Take an intensive group Spanish course in the cute little town of Turrialba surrounded by volcanoes, raging rivers and lush, green rain forests.
Our Spanish school in Turrialba is perfect for adventurous people that love to learn about different cultures, ecosystems and tropical farming. The school was founded in June 2002 and is located a little outside of the typically "Tico" town of Turrialba. When coming from San José, 10 minutes before entering town, you take a left into "Barrio El Recreo" to enter the "Entrada de Chirraca" and arrive at our Spanish school, an oasis of peace and therefore a great place to study spanish and relax. At 850 meters, it seems a little less hot and more "tranquilo" than in downtown Turrialba.
Spanish classes are mostly held outside, in one of the little huts or on the roomy porch, from where you have a beautiful view of the volcano and the lush, green surroundings. You can spot exotic birds like toucans, hummingbirds, and other tropical species while attending classes. During breaks we serve delicious coffee from the surrounding highlands. If you want to stretch your legs, you can walk down the street in front of the school and maybe see some leafcutter ants coming by or even a sloth!
Welcome Meet & Greet
To welcome our new students and to kick off their first week, an Introduction Talk & Drink is held every Sunday night. Our language program includes a social, educational and fun activity program during weekdays. This way the students do not only learn Spanish, but also get offered activities such as Latin dance classes, movie nights, cooking workshops, tropical fruit cocktail hours, yoga, beach fit or a delicious barbecue. The best part is that it is all included in the course price. Every week during the introduction talk, the school manager will present the free activity program which we welcome the students to participate in.
Intensive Group Spanish Classes
Intensive Group Spanish classes include 6 hours of lessons a day from Monday to Friday. The hours are from 8:00 till 12:00 with a break from 9:55 till 10:05, and again from 17:00 till 19:00. When there is only one student at this level, you receive 3 hours of private lessons at the same price.
About Your Location
Turrialba, located at 650 meters above sea level, is a small town that also offers the services of a city. Surrounded by rushing rivers and mountains shrouded in mist, you can feel yourself really integrated in Costa Rican culture as Turrialba is not very touristy and is a great place to practice Spanish since not many people speak English. The population of the town and surrounding district is about 70.000 and all the Turrialbeños seem to know and greet each other. In Turrialba you can find a few hotels, some restaurants, (pool) bars, coffee shops, ice cream parlors, a cinema, swimming pools, banks, internet cafés, a post office, gyms and discos. However, this place is not for people who wish to go out every night to a cool, trendy night club. The people in Turrialba love to go out for some drinks and salsa dancing on the weekends but generally not on weekdays.
Turrialba is also internationally known for excellent whitewater rafting with several scenic rivers flowing through spectacular canyons and lush rainforests. The area also hosts the 3339 meter high Volcán Turrialba that is located 15 km northwest of Turrialba. Only one of the three craters still shows signs of activity. Below the craters we find a cloud forest full of ferns, mosses, bromeliads, and with some luck you can spot the beautiful bird, the quetzal.
25 Dec - Christmas Day (the school is closed)
01 Jan - New Year's Day (the school is closed)
29-30 Mar - Easter (the school is closed)
11 Apr - Juan Santamaria's Day
01 May - May Labor Day (the school is closed)
25 Jul - Guanacaste Annexation
02 Aug - Virgin of Los Angeles, Feast of Patroness of Costa Rica
15 Aug - Mothers' Day and Assumption
15 Sep - Independence Day
12 Oct - Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day)
25 Dec - Christmas Day (the school is closed)
These activities are not included in the program, but can be booked and paid locally:
Canyoning and canopy tour
CATIE - Tropical Agriculture
Guayabo National Monument
Golden Bean Coffee tour
Mountain bike tour
Gekui river camp
Parque Nacional Volcán Irazú
Whitewater kayak lesson
In Turrialba you can choose between two different accommodation types. As a standard we accommodate all our clients in a hostel. Should you wish to stay at a local homestay, let your travel advisor know and they will help you with the booking.
Hostel (School Residence):
If you like to be independent, yet share with fellow students, we recommend staying at our hostel whilst you study Spanish in Turrialba. Most rooms in the hostel are to be shared by 2 students and there is one room that can be used by 3 students. If you prefer to have your own space, we also have private rooms and even a private room with a private bathroom. The hostel has a large fully equipped kitchen. You can also order continental breakfast for USD4 (to be paid locally). There is a balcony with hammocks where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the volcano and the jungle in front of the hostel where you can spot sloths, toucans and lots of other birds.
We are very proud of our homestay program in Costa Rica. Living with a local family is a unique experience that will provide you with the opportunity to not only learn the language but also explore the culture of Costa Rica. Our homestays in Turrialba have been carefully selected. The host families love to share their culture with you by for example taking you to family parties. The rooms in the homestay are private and have shared bathrooms. Our homestays in Costa Rica include breakfast and laundry, but if you pay a bit more you can get dinner and lunch included as well. Food is typically Costa Rican, nevertheless, most host families can adapt a little upon request (e.g. considering special dietary restrictions). If you don’t use our pick-up service from San José Airport to your homestay in Costa Rica, you need to call the school to let us know at what time you will arrive in Turrialba so your host family can welcome you at the bus station.
You have two options regarding transport to Turrialba. You can make your own way there, or you can pay extra and have a taxi transfer from San Jose International Airport directly to your accommodation in Turrialba. The transfer is NOT included in the price and will be booked separately.
If you are staying at the hostel (School Residence), meals are not included.
If you are staying at the homestay, the meal inclusions will depend on the package you choose:
- Breakfast & dinner
- Breakfast, lunch & dinner
The food is typically Costa Rican, nevertheless, your host family can adapt a little on request (e.g. considering special dietary restrictions).