If you have decided that you want to study Spanish in Costa Rica, there are several language schools that you could choose from – most of them run by big language firms that offer a uniform, faceless service at all of their destinations and charge high fees to keep the wheels of their machine churning out high profits. Would you prefer to go with one of these companies, or to learn spanish in Costa Rica at a place with real heart and character, dedicated to the practice of the Spanish language within Costa Rica itself?
The CRLA Costa Rica (Costa Rican language academy) is a small, private institution, wholly owned and staffed by Costa Ricans – a one of a kind language school. The nicest part about booking a course with them is the knowledge that you are supporting the local economy rather than pouring your money into an international corporation run out of LA or New York. Plus, you know that you are guaranteed to have an authentic Costa Rican experience, rather than the sterile tourist version of the country presented to you by overseas operators.
After all, if you are going to study Spanish in Costa Rica, you want to know that you are learning it from true experts in the language – people who have grown up speaking it, who attended the most prestigious universities in Costa Rica and are accredited with the Costa Rican Department of Education. These qualifications give you the assurance that the teaching standards will be high, and even just by looking at the website you can see already that the team are friendly and welcoming. How many other language schools allow you to see the pictures and names of all the staff before you arrive, as well as giving you some personal messages from them? This kind of personal touch is the thing that really makes CRLA stand out from the other language schools available in the area.
The school itself is located in San Jose Costa Rica, the capital of Costa Rica, with easy access to all the amenities and cultural advantages of the country´s biggest city. It is surrounded on all sides by national parks that you can visit, and if you wanted to take an excursion to one of these or to the beach it is very easy to do so by the road system that connects San Jose to all other parts of Costa Rica.
In the end, if you want to study Spanish abroad in a place like Costa Rica, you really have to go with the best possible option. There is no point in spending money to go there only to feel as though you have only stayed at an American language school for the whole time – you need to get involved in Costa Rica and experience the culture and people of this country, combining language learning with a holiday abroad. Get to know your teachers and the other staff, find out about their traditions and way of life, and you will have a much better understanding of Costa Rica as a whole.