Santa Ana, Costa Rica
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.