Study Spanish in Costa Rica

Learning Spanish in Costa Rica

Learning Spanish has been one of the best experiences I have had since living here in Costa Rica. I took a week-long Spanish immersion course at Instituto Estelar Bilingüe, and it really accelerated my speaking abilities! I was amazed with what I learned in just 20 hours of...

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Food and Transportation in Liberia, Costa Rica

Living out of my home country has taught me so much about myself. I have missed a lot of things since I left the U.S. - things I thought I wouldn’t miss. For example, I miss driving a car and how easy it makes it to get around from place to place. I haven’t driven a car ...

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Life Changing Experience in Costa Rica

One of the coolest things about traveling in Guanacaste and using Liberia as a home base is being so close to a lot of things. The volcano, Rincón de la Vieja, is only an hour away and and the beaches are even closer. I have been to Playa Hermosa so many times people are ...

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A Waterfall near Liberia: Llanos de Cortés

Liberia might seem far removed from the natural wonders Costa Rica is known for, but that is not true of the iconic Llano de Cortes waterfall located only 30 minutes from the city center. It being a lazy Sunday, I decided to take the bus up th...

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Best City Tour Ever – The Insider’s View of Liberia, Costa Rica

I always love to take city tours, but never the ones they offer so many of. The top 5 churches, the big squares and most important buildings,… All fascinating, but easily visited and researched on your own. I like the tour that offers someth...

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First Spanish class

The less, the merrier

A small room with a comfortably large ceiling fan was set up for us 5 students. This small sized group, I instantly thought, is a smart way to go for language classes. We ...

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Making friends at Instituto Estelar Bilingüe

Being an English teacher at Instituto Estelar Bilingüe comes with many perks, such as always meeting new people and making friends. That is actually one of my favorite aspects of working here! The school puts on weekly events, like Conversation ...

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A home away from home in Costa Rica

I have been in Costa Rica for almost two weeks, and it has been a life-changing time. Being here has challenged my Spanish abilities, self-sufficiency and ability to adapt to a new environment and culture. The sights and sounds of Liberia are...

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Volunteering with Club A in Costa Rica

“I like jumping!”

“So do I!”

Imagine some rhythmic handclapping and jumps to go along with these chants and you have a pretty good idea about the atmos...

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Learning Spanish at Estelar: An Uplifting Experience

I just had my first classroom experience learning Spanish at Instituto Estelar Bilingüe. I took two immersion courses - 40 hours total of class! - and both were absolutely fascinating experiences. Profesora Merlyn created a safe environment to learn the verb tenses, so we c...

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