Testimonial: Kim Kendall-De Silva

“Testimonial of a very happy former student and teacher”

In June 2015 I had the opportunity to spend a week engaged in a Spanish language immersion course at Personalized Spanish.  I chose this school based on independent reviews found on TripAdvisor and on the highly specialized program the school was willing to provide to cater to my needs.

As a language teacher myself, on my first day at the school, I was impressed by the first time Spanish language students who had been there for only one-week.  These students were already displaying a strong grasp of basic conversational Spanish and were clearly excited to continue their instruction.  Over the course of the week, I noticed marked improvement in the language skills of my fellow students.  This was no doubt as a result of the high quality language instruction received; and the exposure provided courtesy the home-stay program.

I cannot speak highly enough of my own teachers.  They were professional, knowledgeable and well-trained in language instruction.  All instructors are certified in teaching Spanish as a second language.   Each of my lessons built on the last and took into account my learning style and speed.  I was preparing for the DELE (Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera) B2-level exams and my classes were tailored to this goal.  I successfully sat the exams in November 2015; and attribute a great part of this success to the coaching received at Personalized Spanish.

The home-stay element is integral to any immersion program and Personalized Spanish engages with generous and responsible hosts and hostesses in the Tres Rios neighborhood.  My own host family provided a comfortable and supportive environment while I studied.  Fellow students also spoke positively about their families.  The school’s administrator checked in regularly with students and families to ensure the comfort of all parties. Student feedback is strongly encouraged.

The name of the school is apt.  The flexibility offered by Personalized Spanish ensures that you will find the best program for your needs.  In fact, in June 2016, I recommended Personalized Spanish to my own College.  We sent six of our Business Spanish students to Costa Rica to do a three-week immersion abroad.  As they were business students, they were also partnered with small business owners in the area to complete a project.  Our students also benefitted from a three night stay in the mountain area of Los Santos where they studied the business of tourism in Costa Rica, environment and sustainability.  Our students returned home absolutely in love with Costa Rica and with Personalized Spanish.

I highly recommend this school to anyone looking for a high-quality, comfortable and well-priced immersion program in Costa Rica.

Kim Kendall-De Silva
Senior Lecturer
Trinidad and Tobago