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Overview

In 2 weeks, your Spanish will come alive as formal studies are mixed with authentic Costa Rican experiences. Raft the Sarapiqui, hike to waterfalls and engage with local communities.

It starts and ends with thrills and features plenty of excitement in between. Designed specifically for middle school students, this trek kicks off with a 'you will get soaked' whitewater rafting trip. Keep the energy up with a zip line tour through a rainforest canopy, all while practicing Spanish. Then exhale, with a few days of formal language instruction in the town of Orosi. Split your days between language classes and real-world practice. Take what you learn in the morning and try it out it all afternoon while dancing, cooking or doing a service project with locals. The trip ends with surfing, hiking and exploring the beautiful beaches Manuel Antonio National Park, yet the real journey has only begun.

A newfound appreciation for how other cultures live. New friendships. Newly acquired skills like Spanish, cooking, salsa dancing and horseback riding. This incredible adventure will instill the confidence and enthusiasm required to tackle the all your incredible adventures that lie ahead.

DatesGradesLengthTuitionAvailability
June 28 - July 9 MS12 days$4,180Open
July 12 - July 23 MS12 days$4,180Open
July 26 - August 6 MS12 days$4,180Open
Earn & Learn
Costa Rica Spanish Immersion 12-Day Adventure Earn & Learn

Earn & Learn

Broadreach combines your thirst for fun and adventure with tangible skill development, real-world educational opportunities and a genuine commitment to service. While on program, you’ll earn documented community service hours. It’s what we call “Earn & Learn,” and it’s what you’ll take home as evidence of your many accomplishments.

On Costa Rica Spanish Immersion 12-Day Adventure, students earn 10 hours of documented community service.

ACADEMICS
Course Description

A two-week language course designed to help you improve your level of Spanish and gain an appreciation for Costa Rican culture. Students will experience different aspects of Costa Rican culture through adventure activities, attending language school in Orosi and volunteer projects in neighboring communities.

Course Objectives
  • Use basic grammatical structures
  • Communicate basic needs
  • Exposure to different aspects of Costa Rican culture through cultural integration, outings and lectures
  • Improve their listening, reading, writing and speaking skills
  • Gain enthusiasm and inspiration for continued language learning
COMMUNITY SERVICE

Through service, gain a more meaningful connection to the cultures and communities you explore while taking an active role to address important global issues at the local level. While in Costa Rica, work with a local organization on educational and restoration projects with the local Orosi school children. The projects give you the opportunity to practice your Spanish conversation skills while working with volunteers and school children. Specific projects vary depending on the needs of the community at the time, but may include:

  • Engage in language and cultural exchange that enhances local foreign language education
  • Volunteer to help restore the local school
  • Make educational materials and activities for the students
  • Build a garden to provide an orphanage with fresh vegetables

10 Service Hours

Costa Rica Spanish Immersion 12-Day Adventure Itinerary

Itinerary

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Travel north to the Sarapiquí region, where deep blue rivers cut through lush rainforest, for two full days of adrenaline-packed adventure. Start by taking on the rapids of the upper Sarapiquí River. Learn how to paddle as a group, and pay close attention to your guide as you navigate Class III rapids. An action-filled morning is followed by an exciting afternoon when you fly through the rainforest canopy on one of Costa Rica’s best zip lines! In the evening, get to know your group while relaxing and taking in the beauty of this spectacular country. Take time to observe the startling variety of wildlife including bright tree frogs blinking at you through red eyes, tropical birds chirping overhead and boisterous monkeys chattering away in the canopy. Go deep into the forest, and just when it looks like the trail ends, hook into harnesses and rope and rappel off the edge of a river canyon to discover breathtaking views.

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2

A short bus ride takes you to the quaint mountain town of Orosi. Nestled in a valley surrounded by rolling peaks, Orosi provides a gorgeous backdrop for beginning your formal Spanish studies. Days are split between language classes and conversation practice. Class time focuses on grammar, vocabulary, reading skills and discussions on the nuances of the language. In the afternoons, hone your conversation skills while visiting nearby cultural sites, attending cooking and dance workshops, and partaking in a variety of activities within the community. More comfortable with the conversational basics, join a local family in their home for dinner ‘ a unique opportunity to see what it’s like to live as a Costa Rican! Immerse yourself in this vibrant community by playing pickup soccer games with local children or heading to a nearby waterfall for a quick afternoon swim. Wrap up your community service by putting the finishing touches on projects, playing language games with local kids and enjoying the countless little moments that make giving back so fulfilling. You leave with a newfound confidence in your Spanish skills and a relaxed mood that can only come from discovering the Tico way of life.

