Today was my first day at Intercultura and it was a busy day.  It started off with an early breakfast with my Tica Mom. “¡Buenos días!” she sang cheerfully, “¿Cómo amaneció?”  I knew from my Spanish class that this was just a way to say, “How did you sleep?”

Perhaps studying abroad and learning Spanish is seen as a luxury in the current economic climate but according to Rick Steves, renowned travel expert, it's a necessity.  Not only can you learn Spanish in Costa Rica, but the cultural immersion you'll experience will broaden your understanding of the world and your ability to effectively engage with people of other cultures.  So what are you waiting for?  Study Spanish in Costa Rica and become culturally adept! 

Renowned pianist and composer Manuel Obregon will open for Elton John's concert on February 3, in Tibás, just north of San Jose.  Obregon is widely respected and is also the minister of culture.

While you study Spanish, you should check out one of Costa Rica’s most impressive and curious places: Río Celeste, or Sky Blue River. It’s located in Guanacaste near the Tenorio Volcano. Its water isn’t clear but it has a very intense turquoise color. The legend tells that the river turned blue when God cleaned his paintbrushes after painting the sky.

If you're here for Christmas, you are in for a cultural treat! Ticos celebrate with festivities centered around "las fiestas" - part rodeo, part bull fight. Not only can you practice Spanish, you can also try common foods unique to Costa Rica and experience the thrill of the bulls. 

Fiestas de Samara Beach - the week between Christmas and New Years

To welcome the festive season, the National Symphony Orchestra will give a series of Christmas concerts next week in churches around the Central Valley.

Guest conductor Ramiro Ramírez will take the baton and soprano María Marta López will accompany the orchestra. The program will include Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, selections from Handel’s Messiah and The Many Moods of Christmas (Suite 2), arranged by Robert Shaw and Robert Russell.

Why study in Costa Rica?  Because of the people!  The richness of Costa Rica stems from the cultural diversity of its people. Throughout its history, waves of immigrants have added to the pre-Hispanic native populations, settling on this land and making it their home.

Written by Katie Horch
As a foreigner studying Spanish in Costa Rica, it is my responsibility to leave this beautiful country every 90 days to renew my visa. I understand that there are many others out there in similar positions, and although it may seem a little ridiculous to leave every 90 days, who doesn’t enjoy a short and sweet vacation every three months?

Costa Rica is fulfilling its commitment to be friendly to the environment!  Anyone who has visited the Central Valley knows how strong the wind can be and now Costa Rica has decided to harness that wind and turn it into energy.

Workers are constructing the first wind farm in the country’s Central Valley near Santa Ana, just south of San Jose. The project is expected to become operational in August 2012, according to CNFL, a subsidiary of ICE, and will produce enough electricity to power about 6,000 residences.




There's no better place or time to study Spanish than in Costa Rica!  Costa Rica is home to a staggering amount of biodiversity--creatures big and small, plant life, from mountains to two sunny, beach-lined coasts.