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ISLS Teen Spanish and Adventure Camps


Faq's for the Surf & Spanish Camp
Faq's for the Volunteer and Spanish & Adventure and Spanish Camps
Faq's for the Children's Art, Sports & Spanish Camp

GENERAL FAQ's FOR ALL YOUTH CAMPS

ISLS Teen Spanish and Adventure Camps Costa RicaArrival? How are students met at the airport?
For summer 2011 we have the following Teen Camp Start Dates:

Spanish and Adventure – June 19th.
Spanish and Surf – June 26th, July 3rd, July 10th & July 17th.
Spanish and Volunteer – June 26th, July 3rd, 11th & 17th.
Extreme Adventure & Spanish – July 24th.

Students starting their program at our Playa Dominical campus must arrive on the chosen start date no later than 2pm. Students starting their program at our Turrialba campus must arrive no later than 3pm. If students cannot arrive before these times on the start dates, it is an option for these students to arrive the night before. There is a $120 cost for coming in the night before. In most cases, students’ travel arrangements are made by their parents. We will attempt to help parents make these arrangements and make sure that as many students as possible arrive on the same flights. Once flight arrangements have been made, ISLS will need to be informed of all pertinent information including; airline, flight number and flight time. Before the start of each program we will give parents a list of all other students traveling on the same flights. Parents and students from the same area many times get together to meet beforehand to get acquainted. In the confirmation packet for the program will be a bright yellow sticker with the ISLS logo on it. Each student is required to wear this upon exiting the airport in San Jose. Once students arrive in Costa Rica they will have to go through customs and immigration. Once they have had their passports stamped and have picked up their luggage, they will exit the secure airport terminal. Waiting at the exit will be the counselors for their program with ISLS signs listing the names of the students who are arriving at that time. Wearing the sticker will help the counselors spot the students among the exiting passengers. Students will then be taken to the waiting school van where they will stow their bags and wait for the other campers to arrive. Once all students from a given plane have been accounted for, they are transported to our nearby student guesthouse. It will be at this time that they will be able to contact their families back home to let them know that they arrived safely.

When are students supposed to arrive and depart their camp?
Students need to arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) on the first day of their chosen camp. This means that if the camp starts on June 19th that is the day that we want them to arrive. As to the time, it depends on which campus they are attending first: Playa Dominical – 2pm, Turrialba – 3pm. If a student cannot arrive on time on the start date, they can arrive the day before for an additional fee. In these cases we will still pick them up and get them to our student guesthouse where they will stay the night. The departure date is the last day of the program. If the program is scheduled to end July 25th, then that is the day that the student will need to depart. They can depart anytime that day from the early morning to late in the evening. Departure dates are always on a Monday.

Can Parents accompany their children on the camp?
Yes, with a qualification. Many parents or other adult members of the family have chosen over the years to visit Costa Rica at the same time as our camps. There are a number of different ways that this has happened. Some parents or other family members have attended our Adult Spanish Immersion programs at the same site as their child’s camp or at one of our other locations in the country. Because of the different ways that the adult and youth programs are scheduled, students and parents aren’t tripping over each other, but are still in the same location. Another popular way is for the parents to fly down with their children early, travel around on their own and then when the program starts, drop them off with us. Conversely parents have also arrived in the country shortly before their child’s camp ends and then pick them up and then travel around on their own. The main qualification that we make for parents or other adults that accompany a student on our program is that they give that student enough room to experience the camp. Attending a dinner here or there or going on one of the camp tours is fine. Attending every single event, dinner and class with your child, while staying at the same hotel, is not. If parents want to combine a vacation or their own language learning program with their child’s, we are happy to have you. If you cannot let your child out of your sight, then our program is probably not for you or your child.

Can ISLS help us with travel arrangements?
Yes. We can help parents make flight arrangement for their students and can even book the tickets for you if you want. If you are taking part in any discount involving a free airline ticket, then we will make the flight arrangements. Please see separate rules in regard to these specials. We can also help to make travel arrangements for those families wanting to travel to Costa Rica themselves. We have a tour company, Explornatura, which is a part of our family of companies in Costa Rica. The staff can help create custom itineraries for families that want to travel around the country, before, during or after our youth camp sessions. You can contact Massi Devoto at massi@explornaturacr.com. Just let him know that your child will be a part of an ISLS youth Spanish camp and he will help you make all your travel plans.

