Spanish Study for Families & Kids
WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE FOR OUR FAMILY! - A Trip Advisor Review
"My daughters (ages 11 and 8) and I visited Costa Rica in June 2017 (along with a friend and her 9-year-old daughter). We stayed in the country for 3 weeks and attended Intercultura at Samara for a week. We stayed with a family during our time in Samara. We had such a wonderful time at the school, with our host family, enjoying the beach, and exploring the area. We rode bikes from the homestay to the school most days, passing horses and cows who were meandering in the road. When the tide was out, we were able to get off the road and bike on the beach to the school. We played at the beach right at the school most afternoons. After our week in Samara, we went to the Heredia campus and attended school there for a week. From Heredia, we took several excursions through the school, all of which exceeded our expectations. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and all that Intercultura has to offer."
JEANETTE ADAMS & FAMILY
"I'm so glad that Intercultura offers the family program. I think that doing and learning things together as a family is important. Our daily lives are separated by work and school, so being able to have family experiences like these are important to strengthen family bonds.
We love to visit other countries to learn about different cultures and languages. And being at Intercultura we met so many nice people from other parts of the world. We want our children to be worldwide citizens, so this is a great way to enrich the kids.
Costa Rica is such a wonderful country and the people are so kind and welcoming. The Samara campus is nice and quaint, and it's right in front of the beach! We will definitely be coming back." Samara Beach Campus, visited June 2017, firstname.lastname@example.org
CAMILLE CUMBERBATCH & FAMILY
"I cannot express the depth of our thanks to you and your wonderful team for the amazing experience we are having in Costa Rica and with Intercultura Costa Rica!" Heredia City Campus, visited April 2017, email@example.com
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You are a familiy and wish not only to travel but also to learn Spanish? We offer not only a friendly atmosphere and learning environment for individual Spanish learners but also for parents who are travelling with their children, facilitating your family Spanish language vacation.
KIDS CAMP CLASSES - AGES 8 TO 17 YEARS OLD - OFFERED YEAR-ROUND AT BOTH CAMPUSES
Parents have the option to participate in our adult group classes, and arrange for their children to take our customized Spanish classes and activities for children and/or teenagers. Your children develop their Spanish skills in a fun, motivating and social context with other children. Although activities are conducted in Spanish, all teachers speak English too, so your child will be able to express him/herself when necessary in his/her native language. It is important to note that especially for younger learners, these classes are multi-level, multi-age groups, in which the primary focus is to conduct learning-based activities and games in Spanish, with a lesser emphasis on traditional second language acquisition structures. Your child will study the basics in Spanish, but more importantly will be speaking and hearing Spanish throughout the four hours of class time, thereby developing conversational fluidity in a natural, intuitive setting.
Ages 8 to 17 years old: Students will be place in respective groups based on their age, behavior/maturity, and Spanish level during the placement evaluation once here on site. Middleschool and Highschool grade levels are not used as a placement factor.
Schedule: 4 hours/ day Mon - Fr (children are on the same schedule as their parent(s) if parents are enrolled in classes)
Class format, structure and details:
As in our adult Spanish programs we use the communicative approach in our kids classes. The kids and teens will do a combination of in-class learning and out of class activities based on the levels present within the group. Activities may also take place around town and on the beach (no in-water activities) when choosing our Samara Campus. Activities include Sports, arts & crafts, storytelling, beach games, treasure hunts, environmental hikes, “realia” Spanish activities, occasional classroom activities and more. All materials are included in the class price, except for any special field trips with transport and entry fee, in which case parents will cover any additional costs.
This is not an academic, grammatically-structured class; it is a Spanish Camp for young learners (8 - 17 years old)
Children will be placed in classes based on their Spanish level, not their age, as course content is based on the language levels of each student. 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, and teaching is carried out with units and activities suitable for each age group, similar to many Montessori classrooms, for example. If, however, you want your child to be only with children at his own age, we recommend exploring standard elementary or high school options, and we are happy to help you arrange this
YOUR CHILDREN ARE TOO YOUNG FOR OUR KIDS CLASSES?
If your children are too young for our kids' program, we recommend in-home childcare with one of our trusted homestay families (approx. $6-7 per hour) or at one of our recommended local bilingual daycares that accepts short-term students (approx. $150 per week for 4 hours per day).
