Special Programs

Spanish for Families

If you are planning to travel with your children, you are welcome to have them attend the school and learn Spanish at the same time. The program is especially tailored for families with children (under 12 years old) and teenagers (13-17 years old) whose parents are studying at Personalized Spanish.

The program includes:

  • Airport transfer
  • Spanish classes and special materials
  • Lodging with their parents in a host family (2 meals a day and laundry services)
  • Supervised recreational activities in Spanish
  • Cultural activities and weekend travel arrangements.
  • Discount for children under 12 year old!

Educational outings to places of interest such as The Children’s Museum, The San Jose Zoo, Bird Museum, Insect Museum, Butterfly Garden, Children’s Theatre, Visits to local schools, entertainment parks, participation in activities with Costa Rican children, INBIO Park (bio-diversity park), roller-skating, public libraries and more.

Customized Spanish for Groups

We can design a customized program to satisfy your group’s needs. Whether it be a group of high school students, a group of old friends having a reunion, or any other type of group. We will work with you to create a Maximum Costa Rican Experience.

This program will include: Spanish lessons, cultural activities and the opportunity to travel and/or participate of volunteer activities.

Survival Spanish

Spanish Pronto!

If you are traveling, on a business trip or for a medical treatment and you don’t have enough time to to study in a regular program, THIS IS THE RIGHT PROGRAM FOR YOU! The one or two day Spanish Pronto will provide you with the handy linguistic and cultural tools to communicate in Spanish and get around during your stay in our country.

In our eight hour day we will review the basic and important Spanish structure and also learn about some cultural practices. During the afternoon we will go out of the school to put your knowledge into practice by going to the store, the supermarket, the restaurant and other places in the neighborhood.

You will learn:

  • Important Phrases: Greetings, personal information, how to ask for things, local Costa Rican expressions and more.
  • Daily Situations: Costa Rican idiosyncrasy (What is a tico and what does pura vida mean? Courtesies, and other import tips about the Costa Rican lifestyle.
  • Basic Tourist Information: Best places to visit in Costa Rica, addresses and directions, how to move around and” to tip or not tip?”

The program includes: classes, materials, snacks and a warm ambiance to learn Spanish with native speakers from Costa Rica. We highly recommend that you take the two day /one night option staying with one of our homestay families in order to get a total cultural experience. Beginners and intermediate students are welcome in the program; however you also have the option of participating in our other Spanish programs.

Price:

  • One day program $130
  • Two day/one night program (includes homestay with breakfast & dinner) $260
  • Our program is affordable, practical and fun!

Spanish for Expats and Short Term Residents

This program is designed for expats and short term Costa Rican residents. Expats and short time residents have busy lives, however learning Spanish is a very useful and necessary tool when you live here. Our resident’s program is personalized in stages according to your needs. When designing this program for our students, we take into account a flexible schedule, adequate materials, class locations, and cultural information. @This program can also be done live on line, or at the convenience of your home/ office.

Ask us about our special prices for expats and residents!

Spanish for Professional Purposes

For any of the Spanish for Professional Purposes Programs students must register in: the intensive program (4 hours mini group + 2 hours private) or the 4 hour private program in order to ensure success in these specialties.

Healthcare Program

We see an increasing need in North America for physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers to communicate with Spanish speaking patients and medical colleagues. With this in mind, Personalized Spanish has designed a special program to meet this need in the healthcare profession.

The course is designed to provide healthcare practitioners with effective language skills so that they can communicate confidently with their patients and their caretakers. Emphasis will be on oral communications. The course starts with a week long classroom language instruction with specialized vocabulary for the profession. In the second week of class, the students may elect to conduct interviews with their Costa Rican peers and to visit local clinics and hospitals to experience first hand how the language is used in their profession. The school will be able to arrange such interviews and visits for the students. For this program, we recommend a minimum of 2 weeks. This program can also be done live on line.

Spanish for Business and Law

If you have little time available and want to maximize it, you may choose our special program for business and law. Before your arrival to Costa Rica, we will assess your needs and tailor a personalized program to meet them.