ISLS Teen Spanish and Adventure Camps Costa RicaDo I need a water bottle?
We recommend that all students bring their own water bottles. At our hotel in Dominical, students will have access to drinking water and can fill the bottles. Bottled water may also be bought. In order to prevent the spread of any illness, we discourage the sharing of water bottles. The bottles should hold at least 16 ounces and should have the student’s name on it. At the host family, the water is potable but if you want to purchase bottled water there are plenty of stores at all of our camp locations that sell it.

Do I need a Passport?
All students will need to have current passports that do not expire for at least six months after the beginning date of the program. Upon checking in to the hotel at the camp location, students will turn in their passports to the lead counselor. These will be stored in the hotel safe and returned to students at the end of the program at the airport. If students need to cash traveler’s checks or need their passport for any other reason during the program, they will be made available by the counselors.

How do I call home?
When students first arrive in Costa Rica they will be given an opportunity to call home and let their families know that they have arrived safely. The cost of this call is included in the program price, as well as any emergency calls. Payphones will be available to students wishing to call home any other time.

Can I bring my cell phone?
We would prefer not to have students bring cell phones on the program. On previous programs they have proven to be distractions. If circumstances require that your student bring a cell phone, then there are some important things to keep in mind. In Costa Rica, cell phone service is controlled by the government; service for many U.S. companies is unavailable. You will need to check with your individual carrier for details. Again, we would like to reiterate that cell phone use is strongly discouraged as students will have access to phone cards and parents will be able to contact them at the hotels or host families. Counselors at each camp will have cell phones that can be used by parents at any time for emergencies.

Can I bring a US calling card?
Students will have the opportunity to purchase local phone cards when they arrive in Costa Rica. We recommend that this be the main means of contact for students and their families in the States. In Costa Rica, most international calling cards do not work. Local cards are usually the cheapest and easiest to use.

Can I pre-order a phone card?
If you would like to pre-order a phone card for your student attending camp in Costa Rica, we would be happy to provide one upon request. There are denominations of $5/10/20 USD. This cost can be added to your camp balance and we will mail your phone card to you along with your confirmation packet.

Will I have access to internet?
All students will have access to the internet. When students arrive in Costa Rica, they will be able to e-mail their families. This is in addition to the phone call that all students can make when they arrive. Throughout the program, internet access and e-mail will be available for a nominal fee. Students will have daily access to computer terminals at the hotel in Dominical, as well as internet cafes in the different towns.

Can I bring my laptop?
We would highly recommend against students bringing laptops. There is really no need as you will have daily access to internet and the hotels do not have internet access in the rooms. It is just one more thing to carry around and worry about; since we are traveling a lot in a tropical country, there are a great many things that can happen to it.

Who will be my roommate? Will I have a roommate?
For the Surf and Spanish Camp and the week of the Adventure Camp in Playa Dominical we stay in a hotel during the duration of the program. Students who are traveling by themselves will be assigned roommates. These roommates will be other campers of similar age and gender. If students are traveling with friends or family members, they can choose either to room together or separately. Please inform us of your preference prior to the program start date. For the Volunteer and Spanish Camp and for two days of the Extreme Adventure Camp in Turrialba students are housed individually or with other students in local Costa Rican families. If students are traveling together and want to stay with the same family, we can do this, but for immersion purposes we do not recommend it. We can place students in the same neighborhood and is some cases next door to each other.

ISLS Teen Spanish and Adventure Camps Costa RicaIs there room service?
This is available to students at the Hotel in Playa Dominical, Costa Rica only. Students can make use of the service, but must pay all bills charged to their rooms by the next day. All outstanding bills at the hotel will be settled by the student before leaving on the final day. In order to avoid having insufficient funds, students should be aware of what they are charging and how much money things cost.

