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Spanish school in Playa Jacó: Academia Tica

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310.- USD
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Key points

  • Seaside resort with a lively and festive atmosphere
  • Mini-group classes
  • Friendly language school

The school

Levels
Beginner to Advanced
School size
S
Accommodation
Host family, Shared apartment
Disabled access
Disabled access at school
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
16 years
Average age
24 years
Nationality mix
United States, Germany, Switzerland, etc..
ratings
48 authentic opinions

Our partner school is situated in a very quiet area on the Calle Naciones Unidas, also known as the “calle ricos y famosos” (the street of the rich and famous) by the locals. The school is conveniently located with shops, restaurants, medical centres, pharmacies and internet cafés all nearby. The beautiful beach, Playa Jacó, is only around 10 minutes away on foot! The language school building contains 4 classrooms, a kitchen, a large covered terrace and a small swimming pool. Outside, there is a large garden that extends over 1000m2, where students can go to relax and chat with their new friends during breaks and after class. During the high season and depending on the number of participants, the school offers extra classrooms close to the main course centre.

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Included in the price

  • Level and needs assessment
  • Welcome activity
  • Use of study centre
  • End-of-course report and certificate
  • Activity programme

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Standard course

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From 254.- GBP
(310.- USD)
Lessons
20 of 50 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 6
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:00-11:40 (possibly afternoon during high season)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
1
310 USD
500 USD
480 USD
2
620 USD
1000 USD
960 USD
3
930 USD
1500 USD
1440 USD
4
1240 USD
2000 USD
1920 USD
6
1780 USD
2920 USD
2800 USD
8
2320 USD
3840 USD
3680 USD
12
3280 USD
5560 USD
5320 USD
16
4240 USD
7280 USD
6960 USD
24
6160 USD
10720 USD
10240 USD
Extra week (24+)
240 USD
430 USD
410 USD
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ GBP 0.82   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
11.04 / 18.04 / 19.04 / 01.05 / 25.07 / 02.08 / 15.08.2019
Holidays
22.12.2018 - 06.01.2019
22.12.2019 - 04.01.2020
Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Combined course 20+5

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From 344.- GBP
(420.- USD)
Lessons
25* of 50 minutes
(20 general + 5 one-to-one)
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 6
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:00-13:10 (possibly afternoon during high season)
*one-to-one lessons to be specified with the teacher

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
1
420 USD
610 USD
590 USD
2
840 USD
1220 USD
1180 USD
3
1260 USD
1830 USD
1770 USD
4
1680 USD
2440 USD
2360 USD
6
2440 USD
3580 USD
3460 USD
8
3200 USD
4720 USD
4560 USD
12
4600 USD
6880 USD
6640 USD
16
6000 USD
9040 USD
8720 USD
24
8800 USD
13360 USD
12880 USD
Extra week (24+)
350 USD
540 USD
520 USD
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ GBP 0.82   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
11.04 / 18.04 / 19.04 / 01.05 / 25.07 / 02.08 / 15.08.2019
Holidays
22.12.2018 - 06.01.2019
22.12.2019 - 04.01.2020
Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Spanish + Surf

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 8 week(s)
1 week(s) - From 365.- GBP
(445.- USD)
Lessons
23 of 50 minutes
(20 general + 3 Surf)
Course duration
1 - 8 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 6
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:00-11:40 + surf lessons to be specified

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
1
445 USD
635 USD
615 USD
2
890 USD
1270 USD
1230 USD
3
1335 USD
1905 USD
1845 USD
4
1780 USD
2540 USD
2460 USD
6
2590 USD
3730 USD
3610 USD
8
3400 USD
4920 USD
4760 USD
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ GBP 0.82   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
11.04 / 18.04 / 19.04 / 01.05 / 25.07 / 02.08 / 15.08.2019
Holidays
22.12.2018 - 06.01.2019
22.12.2019 - 04.01.2020
Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Spanish + Stand up paddle

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 8 week(s)
1 week(s) - From 406.- GBP
(495.- USD)
Lessons
23 of 50 minutes
(20 general + 3 Stand up paddle)
Course duration
1 - 8 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 6
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:00-11:40 + Stand up paddle lessons to be specified

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
1
495 USD
685 USD
665 USD
2
990 USD
1370 USD
1330 USD
3
1485 USD
2055 USD
1995 USD
4
1980 USD
2740 USD
2660 USD
6
2890 USD
4030 USD
3910 USD
8
3800 USD
5320 USD
5160 USD
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ GBP 0.82   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
11.04 / 18.04 / 19.04 / 01.05 / 25.07 / 02.08 / 15.08.2019
Holidays
22.12.2018 - 06.01.2019
22.12.2019 - 04.01.2020
Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Options/Extras

