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  • The Arenal Volcano jsut outside of La Fortuna Costa Rica.
  • Downtown La Fortuna, home of the best Spanish school in Costa Rica.
  • Excursion to the local hotsprings with the students of ISLS Spanish School in Arenal Costa Rica.
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  • Enjoying the hotsprings while learning Spanish in Costa Rica.

ISLS Spanish Language Lessons in Arenal

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ISLS Spanish Language Experiences in Arenal

Our good friends Dana and Marjo Garrison out of Pasadena, California have been operating an innovative Spanish Language Program in Costa Rica for more than twenty years.

Their ISLS Spanish school offers the most-intensive Spanish lesson instruction in Costa Rica and there are several personalized experiences available for Arenal Costa Rica. If you want to learn Spanish in Costa Rica, this is your best Costa Rica Spanish Language option.

The ISLS Spanish language program in Arenal Costa Rica is not a conventional Spanish language school, because ISLS has turned the local living concept into a well-rounded, learning environment. Classes are conveniently held one on one with your host family and sponsors. Instructors provide courses right at your host family's home with high-quality teaching materials and special projects that encourage authentic experiential learning.

These are unique, private programs for serious language students who are looking for an independent learning environment and individualized attention. These programs are very specialized, so space is limited and early registration with ISLS is a must. Students will receive support from the ISLS San Jose office and staff. Our Welcome Program, airport pick-ups and emergency assistance is provided by our Student Guesthouse in the San José metropolitan area.

 

The ISLS Spanish Language school in Arenal has separate Spanish Language Programs and Homestay options you can choose from:

 

1) Private 4-hour Language Program

The Private 4-hour Language Program includes four complete hours of one-on-one Spanish classes per day from Monday through Friday. Class hours start at 8:00 am until 10:00 am and then you have a 30-minute break and resume at 10:30 am until 12:30 pm.

Your private instructor will provide all of the necessary course materials for an intensive Spanish language experience. You and your teacher will create an individualized lesson plan that will emphasize working on the aspects of the your Spanish language ability that needs the most improvement. All classes are strictly in Spanish as is all course material. Undergraduate college units and graduate level credits available.

Lodging option:

Homestay with a local Family. There is only one student per family and each student will have a private room with a shared bathroom. Couples can stay with the same family. Weekly laundry service is provided along with two meals a day, breakfast and dinner and all homestays are within a 10-minute walk from the center of town. The families are of middle income and usually professionals. Many have children and all can accommodate students with special dietary needs, such as vegetarians.

You will be directed to ISLS professionals to help you with your inquiries.

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2) Private Lessons at Your Hotel

The Private Lessons at Your Hotel program is a great way for those who are on vacation and want a short, but intense Spanish language experience while visiting the Arenal area.

The Private Lessons at your hotel program will assign you a teacher to meet you at your hotel for private, one-on-one Spanish lessons. You can decide on the number of hours and the schedule of your classes. Students must sign up for a minimum of 10 hours for this program per week and all course materials are included based on Spanish language abilities. A second student can be added to the same class for an additional cost.

Be sure to try these Spanish lessons at your hotel - this is the perfect program for travelers who want to get the most out of their time in the Arenal area, but can’t commit to a complete Spanish Language program.

Lodging options:

* Homestay with a local family: There is only one student per family and each student will have a private room with a shared bathroom. Couples can stay with the same family. Weekly laundry service is provided along with two meals a day, breakfast and dinner and all homestays are within a 10-minute walk from the center of town. The families are of middle income and usually professionals. Many have children and all can accommodate students with special dietary needs, such as vegetarians.

* Local hotels in Arenal Costa Rica: there is a wide-range of hotel options available in Arenal Costa Rica and pricing for lodging is separate from the cost of the Private Spanish Language Lessons at your hotel.

You will be directed to ISLS professionals to help you with your inquiries.

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3) Medical and Nursing Spanish Programs

ISLS offers a comprehensive Medical Spanish Program, as well as our accredited Nursing Spanish Program where students can receive their nursing CEU’s for their time in the program.

In the Medical Spanish program, visiting doctors and/or medical students have private, hands-on instruction two afternoons a week with our in-house physician Dr. Arias at his own clinic in La Fortuna, Arenal Costa Rica.

Dr. Arias reviews specialized medical terminology, undergoes patient interviews in Spanish and involves the visiting doctors and/or medical students in clinical procedures.

