My school was looking for an experience that was as close to an exchange program as we could get, and I was VERY happy with the Language Immersion Program in Costa Rica! My students were immersed in daily interactive lessons that allowed them to collaborate with other students on the tour and were pushed outside of their comfort zones when they were out interviewing locals, cooking, and asking for directions. The Tour Director and Language Facilitator were amazing teachers and my students have come back excited to see that what we do in the Spanish classroom is usable in the real world. The increase in confidence from day 1 to day 10 for me was the best thing to see. Plus, we had time to enjoy coffee/chocolate tours, zip line, and see turtle breeding grounds. Overall, an excellent tour for those who want a specific focus on language-learning.
ProfeK / Group leader Philadelphia, Pennsylvania / Posted on July 06, 2016
Costa Rica 2k16!
This tour was my first time out of the United States. It was such a valuable experience that I would never trade for anything. It was a language immersion tour and I definitely felt immersed. I learned so much about the country and the language. On this tour, I didn't feel like a tourist, I felt like a person trying to live in and understand someone else's country. EF tours are so unique in this way.
2016SB / Student traveler Bluffton, OH / Posted on July 04, 2016
EF Tours: Costa Rica Immersion - INCREDIBLE
I was nervous about the Costa Rica Immersion trip at first, but the Tour Director and Language Facilitator completely changed that around. We had an ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE time! We did all the fun tourist stuff, but what was most impactful were the Spanish lessons and activities. Lessons on cheese processing, Costa Rican phrases, Costa Rican geography and culture, a scavenger hunt in a local town, dinner with a local family, etc.. I was so proud to see my students use the Spanish they knew in this setting! I absolutely recommend others to do this trip. In fact, I am almost certain I will be doing this same trip again in about two years. THANK YOU EF TOURS!
mnnthn / Group leader Portland, OR / Posted on June 30, 2016
Invaluable Lessons and Experiences!
I simply expected an improvement in my Spanish skills by traveling to Costa Rica. What I received was years' worth of Spanish classes in one week, as well as indispensable lessons about life, people, and the world. I laughed during amazing salsa lessons, tried to hold back tears as I heard the life story of a Costa Rican woman, and patted my stomach as I ate the best food I've had in a long time. My trip to Costa Rica wasn't just a vacation; it was the adventure of a lifetime, and I thoroughly appreciate the opportunity to have had such an amazing journey.
nintendoc6 / Student traveler North Las Vegas, Nevada / Posted on June 27, 2016
After a week in Costa Rica, my spanish really improved. The group leader made the trip so much fun and gave us lots of information about the country and activities. I enjoyed the variety of places we stayed at and activities we participated in. We were fed well (lots of rice and beans) at every meal and got to try lots of new foods. Overall, I truly enjoyed the fun packed week in Costa Rica!
LX12 / Student traveler Fayetteville, AR / Posted on June 25, 2016
It was amazing!
I thought this trip was amazing! As a chaperone, but also a Spanish teacher, I felt like my students truly benefitted from this experience! Our tour guide was WONDERFUL and went above and beyond to provide an authentic immersion experience for our group! I have absolutely no complaints, other than including a beach day and not making it an optional "add-on"... I know a lot of us were bummed we could not experience some of the world's most beautiful beaches!
4evertraveling / Adult traveler Dayton, OH / Posted on June 18, 2016
This was the best spring break I've ever had! The best part for me was going to a sustainable farm (Rancho Margot), which gave me a lot of hope about the future of the earth. This experience was cultural, educational, and so much fun! My Spanish improved so much from interacting with locals, and the activities and hotels planned were a very unique and authentic feel of Costa Rica that I wouldn't have gotten if I travelled by myself. Thank you EF Tours!
BammBamm / Student traveler Kirkland, Washington / Posted on May 04, 2016
I was one of two teachers chaperoning this trip with a group of 13 students. We had a great trip overall! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and explained many things to our students. We went to 3 different farms, zip lined, went to a school, and had dinner at a local's home. There were a lot of opportunities to interact with native Spanish speakers and this trip was definitely an immersion rather than a tourist vacation. The kids loved it!
LWSeattle / Adult traveler Seattle, WA / Posted on April 13, 2016
Such an amazing experience!
This trip was really interesting and different. I had a really good time and it was a very good experience for me. I wish we could've stayed in the city longer and visited some beaches because I feel like we were in the forests a lot of the time and it sort of got tiring. Other than that our tour guide and driver were really nice people and helped so much and I would definitely reccomend this to someone else.
Costaricarocks / Student traveler Kirkland, WA / Posted on April 11, 2016
The EF tour for me and my students was outstanding. My students learned a lot about the Costa Rican culture and they really enjoyed being immersed in the language and culture. Our tour director and bus driver were phenomenal.
KMHS / Group leader Atlanta, GA / Posted on February 29, 2016