Costa Rica Ranchodeespanol Spanish Schools

RANCHO DE ESPAÑOL 
COSTA RICA SPANISH LANGUAGE IMMERSION SCHOOLS
In the village of La Guacima near Alajuela, just 30 minutes from San Jose

AVENTURAS LANGUAGES Most Flexible and Adaptable Family Friendly Program in Costa Rica/with 
Classes for Children, Teenagers and Families. 
Medical Spanish Classes with 24 Hours Intensive Medical Spanish Classes and 9 Hours Clinic Practice

[Rancho de Español Spanish Schools: Alajuela,(outside of San José) and Jaco Beach]

"Hola, Everything is great. I couldn't have asked for a better family! My teachers are so helpful, and the people are so nice. I've made some friends, but most of them have already left. Rafael could not be anymore helpful (both as a teacher and as the tour guy), tomorrow I'm going to Café Britt for a tour, and on Sunday to Sarchí to buy some last minute gifts. I don't think that there is anything that I need right now (except more time here, I don't want to go home!...)."   Gracias, Kelsey, 17: Summer 2007

Medical Spanish Immersion Programs
MEDICAL SPANISH RATES 2012

Subject to change, call/email to confirm
Adult, Teen, Child and Family Program info below

Subject to change. Please confirm with Aventuras Languages

1 Week

2 Weeks

3 Weeks

4 Weeks

Additional Wks

$455 Tuition Only 
or $615 w Homestay

$910 Tuition Only
or $1,230 w Homestay

$1,335 Tuition Only 
or $1,815 w Homestay

$1,1720 Tuition Only 
or $2,360 w Homestay

$375 Tuition Only
or $525 w Homestay

Our Medical Spanish Immersion Programs include Medical Spanish classes, homestays with meals or other accommodations and clinic medical practice hours. 
Our standard Medical Spanish Program includes 24 hours of Medical Spanish Classes at the school, 9 hours of medical clinic practice and homestays with meals.
Those students arriving with less Spanish skills may be recommended to begin with the Intensive Spanish Program below prior to focusing on Medical Spanish and integrating clinic experience.

ABOUT RANCHO DE ESPANOL SPANISH SCHOOLS


Learn Spanish abroad in Costa Rica! Rancho de Español Language School is your school in Costa Rica. We offer Intensive and Regular Immersion Spanish language courses, Spanish Programs for children and teenagers, Medical Spanish Programs, Spanish Programs for Spanish Teachers, and many other programs of instruction in the Spanish language.

* Start ANY Monday 52 weeks a year. Our Spanish courses in Costa Rica are designed in cycles of one to the number of weeks you require; schedules may be adjusted to meet your own requirements.

* Beginning, intermediate and advanced Spanish classes are intentionally kept small (no more than four students per group), in order to give more attention to your needs and to create a better dynamic in the classroom.

* Rancho de Español in Costa Rica has been dedicated to teaching Spanish as a foreign language for more than 12 years.

* Immersion is the best way to learn the Spanish in Costa Rica as a second language. Here, we have the staff and the experience to help you progress quickly and enjoyably in your study of Spanish. In addition, Costa Rica provides the cultural and social environment to make an ideal setting for a great Spanish study abroad experience!

RATES 2011
Subject to change. Please confirm with Aventuras Languages 

Our Prices with Homestay Include: 
Airport Transportation (pick up & drop off from Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport). 
Homestay with a local family. 
Spanish Classes Placement Test 
Textbooks 
Participation certificated 
Snacks during breaks 
Use of the facilities (swimming pool, sport fields such as basketball, volleyball and soccer) 
Latino dancing classes 
Costa Rican cooking classes 
Alajuela city tour with a member of the staff.


  

Homestay includes:

  • Private room

  • 3 meals

  • Laundry service (7 days).


Pricing subject to change without notice, please confirm with AVENTURAS LANGUAGES

SPANISH PROGRAMS 
2012 TEEN AND ADULT CLASS PRICES
Subject to change, call/email to confirm


Small Groups of Maximum 4 students per class, average is 3 per class, often less outside of summer season.
All programs are from Monday to Friday. Flexible entry to homestays. Sometimes partial weeks of study are possible.

