Is this Spanish School Perfect for you?
At Conversa, we work with students at all levels and just about all ages. We work with children, college students, executives, teachers and retirees. We work with individuals, couples, families (and extended families) and groups. Regardless of your situation, we're confident that at this Spanish language school we have a great program that will work for you.
As Latin American populations grow in the United States, Canada and even throughout Europe, more and more parents are becoming interested in having their children develop Spanish skills at an early age. Our Santa Ana program is quite well suited to accommodate families with children, big and small. This is why Spanish lessons for kids don't get any better than at our Learning Park. Families can elect to stay right here on our campus in one of our lodges, or with a Costa Rican host family in the nearby town of Santa Ana. For more information, take a look at our lodging options...
Children under the age of 10 learn Spanish by participating in our Children's Program while older kids and parents participate in either our Intensive Spanish Program (four hours per day), or our Super-Intensive Program (five and a half hours per day). When the school bell rings at 8:30 a.m., everyone will go into class for their first two hours of class. Regardless of your age, all classes are conducted entirely in Spanish, and homework exercises are assigned. At 10:40 a.m. we all break for a snack up at the "comedor". This is a great opportunity for the family to come together.
After the break, Mom and Dad return to class for a second two-hour block of classes. The children continue with their same instructor, but these next two hours are spent in a non-academic mode. The instructor uses a variety of inter-active recreational activities to expose the children to the language. These include nature walks, painting, drawing and coloring, board and card games, puzzles, ping pong and foosball.
We ring the bell again at 1:10 p.m. Everyone drifts back up to the comedor for lunch. Lunch is served from 1:10 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. If anyone is in need of a special diet, our kitchen staff can assist you.
After lunch, students who are enrolled in our Super-Intensive program will head back to class from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. In the event that your children are young enough, you may want us to assist you with child care while you're in class during these sessions. We also like to schedule a variety of social and cultural activities during the afternoons up through 5:00 p.m. Some activities you can expect are Latin dance classes, yoga classes, cooking classes, and various other workshops to entice you to use your Spanish.
Of course, week-ends are free. Our Housing/Travel Coordinator, Maria Jimenez (alias Gata) can assist you in making transportation and lodging arrangements. Very often, she can get you a good discount as well. [back to top]Spanish for College Students[back to top]
While January and May through August tend to be the months when we work with the majority of our college students, we offer accredited college courses year round. Throughout the course of the year we work with students from many different colleges and universities, primarily throughout the United States, who come to Conversa to improve their Spanish. In some cases, college students come as part of a faculty-led group, and in other cases they participate independently, earning credit through Conversa's accreditation partners in the United States. If you're interested in learning more about earning college credit in Costa Rica, take a look at our College Accredited Spanish Immersion Program. [back to top]Spanish Programs for Groups[back to top]
Over the years we've become pretty good at partnering with educational institutions to design and provide tailor-made Spanish programs and combined programs. We're well equipped to provide room and board (on our campus or with host families), Spanish language instruction and logistical support, while sharing our knowledge with group leaders to ensure the best experience for the students.
A successful program requires a well-thought-out itinerary, taking into account the value of the selected activities, logistics surrounding the program, budget and flexibility. Every group is slightly different and requires special consideration. If you're looking to bring a group to Costa Rica, please let us know how we might be of assistance in developing or adapting the program to fit your needs. It might help to take a look at a sample itinerary. [back to top]Spanish Program for Retirees[back to top]
For over fifteen years, Conversa has offered a Spanish program for active adults during the months of February and March. This doesn't mean that if you're an active adult or retiree, that you can only participate during this time (nor does it mean that if you're not 55 years young you can't come in February/March). However, during February and March, we put together a number of activities that are not normally offered as part of the program. For more information on this, take a look at our Spanish Program for Retirees. [back to top]Spanish Program for Professionals[back to top]
At Conversa we feel very fortunate to have been in the business for as long as we have. This has allowed us to earn a reputation for being a serious Spanish training program. Along with this reputation, we've earned the trust of different organizations to support their training needs.
From lawyers to software engineers and social workers to economists, every year we work with dozens of professionals who are looking to strengthen their Spanish, or to add Spanish to their toolset altogether. If you're looking for someone to partner with to support you in this undertaking, we'll be happy to chat about how we can help. Just let us know. [back to top]