Summer Abroad in Costa Rica with Homestay, Spanish Classes, and Cultural Activities

Depending on your dates, you'll have the opportunity to get to know local life and culture in San Pedro Montes de Oca (suburb of San Jose) as well as the Manual Antonio Natural Reserve. Both locations offer homestays with local families as well as Spanish classes, cultural activities, and excursions.

2018 Dates and Prices

Dates: Choose your dates between June 24 and July 29 and stay for 2 to 4 weeks! 

2 weeks: $2,600*
3 weeks: $3,600*
4 weeks: $4,600*
Airfare not included.

Deadline to apply: April 15th, 2018

*We reserve the right to adjust program prices if there is a major change in the currency exchange rate. In this event, applicants may cancel and receive a full refund.

The Classes

Your classes will be held for three hours every weekday morning (9:00am to 12:00pm) at a local private school. With no more than eight students per class, you will have plenty of opportunities to participate and practice. The focus of the classes is to take your communication skills to the next level and help you speak Spanish more fluently outside the classroom.

Cultural Activities and Excursions

Spend your afternoons exploring waterfalls, working on community service projects, or trying your hand at Costa Rican cooking. Weekends are reserved for full-day and overnight excursions. Depending on the week of your stay, you may visit the fiery Arenal volcano, the beautiful sand beaches of Isla Tortuga, or the Punta Leona rain forest. All activities are designed to give you deeper insight into Costa Rican culture and to let you explore the natural beauty of the country. Community service activities may take place at public schools, orphanages, nursing homes, recycling projects, or environmental conservation projects. You might teach basic English to children, help maintain the facilities, work in the school's vegetable garden, or help out in other ways, depending on current needs.

The Homestay

A homestay with a local family is the best way to gain insights into the everyday life and culture of Costa Rica. Host families come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is a strong interest in sharing their culture. Breakfast and dinner are included in the homestay. Depending on the day’s schedule you may have lunch at a restaurant or soda (a local cafeteria). There may be another international student sharing the homestay with you.

Sample 2-Week Itinerary

Week One
Monday: dance class
Tuesday: walking tour of the capital
Wednesday: community service project
Thursday: cooking class
Friday: butterfly farm tour
Weekend: Arenal volcano and hot springs

Week Two
Monday: art workshop
Tuesday: coffee farm tour
Wednesday: community service
Thursday: bird sanctuary tour
Friday: shopping
Weekend: Punta Leona beach (with surfing lesson)

Depending on the time of your stay, other activities may include: indoor soccer games, karaoke (in Spanish, of course), a canopy tour, roller skating, bowling, a visit to a local amusement park or country club, a beach cruise to Isla Tortuga, or a movie.

Student Feedback

“It was a once in a lifetime experience. My language skills have grown stronger, and my understanding of other cultures has as well. I felt like I was part of something real, not just a tourist. Although I was in Costa Rica for only a few weeks, I know it will always be a home to me.” ~Hadley~


Age: 14-17

Language: 1 year

Teacher Recommendation: Yes

You should be interested in other cultures and ready to participate in all classes, cultural activities, excursions, and your host family's everyday life. Being flexible about new experiences, foods, and ways of communicating is important, as well as having the maturity to travel independently and adapt to new situations.

All ANDEO homestay study programs include:

Fun, interactive language classes that will change your idea of "summer school" forever. You will learn in small groups with teens from around the world. The language classes will help you build your communication skills, understand the local culture, and become comfortable in real-life language situations. The classes usually take place every weekday morning (afternoons in Costa Rica) for three to four hours. On some days, you might venture out of the classroom to try out your language skills at a local market or in interviews with native speakers.

Exciting cultural activities and excursions that invite you to dive into the local culture. Depending on the location, the cultural activities may include cooking or dancing lessons, visits to nearby small villages or famous sights, nature hikes, or sports on the beach. In some places, you will also have the opportunity to get involved with a community service project. Click on the name of the country of your choice below to get more details.

Homestays that offer you a window into the local culture as well as additional chances to practice your language skills.

Local support by the local school staff and homestay coordinator who are available throughout your stay to help you make the most of your summer abroad.

Orientation materials that include practical information about your host country and help you prepare for your adventure abroad.

ANDEO staff support for you and your parents throughout the application process, in your preparations, and during your stay abroad.

Comprehensive medical travel insurance