Messages and Spa Treatments?
Massages and Spa treatments are available in Playa Dominical by professional massage therapists. During their free time, students can sign up for appointments. Again, students will be required to pay for these themselves and they should be aware of the cost beforehand. All bills must be paid at the time of the treatment. Credit cards are usually accepted, but this should be checked in advance.

What about insurance?
Each student attending an ISLS camp is covered by comprehensive travel, medical and emergency insurance. This covers most treatments a student might need during the program, including medical evacuation. It also covers loss or damage to bags or possessions. One thing that is not covered is trip cancellation. If you wish to purchase this separately, it is available upon request at an additional cost. Before the camp begins, students and parents will receive a complete description of the insurance coverage included in the program. If students are already covered by family insurance, that is fine, as well.

What happens if a student has an accident or gets sick? Do you notify parents?
If an accident, illness or any other emergency should occur, the student’s parents or legal guardian will be immediately contacted. If medical attention is required the parents will be informed of the doctor’s evaluation and prognoses. All treatment will be cleared with parents before proceeding unless we are unable to get a hold of the parent and the situation is such that immediate attention is required. Each parent will be required to sign a medical release form in case this should become necessary.

Are there emergency contact numbers?
Upon signing up for and ISLS camp, each student will receive a program packet. In this packet will be all of the emergency contact numbers for the camp of their choice. This will include all of the phone numbers and e-mail address for the counselors, hotels and Spanish schools. Parents will be able to get a hold of the lead counselor at any time, 24 hours/day, on their emergency cell phone.

How do students leave Costa Rica? Do you get them on their planes?
At the end of each program, students will be transported by our van to their prospective flights. Counselors will accompany each group to the airport, walking them through the check in lines and getting them their seat assignments. They will be with the students up to the security check in line. At this point the students will pass through on their own to their gates. The San Jose International airport (SJO) is a very small and convenient airport. Students will be able to go to their gates very easily and get on the plane. Should something happen after the time that the student has left the counselors at security, they will have phone cards and the lead counselor’s cell phone number and can contact him or her immediately.

Is there an airport exit tax?
Costa Rica has an airport exit taxes. The cost is $26 USD. Students will have to pay this tax themselves. It is pad at the airport when they exit the country. Counselors will be with them and walk them through the process.

How do I change money?
At the beginning of each program, every student will be given the opportunity to change money into the local currency. Depending on destination and the itinerary, this will usually happen the first Monday morning of the program and councilors will walk students through the process. During the rest of the program students will be able to change money at the hotel or local banks in the town.

How much money should students bring?
We recommend that students bring down no more than $100 per week. The reason for this is that almost everything is covered in the price of the program. In addition to the airport exit tax, the only things that students usually spend money on are extra drinks, dessert, gifts and souvenirs. If students want to do any of the massages or spa treatments, $50 is plenty. Most students come back with money they did not spend.

ISLS Teen Spanish and Adventure Camps Costa RicaCan I use traveler’s checks?
If you are more comfortable with traveler’s checks, we suggest that students bring down no more than half their money in traveler’s checks and only American Express is accepted. The reason is that cash is much easier to exchange and use, whereas traveler’s checks usually have to be cashed at a bank or the hotel and the service fee is higher.

What kind of transportation do you use?
All in country transportation is included in the price of the program. We use primarily private vans to transport students. These are driven by professional local drivers. We also use large buses on some occasions and these are also driven by professional local driver. All drivers and vehicles are insured, well maintained and meet all local safety standards.

Can I bring my guitar?
Yes. We have had many students in the past that have brought their guitars or other instruments.

What is the Student/Counselor ratio?
At each camp we have a maximum of 7 student per counselor ratio. This guarantees a high level of supervision. In addition to the counselors are the Spanish teachers, language school personnel, our drivers, hotel staff and host families. We have been doing these Spanish language programs for many years in these destinations and have a large local workforce.

How do you place students in the Spanish classes?
Students can attend all of our Spanish camps with any level of Spanish ability. 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. A fact to remember is that most students from the United States who have had Spanish classes before are normally much more advanced with the written form of the language than they are with the oral form. For this reason students may be placed in class levels that will go over grammar and lessons that they already know in order to get their conversational ability to match their written.

