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July 25th is the most important cultural holiday in the province of Guanacaste

Guanacaste in Costa Rica is not only well-known for its spectacular beaches but also for its abundant farmlands, dry forests and cowboy-esque culture. Some of the major towns of the province such as Liberia, Santa Cruz, and Nicoya proudly celebrate Annexation Day with a wide variety of cultural activities such festivals, topes de payasos, folk dances, bull riding, parades, and others.

My experience at Intercultura Costa Rica was unforgettable. All of the staff (teachers, custodians, receptionists) treat everyone with respect and absolute kindness. The teachers are amazing at catering to everyone’s needs and effectively teaching Spanish culture and language through activities inside and outside a classroom. Also, during my time at the school, I met people from all over the globe who are trying to learn Spanish as well. It was an incredibly eye-opening cultural exchange.


Intercultura is all about its people, and that is not just our staff and our host mothers, but also about our students.

This week’s #interculturaesgente post is about Patrick from Boston who studied Spanish for 4 weeks at our Heredia campus in May. As usual we asked him our "famous" five questions. :-)

Discover historic Heredia

  • The historic city of Heredia was one of the first cities settled by Spanish immigrants in the 1700s, although it had long been inhabited by the local tribe called the Huétares. The church in the Central Park, dating from 1797, is one of the oldest, still-functioning churches in the country (along with those of Cartago, Nicoya and Barva).


Seraina and Aurelia, two sisters from Switzerland, spent 4 weeks at our Spanish school in Playa Sámara and enjoyed their time to the fullest. They particularly enjoyed the time together with their hostfamily.

Homestay mother Alice shares a house with her daughter Estefanía and his grandson Matías.

The sisters left a heart-warming note for them in Spanish:

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Intercultura is all about its people, and that is not just our staff and our host mothers, but also about our students.

This week’s #interculturaesgente post is all about Majed from Saudi Arabia and his travelings through Latin America. This time we asked the following questions:

Why do you want to learn Spanish?

A former student and colleague shares his re-entry impressions and a few notes on his final days in Heredia..

It was so great to see everyone at the school this past week. I finally got a chance to say hello to Jerry. I thoroughly enjoyed the excursions that he led to the Doka Estate coffee farm and the La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

I was sad to leave the country yesterday. Here a few quick notes to share:

Students are sometimes confused about the requirement for yellow fever vaccination. We will clarify it for you!

Are you in your 50s or already retired and wonder what it´s like to learn Spanish overseas for someone in your age or even to travel around the world?