NUMBER OF WEEKS

TEEN & REGULAR ADULT PROGRAM
4 hours per day

ADULT INTENSIVE PROGRAM
5.5 Hours/Day

ADULT SEMI-PRIVATE INTENSIVE PROGRAM

1 WEEK

$325 Tuition Only
or $485 w Homestay

$455 Tuition Only 
or $615 w Homestay

$510 Tuition Only
or $660 w Homestay

2 WEEKS

$650 Tuition Only
or $970 w Homestay

$910 Tuition Only
or $1,230 w Homestay

$1,020 Tuition Only
or $1,320 w Homestay

3 WEEKS

$945 Tuition Only 
or $1425 w Homestay

$1,335 Tuition Only 
or $1,815 w Homestay

$1,470 Tuition Only 
or $1,920 w Homestay

4 WEEKS

$1200 Tuition Only 
or $1,840 w Homestay

$1,720 Tuition Only 
or $2,360 w Homestay

$1,900 Tuition Only 
or $2,500 w Homestay

Additional Weeks

$285 Tuition Only 
or w Homestay $445

$410 Tuition Only
or $570 w Homestay

$470 Tuition Only 
or $620 w Homestay

The Prices Above Include:

  • Spanish Classes
  • Placement Test,
  • Textbooks
  • Participation certificated
  • Snacks during breaks
  • Use of the facilities (swimming pool, sport fields such as basketball, volleyball and soccer)
  • Latin dancing classes
  • Costa Rican cooking classes
  • Alajuela city tour with a member of the staff

    ACCOMMODATION
  • HOMESTAY PROGRAM: $160 per person

    • One extra night in homestay: $25 per person
    • Price per week, from Sunday to Sunday
    • 4 nights or more the weekly price applies.

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION PROGRAM

For students that would prefer private classes we offer one to one instruction. (Please note that private classes are not offered from mid-May through mid-August.)

  • Additional private tutoring hour: US $20
  • Regular Program with private tutor: US $100 per week in addition to the price of the group class
  • Intensive Program with private tutor: US $150 per week in addition to the price of the intensive group program

Our Homestay Program includes: Airport pick up and drop off from Juan Santamaria international airport to Rancho de Español, 3 meals, laundry service and private room.

APARTMENTS ON CAMPUS

  • Private apartments from Sunday to Sunday.
  • Please contact us for further details, prices and pictures.
  • To keep practicing the language and interact with a native family we can arrange your two meals (lunch and dinner) at a nearby home.


    TEEN PROGRAM
  • If you are between 14 and 19 and want to have an incredible adventure practicing Spanish, enjoying making sports on the campus, such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, swimming or horseback riding, and also visiting many beautiful places in Costa Rica, you wish to attend Rancho de Espa~ol Teens Camp.

  • Our students here have the opportunity to participate in a program of study during the mornings – four daily Spanish lessons- along with our incredible activity options during the afternoons, such as: excursions, activities, sports, cultural visits, beach and special permission for night time off-campus excursions. 

  • The Program:

  • Arrival: 
    Some one from the school will be at the airport holding a sign with the name of the school, Rancho de Espa~ol. Students can arrive a few days before starting classes, or just a weekend before. They will stay with their host family since their arrival.
    Accommodations and rules: 
    Students will stay with host families and will be placed according to their preferences. They can choose from either being placed with another student or being placed by themselves. On weekend tours, students will stay in hotels and share rooms with students of the same gender.
    Drinking alcohol: Participating students will NOT be allowed to drink alcohol at any time.
    Night curfew: Students are NOT allowed to go out at night by themselves after 8:00 PM. When they are not with the chaperone, they will stay with their host family.

  • Spanish Classes: 
    Students will have 4 hours of Spanish classes from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


  •  

    Week 1

     

    Mon

    Tue

    Wed

    Thu

    Fri

    Sat

    Sun

     

    Alajuela City

    Tour & museums visits

    Spanish classes

    +

    Organical Gardening

    Spanish Classes

    +

    Cooking classes

    Spanish Classes

    +

    Dancing classes

    & Sports

    Spanish Classes

    +

    Pueblo Antiguo Typical Show

    Time to Share with your host family

    Coffee Tour 
    At the Cafe© Britt Coffee Plantation.