The Nursing Spanish Program is set up exactly as the Medical Spanish Program, but is taught by a nursing professional at Dr. Arias’s clinic. These Spanish language experiences, as well as the visits to the local clinics, are all done as private lessons. You are provided one-on-one Spanish Language learning opportunities with our local medical professionals. This is the only Nursing Program in Latin America accredited for continuing education credits.

Lodging options:

* Homestay with a local family: There is only one student per family and each student will have a private room with a shared bathroom. Couples can stay with the same family. Weekly laundry service is provided along with two meals a day, breakfast and dinner and all homestays are within a 10-minute walk from the center of town. The families are of middle income and usually professionals. Many have children and all can accommodate students with special dietary needs, such as vegetarians.

* Local hotels in Arenal Costa Rica: there is a wide-range of hotel options available in Arenal Costa Rica and pricing for lodging is separate from the cost of the Medical and Nursing Spanish Language Programs.

You will be directed to ISLS professionals to help you with your inquiries.

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4) Homestays in Arenal Costa Rica

One of the best ways to pick up on the language and customs of a country is to live like the locals so ISLS has established Homestays with friendly local Costa Rican families in the town of Fortuna.

You can choose to book a Homestay with our without reserving an ISLS Spanish Language Program, but it is highly-recommended to add on some courses with a private instructor while staying with your host family in Arenal Costa Rica.

Most host families can accommodate up to a family of four sharing a private room with a shared bathroom. Weekly laundry service is provided along with two meals a day, breakfast and dinner and all homestays are within a 10-minute walk from the center of town. The host families are of middle income and usually professionals. Many have children and all can provide healthy and delicious meal options for students with special dietary needs, such as vegetarians.

Costa Ricans or ‘Ticos’ as they call themselves are a very open and friendly people. Our host families are no exception. Living with a family helps students become better acquainted with the local community and culture. There are many festivals and holidays where the students can join the family during their celebrations.

You will be directed to ISLS professionals to help you with your inquiries.

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More about Arenal Costa Rica

The Arenal region of Costa Rica is famous for the Volcano of the same name. Our classes are located in the town of Fortuna, which has a stunning view of the Arenal volcano. Arenal is one of the most popular destinations in the country and not only because of the volcano. The lake nearby is the largest in Costa Rica with fishing and Stand Up Paddling. There are numerous hot springs, national and private reserves and a great deal of adventure activities. The Monteverde Cloud forest is close to Arenal, as well, and it is a great stopping point before heading to the beach. The town of La Fortuna has a population of approximately 7000 people and is a central location for all travel and commerce in the region.

ISLS Spanish Language Program Start Dates

Every Monday of the year except on Costa Rican National Holidays. In the case of Monday holidays, classes will begin on the following Tuesday. The following Costa Rica Holidays are observed by the school; January 1, April 11, May 1, July 25, August 15, September 15 and December 25. There are no classes on Holy Thursday & Good Friday. There are no refunds for missed classes due to holidays.

 

Top 9 Reasons Why You Should Sign Up for an ISLS Spanish Language Program and Learn Spanish in Costa Rica:

1. It's the most intensive Spanish option in Costa Rica.

2. Arenal Volcano is one of the most popular places to visit in Costa Rica and home to a variety of exciting adventures. Count on Desafio to provide you with many options.

3. Undergraduate college units and graduate level credits available.

4. Private one-on-one Medical Spanish program with local physician that combines in-class curriculum with clinical visits.

5. The only Nursing Program in Latin America accredited for continuing education credits.

6. Individual programs that can be personalized to fit each student’s specific language needs.

7. Spanish lessons at your hotel for travelers who want to get the most out of their time in the Arenal area, but can’t commit to a complete program.

8. This is not a traditional Spanish school in Costa Rica. There is no campus or school director. Only private teachers, homestays and medical programs with local medical professionals.

9. This Spanish Lessons program in Costa Rica is not for everyone. It is only for independent students, but you are going to LOVE it!

 

Please note: ISLS also provides Fun Family Surf & Spanish Camps in Tamarindo Costa Rica during the Summer Break for students and their parents from the United States. The Fun Family Surf & Spanish Camps also take 3-day breaks from Tamarindo up to the Arenal Volcano area for exciting adventures with Desafio Adventure Company.

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  • Comfortable clothing for classs time
  • adventure clothing for activities in the Arenal Costa Rica area

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IMPORTANT NOTES

IMPORTANT NOTES


There are various lodging options to choose from when you book your ISLS Spanish Language experience. Be sure to let us know what you are intrested in to have your best Spanish Language lesson experience in Costa Rica.

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