Course material (to be paid on site) (optional) 32 USD
One-to-one course (min. 10 lessons/week) (per lesson) 25 USD
Voluntary work in a National Park (2 to 24 weeks) 150 USD
Volunteer Internship Program (8 to 24 weeks) 350 USD
Accommodation deposit (to be paid on site) (Refundable) 100 USD
Extra night with host family 30 USD
Extra night in a shared apartment 30 USD
Airport transfer (on arrival) (6a.m-7:30p.m) 125 USD
Airport transfer (on arrival) (from 7:30p.m)
Package: Transfer to a nearby hotel, night, breakfast and transfer to the school or the selected accommodation the day after.
200 USD

Other accommodation options

Host family, double room, half board
Shared apartment, double room, no meals

Course info

100% authentic opinions

These students attended a course in this school through ESL – Language studies abroad and their evaluation has been checked. Students' opinions don't necessarily correspond to those of ESL – Language studies abroad, but reflect the individual experience of those participants. This is meant to provide you with further information about this school.

4.2/5
Overall rating

100% of students recommending this school

Destination
/ 5
School
/ 5
Accommodation
/ 5
Value for money
/ 5
Teaching
/ 5
Leisure
/ 5

48 students gave their opinion about this school

30 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
4 weeks, September 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.7 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4 / 5) (Shared apartment)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (5 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
19 years old - Germany
/ 5
2 weeks, August 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (3.7 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
45 years old - France
/ 5
Endroit parfait pour apprendre l'Espagnol. École à Jaco est très professionnel et compétent. Les possibilités de faire des choses organisées en dehors des heures de cours sont multiples et très intéressants. Très gentille et easygoing.
1 week, August 2019
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
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Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
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Accommodation (4.8 / 5) ()
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (4.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
Do you think you've made progress?
« Oui, J'ai pu parlé beaucoup et les explications des professeurs étaient très professionnelles »
School highlights
« L'équipe des professeurs et leurs talents. »
Top tips
« Tour de bateau pour voir les crocodiles; école de surf, les resto très bon à Jaco. »
38 years old - Germany
/ 5
4 weeks, July – August 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4.3 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (5 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
20 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
12 weeks, March – June 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (3.7 / 5) (Shared apartment)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (4 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
18 years old - Germany
/ 5
Costa Rica ist ein wunderschönes Land mit tollen Menschen. Ich kann es nur empfehlen dort hin zu reisen. Jacó ist eine Surf und Party Stadt, wenn man das mag ist es super Die Lehrer waren super freundlich und haben einen nicht nur Sprachwissen sondern auch die Kultur von Costa Rica näher gebracht. Die Klassen waren sehr klein und so konnte gut auf die einzelnen Schüler eingegangen werden. Die Apartments waren alle mit einem Balkon verbunden, wo man die meiste Zeit zusammen miteinander gegessen oder so hat. Die Apartments sind relativ simpel gehalten, aber völlig ausreichend. Ich hatte über die Schule Surfstunden und die waren echt super. Ansonsten würde so jede Woche eine zusätzliche Aktivität angeboten.
3 weeks, April – May 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.3 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4.3 / 5) (Shared apartment)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (3.7 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
Do you think you've made progress?
« Definitiv, ich könnte am Anfang gar kein Spanisch und kann jetzt zumindest einige grundlagen »
School highlights
« Die Lehrer waren sehr freundlich und wir hatten teilweise draußen Unterricht. »
Top tips
« Sucht auch Mal Kontakt zu locals und versucht einfach viele verschiedene Orte zu besuchen, aber lasst euch dann dort auch Zeit. Alles was ich besucht habe kann ich weiter empfehlen. (Monteverde, Montezuma, Santa Teresa, Manuel Antonio, Uvita, Jacó, San José (für einen Tag kann man es definitiv besuchen) »
20 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
11 weeks, February – April 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (3.5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4.3 / 5) (Residence)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
22 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
12 weeks, January – April 2019
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.8 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (3.7 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
Do you think you've made progress?
« Ja unglaubliche Fortschritte. Ich war für 4 Wochen nur mit jemand anderem in der Klasse und danach für 4 Wochen alleine. Deshalb konnte ich viel profitieren. »
School highlights
« Die Schule war ganz toll. Das Verhältnis mit den Lehrern war sehr familiär der Unterricht war super lehrreich und interessant. »
Top tips
« Wishbone nights, surfen, Manuel antonio »
19 years old - Germany
/ 5
3 weeks, February – March 2019
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (3.8 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (3.7 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (3.3 / 5) (Shared apartment)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (4 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
24 years old - France
/ 5
Karol Peraza est très gentille et accueillante. Elle nous fait bien pratiquer l'espagnol et parle clairement. Elle s'engage pour qu'on passe un bon moment.
2 weeks, December 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (3.8 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4.3 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (3.7 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
Do you think you've made progress?
« Oui j'ai amélioré mon expression orale. En étant dans un petit groupe j'ai pu pas mal parler. Le fait de pratiquer m'a débloqué et lancé pour la suite de mon séjour. »
School highlights
« La bonne humeur des professeurs et du personnel »
Top tips
« Faire les cours de surf est un plus, c'est sympa et on peut en faire même si on est débutant. Au contraire, si on ne fait pas de surf, il n'y a pas vraiment beaucoup d'autres choses à faire sur place. »

