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Intercultura Language School and Cultural Center

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Intercultura Language School and Cultural Center

71 Reviews
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Britt Coffee Tour and Chocolate Tasting from San Jose

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Visit the Café Britt coffee plantation on a half-day tour from San Jose that details Costa Rica's talent for gourmet coffee and chocolate production. Learn how this renowned producer sustainably farms, harvests, and roasts the coffee beans, then sample different Britt coffees accompanied by chocolate. Top off your tour with a buffet lunch of farm-fresh Costa Rican fare at the on-site restaurant. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Patricia Sabolsky wrote a review Feb 2021
Liberia, Costa Rica3 contributions
Istudied at the Samara location of this school and loved everything about it - the teachers, other students, Tica family and of course, the beach.
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Date of experience: February 2021
JCDS2012 wrote a review Aug 2019
New York16 contributions5 helpful votes
From the moment I arrived and Giovanna (who may be the hardest working staff member at the school!) greeted me until I said goodbye to Marcello, the staff and faculty of Intercultura treated me like a dear family member! The teachers, (Ileana was my group teacher and I had private classes with Lourdes and Jesus), were talented, professional and committed! They have access to enriching materials, resources and games which they utilize. They are skilled with the smartboard. But, mostly, they just seem to love the students and really want us to learn. They are so patient. All the lessons were interesting and fun. My group class was friendly and we enjoyed learning together. The activities were fun and the scheduling was well organized. I am middle-aged. I'd say most students were college aged, but there were younger students and many students my age and older. And, it didn't matter. This lovely school attracts really nice people. I enjoyed meeting and hanging out with the other students of all ages. I had a wonderful time! Thank you to everybody at Intercultura for a wonderful experience! Gracias por todo!
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Date of experience: July 2019
norm08 wrote a review May 2019
Charlottesville, Virginia31 contributions17 helpful votes
The school advertises that they will find volunteer assignments-I went during school holidays and the one position they had was a 1 1/2 hour round trip from the school. I thought that was too much to ask for a 4 hour a day assignment. I was disappointed.
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Date of experience: November 2018
Response from InterculturaSamara, Guest Relations Manager at Intercultura Language School and Cultural Center
Responded May 7, 2019
Hi Norm, Thanks for your feedback. International volunteering is a very rewarding experience and more often than not, the volunteers receive more benefit than the actual organization. This is due to the fact that there is a lot of preparation, organization, and logistics to be planned, not to mention orientations and training once at said location. This being said, most of our volunteer projects and student volunteers plan for these experiences and commitments months in advance. At this moment we have over 20 volunteers working throughout Costa Rica. Often times these programs are not located in close proximity to our actual campuses, and they entail dormitory lodging and or homestays in other parts of the country, to lessen the burden of a daily commute. In your case, it sounds like the opportunity available for that time given did not meet your expectations and we are sorry that it was not the right fit given your availability and convenience. As I mentioned previously, these programs generally take months of planning. In the future, you may try volunteering in your own way to help make the world a better place: neighborhood or beach cleanups are always an easy way to give back, and they set a good example. Plus, you don’t need to organize anything, one person can make a difference in their time, in their own way. We hope this helps.
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TravelBug428 wrote a review Mar 2019
Chicago, Illinois130 contributions38 helpful votes
I came to Intercultura to brush up on my Spanish skills and I was able to do that and so much more. My classes were exactly what I needed. Small class size allowed for better learning and the ability to really achieve help with questions and really honing the language. The school has everything that you need to feel immersed in the culture. You can participate in intercambios with Costa Rican English students, cooking classes, dance classes, excursions. They really take care of their students and celebrate their acheivements. Wonderful people at the school, they truely want you to succeed and enjoy your time in Costa Rica. The school also organized a home stay. Prior to arrival, you are asked your preferences for matching you to a family. To say my family was wonderful was an understatement. They treated me like part of the family. It was great getting to hang out with them. I learned a TON about Costa Rican life and just from conversing with my family in Spanish constantly, I feel like my language improved even more. I highly recommend Intercultura. They offer a truly unique Costa Rican experience.
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Date of experience: February 2019
jennyh wrote a review Jan 2019
Port Elgin, Canada87 contributions11 helpful votes
I attended Intercultura 3 years ago. I have since attended 2 other Spanish language schools in Costa Rica. Intercultura was by far the best. I attended the Heredia and Samara campuses doing homesteads at bothe. Heredia: The town is smaller than San Jose by far but there isn't a lot to do there and not a lot of cultural things to see or do, at least in January. there cultural centre was closed for the month. There is a market and a town square where you can go to try out your Spanish and watch Tico life. The school was very good. I was in a class with 6 students and felt I was probably the weakest in the class but was able to keep up and learned a lot and the pace was good. Learning activities were well organized and I didn't feel we wasted time in class. There were students from many different places and ages. Most of us were there for morning classes, so we were able to meet others who weren't in our classes. My home stay was very nice and it was cool enough Heredia that sleeping without air-conditioning was good. The meals were fantastic - 2 fresh fruits every morning and a protein source. Suppers were great. The host will sit and talk with you during your meals so you can practice. Samara: The town is an amazing little secret. It has a beautiful, uncrowded beach that is protected a bit by a reef where you can snorkel and the surf is great for learning how to surf or swimming. There are stores and hostels and hotels and restaurants and you can walk to all of them or rent a bike. Not much traffic, so not like trying to ride on the main highways. The school was great. Air conditioned rooms and beautiful building. Lockers to use so after school you can stash your stuff and go right to the beach which is out the front gate. They have a night watchman, so the school and your stuff is protected. There is a lady that makes lunch and sells it out of her car for about $5 (3 years ago), so you can get a great meal right there and then go play. The beach campus had yoga in the mornings for free right at the school, which is beachfront. Dance lessons on several days and cooking classes all for free. I was in a class with just one other students-they do try to put you at your level and have enough students that they can accommodate change of class to get you in right level. Teachers moved at a good pace so you didn't get bored. Activities for learning were very helpful and audio/tec equipment worked well. As I said, I have gone to 2 other schools and this one I would return to- Samara campus. I would probably get my own accommodations as the home stay accommodations are very rudimentary and seem to be more interested in having multiple students so it is more like a rooming house than home.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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