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SPANISH IMMERSION FOR KIDS

A camp-style Spanish program for young learners!

With our Family Spanish Immersion Program children will take our customized Spanish program for kids and or teenagers. These camp-style classes are multi-level groups, in which the primary focus is to conduct learning-based activities and games in Spanish. Your child will study the basics in a fun, motivating and social context with other children around their age. More importantly they will be speaking and hearing Spanish throughout the class time, developing conversational fluidity in a natural, intuitive setting.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OUR FAMILY SPANISH IMMERSION PROGRAM

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Year-round available at both campus locations: Heredia City & Sámara Beach

Designed for students aged
8 -12 OR 13-17

Schedule: 4 hours/ day,
Mon - Fr (children are on the same schedule as their parent(s) if parents are enrolled in classes)

Parents participate in our adult group classes, while their children will take our customized Spanish program for kids.

A combination of in-class learning and outdoor activities based on the group level.

As in our adult Spanish programs we use the communicative approach in our Spanish immersion program for kids. Activities may take place around town and on the beach.

What is included:

  • Sports, arts & crafts, storytelling, beach games, treasure hunts, environmental hikes and more;
  • All materials

What is not included:

  • No in-water activities if you choose our Samara Beach Campus
  • Costs for special field trips with transport and entry fee, in which case parents will cover any additional costs.

A combination of in-class learning and outdoor activities based on the group level.

As in our adult Spanish programs we use the communicative approach in our Spanish immersion program for kids. Activities may take place around town and on the beach.

What is included:

  • Sports, arts & crafts, storytelling, beach games, treasure hunts, environmental hikes and more;
  • All materials

What is not included:

  • No in-water activities if you choose our Samara Beach Campus
  • Costs for special field trips with transport and entry fee, in which case parents will cover any additional costs.
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Multi-age classrooms similar to Montessori

In our Spanish program for kids Students will be placed in a group based on their age, maturity and Spanish level during the placement evaluation here on site. Middleschool and Highschool grade levels are not used as a placement factor.

Course content is based on the language levels of each student, and as such, ages within each classroom may vary, and we expect both kids and parents to be flexible and respectful of age and any other differences (ethnicities, native languages, religion, disabilities, gender expression, etc).

We believe that student diversity in all areas can only enhance the linguistic, social and cultural experiences that children are exposed to at our camp.

Our teachers are skilled at managing multi-age classrooms, with units and activities suitable for each age group, similar to many Montessori classrooms. If, however,  you want your child to be only with children at his own age, we recommend exploring standard elementary or high school options, which we can help arrange.

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LODGING FOR YOUR SPANISH IMMERSION FAMILY VACATION

LODGING FOR YOUR FAMILY VACATION

HOMESTAY ACCOMMODATION

We have a limited selection of homestay families in Sámara who can accommodate families, as houses are small and have little space for hosting another family. The host families that have enough space to host an entire family is because they no longer have their own children living with them. But often they have grandchildren visiting the house with whom the children can play and practice the language.

Please inquire about availability before enrolling. For families who are travelling with children of 8 years or older we usually recommend homestay lodging . This limitation does not apply for a single parent travelling with just one child. In that case parent and child can be assigned to any homestay family and will share a room, in consideration of preferences and availability.

 

STUDENT RESIDENCE & APARTMENTS

We also offer rooms with AC and private bathroom, shared kitchen and social areas, in our lovely student residence right next to the beach campus, or fully equipped student apartments diagonal opposite the Heredia school.

There are also many hotel and Airbnb options in both Samara and Heredia, and we are happy to help with suggestions.

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FAMILY FEEDBACK ON OUR SPANISH PROGRAM FOR KIDS

Rosalind Valenza, Spanish Professor, USA

“I want to take this time to express my deep gratitude for being awarded the ACTFL scholarship that enabled me to take classes with my family in Samara this April. The experience was amazing and what I learned to deepen my own practices as an education administrator was unforgettable. The curriculum was spot on and the evaluation at the beginning of the school week was very accurate. By the end of the first week, I started to think in Spanish. My teacher Dari was fantastic! The program for children was just as impressive. My boys loved attending class as it was fun and interesting. Upon arrival we were a little surprised when we saw ants in the room as this is not common in New York City. I thought my son Christopher would not adjust. Within one day we learned to live among the insects, birds, and beauty of nature (the ants also understood that they needed to leave since we had arrived in the apartment). My son Christopher also overcame his fear of the feeling of sand, and he now loves the beach! The only problem with our trip is that it was too short. We look forward to coming back soon to one of the campuses for at least 2-3 weeks. At the end of our next trip, I will try my best to write a summary of our trip in Spanish. Thank You.”  Sámara Beach Campus, visited in April 2024

 

A TRIP ADVISOR REVIEW

Read the full review on Trip Advisor!

“This is our second year in a row studying Spanish in Intercultura schools. We had such an unbelievable experience and today, our last day here for this year, we are going kayaking/ snorkeling. The weather is beautiful, the school is right at the beach. My son took surfing lessons and played soccer with other kids at the school. So many lovely families come here, a great relief after our winter in NYC public middle school. My older son did the teen program again and had a great time. So many activities and being away from home for 2 weeks gave him a little sense of independence ( the group is highly supervised and very well cared for by the counselors from the time they arrive until they return home). We’re planning for my younger son to do the teen program next year when he’ll be 13. He’s already looking forward to it.”  Sámara Beach Campus, visited 2022 and 2023

 

MIKE DUGAS & FAMILY

“Super program! My kids learned sooooo much. Just today, I was reviewing verb conjugation with Patrick (aged 8) and he not only remembered what he learned, he asked me to teach him how to conjugate verbs para tuteo. I am also teaching him how to conjugate verbs in the preterito, infinitivo y futuro. Que magnifico!” Heredia City Campus, visited 2019 and 2020, mikedugas77@gmail.com