     

    Week 2

     

    Mon

    Tue

    Wed

    Thu

    Fri

    Sat

    Sun

     

    Spanish Classes

    Spanish classes

    +

    Organical Gardening

    Spanish Classes

    +

    Cooking Classes

    Spanish Classes

    +

    Dancing classes

    & Sports

    Spanish Classes

    +

    Handcraft Workshop

    Tortuga Island
    Cruise

    Time to share with your hostfamily.

     

     

    Week 3

     

    Mon

    Tue

    Wed

    Thu

    Fri

    Sat

    Sun

     

    San Jose City Tour & museums visits

    Spanish Classes

    +

    Organical Gardening

    Spanish classes

    +

    Cooking classes

     

    Spanish classes

    +

    Dancing classes

    & Sports

    Spanish Classes

    +

    Handcraft Workshop

    5 in 1 Tour

    Tour to the best places in the Central Valley (volcano, waterfall, natural reserve, river and rain forest tour)

    Time to share with your host family!

     

     

    Week 4

     

    Mon

    Tue

    Wed

    Thu

    Fri

    Sat

    Sun

     

    Spanish Class

    +

    Art Classes (painting)

    Spanish Classes

    +

    Organical Gardening

    Spanish classes

    +

    Cooking classes

    Spanish classes

    +

    Dancing classes

    & Sports

    Spanish Classes

    +

    Handcraft Workshop

    Grecia and Sarchi­ Village Tour

    Craft Village to observe artist painting oxcarts, or just shop for souvenirs.

    Time to share with your family!

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CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
RATES 2012
Subject to change. Please confirm with Aventuras Languages
(Prices for the Children Programs include accommodation)

DESCRIPTION

1 week

2 weeks

3 weeks

4 weeks

Additional week 
after the 4th week

KIDS (6 - 13) PROGRAM

$415

$830

$1,245

$1,660

380

CHILD CARE (3 - 5)
SPANISH PROGRAM

$250

$500

$750

$1000

225

BABY SITTER (0 -2)
SERVICE

$130

$260

$390

$520

110

SCHEDULE

  • Regular Spanish Program: 8 am to 12:30 pm
  • Intensive Spanish Program: 8 am to 12:30 pm + 2 to 3:30 pm
  • Semi-Private Spanish Program: 8 am to 12:30 pm + Private Class from 2 to 4 pm
  • Children Programs: 8am to 12:30 pm

  • Coffee break is every day from 10 to 10:30 am.



REGISTRATION LINK

ACCOMODATIONS

* HOMESTAY PROGRAMS Additional week in host family: US $150. Additional day in host family: US $25 

HOW TO ENROLL & PAY: Students can pay either with traveler’s checks, major credit cards, money orders or cash. In order to enroll, please send us a US$100 deposit with your enrollment form. The balance is due the first day of classes.

* OUR PRICES INCLUDE: Airport pickup and drop off, home-stay with a local family within a walking distance, private bedroom, three meals a day, laundry service, a Spanish Workbook and other materials, small classes (4 max. per instructor), all Costa Rican instructors, snacks during breaks and use of our facilities.

* APARTMENTS : For your convenience the school has three fully furnished apartments on the school campus with a swimming pool in the backyard. If you still want to interact with a native family we can arrange your three meals at a nearby home.

* APARTMENTS

* When you arrive in Costa Rica, the last thing you need to worry about is transportation to your destination, because a representative of Rancho de Español will meet you at the airport. You are then taken to the apartment or to your host family.* ON CAMPUS

* For your convenience and if you prefer more privacy, the school offers fully furnished, single, double and for families, apartments on the school campus with a swimming pool in the backyard, and surrounded by beautiful gardens.

* There you will be able to prepare your own meals, or if you still want to interact with a native family, we can arrange your three meals at a nearby home.

* ALSO! If you want to travel throughout Costa Rica, without taking Spanish classes, and want to have a clean, safe and very good located place to relax and meet with relatives or other friends, this is the right place!

