Manuel Antonio Beach in Costa Rica

¡Qué Chiva Costa Rica!

9-Day Guided Spanish Language and Cultural Immersion in Costa Rica
Starting from $ 3939.00
9-Day Program | Student group Spanish language immersion begins with a taste for the local way of life in Costa Rica! Our unforgettable Family Stay Experience® allows students to become temporary locals and appreciate the everyday Costa Rican lifestyle. Students will stay three days and nights with a volunteer familia tica (2-3 students per family) where language skills learned in the classroom come to life in this unique language immersion experience in Latin America. Activities on this student language immersion trip to Costa Rica include hiking around the region, learning how coffee is made and participating in a reforestation project. Visit an active volcano and the local natural hot springs. Have fun kayaking and snorkeling at the beach!

Includes Family Stay Experience®

9 Day Immersion Program

Most Costs Included in Trip Pricing

Dedicated Planning Assistance

Why You’ll Love This Trip

  • Hike in Trinidad
  • Pickup soccer game
  • Fruit picking
  • Coffee plantation visit
  • Tree planting
  • Local school visit
  • Hot springs
  • Zipline
  • Arenal National Park
  • Organic farm visit
  • Salsa class
  • Snorkeling and kayaking at Chora Island

Day 1 | San José

Upon arrival in San José, transfer to your hotel. Included Meals: None

Day 2 | Family Stay

Begin your Costa Rican adventures by meeting your host families! Then take in your surroundings as you hike around Trinidad de Dota, a beautiful mountainous region. Note: 2-3 students will be placed per family on this program. Enjoy meals and time outside of scheduled activities with your host family.

Day 3 | Family Stay

Depending on the season, help collect different kinds of fruit that are grown in this region. Next, join the local community for una mejenga, a pickup soccer game. Enjoy getting to know your tico host family.

Day 4 | Family Stay

Visit a coffee plantation to learn about how coffee is made and produced locally in the town of Dota. Later, participate in a community project of planting trees at a reforestation property.

Day 5 | Arenal

Visit a local school where you will meet and connect with students just like you! Then, bid farewell to your tico families and travel to Arenal Volcano. Upon arrival, relax in the hot springs and take a dip in the warm, thermal waters.

Day 6 | Arenal

There’s nothing like starting your day ziplining through the forest canopy! Afterwards, learn about the fascinating history of the active volcano in Arenal National Park. From there, head to a beautiful organic farm where you’ll learn about the tropical plants and traditional techniques of the area. Then, feel the rhythm in a salsa class.

Day 7 | Sámara

Transfer to the region of Guanacaste. Upon arrival, visit the beach town of Sámara and enjoy a walk along Carrillo beach.

Day 8 | Sámara

Keep your eyes peeled for reefs and tropical fish as you kayak and snorkel at Chora Island. Later, enjoy some free time at the beach!

Day 9 | Return

Depart for the United States with a lifetime of memories!

Price Includes

Round-trip airfare from city listed (and any airline fuel surcharges)
In-country transportation (air, motorcoach, van, as applicable)
All overnight accommodations
Insurance for accidents or illness and trip cancellation coverage due to medical reasons only
International phone allowance $10 per day for one leader while in country
Local Spanish speaking guide during tour portion of itinerary
Xperitas Family Stay with all meals included
Local Family Stay Coordinator on call during family stay
24/7 Xperitas emergency support while abroad
Meals as indicated on the itinerary
Activities Included: Hike in Trinidad , Pickup soccer game , Fruit picking , Coffee plantation visit , Tree planting , Local school visit , Hot springs , Zipline , Arenal National Park , Organic farm visit , Salsa class , Snorkeling and kayaking at Chora Island ,

Price Excludes

  • Airline baggage fees
  • Increase in air cost due to requests for specific travel dates or airline
  • Costs incurred due to late or missed flights
  • Passport, visa or other document costs
  • Transportation to/from departure city
  • Any meals not indicated on itineraries
  • Spending money and gifts
  • Any fees associated with advanced seating assignments
  • Small-group supplement when group has fewer than 24 participants
  • Tips for guide(s) and/or bus driver(s)

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Spring Payment Schedule

Payment and cancellation schedule:

Billing and Payments: Xperitas will email a bill for the final payment approximately three weeks before it is due. For all other payments please refer to this schedule. A payment reminder will be sent to you via email a week before a scheduled payment is due. Payments can be made by credit/debit card via the Xperitas portal or by check or money order payable to Xperitas.

Cancellations: Any cancellation made through October 1, 2023 will receive a full refund. Cancellations made after this date will be calculated on an individual basis at the time of cancellation and follow the schedule and terms below. 

Payment Schedule

Spring Programs: March and April, 2024

June 15 (Early Bird); October 1, 2023 (Final)

$500 due with application*

November 1, 2023

$800

December 1, 2023

$800

January 15, 2024

Balance

*Once the online application and $500 deposit are submitted and processed, participants will receive enrollment confirmation.

Cancellation Schedule

Spring Programs: March and April, 2024

Date of Cancellation

Refund Amount

Cancellations received through October 1, 2023

Full refund – No administrative fee charged

October 2 - November 14, 2023

Refund of all money paid

MINUS a $250 administrative fee*

November 15, 2023 or later

Refund of all money paid MINUS a $500 administrative fee* AND any air/land expenses incurred by Xperitas

(Varies by program and cancellation date)

30 days prior to departure

No refund possible

*This fee is to help cover the cost of organizational resources incurred in the planning of the language/cultural immersion experience.

Summer Payment Schedule

Payment and cancellation schedule:

Billing and Payments: Xperitas will email a bill for the final payment approximately three weeks before it is due. For all other payments please refer to this schedule. A payment reminder will be sent to you via email a week before a scheduled payment is due. Payments can be made by credit/debit card via the Xperitas portal or by check or money order payable to Xperitas.

Cancellations: Any cancellation made through October 15, 2023 will receive a full refund. Cancellations made after this date will be calculated on an individual basis at the time of cancellation and follow the schedule and terms below.

Payment Schedule

Summer Programs: May, June, July, August, 2024

June 15 (Early Bird); October 15, 2023 (Final)

$500 due with application*

November 15, 2023

$1000

January 15, 2024

$1000

March 15, 2024

Balance

*Once the online application and $500 deposit are submitted and processed, participants will receive enrollment confirmation.

Cancellation Schedule

Summer Programs: May, June, July, August, 2024

Date of Cancellation

Refund Amount

Cancellations received through October 15, 2023

Full refund – No administrative fee charged

October 16 – November 30, 2023

Refund of all money paid

MINUS a $250 administrative fee*

December 1, 2023 or later

Refund of all money paid MINUS a $500 administrative fee* AND any air/land

expenses incurred by Xperitas

(Varies by program and cancellation date)

30 days prior to departure

No refund possible

*This fee is to help cover the cost of organizational resources incurred in the planning of the language/cultural immersion experience.

Enrollment Information

*Prices are based on a minimum group size of 24 students. When the minimum group size is not reached, a small-group supplement will apply. The order of this itinerary, and all itinerary items, are subject to change based on unforeseen circumstances that may arise prior to or during international travel.
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