Administrative Staff

Admin Staff & Support Staff

Cristina Soto and Laura Cordero, Directors of CRLA, along with their professional team, are fully committed to meeting and exceeding the needs and expectations of our students.

Each member of our staff is devoted to the success of your trip, making sure you:

Learn Spanish
Enjoy our culture and country
Return home safely

From the moment you first contact CRLA we will take care of everything.

“It is our sincere goal to give our students in every moment the highest level of service, personal attention and professionalism. We are committed to make your stay at CRLA a memorable learning experience.
A professional Costa Rican administrative staff, knowledgeable instructors, well designed Spanish programs, carefully selected host families, the excellent location of our modern facilities, stimulating extra curricular activities – all contribute to the best environment to learn the language and enjoy the country.”


Spanish school directors

Cristina Soto & Laura Cordero

Spanish student enrollment

“At any moment, while you are deciding, once you enroll, before you arrive; contact us and you will receive prompt answers and reliable and useful information. I understand that planning to learn a new language and live in a foreign country can be daunting, so please feel free to ask as many questions as you want. I look forward to hearing from you!”

Anabel Soto 
Enrollment / Communications

“All of our Spanish programs are geared towards individual attentioSpanish directorn and fast results.
Our system allows me to follow the daily progress of each student and to decide what is more convenient for reaching his/her language goals. We have designed our own books and materials to ensure that students can communicate effectively and express themselves with confidence. On your first day at the school, I will be here, together with our instructors, to determine your Spanish level and assign you the most appropriate classroom.
During your stay do not hesitate to come into my office at any time to discuss your progress, your schedule, or any concerns you have regarding your learning experience.”

Mariana Zumbado
Academic Director


“I have been working at CRLA since 2002.Spanish coordinator CRLA
During my time here I have learned many different aspects about my own country by participating in the volunteer program for many years. I also learned about many cultures by having lovely conversations with students during classes. One of the most rewarding experiences is to have met so many wonderful and beautiful people, not only students but also coworkers. I am really thankful for the tons of great experiences and memories at CRLA”.

Leda Gutierrez
Spanish Coordinator 

Marilia Soto                  
Marketing &  Group Program Coordinator

Spanish program coordinator

Lorenzo Abarca
Administrative Assistant
Group Program Coordinator

Spanish study abroad agency coordinator

Gloriana Salazar
Agency Coordinator

Alejandra Calvo

Silvia Hernández
Administrative Assistant

Spanish homestay family coordiSpanish Homestay program coordinator“I strongly encourage you to stay with a host family. Students constantly tell us what an important part of their program this experience was. Rest assured that we take the outmost care in selecting and maintaining our families.
You will find a clean, safe, comfortable home and a loving, caring family, plus the opportunity to practice your Spanish as much as you want.

Hazel Arriola
Host Family Coordinator


“We consider the students personal friends visiting our country. That is why we will gladly assist you with anything you might need to make this a wonderful and hassle-free experience. We will give you information and advice, make your reservations, get you the best deals in hotels & tours and help you make the most of your stay in Costa Rica.”

Carolina Zuñiga
Front Desk / Student Services

Student services at Spanish school


Katsy Meza & Elizabeth Nuñez
Volunteer Work Coordinators

“We believe that a small group of motivated people can change the world.  We invite you to do some volunteer work after completing your Spanish course at CRLA.  There are several options available to CRLA students: national parks and reserves all over the country, as well as several social projects.  Visit our Volunteer Work Center; we have ample information, will make necessary arrangements, and send you off on a wonderful, rewarding adventure which allows you to expand your language abilities, learn more about Costa Rica, while making a difference.”

Spanish school






Security & Manteinance

“Your comfort and safety is our priority.”

“We hope to see you in the afternoon cultural activities!”

Zene Gonzalez
Cooking Instructor

Ronny Arauz
Latin Dance Instructor

Cindy Castro
Latin Dance Instructor

lunch at Spanish school

Gaby & Brenda 
SODA (Cafeteria) 

“¡Buen provecho!
Enjoy our typical food at the cafeteria.”

Airport Transportation Coordinator & Assistants

“It is our pleasure to greet you at the airport. We have complete information on your arrival and will wait for you as long as necessary, if your flight is delayed, to ensure safe transportation to your host family. Before you arrive you will receive my cell phone number, available 24 hours, so you can call me if your flight is cancelled or changed. Upon arrival you will find a friendly face and reliable service.”

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Isabel Vargas

airport transfer Costa Rica

Glen Rojas

airport transfer Costa Rica

Alvaro Monge

airport transfer Costa Rica

Yiyo Coll

airport transfer Costa Rica

Luis Rojas

The personal attention we provide, in addition to the professional service offered, sets us apart from other language schools.



CRLA students have the opportunity of contributing to make a tangible difference in our world and to leave something positive for future generations.