At a glance
- Start learning basic Spanish, or improve what you already know, from a professional language teacher.
- Outside of class, you’ll be able to practice new words and phrases with local native speakers, as well as your host family.
- You can study Spanish full-time, or combine your studies with one of our volunteer or internship programmes.
Completely flexible datesSee Dates
Anyone aged 16 or over can join
The project runs all year round, you can start on any day, and it’s fully supervised. So all you need to do is decide on some dates, complete our application form with a £195 deposit and we’ll take care of the rest.
What will I be doing?
Depending on your skills and when you travel with us, you may have your classes alone or be in a small group. The time and frequency of these lessons depend on whether you’re studying full-time or part-time. Here are some of the activities that you can expect to do during your stay:
- Learn Spanish during personal lessons
- Explore and experience Costa Rica
- Help with other work if you choose to combine your lessons with a volunteer project
Your Spanish Language Course in Costa Rica will focus on the following areas:
Your Spanish classes will be personalised according to your knowledge and skill level. If you’re a beginner, you’ll be taught basic grammar and vocabulary. If you’re an intermediate level, you’ll have more control over what you and your teacher focus on.
If you choose to do this as a standalone course, you’ll attend 15 hours of classes per week. If you choose to combine this course with one of our other projects, you’ll be able to choose between a 5, 14, or 30 hour course.
Explore Costa Rica
The best thing about learning Spanish in Costa Rica is that you’re able to practice what you learn in your lessons while you’re out and about. Improve your conversation and pronunciation by placing a food order at a restaurant or shopping at a local market.
Participate in a volunteer project
We offer many different projects that are based in Costa Rica. Support early childhood development at understaffed childcare centres or gain practical work experience teaching at with . Take a look at the projects we offer to see if you’d like to combine any of them with your language course.
Alternatively, you can also do a standalone course in Spanish before moving on to contribute to one of our other projects.
Where will I be learning in Costa Rica?
The vibrant city of Heredia is situated in the heart of Costa Rica’s coffee-growing country. Due to its large student population and close proximity to San Jose, Heredia has an active social scene with plenty to offer. Its central location also means that Heredia is perfectly placed for exploring the rest of Costa Rica.
You can easily reach the impressive Poas and Irazu volcanoes on a day-trip from Heredia. Elsewhere, numerous popular tourist destinations, such as Arenal volcano and Monteverde cloud forest, are only a few hours bus ride away.
You're also never too far from the coast in Costa Rica. Spoilt for choice by the number of idyllic beaches, you'll have plenty of opportunities for water-based activities like surfing, swimming, snorkelling or scuba diving in your time off. The laid-back life of Costa Rica is infectious and you will find it hard to leave.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
With more than 25% of its land protected in national parks, Costa Rica is a nature lover’s paradise. It has everything from volcanoes to tropical rainforests, and magnificent waterfalls to beautiful sandy beaches. This tiny country is also renowned for its biodiversity and boasts an array of wildlife.
The vibrant city of Heredia, where most of our projects are based, is situated in the heart of Costa Rica’s coffee-growing country. With its large student population and close proximity to the exciting capital city of San Jose, Heredia has an active cultural and social scene.
You can easily reach the impressive Poas and Irazu volcanoes on a day-trip from Heredia. Many other popular tourist destinations, such as Arenal volcano and Monteverde cloud forest, are only a few hours bus ride away.
You're never far from the coast in Costa Rica. Spoilt for choice by the number of idyllic beaches, you'll have plenty of opportunities for water-based activities like surfing, swimming, or scuba diving in your free time.
There will likely be other volunteers in Costa Rica with you. So you can choose to explore on your own or as a group.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.