Learning Spanish in Costa Rica for High School students
new world and make unforgettable experiences with friends!
exchange with AiL means so much more than just getting to know the country and
Life in a
local host family and visiting and participating in school, makes it possible
for you to deepen your language skills, dive into society and learn lasting
life lessons, such as gaining a new perspective yourself and tolerating other
points of view.
Costa Rica is such a small country, it has breathtaking landscapes to offer.
Its welcoming people, as well as their relaxed way of life are ideal for your
exchange. You will be able to first handedly experience biodiversity in between
the rain and the cloud forest, the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean, and among
animals, such as monkeys, giant iguanas and sloths.
Costa Rica one of the safest countries in Latin America is also a big plus if
you are thinking about spending a few months here.
for you to participate in our High School Program you need to:
between 14 and 17 years old
fill out and send back our Application Form
prove of good behavior and conduct
basic knowledge of the Spanish language
able to adapt easily to a new environment
interested in learning about a new culture and get to know new people
A group of German students shortly after their arrival in Costa Rica
In order to
make your start in this new country easier, you will be participating at a 2-day
orientation upon arrival. This orientation has been developed so you can learn
important issues about Costa Rica, which will make your integration much
You will be
picked up from the airport and during orientation, you will be accommodated in
a hostel, where you can meet other exchange students from all over the world
and participate in a trip. Your coordinators will also be at your full
disposal, so you can ask all the questions you want before getting into your
There is a lot of new information to be learned at the orientation
for you to enjoy your exchange program from start to finish, you will be placed
in a carefully selected host family, who will share their daily routine with
families are as varied as a bowl of exotic fruit; some of them may have small,
big or no children at all and some may be married, divorced, widowed or single
parents. The most important factor for us is to know you will be taken care of
and living with caring family members. Since we also work with families from
all kinds of social statuses, some students may have to share their bedroom
with a same-sex sibling.
Anna with her family from Sam José
Regions and schools
Costa Rica has such a small surface, there are lots of climate zones, which are
very different one from another. This is why we have divided the country, so
you may choose the region you are most drawn to: the Central Valley, Puntarenas, Guanacaste and Limón.
In case you
are interested in spending one year abroad, but you are afraid you´ll miss too
much at school, a private or bilingual High School (Spanish-English) might be
the right choice for you!
Ask us about
our selection of private the High Schools; we are happy to give you advice on
the best program for you.
At the Colegio José Figueres in Cartago
Inside the Obando Chan High School in Puntarenas
The cafeteria of the CUP High School in Puntarenas
your stay in Costa Rica more interesting, you will have the opportunity to
participate in our yearly excursions; in May we visit Panama and in October it
leads us to Nicaragua. We also organize short adventure trips within the
country, so you can see volcanoes and walk among rain and cloud forests.
A great way
for you to travel around the country, as well as to support the local
environment, is by volunteering. According to time of year and the size of the
group, you can help to preserve sea turtles, clean beaches or improve forest
trails, among many more.
gives you the chance to take additional Spanish lessons, in case you need some
help in the beginning or you just want to improve your language skills.