Will I receive a Certificate of Completion for my Spanish classes?
Yes. Every student on each of our youth camps will receive a certificate of completion for their time in our program. This will state the number of hours, the level reached and the time and place of the program. With this many students will be able to get credit at their high school for the time they spent in our program. If a certificate needs to be more specific for an individual student or high school’s needs, we can customize the forms.

What steps do you take to keep the students safe?
For all of our Youth Spanish and Adventure Camps, safety is the highest priority. In everything that we do, from choosing the camp locations and types of hotels and host families to picking adventure outfitters for our tours, creating a safe and enjoyable environment is our guiding principle. The camps are located in small communities with low crime rates. All of our hotels are in safe areas with security staff, medical facilities, emergency equipment and bilingual employees. All of our tour operators are licensed by their prospective governments and meet all standards of training and equipment maintenance. We do a safety seminar with the teens at the beginning of each program. During the camp, students will never be allowed outside the hotel, school, host family or organized activities by themselves. During free time students must be with other students and check out and in with the lead counselor or their host mother. Each location has boundaries outside of which campers are not allowed. Nightly curfews and our zero tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol are strictly enforced. Students are only allowed to swim or surf at the beach when and where lifeguards are present. At all three beach camps we meet with the local head lifeguard to go over rules of the beach and the current tide conditions. We always try to anticipate any possible dangers so we are better able to avoid them.

Have you had a student seriously injured in the past?
Thankfully, we have never had a student seriously injured on one of our Youth Spanish and Adventure Camps. Every year we have our share of cuts, scraps, bruises and upset stomachs, but no broken bones or life threatening accidents. In each case that was deemed necessary for a student to see a doctor, the parent or guardian was contacted. We have had many ear infections and on one camp we even had an outbreak of strep! In these cases students were taken to the local hospital or clinic and given medication to cure their ailments. Parents are notified of any injury or illness that their children may have and their made aware of any medication that has been prescribed.

What is the crime like in Costa Rica? Is it safe?
Costa Rica is one of the safest countries in the world. They have no standing army, so they have no culture of war or weapons. They have no history of kidnappings or abductions. Costa Rica has the second fewest number of assaults in the world and other types of violent crime are equally low. Having said all of this, as everywhere, there is still some crime as well as the presence of drugs. Parents should speak to their teens in advance and help them understand that there is a certain amount of inherent risk to traveling. The best way to prevent crimes from happening is to not put yourself in compromising positions. Following the rules of the camps as well as having common sense will help to ensure a safe experience.

ISLS Teen Spanish and Adventure Camps Costa RicaRules?
The ISLS Youth Spanish Camp Rules constitute the foundation of safety for all of our programs. We want our students to have a safe, healthy and enjoyable time with us and this means following our very reasonable rules. Breaking of these rules will result in loss of privileges and in some cases dismissal from the program without refund. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are not permitted on the program and ISLS reserves the right to search for illegal substances if counselors deem it necessary. If a student is caught drinking alcohol or doing illegal drugs, their parents are immediately notified and the student will be sent home. We have a zero tolerance policy and parents will be liable for any additional costs incurred in sending a student home. Behavior that is detrimental to the safety and enjoyment of all students will not be tolerated.

Where do the students on ISLS camps come from?
Most of our students come from the United States. About 80% of the students come from every state in the union. About 10% come from Canada and the rest usually come from Europe. We have had students from Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand as well. 

What if I don’t like it?
It is extremely rare for students to not enjoy their time in our Summer Teen Spanish and Adventure Camps. It is very important that parents make sure that their children are mature and capable of handling this type of program. Our camp is not for every child. Great care should be taken before deciding to send a child to us. Some of the reasons for students to not enjoy the program are; not giving it a chance, problems with our drug and alcohol policy or having a negative attitude upon arrival. We only want students to attend who truly want to be in our program. Please do not send students who do not want to attend and please do not send us students who have had a history of drug or alcohol use or major disciplinary issues.

