Optional Spanish Classes
20 hours per week - US$250 per week
Volunteers stay with local host families. Staying with a host family is a great opportunity to get insight into the culture and practice your Spanish. Volunteers are provided with breakfast and dinner each day, and each family has safe water for participant use. Participants have their own room in the house, and share a bathroom with family members. Host families provide bedding, but volunteers should bring their own towel. All host families have running water.
You will be arriving into the Juan Santamaria International Airport.
Participants should arrive on a Wednesday or Thursday in order to allow orientation.
We ask that participants not to arrive on December 23, 24, or 25 in order to allow our coordinators to spend the Christmas holiday with their families.
Travel insurance is not included in the program fee. We prefer to let participants decide what kind of coverage they need. Please see our FAQ page for information on travel insurance.
All prices are listed in US Dollars. The program fees reflect the costs ELI faces when setting up a program. We work hard to keep our costs as low as possible. ELI is a registered 501(c)3 non profit. US taxpayers may be able to deduct some or all of the program fees. If you are outside the US and wondering what these costs translate to in your currency, click here for an online conversion tool that will give you the approximate current exchange rate.
Notes & Helpful Links
Make sure to read up on Costa Rica before arriving! Having some background information on the culture, history, politics will make your adjustment easier. You are going to be in a 100% Spanish speaking environment so practice your Spanish as much as you can before arriving. Duolingo is a great FREE option! Here's a handy tool to see what time it is in Costa Ricas: Time Conversion Tool. Check the Weather in Costa Rica. There is so much to see and do in Costa Rica... here's a great list of recommendations for What to do in Costa Rica.
After you fill out the Application Form on our website, our Application Advisor will be in touch to help you with the next steps.