APARTMENTS EL RANCHO

* Apartments with:

* Cable TV

* Kitchenettes

* Fans

* Green Areas with:

  • Swimming pool

  • Soccer field

  • Basketball court

  • Volleyball court

  • Butterfly garden

  • Secured parking

BBQ Facilities: Right on the campus Laundry service Tours and rental cars Reading lounge Fax available E-mail service Others:

WE ALSO WELCOME AND LODGE LARGE GROUPS

    

  HOSTFAMILY

Many students and their parents wonder, "what is a homestay?", "what kind of home?", "what kind of people?", "where are these homes?". You will actually stay in their living quarters and can become a part of the family. Their homes are clean and ordinary. These are middle class Costa Rican families who truly welcome you. They will do everything in their power to please you.

There is hardly any English spoken but you will learn your Spanish much faster when there is no other choice. It becomes fun and a challenge. Costa Rican food is delicious and there is always the smell of good cooking and coffee. This family cooks three meals a day that is if you are hungry. At first three meals might seem like a lot of food but around two days later when class is almost over you will be looking forward to those meals.

Usually you will walk to the school , which is within the area. The entire area of Guácima is within walking distance. When you start out in the morning, it is a pure delight. Everyone greets you, "Buenos días" even though they have never seen or met you before. It is the right thing to replay, "Buenos Días". You will note that people in Costa Rica work hard with difficult circumstances but still manage to greet you with a sincere smile and a kind word. As you continue your stroll towards the school you can take note of some beautiful white cows with long floppy ears.

At the end of your stay, you will become quite attached to your "Costa Rican family". However if you are not pleased, then changes could be made. Everyone's culture is different and the best method in learning a language is to learn the culture. You will receive these valuable assets with your host family at Rancho de Español

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* Rancho de Español is in a small town about 40 minutes from San Jose. It has a spacious, park-like campus with a swimming pool which offers a relaxing atmosphere to students.

* Students can combine classes with swimming, playing soccer or volleyball, or resting under the shade of a tree.

* Clases are often held in open-air classrooms surrounded by trees and a wide variety of flowers. Students can also plan field trips with their teachers to local places of interest such as the post office, the bank, or the market, as well as to San José. In such cases the study of Spanish is integrated into the trip. The school will also help students who wish to travel in Costa Rica to plan their tours.

* Every week the school will offer you Latino dancing classes (Salsa, Merengue and Cumbia) and you will also learn how to prepare some of our typical dishes in the cooking classes.

* Other activities you are able to do during your stay.* Horseback riding. Butterflies Live workshops Exercises in/out the watter with a professional trainer Art workshops Bowling Movies, etc.

REGISTRATION LINK

What our students say!

"Clara Camronero's conversational method is unequivocally the most efficient means of attaining fluency in Spanish. Under the shade of palm trees with the easy breeze of the Central Valley blowing through your outdoor classroom, you quickly learn to speak in present, past, and future tenses. By the end of one week in the intensive program, I was fully conversant with my professors and friends. Unlike other schools in Costa Rica and Central America, Sra. Cambronero's program places a heavy emphasis on correct grammar and pronunciation, leaving the student with an intelligent arsenal of phrases, correct verb tenses, and proper vocabulary. But the program doesn't stop there. While at the school, one can learn everything from Costa Rican cooking to salsa dancing during the free evening extracurricular activities! Indeed, the program at Rancho de Espanol succeeds where one semester in a community college and numerous self-study programs in the U.S. (including intermediate Spanish CD series) failed me. There is simply no quicker path to fluency. As a healthcare professional, I plan to return in an effort to advance my medical-specific vocabulary, and I have no doubt that my goal of complete fluency will soon be realized. The staff and professors at Rancho de Espanol are second-to-none; the lush habitat, friendliness of the Costa Ricans, and ample opportunities for outdoor fun make studying in Costa Rica the only logical choice! "
Sam Galvagno, MD Resident Brigham and Woman's Hospital Harvard Medical School Boston, MA, USA E-mail: sam_galvagno@yahoo.com

We have studied at four other schools in Costa Rica and the instruction we received at Rancho de Espanol, was the best. 
Margie & George Cole, Florida   cole32344@yahoo.com

I have enjoyed being here. This is a great place for a family -safe + friendly. I have learned lots. The focus seems to be on making sure one has a good grasp of grammar. That was good. 
Carol, Marni and Casey Paulsen, Canada 
cpaulsen@shaw.ca

