Average age: Between 18-25 years Accredited Spanish school : Yes and professional teachers Group size of Spanish lessons: Small groups established to your level and objectives Includes accommodation: Yes, Jungle camp with single sex dorms All meals are included: Breakfast and Lunch in the Jungle Camp (Brunch at weekends) Transfers: Available Activities included : Yes Start of language program: Fixed start dates, read Trip overview
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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 join our Traveling Classroom in Panama and Costa Rica, and travel in a group from destination to destination with Spanish and adventure!

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. During this week we hike also along the beach to rock pools, where you can enjoy a relaxing dip in the warm pools. 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. We also go on a hike. 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.

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 to 7 days a 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. In high season (August to January)  you are focussed on Turtle Conservation. 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 an overland adventure to explore the amazing Monteverde National Park. This days can be from 4 up to 7 days – according to schedule and weather, we will always provide the best option for you. Monteverde 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.

Start dates

For this Spanish immersion program it is the best 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.




















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Costa Rica | Learn Spanish | Surf or Yoga, Turtles & Adventure | Week 1

  Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday Spanish lessons Surf or Yoga Free time
Tuesday Spanish lessons Surf or Yoga Free time
Wednesday Spanish lessons Hike to Rockpools Free time
Thursday Spanish lessons Surf or Yoga Free time
Friday Spanish lessons Surf or Yoga Free time
Optional weekend trips*
Sunday Free day

Costa Rica | Learn Spanish | Surf or Yoga, Turtles & Adventure | Week 2

  Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday Spanish lessons Volunteer Free time
Tuesday Spanish lessons Volunteer Free time
Wednesday Spanish lessons Hike to Jungle Free time
Thursday Spanish lessons Volunteer Free time
Friday Spanish lessons Volunteer Free time
Optional weekend trips*
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
Saturday Free time
Sunday Briefing Monte Verde 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**
Friday Free time**
Saturday Free time**
Sunday Departure**

* You can book optional activities for an extra cost on location: Waterfall tour, Quad tour, Snorkeling trip, Horseback riding, Fishing or extra Surf or Yoga lessons etc

**In week 4 the days could be 4 up to 7 days in Monteverde – according to schedule and weather.  If we stay 4 days in Monteverde, you will come back to Santa Teresa for the weekend. With 7 days, you will leave straight to the Airport or your next destination.


  • 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 8 yoga classes
  • 2 Hikes with guides
  • Volunteer activities
  • 3-6 Nights at the Turtle conversation volunteer program (includes all meals)
  • 4 to 7 days Trip to Monteverde (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
  1. Pippa:

    The staff here was very kind and warm-hearted! They were very open-minded and respectful. It really felt like a “home away from home”. The food was delicious and the accommodation was really neat. Thank you so much for these past 4 weeks!

  2. Jane:

    I couldn’t have imagined a better experience. From the moment we all arrived the staff worked tirelessly to esnure that we all had everything we needed to have the best time possible. Unlike other organisations it felt warm and personal which made me feel truly immersed into the Costa Rican lifestyle and culture. I met such incredible people and had such amazing experiences!

  3. Philip:

    The adventure trip can only be recommended. The activities and volunteering are well organized, the people are all very nice and I made good progress with Spanish.

  4. Rachel:

    I had an amazing experience with Spanish Travel Classes.
    Learning spanish while in an adventurous mindset is the best way for me!

  5. Vanessa:

    I couldn’t have imagined a better experience. I loved the camp, the Spanish lessons were highly professional, the staff are also happy to help you. My highlights were the surfing at Playa Hermosa and our volunteer project with the turtles. We helped with the release of baby turtles during the evening patrols. I couldn’t recommend enough the program Pura Vida!

  6. Michael:

    Attending the turtle program was one of the coolest experiences of my life! The teachers and staff were all so welcoming, and the volunteering was amazing! Thank you!!!

  7. Sandra:

    My time at the jungle camp learning Spanish has been a fantastic experience. Pura vida 🙂

  8. Laura:

    A really brilliant experience learning Spanish for the first time – I really enjoyed the lessons and all the activities!

  9. Elske:

    I had the pleasure of studying at the Spanish School, I just love the school`s atmosphere and the teachers are very good. I would highly recommend this program to anyone planning to learn Spanish with adventures

  10. Zoe:

    I truly can recommend this program to every younger student who wants to learn Spanish. The facilities, the staff, the teachers and the way they teach are top-notch! Every day they have an activity for the afternoon and also for the weekends. I want to say MUCHAS GRACIAS to all of the staff!

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Price per person $2990  $2890 (discount pricing)

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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