Cultural Activities

Intercultura Heredia cooking class

Enjoy learning Spanish not only during class but also with our cultural and extra-curricular activities offered daily at both campuses. If you combine both campuses, you are not only fully embracing the different cultures Costa Rica has to offer, you also sample our unique activities at each location.

After your Spanish classes and/or on weekends, you can participate in a wide selection of activities, conducted in Spanish (the majority involve no extra charge). Students should check the notice boards in reception daily for times, sign-up sheets and specific information. We encourage all students to participate in as many activities as possible, as you will find they greatly enhance your understanding and connection to the culture.  



Latin dance - yoga - cooking - Zumba - Spanish film nights - arts & crafts - intercambios (conversational interchanges with Tico students) - optional tours - a graduation activity among others

Intercultura activities


Although we offer access to travel planning resources and an experienced tour guide for free to our students, actual weekend excursions, half-day tours and additional cultural activities (such as monthly cultural events) are offered at a small cost. Friends and family are welcome to join us for these when space permits.


What do students like to do in their freetime when studying at Intercultura?

Our students have all different interests.

At our Heredia campus,

  • some like hanging out at the central park in Heredia playing dominoes with the locals;
  • some like going to university bars and meeting “tico” students;
  • others like going to San José for theatre, art openings and concerts;
  • others prefer to get involved in sports activities like yoga, football (soccer) or basketball, swimming in the Olympic-sized pool one block from us, or going to the gym. 

At our beach campus,

  • students can learn to surf and/ or surf one of the area's many beaches,
  • go horse-riding down the beach,
  • go mountain-biking or hiking to nearby beaches or forests, zip-lining, doing yoga, kayaking to the island,
  • or just hang out and enjoy the beautiful beach.
  • Others also choose to volunteer in our communities.
  • Some enjoy playing soccer on the beach or at the synthetic field with their Spanish teachers. 
  • Students also love to go out with their fellow language-learning friends, playing pool and darts, trying out the local "bocas" (typical dishes), spending time with friends at a beachside bar or restaurant.

And lastly, almost all our students like to explore Costa Rica, whether going to a volcano, park, beach or rainforest, there is always somewhere new and exciting within easy reach for both weekend and day trips. 


"I was very impressed with the professional manner in which the school was run. Both the teachers and directors were very accommodating in tailoring a program to fit my specific skills and needs....The classes were demanding and interesting, and after class, having fun with the cultural activities was the high point of my day!...My experiences with both the school and the family were exceptional."

Tracy Hicks, BA Sociology / Psychology