What experience do I need?
Most students who attend our summer programs have taken some Spanish classes, but this is not required. If a student has no experience in the language, that is fine. Also, you do not need to know how to surf in order to be a part of this program. All we require is that students be in relatively good physical shape and that they know how to swim.

Health & Vaccinations?
Since our programs are located in different places, we recommend that you check with the CDC at www.cdc.gov and with your local physician. You may also check with a local travel clinic in your area for up to date health information. It is each parent’s responsibility to know if any vaccinations or other precautions are required for the country and location of the camp you choose. As a rule of thumb, we recommend that each student have their Hepatitis A shot as well as their Tetanus shot updated.

Changes?
Each Camp and itinerary is extremely well planned out. This does not mean that there will not be any changes to them between now and the start of the program. In the event of changes, parents and students will be notified immediately and the web site and information will be updated. Changes made during the trip will only be made in the interest of safety or on account of severe weather conditions.

Refund Policy?
There is a nonrefundable $200 registration fee. ISLS will refund 50% of the balance of the deposit up to 8 weeks prior to the start of the program. Once we receive full payment for the program, we will refund 50% of the total amount minus the registration fee until the start of the program. Once the program has begun there is NO refund of the program price. Cancellation of the program must be in writing, either by e-mail or letter.


FAQ's FOR THE SURF & SPANISH CAMP

ISLS Teen Spanish and Adventure Camps Costa RicaWhat airport do the students fly in and out of?
Students on the Surf and Spanish camp in Playa Dominical fly in and out of Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica. The airport code is SJO.

Can I bring my own surfboard?
Yes. While students will have access to surfboards during the surf lessons and during free time, those students that already have their own should consider bringing them.

Will we have access to surfboards?
During lessons, each student will be assigned a surfboard. During the free time, the camp will provide access to a limited number of surfboards that are handed out on a first come first serve basis. Those students wishing to make sure that they have a board during free time are welcome to rent surf boards themselves or bring their own from home.

What is included in a meal? Are there choices? How many drinks can I have?
Breakfast is typically a buffet with eggs, fruit, potatoes, meat, toast, juice and coffee. Lunch is usually off a select menu and students receive one drink in addition to water (sodas, smoothies, etc.). Dinner will either be a buffet at the hotel with meat, chicken, fish and vegetarian choices or at a local restaurant with open menu choices. In the case of the dinner buffet, there will usually be a drink that is offered and may come with refills. When we eat dinner at a local restaurant, students will get one drink in addition to water. Dessert is not included in regular meals. There will be dessert given at special meals, such as the Welcome Dinner, the Farewell Dinner and one or two of the buffet dinners at the hotel. If students would like additional drinks or desserts, they are welcome to purchase them separately.

Can we do laundry?
Laundry will be done twice during each session. Students will be given plastic bags and a laundry list to complete. The bags of clothes will all be collected in the morning after breakfast to be cleaned. Normally they will be returned later the same day, but in some cases may be returned the next morning. Students are limited to 5 Kilos or 11 pounds per week. If a student’s laundry bag exceeds this amount they will be charged $1/Kilo (2.2 pounds) for each kilo over the maximum amount. This amount will be paid to the hotel on the day the laundry is returned.

Can I change roommates?
It is our policy that we do not change roommates once the camp starts. We have in the past made exceptions to this rule, but only in extenuating circumstances.

Are there safety deposit boxes?
Every student will have access to a safety deposit box, either in the hotel room or at the front desk. These are provided so that students can store valuables such as money and traveler’s checks. While we have had very little problem in the past with theft, it is always a good idea to take precautions.

How dangerous is the surfing?
Each camp location has different surf, tide and beach conditions. Some of these conditions are year-round while others are affected by weather and seasonal fluctuations. Each day, surf lessons are timed to coincide with the optimal tide conditions. We also require that all of our surf instructors also be trained lifeguards. If at any point the surf conditions are such that it would be dangerous for the students to be in the water, the lessons for that day will be cancelled and made up at a different time. Through the years, we have had no serious injuries to students on our program while surfing.


