How I learned Spanish in Costa Rica while living the experience of my life

“The reason why my experience was so worthwhile is because of the people here. I felt like the entire staff really cared about helping me and making me comfortable. I am truly glad that I decided to study Spanish abroad with the Costa Rican Language Academy (CRLA).”


Immersive Education

Taking your Spanish studies abroad and immersing yourself in a Spanish-speaking culture is the best way to learn—and CRLA offers some of the best Spanish immersion programs in the world.

CRLA offers structured classes during the day like any other school, but they also bring you into the culture: Spanish immersion students stay with Costa Rican families during their program. CRLA also provides complementary classes on Costa Rican cooking and Latin dance.

The teachers and host families are all carefully vetted, and the care and attention they put into making everyone comfortable is incredible.


Places to visit

There are several great destinations to visit while you stay in Costa Rica to study Spanish abroad:

  • Manuel Antonio beach
  • Monteverde
  • Rio Celeste de Guatuso
  • Puerto Viejo de Limón
  • La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano
  • Sarapiquí
  • Tamarindo


The wonderful people at CRLA can help you plan a trip that includes some or all of these destinations.


A Chance to Contribute

Part of CRLA’s immersion program is the opportunity to participate in volunteer programs once you’ve finished studying. CRLA is very good at connecting students with volunteer opportunities, especially students who have backgrounds in medicine.

CRLA can also work with you to create a specialized service trip, actively integrating your Spanish studies with volunteering abroad.

These are some of the places you can volunteer at:

  • Orphanages
  • Daycare centers
  • Public schools
  • Soup kitchens
  • With disabled and/or elderly citizens
  • Animal rescue centers
  • Sea turtle conservation

You always get to choose your own volunteer placement.

The Costa Rican Learning Academy

The Costa Rican Learning Academy was founded in 1989 and more than 15,000 students have gone through its programs. Over the years they’ve perfected their programs and built a strong network of partner organizations and host families throughout Costa Rica. Their programs are even eligible for university credit.

If you want to take your Spanish studies abroad, CRLA is the best place to do it. They also offer several options for group study trips, including faculty-led trips. To learn more about these options, contact CRLA.