Learn Spanish in Costa Rica - Homestay Program - Spanish Pura Vida

HOMESTAY PROGRAM

Become Part of the Family

 

There is no better way to truly understand the culture and master the language than staying with a local family near the school. Families live just minutes away and offer students a true immersion experience.
 

 


About the Program:

 

The Homestay Program is a crucial part of the Spanish immersion experience. Each family is carefully chosen by our staff, lives in Alajuela, and is walking distance to the school (in most cases). We highly encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity as it provides endless occasions to practice your Spanish and immediately apply what you learn in class in the real world. With the combination of the Homestay program and intensive spanish classes, this wholly integrated exposure to Spanish will have you speaking in no time. Known for their warmth and hospitality, living with a Costa Rican family is a must for someone looking for the full culture immersion.

Beyond the benefits to you, the program also benefits the local families involved with the program. 95% of your payment goes directly to the families hosting. We at Spanish Pura Vida aim to give back to our community as much as we can and promise to only withhold 5% of costs for relative overhead and organizational fees.

The Program includes:

    • Private Room
    • Breakfast and Dinner Provided
    • Laundry Services
    • Child Support Options (if needed)

The Program Benefits:

    • Daily Spanish Practice in the “Real World”
    • Meet Locals in the Community
    • Spend Less Than a Hotel
    • Support Local Families Financially

HAPPY HOME STAYS

My experience living with a family was completely life-changing. Waking up to the sound of exotic birds, eating gallo pinto every morning, and drinking the best coffee on earth, is something I'll never forget...

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FAQ

Can I stay longer?

Often times, students find they want to stay longer than the initially arranged time. At Spanish Pura Vida, we pay families on a weekly basis from Sunday to Sunday but are happy to arrange additional day rates for students looking travel or further explore the area.

How are Homestay families chosen?

Each family must first apply for the program. The application consists of a written portion that confirms their citizenship, legal status, and local address. Additionally, the written exam tests for basic English language understanding (greetings, names, basic verbs, etc.). We also conduct an evaluation of their home and confirm they have working hot/cold water, laundry services, functioning electricity, and a warm environment for students.

What are the houses like?

Amongst the highest in Latin America, the standard of living in Costa Rica fairs well compared to those in highly developed countries. Although high, an open mind and pura vida attitude is needed though when moving into a family’s home. Homes may not have cable TV, a microwave, or a dishwasher – but don’t forget guys, a true cultural experience may require certain sacrifices. These sacrifices will broaden your horizons and make you appreciate what you have back home!

What if I don't like my family?

If for any reason you feel uncomfortable with your homestay family please do not hesitate to let us know and we will be glad to help. We aim to place students with suitable families however, because each student is different in personality, tastes, and habits, things might not work out as planned. In rare cases, families can face tough situations like sickness in the family or issues at work which might affect their ability to host you sufficiently.

Keeping all this in mind, if for any reason you do not feel completely welcome or content with your family, please inform a staff leader so we can make the necessary changes or arrangements.

Do they have internet access?

In some cases families have internet wifi routers. Being a priority for many students, these families are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. Keep in mind that free wifi is available at the school and at various

Make your reservation with one of our consultants .

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