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

Spanish group programs

Marilia Soto                  
Marketing &  Group Program Coordinator


Lorenzo Abarca
Group Program Coordinator


Mariela Better
Project Cordinator

Javier Echeverria

Javier Echeverria
Agency Coordinator

Alejandra Calvo

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

Lorenzo & Mariela
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.”

Juan Carlos

Security & Manteinance

“Your comfort and safety is our priority.”

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


Cooking Instructor


Latin Dance Instructor

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 a cell phone number, available 24 hours, so you can call CRLA if your flight is cancelled or changed. Upon arrival you will find a friendly face and reliable service.”

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.