Combine both locations
Intercultura Costa Rica is one Spanish school with two unique and very distinctive locations - vibrant, historic Heredia and tranquil, tropical Samara Beach. Combine both locations in order to experience the country from two different perspectives and get the most out of your Spanish studies. Spanish classes are offered year-round at both campuses.
With Intercultura you have the opportunity to discover a country of contrasts, embracing the different cultures Costa Rica offers, and experience our varied activities at each campus. The lifestyle and culture of Heredia are very different from life in Guanacaste, where Playa Sámara is located. When you register, simply choose the dates you would like to be in each campus.
Split your time and start at either campus. After a week or several weeks you can move easily to the other campus without any disruption in your learning process, thanks to our consistent teaching methodology, material and philosophy. Additionally, in both schools we have smart boards (interactive computer boards) in every classroom. The only difference is the location and some of the cultural activities offered daily at the school.
Some activities are the same among both campuses, such as Latin dance or cooking class, while others are unique within each region. In Heredia you can take advantage of going out to local Salsa dance bars or do short day trips to nearby volcanoes, waterfalls or hotsprings, while in Sámara you can enjoy the privileges of being located right on the beach, where taking surf lessons is as convenient as an early morning yoga classes in our beachside rancho with fresh ocean breezes.
Divide your time between both locations to get the best possible immersion experience.
Combine both locations - Spanish & Volunteer Program
Our recommendation to "combine both" does not only refer to your Spanish classes. Spanish students who choose to volunteer after their Spanish course with us have the option to split their Spanish studies between both locations, and also their volunteer work. Our Volunteer Coordinators will help you to arrange your desired combination of locations and projects.
QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE
1. What is most surprising about each campus and area?
In HEREDIA most are suprised that we are located in the middle of town, yet have a big beautiful campus with interior gardens, terraces and mountian views. In SAMARA many comment on the fact that there is a strong Costa Rican community despite being a beach town. Our homestay families still live right in town and close to the beach, in contrast to other beach areas where foreigners have tended to usurp the local community. All love the fact that there is no road between our campus and the beach - the Pacific ocean is basically in our front yard!
Can I still change the location after my Spanish program has already started?
Yes! Once your Spanish program has started, you can always change the location if you feel like getting to know a different side of Costa Rica. Please remember, however, that group classes cannot be changed to privates once you have started. You can, however, always add private lessons to your group class if we have availibility.
2. Where should I start, in Historic Heredia or Samara Beach?
While you probably know best what you’re looking for, we recommend starting at our Heredia campus. Heredia is located in the Central Valley, where 80% of Costa Rica’s people live, so you get an authentic taste of “Tico” life. There are great local tours to volcanoes, waterfalls and other natural wonders, so you won’t only be in an urban setting. It is also a more economical option to start in Heredia, as we include the airport pick-up from SJO if you stay with a host family (minimum 1 week). The tuition is also slightly lower in Heredia. If you have more than one week with us, it’s definitely worth experiencing both campuses! If you love beaches, then the Sámara campus will be a great fit. This is a perfect campus and location for the active traveler.
3. Which location do you recommend during rainy season?
You'll never really know how the green season will be. In Heredia it is usually sunny during the day, with the rain starting in the afternoon or evening and sometimes lasting until the next morning! In Sámara it is drier, with shorter rains and more sunny days; the rainiest months are September and October. You should not make your decision according only to what you read online, since it generalizes the rainy season for the most part. Don't forget, no matter where you start, you can always go back and forth between our locations.
For example, if you have booked 3 weeks in Sámara only, but you end up being there when it's pouring rain, and you decide it's too rainy for your taste. In this case, we offer you the full flexibility to change to our Heredia campus after your first week. That's not to say that it won't rain in Heredia, but at least in the central valley there are plenty of indoor cultural activities as well.
4. Where do the serious learners prefer to study Spanish?
They usually pick Heredia over Sámara, with maybe one week in Sámara to experience the other side of Costa Rican culture. Also, read our blog post "What to choose, Heredia or Samara Beach or both?" These answer may help you in your decision-making process.