Options in Sámara:
Options in Heredia:
Parents who wish to take classes (group or private classes) can choose opposite schedules (Sámara Beach Campus only) so that one parent is free while the other is in class, allowing for parent-based childcare.
Child must have a parent or legal guardian present in Sámara for the duration of the program, who will be responsible for drop off, pick-up and in case of emergency. For younger learners, it is recommended the guardian is also present during break times.
LODGING AND OUR RECOMMENDATION
We have a very limited selection of homestay families in Sámara who can accommodate families due to the fact that houses are small and thus often can´t provide sufficient rooms and space for hosting another family. Please inquire about availability before enrolling. We usually recommend homestay lodging for families who are travelling with children of 8 years or older. 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.
Also there are many options in Samara and Heredia, from hotels to apartments to vacation villas. You can also check on Airbnb.com. We are happy to help with suggestions on places to stay close to school.
TOURS AND ACTIVITIES
There are many family-friendly activities available in Sámara, including biking, horse-riding, surfing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, eco-hikes, and more. We will be happy to arrange these half day or full day trips for your family, as well as offer assistance in your further family travel planning. The beach campus itself is an ideal base for families, with outdoor showers, fridge, WiFi, hammocks and large gardens, ideal for kids to play and stay comfortable during a day at the beach.
If you prefer to be in a city setting, our historic Heredia campus offers a beautiful colonial campus and gardens, close to the olympic pool, gym, basketball court and football field. There are also many day-trips ideal for kids, from the children's museum to the educational eco-park, to canopy tours to volcano hikes. We will be happy to arrange day and weekend tours for your family from both our campuses.
CLAUDIA BOYD-BARETT WITH HER DAUGHTER, USA
"It was an inauspicious beginning to what would turn out to be a life-changing trip. (...) Within a month, my daughter would go from speaking almost zero Spanish to conversing in basic sentences and understanding the bulk of what she heard. And both of us would experience the Costa Rican lifestyle and culture far more profoundly than we ever could have staying at a resort." Read the full article in written by Claudia Boyd-Barrett for Ventura County Star magazine!
JOSHUA CUMBERBATCH (16), TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Describe your family experience in one to three words: "Unforgettable, excellent awesome"
"The different extra curricular activities that were available after classes such as the tea time and especially the cooking and dance classes were very fun to participate in and a great way to be introduced into the culture." HEREDIA CAMPUS firstname.lastname@example.org
ALICIA FOSTER (30) & ASHTON (SON) COOK, USA
"We were all very impressed with the school. We had little to no knowledge of the spanish language and everyone at the school (staff and students) made us feel very welcome and were very inviting. We had loved all the tours and after school activities that were offered. Our family was amazing. The food was amazing and they were very kind and inviting. They talked to us in as much spanish as we could understand and incorporated english when necessary. They left a special place in our hearts." HEREDIA CAMPUS email@example.com
ROBERT HIGGINS (64), USA
Describe your family experience in one to three words: "Outstanding, exceeding expectations"
What was the most fun/ exciting part of the program? "I wanted Eva to meet people from a different culture, to learn Spanish, to meet international students and have fun (surf). We hit the mark on all of those issues." SAMARA CAMPUS firstname.lastname@example.org
MARIE MARQUARDT (43), USA
What was the most fun/ exciting part of the program? "It was so wonderful to see how quickly the kids learned Spanish, all while having a great time. Never once did they complain about going to "school"." SAMARA CAMPUS email@example.com
WILLIAM DIAZ-BROWN & KIDS GROUP, USA
"We had 5 young people attend the school for two weeks in July of 2015. They were ages 9, 10, 12, 14 and 16. The teachers were very friendly and professional, and the people working in the school are also the same. Our children learned a great deal of Spanish, and their conversation skills definitely improved. The facilities are clean, modern and comfortable. The vibe of the school is very positive, with many young people from all over the globe, as well as older students. It seemed to be mostly college aged students while we were there. Heredia is a city that is very Costa Rican, there are very few tourists that visit the city, so we were happy with that, it helped the children learn Spanish. The money we spent was a good investment, we liked the school very much." HEREDIA CAMPUS firstname.lastname@example.org
TINA TEVIS (30), USA
"I really enjoyed the month I stayed at the school learning. The teachers, staff, and activity instructors are amazing. My daughter and I loved Nuria, her twins, Katiia, Xinia, Chile, and Melvin. We hope to come back each year." SAMARA CAMPUS email@example.com