The program includes classes designed to concentrate on the language used by international workers, MBA students and managers. Visits to business institutions that are of interest to the class can also be arranged. For instance, students interested in the legal system may have an interview with a local lawyer or attend a court session with the teacher as part of the class. Such visits can also provide the students with excellent sources of local contacts in their profession. The materials used in this class can be readily applied in the work place. In addition to language acquisition, the students will also learn a great deal about the Costa Rican legal and economic systems. This program can also be done live on line.

Spanish for Social Workers

Our Spanish for Social Workers is a well rounded linguistic and cultural immersion program that will prepare social workers to work in culturally diverse settings. Recent statistics have shown that it has become more and more common that Social Workers do not ethnically represent their constituents. This leaves the social worker vulnerable to miscommunication and ultimately the failure to effectively help.

Personalized Spanish offers a comprehensive Spanish program that not only includes grammar and conversation, but also vocabulary and terminology for social workers. Our program also stresses the importance of understanding the cultural differences between your native country and other Spanish Speaking countries. Personalized Spanish will increase your awareness of cultural differences and hopefully close the ever growing communication gap.

The program also offers the opportunity to meet Costa Rican professionals in your field, to visit private and public institutions, and to get an overview of the Latin American social service system. These three opportunities will compliment the classroom work and give the student the opportunity to see their studies in action. This program can also be done live on line.

Spanish for Teachers

Teachers in General

Over the past few years, Personalized Spanish has received an increasing amount of students who are teachers that need Spanish for their classroom and to be able to communicate with parents. They are not Spanish teachers, but find Spanish vital for effective communication inside and outside of the classroom. This program aims to give the teacher the tools for conducting conversations with students and parents.

Recently Graduated Spanish Teachers

Have you recently graduated from the university with a degree in Spanish, but you feel like you still need some practice before entering the classroom? Our program for the recently graduated is perfect for those who need more review, practice, and confidence. Personalized Spanish has developed a program based on the needs of the individual student where you will polish all aspects of your second language skills. Our program also includes pedagogical elements in order to reinforce your approach to presenting the information to your future students.

Refresher Spanish Course for the Experienced Spanish Teacher

Personalized Spanish understands that even veteran Spanish teachers need a refresher course every once in a while. Our program aims to give the experienced Spanish teacher the opportunity to be immersed in the language and culture. The program is geared to the needs of the Spanish teacher – from grammatical and lexical revisions, to new methods, and cultural elements that can be easily incorporated into the classroom.

Special Programs with Our Partner Ann Becker

Ann’s Wonderful Women Adventure experience is a carefully structured itinerary of education; interaction with local communities (including indigenous groups), volunteer activities; short-term home stays; recreation, and relaxation. This combination provides an in-depth and enriching experience for participants and hosts alike. Each year a new itinerary is crafted and includes diverse “off the beaten path” locations. Ann always offers an optional pre-trip Spanish/Cultural Immersion program in conjunction with Personalized Spanish for those women who want to begin to learn or improve their Spanish speaking skills.

Annual Spanish Language/Cultural Immersion Experience (co-ed trip) Program Partner: Personalized Spanish School: Ann’s Spanish Language/Cultural Immersion Experience provides a highly customized, deeply integrated approach to learning or improving Spanish. The first three days consist of small group Spanish lessons at Personalized Spanish, paired with a local home stay experience in the San Jose, suburb of Tres Rios. Whether participants are practicing Spanish, learning about the Costa Rican culture while drinking coffee or having a conversation with their host family over dinner, this experience gives students an opportunity to learn or improve their skills while also learning about local customs and culture.

The second half of this trip gives participants a completely different, but equally authentic view of Costa Rican life and culture by traveling to the Osa Peninsula, the southernmost peninsula in Costa Rica. Participants hear the personal stories of local small-business owners, learn about the surrounding ecology of the rain forest during guided tours, and view the majestic natural beauty the location affords (i.e. Corcovado National Park) The second half of the experience gives students the opportunity to improve their skills in a magnificent and unique “out-of-the-classroom” immersion.

For more information about Ann Becker’s small group Costa Rica experiential adventures: http://abecker.com/travel/