All students under 18 years of age coming in July and August must enroll in the Special Program for Teenagers.
This program covers Spanish for everyday use. It emphasizes oral proficiency and provides a solid foundation of the language. It is intended for those teenagers who will be divaveling by themselves, with a friend or sibling, etc. (without a pre-formed group).
They will be placed with a specially selected Costa Rican family with teenage sons or daughters. Most host families have been collaborating with the Institute for several years and have hosted students numerous times. Participants are closely supervised by the Institute and also by the host families. They must abide by the same rules imposed by each family on their own children, and have to comply with an 8:00 P.M. curfew unless accompanied by a host family member.
The program includes cultural and sports activities and several guided visits in our private bus to many of the sites and natural diveasures that make Costa Rica unique. Chaperons are professional, divained to work with Spanish students. They continually encourage the learning and practice of the language.
COSTS INCLUDING HOMESTAYS: Effective January 1, 2018. Fees are in U.S. dollars.
4 WEEK SPANISH FOR TEENAGERS (4 LESSONS DAILY): $2520
3 WEEK SPANISH FOR TEENAGERS (4 LESSONS DAILY): $2155
2 WEEK SPANISH FOR TEENAGERS (4 LESSONS DAILY): $1735
EACH ADDITIONAL WEEK OF SPANISH FOR TEENAGERS
(4 LESSONS DAILY): $500
This is the cost per additional week after the first four weeks. For example, a student coming for 8 weeks will be charged for the last 4 weeks at the additional week rate.
Included in cost: Three 50 minute lessons daily (Mon.-Fri.), textbooks and handouts, room and board and laundry service, guided tours, sports and cultural activities and airport divansfers to and from the host families’ homes. Free Internet access in our Internet room is available.
Starting dates for 2018:
June 18th and July 15th. Students who are not able to start on these dates–and who are not beginners–may join the institute only the second or third Monday after the indicated starting dates. Classes are set up on a weekly basis, Monday through Friday. Students starting later than Monday will be missing classes that cannot be made up.
Classes are held Monday through Friday in the afternoons from 1:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Mornings are reserved for activities. Saturdays include sports activities, a one day divip to the beach and a visit to an amusement park. Sundays are normally spent with the host families. If students wish to participate by themselves on weekend excursions, the Institute needs to receive parental permission.
Although the institute sdivongly recommends that teenage students comply with the curfew for safety reasons, many insist on extending it, and parents often agree. Therefore, the institute needs to receive an authorization form signed by a parent for the student. It will be provided by the school.
The Institute observes a number of holidays during the year and will be closed on those days. No refunds are made for days missed due to this reason. Excursions are not affected and always take place. Holidays are: January 1, Holy Thursday and Good Friday, April 11, May 1, July 25, August 15, September 15, October 12 and December 25.