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So you’ve renewed your passport. You’ve already picked the country where you’re going to study Spanish. In fact, you’ve probably been filled with anticipation for weeks. Although there’s always lots to do before you go on a trip, here are some basics that you’ll definitely need to know before your arrival.   Know your coverage. For starters, make sure you have insurance that covers medications, lost or stolen possessions, and sudden accidents or illnesses. Check with your regular insurance providers at home to see if you’re covered when you’re travelling. Also, it’s a good idea to check with your school about what kind insurance packages they may offer to their students who study abroad. Lastly, there are well-established and reputable companies that offer quality travel insurance packages. Not all of them are priced equally, so be sure to shop around. Know what family you’re staying with. The last thing you want to do when you’re studying Spanish in Costa Rica is isolating yourself in a hotel room. Be sure the school you’ve selected offers a homestay component and sign yourself up well in advance. Top language schools in Costa Rica, for instance, have experienced and trusted host families with a long
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Have you ever considered learning Spanish abroad, only to worry that an immersion program in another country might be too overwhelming? Do you have trouble learning Spanish in your regular classroom setting and reaching your Spanish learning goals? Instead of giving up hope that you’ll ever learn Spanish, it might be time to adopt a new outlook on learning that is more forgiving and carefree. In other words, it might be time to try the Tico Way. What’s the Tico Way? In the beautiful Latin American country of Costa Rica, happiness is encouraged more than anything. The people affectionately refer to themselves as ticos or ticas, a term that expresses endearment and satisfaction. The Costa Rican phrase that unites them even further is pura vida, or “the pure life.” It celebrates the good things in life and does not dwell on worries. This carefree attitude is at the center of the Tico Way, making ticos some of the friendliest and most encouraging people you’ll ever meet. Who wouldn’t want to learn Spanish in such an environment? How the CRLA embraces the Tico Way The Costa Rican Language Academy (CRLA) is run entirely by Costa Ricans, ensuring that the wonderful pura vida is a part of everything. Spanish immersion programs do more than help students learn a new
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At the Costa Rican Language Academy, we pride ourselves on our immersive and successful Spanish courses available for study abroad students.
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So you've heard about opportunities to study Spanish abroad in a warm, beautiful country like Costa Rica, and you're totally psyched. There's just one problem: you're also totally freaked out. The prospects of being alone in a new place and not understanding anything are definitely making you think twice.
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You've probably heard that studying Spanish abroad is a life-changing experience, but it can be hard to decide if it's the right choice for you. Concerns such as how much you'll be able to learn, safety, and whether you'll feel out of place can have a big impact on your decision.
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Costa Rica has been recognized time and again for having one of the happiest populations in the world, and there are several reasons why.
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Choosing a Spanish immersion program abroad is not a decision to be taken lightly. You are getting ready to learn Spanish and have the time of your life while you're at it, so you'll want a school that offers you everything you've dreamed of.
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The research is pretty straightforward about kids and foreign languages. They pick them up easily, and bilingualism is great for the young mind. It's commonly believed that it becomes harder to learn a language as a teen, and even more so as adult.
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Thinking about studying Spanish abroad but don't know where to start? There's nothing more exciting than getting ready to study in another country -- but there can be a lot to think about.
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This is the second part for Everything you need to know about learning Spanish abroad...
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