Testimonials

Matthias Kappler
Matthias Kappler

This was a very positive experience. I had heard a lot of positive and negative comments about the place before I arrived, but I must say I was positively surprised. Yes, it is a major tourist attraction and the beach is not the most beautiful you could ever imagine, but I realised there was much more on offer than I expected.

Although the place is not too big, there is a huge range of good restaurants, and if you want to learn how to surf, you can find a good teacher on the spot. For experienced surfers, there are great beaches just a few kilometres away. The school is also beautiful, with a pleasant garden and a swimming pool where you can refresh when it’s really hot.

The teaching was a great quality and if you get the right teacher, you can even have lessons in the garden of the school sometimes. For me, the only negative thing was that teachers were very indulgent with students who preferred to spend the afternoon on the beach rather than at the school. But all in all, I really enjoyed my stay abroad.

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Host family
By staying with a host family, you'll live with a Costa Rican family and practise Spanish all the time, while discovering the local culture! You'll stay in a double or single room, with half-board provided and your laundry washed once per week. The families are located near the school, which you can easily reach on foot. Please note that double rooms are only available for students travelling together.

Shared apartments
If you would like to have more independence, opt for a shared apartment! The apartments are well equipped with a bathroom, kitchen, washing machine, TV and a weekly cleaning service. You can stay in a double (for students travelling together) or single room with free bed linen and share your apartment with 1-2 other students.

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Garabito Apartments

General information

The student apartments are located a short walk from the language school campus and the beach in a very convenient location. Students can stroll 10 minutes to the main street where they'll find many options for restaurants, supermarkets, shops, etc. From there, it's just one more block to the sandy beach of Jacó to enjoy the sun, waves and nature. The building is located in a private complex, right across from Soda Garabito, a cheap dining option for good Costa Rican buffet-style food.

School distance

Door-to-door travel time:
5 minutes
Means of transportation:
Walking
Walking distance to public transport:
10 minutes

Walking Distance

Supermarket:
5 minutes
Coffee shops:
10 minutes
Restaurants:
10 minutes
Shops:
5 minutes
Pharmacy:
10 minutes
Beach:
12 minutes

Availability

All year round
Minimum age : 18+

Arrival and departure

Check-in / Check-out
Sunday from 14:00
Saturday until 10:00
Entry card (building) No
Key (building) Yes
Code (building) No
Staff on-site 24h Yes
Deposit
Cash or credit card
Yes

Meals

Use of kitchen Yes
Meal-plan No

Facilities

Reception desk No
Smoking area No
Cafeteria No
Shared kitchen Yes
Oven Yes
Microwave No
Cutlery available Yes
Vending machine No
Laundry
1 washing machine
Yes
Common area/lounge Yes
Wi-Fi internet access Yes
Cable internet access No
TV in common room Yes
DVD-player in common room No
Balcony/terrace Yes
Garden No
BBQ area No
Wheelchair accessible No
Parking (cars) No
Parking (bicycles) No
Swimming pool No
Gym No

Room types and facilities

Single
5 rooms
~10 m2
Yes
Twin
5 rooms
~12 m2
Yes
Air conditioning
Fans available in every room
No
Heating No
Smoking No
Duvet and pillow provided Yes
Bed sheets provided Yes
Towels provided Yes
Toilet paper No
Ensuite toilet No
Ensuite shower No
Wash basin No
Shared toilets
2/3 students per toilet
Yes
Shared showers
2/3 students per shower
Yes
Cleaning
Weekly
Yes
Desk Yes
Wardrobe Yes
Cooking facilities Yes
Microwave No
TV No
Wi-Fi internet access
Free of charge
Yes
Cable internet access No
Floor
Ceramic
Yes
Balcony No
Safe deposit box Yes
Room key provided Yes
The school organises different activities to make your time in Costa Rica more enjoyable. On your arrival, a staff member will show you around the town. Following this, every second Tuesday you can participate in a Latin American dance class or, on Thursday afternoons, go on a half-day excursion to the national parks Carara and Manuel Antonio. In Playa Jaco, you can also play a multitude of sports, rent bikes or surf boards and discover the “canopy tours”. 12 km from Playa Jaco, the Villas Caletas hotel organises concerts and other shows regularly in its amphitheatre.

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