Habla Espanol? Learn Spanish in Costa Rica

Learn Spanish in Costa Rica and see the countryside. We will be staying in the village where I served in Peace Corps and participants will live with a host family. We will study Spanish for 4 hours/day and then will use the afternoon to see an aspect of the country and practice our Spanish. We also are offering weekend trips to the beach, volcano and cloud forest.

I am partnering with a Costa Rican local – for more information, visit: http://hablals.com/personal/costa-rica-immersion-program/. I will be teaching the Spanish classes. They will be very small. 2-4 people. If we have a group of split levels, my partner Roy will also be teaching.

Gina Covello, MA

Habla Language Services



Join us for a trip of a lifetime. Live with a host family in Tilarán, Guanacaste to truly experience Costa Rican culture andcosta-rica-rainbow hospitality. Study Spanish for 4 hours in the morning at a beautiful, nearby campus, then explore the country in the afternoon. Learn the best of nature and language from experts in the field.  Day trips will include*:

  1. Trip to coffee plantation or gold mine
  2. Visit a working ranch
  3. Visit Lake Arenal
  4. Nature walks
  5. Salsa/Merengue dance lessons

*These trips may be subject to substitution due to unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control. Over the weekends, we have trips planned for the nearby rainforest, volcano/hot springs, and beach.**

  • Session 1: December 19-23, 2011
  • Session 2: December 26-30, 2011
  • $550/session includes room/board and day trips during session dates only.
  • Sign up for both sessions and receive a 15% discount.
  • Airfare and travel incidentals separate.
  • Weekend trip(s) additional and optional.**

You can sign up for the beginning track or the intermediate track. See conversational series for more info.

We appreciate your referrals. If you participate in this program and refer another paying participant, you will receive a Costa Rican survival kit valued at over $50. It will include some essentials like: sunscreen, Bug Guard, pocket dictionary, chocolate, etc.

Instructors: Gina Covello earned her Master’s degree at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She has over 15 years’ experience teaching language and developing curriculum. She lived in Tilarán, Costa Rica while serving in the U.S. Peace Corps and still has many contacts there.

She is partnering with Costa Rican, Roy Prendas, who has a Master’s degree in communication (mass media and English) and extensive experience making nature films including filming for World Wildlife Fund: Oliva Films and is internationally acclaimed.

With Habla Language Services, you will be receiving the best in language instruction, Costa Rican culture and nature! Come join us for a very personal Costa Rican learning experience!

Tilarán, Guanacaste: Gateway to Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano, Tilarán is a charming town that lies in the northeastern regions of the Guanacaste Province. Located along the Pan American Highway some 4 km from Lake Arenal, Tilaran is now fast becoming a key location for adventures in and around the lake area. A quaint little town 22 km from Cañas, Tilarán is also a major farming zone for coffee, peanuts and macadamia nuts in the region as well as for cattle and horse ranching.

A relaxed and laid-back town, where the residents are friendly and everyone knows their neighbor, Tilarán is a great place to stay in while touring the Arenal area due to its fantastic climate and slow pace of life. The weather in Tilarán is great because this town lies over 500 meters above sea level, and the temperatures here are always cool and comfortable. Tilarán is also a great area for some world class windsurfing in Arenal Lake.