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3

Time for one last adventure, this time on the Pacific coast. Travel south of San José to Manuel Antonio National Park. Well known for its breathtaking beaches, hiking trails and monkeys, the area is a prime location for exploring the land and sea, and relaxing by cool blue waters. Hike along the striking coastline to a remote, pristine beach and take a surf lesson or two! Your guides not only help you appreciate the beauty of the wilderness, they also give you a great chance to practice newfound Spanish skills. Wrap up an unforgettable two weeks in a suburb outside of San José with new friends, incredible memories and a keen appreciation for Costa Rica’s wonderful landscapes and culture.

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  • Trip Highlights

  • Study Spanish at a charming school nestled in the vibrant mountain town of Orosi
  • Work with local children on community service projects
  • Immerse yourself in Tico culture through dance, cooking and meals with local families
  • Whitewater raft down the Sarapiquí River
  • Zipline and hike through lush rainforests
Costa Rica Spanish Immersion 12-Day Adventure Reviews & Testimonials

Reviews & Testimonials

Sally Keller from Great Neck, NY

The trip was extremely well-organized and supervised and was a life-altering experience, offering new perspectives and fostering self-confidence and communal responsibility.

Lauren G. from Jericho, NY

I thought it was a wonderful experience to learn acceptance, love, culture, respect, different perspectives and how to adapt to new challenges and achieve new goals. This experience has left me with many inside jokes, laughs, and unforgettable memories. The experience was definitely worthwhile and memorable. All the activities involved many teamwork skills and helped us to learn great morals. We learned to listen, contribute, and help others. It was a great way to build many amazing friendships and memories.

Janis Hastings from Shoreline, WA

The Broadreach experience provided my sons with adventure, camaraderie and cross-cultural language learning and I, as a parent, was assured they were in experienced, capable hands.

Samantha Frawley from Wayland, MA

This trip did not meet my expectations at all it was SO MUCH BETTER than anything I could have ever expected. My leaders were amazing, I loved everything we did even the academic reflections we did helped me make memories more meaningful.

Susan McDonald from Bethesda, MD

Broadreach provided a well-organized program for our son, with a great combination of adventure, Spanish language immersion and growth through social interaction with a very compatible peer group.

Costa Rica Spanish Immersion 12-Day Adventure FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:
What is included in the tuition cost and what additional expenses should I expect?
Answer:

Tuition is all inclusive for instruction, food, accommodations, and activities from the time you arrive in country. However, you are responsible for your airfare, spending money (we suggest about $150-200 depending on the program), any required textbooks, and student expenses such as medical fees. Some trips require scuba gear which can be rented, purchased or in some cases borrowed from Broadreach. Finally, for our high school trips that offer college credit, you can elect to receive an official Lesley University credit transcript for approximately $180 per credit hour. For more information about expenses that might apply to your program, click here.

Question:
Are flights included in the program tuition cost?
Answer:

Airfare is not included in the program tuition cost, mostly because students join our programs from all over the U.S. and other countries around the world. Some programs also have internal flights which are not included in the program tuition, and we’ll provide details on exactly how to book those once you are enrolled.

Question:
How does travel work?
Answer:

For most programs, we have a few recommended flights and an arrival time range, and we usually give you the option to book flights on your own or through our travel agency partner. A few programs have required group flights, which we set up in advance. Students travel independently, but often meet up along the way, and we collect student itinerary details. Broadreach instructors will be waiting in the arrivals hall of the destination airport to greet each student, and they’ll be wearing special shirts and holding a Broadreach sign. We also mail students Broadreach shirts to wear while traveling which makes it easy for them to identify each other. Typically, making travel arrangements and the actual travel days go very smoothly.

Question:
How many students are in a group? What is the male/female ratio?
Answer:

The majority of programs will have a maximum of 12 students in a group. We aim for a balance of males and females, but in our experience, the gender ratio plays a small role in the success of each program.

Question:
Do most participants come alone or with friends?
Answer:

Most participants come alone, so there is no need to be concerned if you don’t know anyone else on your program. It’s normal to be a little nervous about not knowing other students in advance, but within a day of starting your program you’ll be laughing and sharing exciting adventures with new friends.

