I cannot adequately express how wonderful Intercultura was for me. I already speak fluent Spanish, but wanted to bring my ability up to a more native-level. I was worried that I would not be adequately challenged in class. I can't tell you how wrong I was! I had 2 classmates, a man from Quebec whose ability was similar to mine and a woman from Dallas. She had started at Intercultura several weeks before speaking very little Spanish. And although her ability wasn't quite as on par as my other classmate's and mine, it was fascinating to see how well she spoke considering where she had begun! Our professor, Dr. Haniah Castro, was FANTASTIC! I am a teacher myself and I observed how she modified lessons based on our abilities (this is referred to as differentiation) and on our learning styles. Not only did my Spanish improve, but I learned lots of ideas for teaching my students! As for the school itself, I can't say enough good about it. All of the people were genuinely warm, friendly and caring. Although I was only there for four days, I felt completely at home. I had a little locker (had to pay a deposit which was returned to me when I returned the key) and I could keep things in there so that I wouldn't have to schlep my books & packages around as I wandered the streets of Heredia. The school is open until 9:00 PM, so all I had to do was stop by on my way home each evening and pick up my stuff. There is a kitchen that is open for student use, computers and lots of cozy little places to relax, study or visit with friends. It was an oasis of quiet beauty right in the middle of town! I would definitely recommend this school to anyone, regardless of your ability to speak Spanish! I am hoping to return one day!
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