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Tico Lingo - Spanish Immersion School Programs

Costa Rica

Adult Spanish Immersion Program

Tico Lingo's Spanish immersion programs encompass its philosophy to give students linguistic fluency through cultural immersion. The program includes four hours of language...

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Teen Spanish Immersion Summer Camp

The Teen Spanish Immersion Summer Camp runs for three weeks and combines intensive Spanish classes, daily cultural activities, and weekend excursions. It’s an all-inclusive...

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Business Spanish Immersion Program

The Business Spanish Immersion Program at Tico Lingo aims to develop the language skills of business students and professionals whom are seeking new opportunities in Spanish-speaking...

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Legal Spanish Immersion Program

Explicitly designed for lawyers, the specialized legal Spanish program focuses on legal industry terms, phrases, and practices. The program is centered around getting learners...

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Medical Spanish Immersion Program

When deciding between vital choices the well-being of a patient, any medicinal expert will say that having the full image of that patient is key. Yes, the lab test...

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Tico Lingo - Spanish Immersion School Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Thanks Yall

Although there for a short time, I was able to improve my language skills . I gained not only knowledge but also confidence. The immersion experience was super helpful, and I could not have asked for a more warm or accommodating host family. Cooking and chatting at the school, as well as meeting other students, was a pleasure. The country and the school left a really positive impression. Big up to Tico Lingo, many thanks

Program: Adult Spanish Immersion Program

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Perfect

My Spanish immersion experience could not have been planned better. The itinerary structure really worked for me, and I felt I had time to explore or relax if I wanted to. The school itself feels like a big spacious home, with the facilitators, teachers, and owner all very smart, and genuinely helpful to the students. I had an amazing one on one tutor named Cinthia Gomez-Gamboa, she was kind and very patient with my beginner Spanish skills. She listened to my needs, as far as needing to use Spanish at my work in a hospital and tailored the lessons accordingly. The afternoon activities planned were fun, with no pressure on attending if you didn't feel like it. The weekend activity was a trip to Manuel Antonio national State Park and Beach, and it was breathtakingly beautiful and so much fun with my fellow Spanish students. Finally, my homestay, My tica family -Cecilia and Antonio, they were so sweet and treated me as if I really was family. I am a vegetarian and allergic to kiwi, and she customized every provided meal to my needs. I can't say enough my Spanish immersion experience through Tico Lingo. I highly recommend.

Program: Adult Spanish Immersion Program

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Academics

    10

Amazing people and unique cultural experience

Tico Lingo was challenging for me in the way that I was looking for. I wanted to improve my Spanish. For me, I have to learn through listening AND seeing the words written out. Tico Lingo was the perfect amount of conversational practice and grammar. This program facilitates a lot of learning in a short period of time. If you have more than a week to take classes, then definitely do so! If you don’t speak any Spanish and you want to leave with a high level of conversation where you can have heart to hearts with people at the bar and connect on more than just a “como esta” level, I think you could achieve this in 6-10 weeks depending on your dedication.

I definitely recommend a homestay! It is the best way to continue the conversation practice while getting to know someone different than you. Be patient with yourself but definitely going out to the market and putting yourself out there to speak will make your experience that much better. Heredia is a chill, safe and friendly city. My homestay made me coffee and breakfast every morning! I felt a part of the family. We cooked together often and we were able to share recipes. I learned how to make batacones (fried plaintains) and tortilla de yuca ! There are so many exotic fruits here, and in Costa Rica it’s really common to make a fruit refresco (drink) with every meal. It’s just one of the luxuries of being in the tropics and in a beautiful place like Costa Rica, the fruits are abundant! I stayed with an amazing family that was very welcoming and gracious towards me. I feel bonded for life with them and I am certain I will return to see them again. Costa Rican’s are such happy and proud people. There is no army here and it is something people feel very proud . Peace is really valued.

Tico Lingo provides SO much for the students. Each morning the director, Chris and Karen greet you at the door and create a relaxed and casual atmosphere. It definitely doesn’t feel like a strict classroom environment, it feels like you are going over to your friends house. They provide coffee, tea and sometimes snacks. Yoga was my favorite activity at Tico Lingo. It’s a further testimont to how the staff at Tico Lingo really wants the students to have a good experience. It’s a very comfortable and non-threatening place that gravitates good people. It was fun to meet other students from all over the world.

My second favorite activity was the “intercambio.” One night during the week a group of students wanting to learn English come to Tico Lingo and have a language exchange with the students at Tico Lingo. It is a great way to use your skills in a more casual setting while also helping someone else. I really liked the group that comes to the intercambio. We had a ton of fun and played charades. It was interesting to meet young adults and learn their lives. Chris and Karen and the other teachers know Costa Rica very well and they are extremely helpful with assisting with travel plans. Heredia is close enough to a lot to take many weekend excursions! The city itself is easy to get around and you can easily take the bus to anywhere you want to.

Overall, I think Tico Lingo is an ideal option if you’re coming to Costa Rica to learn Spanish. Even while taking classes, it still feels like you are on vacation and exploring new things every day!
Not only is Tico Lingo a great school but I also appreciate their values and overall mission. It felt good to be a part of a well intentioned project that strives to make connections in the community and provides an authentic cultural exchange. Good vibes all around!!! I highly recommend this amazing little spot. It’s authentic and genuine! You will feel appreciated and taken care of!!!

Program: Adult Spanish Immersion Program

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Facilities

    9

  • Living Situation

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  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

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Solo traveler

I took part in a week long Emerson experience in September of 2017. Tico Lingo worked with me to understand my needs and taylor a program that worked well for what I was looking for. I was a total beginner and was paired with an incredibly patient teacher. As an experienced traveler I took care of my living arrangements and found an air B and B close by. If I were to stay longer I would arrange to go a home stay.

Program: Adult Spanish Immersion Program

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

Outstanding experience

Wow, I don't know where to begin. First the program is absolutely fantastic. It is very well organized and makes you feel very at home. The Tico Lingo school gives you that "feeling at home, in school" it was super comfortable. This was my first time traveling for an extended period of time... I attended the program for 4 weeks. The chill, laid back feeling of Costa Rica was amazing. The food, culture and people were amazing.
My homestay family was phenomenal, they made me feel at home every single day I was there. They practically took me everywhere with them, which was great for me to practice my Spanish. Chris had put together a wonderful program with awesome teachers (shout out to Freddie!). My confidence in Spanish increased, and the level the school brought me to exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend this program to anyone seeking to learn Spanish. You are going to love the experience and it's something you will take with you the rest of your life.

Program: Adult Spanish Immersion Program

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