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Spanish Immersion for Adults

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)

Make your payments for the Spanish Immersion for Adults program here!

The minimum deposit* to reserve your spot on the Spanish Immersion for Adults program is $500. If you would like to pay more than the minimum deposit payment for this trip, you may increase the quantity of the $500 payment, or you may enter a more specific amount by selecting the Remaining Balance Payment* option.

Update re Nicaragua:

**Due to the current political unrest in Nicaragua, the winter ’19 program in Nicaragua is still pending. If needed, we will transfer all programming to Costa Rica for the winter ’19 program. Program start dates remain the same. Official State Department Info.
Click below to see more details on trip dates, etc…
*As detailed in the terms and conditions, program payments are non-refundable. A portion of your payment may be transferable to a future program. Please contact CGI program leaders ASAP if you anticipate a change in your travel plans to discuss your options.

Winter ’19 Dates

2wk programs: January 26 – February 9, 2019 | February 2 – February 16, 2019 | February 9 – February 23, 2019 |

3wk programs: January 26 – February 16, 2019 | February 2 – February 23, 2019 | February 9 – March 2, 2019

4wk programs: January 26 – February 23, 2019 | February 2 – March 2, 2019

5wk programs: January 26 – March 2, 2019 | February 2 – March 9, 2019

6wk program: January 26 – March 9, 2019

Summer ’19 Dates

2wk programs: June 29 – July 13, 2019 | July 6 – July 20, 2019 | July 13 – July 27, 2019

3wk programs: June 29 – July 20, 2019 | July 6 – July 27, 2019 | July 13 – August 3, 2019

4wk programs: June 29 – July 27, 2019 | July 6 – August 3, 2019

5wk programs: June 29 – August 3, 2019 | July 6 – August 10, 2019

6wk program: June 29 – August 10, 2019

What is the registration & trip preparation process like?

There are a handful of steps that start with payment today to reserve your spot on the upcoming trip:

Step 1: Reserve your spot by making payment here on this page

Step 2: Fill out your travel registration (Contact information, passport details, emergency contact, program goals, etc). We’ll send you the link.

Step 3: Find flights into MGA (Airport in Managua, Nicaragua) or SJO (Airport in San José, Costa Rica) depending on your program.

Step 4: Start your pre-departure course to get ready for your trip!

Step 5: Work with your travel team to prepare your outreach projects


SKU: adultimmersion

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6 reviews for Spanish Immersion for Adults

Rated 5 out of 5

Awesome 3 week Spanish immersion experience in Costa Rica through Common Ground International. I am glad that I chose to do my Spanish immersion in Costa Rica and stay with a host family. The leaders at Common Ground International were professional, welcoming and attentive. The Teachers were patient and encouraging. My goal was to obtain a better understanding of Spanish verbs so I can increase in my Spanish conversation level. Costa Rica offers endless opportunities to learn about their rich culture and history while learning the language all at the same time. The natives were friendly and warm and easily ready to assit you if you had any questions. It was also easy to get around and I also felt safe. My host mother was amazing and made my stay a pleasant one, she encouraged me to speak in Spanish and introduced me to many native dishes. She was a wonderful host and great cook. And I cannot forgot I met some awesome people and made a few good friendships along the way. Including my host family's dog. I left Costa Rica with a better understanding of Spanish verbs, increased vocabulary and the ability to converse with more confidence.

I recommend you try it.

Pura Vida

S. Rosado
Rated 5 out of 5

I attended the immersion program for two weeks and stayed an extra weekend to go on an excursion at the end and it was awesome! The program is very well organized and you get the full experience of practicing Spanish the entire time you are there (classroom, volunteering, group excursions). I'm so impressed on how well the program was organized for every single group - and there were three different groups (maybe more) going from high school, medical-adult, and adult immersion. The program Directors (Leslie and Rory) were always available to answer and/or clarify any questions, help explain things, recommend best eating places, and just made the whole experience amazing! I definitely recommend this program to anyone who is interested in learning spanish - no mater what level you are at - it is good for all levels and they put you in classes tailored just for your learning ability so you succeed while you are there! I also highly recommend doing the excursion to La Fortuna and Tortuguero to see the turtles laying their eggs! :)

Alice Yeh
Rated 5 out of 5

I had an amazing time with Common Ground for the Adults Immersion trip in Costa Rica. It was an amazing and unforgettable experience! I learned so much Spanish - going from very limited basic vocab to full sentences and basic conversations in 5 weeks. The program is incredibly well organized and a true immersive experience - volunteering in the morning, class in the afternoon, evenings with your host family, and free weekends to travel with the group or do your own thing. I highly recommend it!

Margie Obendorf
Rated 5 out of 5

My experience with Common Ground and their immersion program was very positive. Before I arrived I was a little nervous and also wondered if I could gain that much in two weeks. But the hosts, Leslie and Rory, understand well what immersion students go through and quickly helped me feel comfortable. The program is also very full and supports the students efforts to learn Spanish very well. I found that at the end of two weeks I had both picked up more Spanish and become much more comfortable speaking the language than I had hoped. In addition, everyone involved was both helpful and supportive and made for an engaging and happy learning environment. I am very happy that I went

L. Seto
Rated 5 out of 5

I attended the immersion for adults for 2 weeks in June of 2016, and I couldn't have been more satisfied with my experience. I wanted to gain confidence in using the little bit of Spanish I knew (from high school many years ago) in the non-medical hospital setting where I was about to begin work. The leadership of this program was so professional and yet so personally supportive, it made me feel safe to take risks with using my Spanish and exploring away from my English-speaking colleagues.
I just enrolled in a Spanish class at my local community college and I can't believe how much more confident I am in knowing how to ask my questions and make comments about the classwork in Spanish---and this is just Spanish 1, second semester! I am planning to return to Costa Rica for another immersion program next summer because of how it stretched me so successfully and yet responded well to my fears and uncertainties along the way. Experiencing the culture and food firsthand through living with a family was definitely the best way to go. My host family and I are still maintaining contact via email.

E. Wells
Rated 5 out of 5

The Common Ground International Spanish Immersion trip was a trip of a life time. It is well organized, but be ready to be busy. There is little down time! San Isidro de Heredia is a wonderful town. Big enough to explore, but small enough that it is not overwhelming. My host family was warm and welcoming and made the whole experience even better. I learned a lot everyday and felt I was able to use what I learned while I was in Costa Rica. ELEC school was also a great experience. The teachers were professional and well prepared and the teacher to student ratio allowed for individualized attention while also being able to learn from the fellow students. The school grounds and buildings are beautifully maintained and the view into San Jose is amazing. Saphire is a great leader and is also very open and helpful if you are having any issues or concerns. Overall I was extremely pleased with my Costa Rica immersion trip. I do wish there had been some more time to spend in town and get to know San Isidro de Heredia better and also use some Spanish in an every day setting outside of school and the home stay. However, my three week visit made me feel comfortable that I could go back to visit Costa Rica or another Spanish speaking country and know that I could make my way around and be understood.

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