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Greetings from Costa Rica -Latin America!
We are a Spanish school offering also exchange and volunteer programs all around the country. Amistad Institute have been operating continuously since 2003, and we have Spanish & Culture teaching facilities in Santa Barbara semi-rural area and Jaco Beach in the Central Pacific.
We offer all-included packages and also are able to customize our programs for your needs.
Our Spanish learning week starts from $450 USD per week, and the volunteer week from $600 USD.
This program was such an amazing experience. Marco and Rebecca are phenomenal people - so friendly and willing to help, and always there if you need them. They're both incredible...Read more
This program was such an amazing experience. Marco and Rebecca are phenomenal people - so friendly and willing to help, and always there if you need them. They're both incredible cooks, so you'll never go hungry. I volunteered at the Neo Fauna Wildlife shelter which is in Herredura, but it was very easy to get to the beach by bus (about a 15-20 minute ride). Costa Rica is a really beautiful country, but like every foreign country, it does take some time to get used to. The culture is different than what some might be used to (in Jaco people are very laid-back and run on "Tico time", and the area is very catered to tourists so you can expect that people will be constantly trying to sell you things), but it's a great experience if you go in with an open-mind. Generally, Jaco is very safe, although I would take precautions anywhere you go that is unfamiliar. It's also a very clean area, as Costa Rican people take great pride in being environmentally friendly, and there is almost no pollution on the beach. I went on the trip alone, I didn't know anyone in Costa Rica, nor did I know if there would be anyone doing the program with me, but i was fortunate enough to meet some amazing people while I was there. While there is no guarentee that there will be other people there at the same time as you, it's still worth going even if on a solo-trip. You'll definitely have some time to explore, shop, tan, etc., and it's an experience you don't want to miss.