High School Spanish Immersion in Costa Rica
Teens Love our Spanish Immersion Camps and Trips in Costa Rica
-Registration OPEN for summer 2015-
Common Ground International has a long history of helping high school Spanish students become more proficient in Spanish. Our trips to Costa Rica are more than just educational travel and Spanish summer camps; we are Spanish teachers, so we intentionally integrate the four components below into our Spanish immersion programs so that our students can actually say they have Spanish as a practical skill for their futures.
Click the images below to learn more about the 4 main components of our High School Spanish immersion programs in Costa Rica:
The 4 primary components of our Spanish immersion camp programs are:
- Host Family Lodging – Spanish Only: Host families keep you speaking Spanish 24/7 during your Spanish immersion program and help you learn cultural insights that you would never pick up if you stayed in a hotel.
- Community Service – In Spanish: Service learning projects are a great way for you to lend a hand to those in need and to MAKE you speak Spanish to meet real objectives. It is both a language and humanitarian activity, and a central piece to our Spanish immersion programs.
- Spanish Classes – Taught by Natives: Spanish classes help you sort out all the fast-paced language you hear day to day while on immersion. It’s difficult to make sense of everything as it comes; we integrate classes into your Spanish immersion program so that you can maximize all the day-to-day learning you’re doing.
- Adventure Travel – In Spanish: Costa Rica is possibly one of the most exciting (and safe) places to travel in Central America. Every Spanish immersion program or trip to Costa Rica should include some experiences at the beach, visiting volcanoes, and trekking through the rain forest.
Summer Spanish Immersion Camp Description:
Our High School Spanish Immersion camps in Costa Rica are specifically designed to improve your Spanish skills, help you gain cultural understanding, earn at least 20 community service hours, and experience the beauty of Costa Rica. The four major components of this experience are: Spanish classes, lodging with host families, community service, and adventure travel. Click on the pictures above to learn more about each component of our trips.
2-Week High School Spanish Immersion Programs: 6/24 – 7/8, 2015
- 14 days in country
- 5 days of language school and community service projects
- 10 nights with host family
- 3 days at Manuel Antonio National Park and beach
- 3 days at active Volcán Arenal
- Salsa, Merengue, & cooking classes
- Zipline Canopy tour
- Optional Waterfall Rappel
4-Week High School Spanish Immersion Programs: 6/24 – 7/22, 2015
- The full 2-week Spanish Immersion program plus the following:
- 10 more nights with your host family
- Attend 30 more hrs of Spanish classes
- Provide approximately 25 – 30 more hrs of Community Service projects with your Costa Rican High School friends
- Live and work at a rural chocolate farm for 4 days
- Interview a Costa Rican professional who works in a career you’re interested in
Watch a recent informational Webinar about our Spanish Immersion camps:
Summer ’14 Spanish Immersion Camp Pre-departure webinar #3:
More than Spanish language immersion:
General Spanish Immersion Camp Program Video:
High School Spanish Immersion FAQs:
How many students do you travel with at a given time?
We have a maximum number of around 24 students at any one time on the summer immersion program with us.
Who are the chaperones for the High School program?
Common Ground has 2-3 staff members who chaperone the high school groups at all times. When our group size nears 20+ students, we typically add a teacher from a school that has students traveling with us to help with the larger numbers. Usually there are more female than male chaperones.
We have miles that we’d like to use for the flight portion of our student’s program, is that possible?
Absolutely. Just let us know what your situation is, and we’ll make sure we get you the appropriate credits for the flight portion of the trip.
Do I get credit for the language school classes I attend?
Yes and no. Most High Schools are not offering actual high school credit for the time you spend in Costa Rica. However, some schools will allow you to take an exam after you return and potentially test out of a year’s worth of Spanish classes. This is particularly an option for those students on the 4 week summer immersion program. One thing you can certainly apply to your school and club requirements is the amount of time you spend in community service projects. Students are regularly earning between 20 and 60 community service hours for the 2 and 4 week programs respectively. Additionally, if you are an IB student, you may be able to earn up to 75 CAS hours toward your graduation requirements.
Can my length of stay in Costa Rica be flexible? What if I want to stay and study in Costa Rica for 3 weeks, or more than 4 weeks?
Of course your length of stay can be adjusted. We would be happy to work out a custom itinerary with you; just give us a call! (303) 684-5557.
What if we’d like to make plans to have a family vacation before or after our student does the Spanish Immersion Program with Common Ground?
Not a problem at all. Usually it’s a good idea to plan a family vacation directly after your student finishes their immersion program so that they’re able to show you around a little. We just need to know your plans as you’re submitting your student’s application, and we’ll make sure that appropriate arrangements are made. We’re happy to help you with travel suggestions as well if you’d like some ideas about nice places to spend some time with you family in Costa Rica.
Do you have any fundraising programs in place to help with the cost of the immersion program?
Yes, every year we help students who are interested raise funds for the summer immersion program. Some students raise as much as $1,400.00 toward the cost of their program. We’ll give you both individual and group fundraising ideas to work on between your application date and travel date.
Can you come to my school and make a presentation about this program?
Of course, we’d be happy to. If you would like to look into scheduling a classroom presentation at your school, just put us in contact with your Spanish teacher or your Foreign/World Languages department head and we’ll see if we can get something on the schedule. Contact us here.
Do you have any families or students we can contact for references?
Absolutely, give us a call and we’d be happy to supply the names of a few families who have agreed to be in touch with future families considering the program. Telephone: (303) 684-5557.