Question:
How does Broadreach address safety?
Answer:

Safety is our top priority, and it is something we evaluate from every angle throughout the year. We’re very proud of our safety record over the past 26 years of running international programs for students. There are so many ways to address how we handle safety, including the extensive experience and training of our instructors, the specific locations we choose to visit, the relationships we have established with our local partners, and the 24/7 support we provide our groups. We have extensive program-specific risk management plans and safety standards that we adhere to. We’d be happy to talk about safety in more detail for the program you’re considering if you’d like to call our office.

Question:
Do I need to purchase travel insurance?
Answer:

We require that students have at least $100,000 of emergency evacuation coverage and some kind of international medical coverage, as well as coverage for scuba diving for programs that include diving. We offer two different policy options, or if you already have a policy that meets this criteria, we would just collect those policy details after enrollment.

Question:
What does tuition protection cover?
Answer:

Our Tuition Protection policy covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state). It’s also a great comprehensive travel insurance policy, including medical coverage, emergency evacuation, travel delay, baggage (loss or delay), etc. The cost of the policy ranges from $319-379 based on the program duration. For more specific coverage details, please call our office.

Question:
Will students be able to call home or access the internet?
Answer:

Students will call home within a few hours of landing in the destination airport to let parents know they have arrived safely and have met up with the group. For most programs, students will have the option to call home once a week, typically on Sundays. Timing for calling home depends on the schedule of the trip and location. Usually, students call home with the in-country instructor cell phones or via Skype if good internet service is available. If you’d like to learn more about our full communication policy, please call our office.

Question:
Who will my instructors be?
Answer:

Broadreach instructors are highly experienced, passionate, energetic and supportive. The average age of our instructors is 28 years old, and depending on the program, they meet specific qualifications (a Master’s degree in the subject area, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification, foreign language fluency, Wilderness First Responder certification, etc).

Question:
Do your programs accommodate food preferences or food allergies?
Answer:

We do our best to accommodate allergies and food preferences but we consider the situation, country and the program to determine whether it will be a good fit for the specific dietary restriction. It’s important that you let Broadreach know well in advance of any food preferences or allergies so we can determine whether your restrictions will work on your program.

Question:
Can I contact Broadreach alumni families for more information?
Answer:

Absolutely! Just call our office and we can put you in touch with past participants who have joined the programs that interest you. Our alumni families are happy to share their first-person experiences.

Question:
When is the application deadline?
Answer:

We accept applications on a rolling basis until each session is full. So, the sooner you enroll, the greater chance you’ll have to get into your first choice program and session! Some of our most popular program sessions fill as early as the fall.

Question:
How does payment work? Is the deposit or tuition refundable?
Answer:

We require a non-refundable deposit of $1000 to lock in your spot, and then the final balance can be spread out and paid in a few different ways. The final payment is requested by about 3 months before departure. Our optional tuition protection plan covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and cancellations for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state).

Question:
What should I pack?
Answer:

We provide an extensive packing list for each program that we revise every year based on student and instructor feedback, and most of the items you probably have already. If you’d like to look at a packing list for a certain program, just let us know and we can email the most current version to you.

Question:
Where will we be staying?
Answer:

Accommodations vary by program, from private villas to jungle cabins to beach cabanas to research stations. We love staying in smaller local accommodations with authentic character rather than big chains, and we rarely camp.

Question:
What is the difference between discovery/explorer/expedition level?
Answer:

Our levels are loose guidelines to help families determine which programs might be the best fit. Discovery level programs do not require any prior experience and are great first-Broadreach options. Explorer level programs build on existing skills and knowledge, and often delve deeper into the program focus. Expedition level programs are usually in more remote or challenging locations, require prior experience, and often include more student ownership of the experience.

Question:
Do you offer any discounts?
Answer:

In the fall, we have a few different early enrollment discounts – please call our office for more information. We also offer a 5% discount on the second enrollment from the same immediate family in a summer. This offer is available to an individual student or siblings. The 5% discount will be applied to the program of lesser cost, and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

Question:
Do you offer scholarships?
Answer:

We do offer some scholarships through the Broadreach Foundation. Please visit www.broadreachfoundation.org for more information and to apply online for scholarships.

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