magical place. It´s perfect if you want to work on your mental balance, body control, and relaxation as part of your journey.
Week 2: Spanish - Volunteering - Hiking
The second week makes you realise that you become better at Spanish. We will continue every day with Spanish lessons and we let you mix in several volunteering projects. These projects are very important and designed to protect and save our planet. Project work is varied and priorities are seasonal and weather dependent. But most of the efforts are in beach conversation, recycling projects, and tropical forest conversation. During this week we hike also along the beach to rock pools, where you can enjoy a relaxing dip in the warm pools.
Week 3: Cirenas Turtle Conversation
This week is perhaps the highlight of the program. It´s an unbelievable experience if you see baby turtles crawl out of their nests as they fight to get to the water. You will spend 4 days/3nights at a Turtle Sanctuary, Cirenas. This is an organization that focuses on Costa Rica to protect beaches, forests, and wildlife. Through us, you have the opportunity to assist in a turtle protection program. You have to protect eggs and hatchlings of Olive Ridley, Black Turtle, Hawksbill, and Leatherback species, who visit ´semi-intensive´ nesting beaches at night to nest. The main goal is to protect adult female turtles and their nests, from human predators and wildlife or natural events such as flooding. It´s important to note that although turtles nest frequently in the peak season (July to November), there will be times when turtle activity is very low. But they will always need help during most time of the year. Your important tasks will be the maintenance of infrastructure and surroundings, beach cleaning, night patrols to look for nesting female turtles (in season), transport of food and water, collection of data, and releasing baby turtles into the ocean (in season), and the construction of a hatchery.
Week 4: Monteverde - Adventure Week
After the first 2 weeks of Spanish lessons, the surf and yoga lessons, and the good volunteering work. It`s time to go on a superb adventure in your last week. When you think about studying Spanish in Costa Rica, you immediately think about beautiful national parks full of wildlife and exotic plants. When you speak to someone who has visited Costa Rica, you will always hear how amazing nature is. What people say is true and nature is impressive. For that reason, we take you in the last week of the program to one of the best National Parks in Costa Rica. You will go on a 4-day/3night trip to explore the amazing Monteverde National Park. This place should not be missed during any Costa Rican itinerary. The Park is famous for its cloud forests and extremely high biodiversity. Every day we go on guided expeditions and we enjoy the incredible hikes. There are also some spectacular optional extra activities like the famous extreme ziplining, horse riding, and canyoning here are also some amazing optional extra activities like their famous zip wire, horse riding, ATV tour, or canyoning. This trip will be the perfect end to your language adventure!
During this program, you will stay in the jungle camp. It`s a paradise with a swimming pool surrounded by rich tropical forest and curious neighbours like capuchin and howler monkeys. This place is the perfect base for your adventure. Accommodation is in shared rooms. During weeks 3 and 4, you will spend some nights at Cirenas and in Monteverde National Park. Accommodation in Cirenas is in a nice wooden house with 6 rooms, each with a couple of bunks up to 4 per room. In Monteverde, you will stay in a local hostel in the center of the town.
This Spanish immersion program starts on the first Sunday of each month. The best is to book your flight for arrival on Saturday in San José. This gives you enough time to travel to Santa Teresa and settle in before your program start.
Please note: Turtles nest frequently in peak nesting season (July to November). But for most of the year, we still need help with building and maintaining the hatchery which is crucial for the coming breeding season.
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Costa Rica | Learn Spanish | Surf or Yoga, Turtles & Adventure | Week 1
|Monday||Spanish lessons||Surf or Yoga||Free time|
|Tuesday||Spanish lessons||Surf or Yoga||Free time|
|Wednesday||Spanish lessons||Jungle River Trek||Free time|
|Thursday||Spanish lessons||Surf or Yoga||Free time|
|Friday||Spanish lessons||Surf or Yoga||Free time|
|Sunday||Late PM Sunset Beach Party|
Costa Rica | Learn Spanish | Surf or Yoga, Turtles & Adventure | Week 2
|Monday||Spanish lessons||Volunteer||Free time|
|Tuesday||Spanish lessons||Volunteer||Free time|
|Wednesday||Spanish lessons||Hike to the Rockpools||Free time|
|Thursday||Spanish lessons||Volunteer||Free time|
|Friday||Spanish lessons||Volunteer||Free time|
|Saturday||Optional volunteering activity|
|Sunday||Cirenas departure briefing and free time|
Costa Rica | Learn Spanish | Surf or Yoga, Turtles & Adventure | Week 3
|Monday||Turtle conservation volunteer placement at Cirenas Day 1|
|Tuesday||Turtle conservation volunteer placement at Cirenas Day 2|
|Wednesday||Turtle conservation volunteer placement at Cirenas Day 3|
|Thursday||Turtle conservation volunteer placement at Cirenas Day 4|
|Friday||Turtle conservation volunteer placement at Cirenas Day 5|
|Sunday||Briefing Monte Verder and Free time|
Costa Rica | Learn Spanish | Surf or Yoga, Turtles & Adventure | Week 4
|Monday||4 day trip to Monteverde National Park|
|Tuesday||4 day trip to Monteverde National Park|
|Wednesday||4 day trip to Monteverde National Park|
|Thursday||4 day trip to Monteverde National Park|
|Saturday||Optional volunteering activity|
- 28 nights of accommodation in a shared dormitory
- Breakfast and lunch during the week in the Jungle surf camp
- Brunch during the weekends in the Jungle surf camp
- 24/7 emergency service and support from your Costa Rica team
- 20 Spanish lessons in group classes (2x 45 minutes per day)
- 4 Surf lessons (approx 2 hours per lesson) or yoga classes
- 2 Hikes with guides
- Volunteer activities
- 5 day turtle conversation volunteer program (includes all meals)
- 4 day road trip to Monte verde with hiking trips (includes all meals)
- Detailed travel information
- Trip extras (e.g. an upgrade of accommodation)
- Pocket money and voluntary tips
- Other meals
- Travel insurance (we recommend insurance to make sure you are adequately covered)
- Flight to Costa Rica
Price per person $2.440
Incl: The Spanish course, 28 nights accommodation, lesson materials, inscription fees of the school, breakfast and lunch (during weekends brunch) and activities.
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Prices Trip Extras
Below Trip Extras can be added to your program.
Price per person
Extra Night shared room Jungle camp incl. Breakfast & Lunch
Extra San Jose incl. Breakfast
Pick-up Santa Teresa option 1
Pick-up Santa Teresa option 2
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