This was my second trip here, so if actions speak louder than words, then you understand how much I love this place. I loved the people, the atmosphere and everything about the school. I learned a whole bunch too. The professors were wonderful. They were more than teachers; they were friends as well. Marlee Kingsley, Texas 
MKdreams16@hotmail.com

The whole experience was wonderful, our host family was very warm and welcoming, and the high quality of the instruction was excellent. We had a wonderful experience here, thank you for everything! 
Roy, Mary, Colin and Meghan Gardner-Fahy, Florida 
marycfahy@yahoo.com

This stay at the Rancho and in Costa Rica was a super learning + cultural experience. The school is super. We plan a return stay next year. What we liked most about the school was the fresh air classrooms, the professors each with much different styles but productive results, on-campus apartments and meals with a tico-family. 
Wayne, Cynthia and Sean McClelland, Nevada 
waynemcc@wamware.com

Wonderful program for families with children. We loved the activities organized and the facilities such as the pool, horses, hammocks, soccer field, basketball, computers and dogs. 
Karen y Sara Ebadi 
k_ebadi@sbcglobal.net

                                                 

History and Politics: Costa Rica is a special jewel. It has a reputation for being an oasis of calm among its turbulent neighbors. Costa Rica’s 100 years of nearly uninterrupted democracy have helped make it the most stable economy in Central America. This stability and adherence to the democratic process are a source of great pride to Costa Ricans. We like to think of our country as a “Switzerland of Central America,” not only because of its herds of dairy cows but also because of its staunch position of neutrality in a region that has been torn by nearly constant civil wars and revolutions for more than 200 years.

* A very important thing about Costa Rica it is that is the only country in Latin America that does not have an army, air force nor marine corps.

* People: Costa Ricans, also known as “Ticos”, have a high literacy rate. Women constitute nearly 50% of the work force, and there is a large, working middle class; the gross disparity between rich and poor that you see in other Central American countries is not found here.

* Food: Rice and beans are the basis of Costa Rican meals. At breakfast, they are called gallo pinto and come with eggs. At lunch or dinner rice and beans go by the name casado (which also means ”married”). A casado usually comes with a cabbage-and-tomato salad, fried plantains ( a type of banana), and a meat dish of some sort.

* Health: (Vaccinations), No vaccinations are required for a visit to Costa Rica, unless you are coming from an area where yellow fever exists

* Climate: Costa Rica is a tropical country and has distinct wet and dry seasons. However, some regions are rainy all year and others are very dry and sunny for most of the year. Temperatures vary primarily with elevation, not with season. On the coasts it is hot all year, while up in the mountains, it can be cool at night any time of year. In the highest elevations frost is common.

* Rainy Season or Green Season: from May to mid-November; during this season, days start sunny with rain falling in the afternoon and evening. Rain does not usually fall all day long, but when it does it is a good opportunity to climb into a hammock and catch up on your reading.

* Dry Season (considered summer for Costa Ricans): from mid-November to April; this season is very similar to the Spring. It is sunny and fresh because of the wind.

* The country's natural attractions, wildlife and reputation for enlightened conservation draw tourists from all over the world. Successive governments have made a real effort to preserve the country's image as eco-tourism heaven, making Costa Rica one of the best places to experience the tropics naturally and with minimal impact.

* Our country is mostly coastline, so it has some of the region's best surfing, beaches galore and a climate that encourages slothfulness in all species.

* Full country name: Republic of Costa Rica Government: Democracy

* Currency / Cash: The unit of currency in Costa Rica is the colon/colones.

* Area: 51,100 sq km (19,929 sq mi)

* Population: 3,710,558 (growth rate 1.7%)

* Capital city: San José (pop 333,000)

* People: 96% Spanish descent, 2% African descent, 1% indigenous Indians, 1% Chinese

* Language: Spanish, Creole English and Indian dialects

* Religion: 85% Roman Catholic, 14% Protestant

  


Rancho de Español has extensive experience welcoming large groups from different schools, companies and organizations from around the world. The groups and coordinators are welcome to join our Spanish programs or just lodge ar out campus or with a host family. Leave everything in our hands and enjoy of a wonderful stay, our staff will be happy to organize activities that will fit the group needs.

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Rancho de Español
Alajuela ,Costa Rica, Central America

 


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