ISLS - Spanish Institute:
The Institute for Spanish Language Studies was founded in 1992 as a family business to promote the study of Spanish in Costa Rica. Over the years we expanded and developed a number of different specialty Spanish Programs. This lead directly to us introducing our Teen Spanish Camps in 2002. Later we added a Children's Camp in 2005 and eventually an all inclusive Family Camp in 2008. Our unique Spanish Summer Camps in Costa Rica are held in Playa Tamarindo & Turrialba. They combine Spanish with: Volunteer, Service, Adventure Tours and Surfing. The Children's Camp is for 2 to 13 year olds and the Teen camps are for 13 to 17 year olds. So, with our Adult Spanish Programs, every member of the family can participate. It is a fantastic way for a family to spend their vacation in a true safe and Tropical location.
ISLS’s Summer Spanish Camps are exciting and educational programs offered in the beautiful and safe country of Costa Rica. We have options for children, teens and adults at our two locations: the mountain valley town of Turrialba and the coastal village of Playa Tamarindo. These are two great locations for seeing and experiencing the different parts of the country. All camps and activities are broken into age appropriate Spanish classes and activities. Here is a breakdown of our different options:
Children’s Spanish Camp in Playa Tamarindo:
- Pre – K, 2 hours/day (2 to 4 yrs)
- Pre – K, 4 hours/day (2 to 4 yrs)
- Pre – K, 6 hours/day (2 to 4 yrs)
- Elementary School (5 to 10 yrs)
- Middle School (11 to 13 yrs)
Teen Spanish Camps, Turrialba and Playa Tamarindo:
- Spanish, Service & Turtle Rescue (14-17 yrs)
- Tamarindo Spanish Camp (13 to 17 yrs)
• Volunteer Package
• Surf Package
• Adventure Package
• Intensive Spanish Package
Adult Spanish Programs, Turrialba and Playa Tamarindo:
- 2 hour/day of Group Spanish Lessons
- 4 hours/day of Group Spanish Lessons
- 4 hours/day of Group Spanish + Surf
- 1 to 4 hours/day of Private Lessons
Children's Spanish Camp:
The Children's Spanish Camp is the only children’s Spanish camp of its kind in Latin America and is available to children ages 2 to 13. The camp is from 8am to 2pm, Monday through Friday. Each day, we combine two to four hours of fun and interactive, age appropriate Spanish language classes with: lunch, games, crafts, beach time, surf lessons, soccer games with local children and a number of adventure activities. The six hours that the students are with us are designed to be a fun way for children learn Spanish and experience the culture of Costa Rica.
Teen Spanish Camps:
Classes are conducted totally in Spanish, causing students to have to think in the language right from the start. Our material is especially designed for our students to make the language come alive. There are visits outside the classroom with teachers to markets, fruit stands, the beach and into town. By having to hear and speak the language on a daily basis, students are forced to use the Spanish they are learning in the classroom in everyday situations. Learning Spanish in a country where it is spoken is the very best way to learn the language.
We have students who have never attended a Spanish class to those that come from Spanish speaking families and everything in between. We never put students of different Spanish levels together in the same class. On the first day of classes all students are given an oral and written evaluation with the Spanish director.
From this we determine the student’s language ability at the start of the program. They are then placed into small groups of students with their same level of ability. Throughout the program students are monitored and if need be their level and class placement is adjusted.
Our classes are small and personal with professional teachers and no more than 7 students in a level. Every student on each of our youth camps will receive a certificate of completion. Many students receive credit from their local high schools for the time they spent in our camps.
Adult Spanish Immersion Programs:
Parents, grandparents or older sibling (18+) can learn Spanish too. No matter the age or level of ability, we have adult programs set up that make the language fun and accessible. Programs are available at both of our camp locations and new levels start each week.
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