FAQ's FOR THE VOLUNTEER & SPANISH & ADVENTURE & SPANISH CAMPS

ISLS Teen Spanish and Adventure Camps Costa RicaWhat airport do the students fly in and out of?
Students on either the Volunteer and Spanish camp or the Adventure and Spanish camp fly in and out of Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica. The airport code is SJO.

How are the host families chosen?
We have had year round Spanish language institutes in Turrialba and La Fortuna, Costa Rica for over 10 years and in that time we have acquired over 100 families as host students. Each host family has to pass an extensive examination process in order to be allowed to house our students. We do background checks on the families and we interview all member living in the residence. We have a 15 point inspection that each house must pass completely. On top of this we continually monitor our families to make sure that they are keeping the same high quality for each student. To insure this we have our homestay coordinator visits each household every 3 months. We ask every student staying with a family to fill out weekly evaluations on their experience. The specific host families that house our teen students pass an even more vigorous evaluation. They are only families that have been with us over five years and have passed every inspection and have receive only positive feedback from former students. We also choose amongst these families those that like having teenagers and are willing to give the added supervision they require.

How far from the school campus are the host families?
All families are in the same section of town for both locations, so all teens will be able to walk to and from school together. These neighborhoods are a 10 minute walk to the schools. In both cases it is also only a five minute walk to the center of town where the internet cafes, banks and stores are located. In the mornings a counselor or member of the family will walk with the students to school.

Where do the students volunteer? How many hours?
Students on the Volunteer and Spanish program all spend three afternoons each week volunteering at the local Los Niños Orphanage. These means that during a two week session students will get up to 15 hours of volunteer time. Students will be asked to interact with the children, reading to them, playing games and generally getting to know them. Students on the program as a group will also have one project that they will be asked to complete during their two week program. These projects can range from general upkeep of the facility such as painting walls and fences to building play areas and swing sets. Essentially we do whatever the orphanage needs at the time that they otherwise could not afford to do. For students who are on the program for longer than two weeks we have a number of other volunteer opportunities as well.

Can I get a volunteer certificate?
Yes. Every student will receive a certificate of completion for the volunteer hours they have done. It will list the number of hours, the location of the volunteer activity as well as when it took place. This is important for those student attending schools that require a minimum number of volunteer hours for graduation. These volunteer hours qualify for this purpose. 

How safe is Turrialba?
Turrialba is a very safe town. There is virtually no crime in or around the city. It is a very typical Costa Rican town of about 35,000 people and it is not a popular tourist destination. Costa Rica in general is a very safe place to visit, but in very touristy places there can be petty crime committed against visitors. This not the case in Turrialba. The campus of our Spanish institute is located on the groups of the tropical research center CATIE. This world famous institute has secure entrances and 24 hour security and the school house is located in the botanical gardens. Next to CATIE is the local branch of the University of Costa Rica. The community is very middle class with a great deal of educated and professional people. Culturally it is very immersive as well as being safe place to learn the language.

How is laundry done?
Laundry is done by the host family. Student will have the opportunity to have their laundry done twice a week. Students are asked to bring along a laundry bag in which to give the host mother their clothes.


FAQ's FOR THE CHILDREN’S ART, SPORTS & SPANISH CAMP

What airport do the students fly in and out of?
Families with children attending the Art, Sports and Spanish camp in Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica should fly in and out of Liberia International Airport in Liberia, Costa Rica. The airport code is LIR. This is not mandatory as ISLS does not include airport pick up as a part of the program price. This can be arranged separately if so desired.

ISLS Teen Spanish and Adventure Camps Costa RicaWhat is the average age of Children on this camp?
The average age of the children on the Art, Sports and Spanish Camps is about 9 or 10 years old. The age range is 6 to 12, the program is not for 13 year olds. We have had students younger than 5 on the program so that is an option as well. Children under the age of 6 will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

What are the hours of the program?
Parents are to drop their children off at the Spanish language campus each morning, Monday through Friday at 8am. The program will last 6 hours and the parents will then pick their children up at the school at 2pm. There may be times when this schedule will be altered to accommodate a specific activity, but each day will be at least six hours long.

What are the Children’s Spanish classes like?
Each day students will attend two hours of Spanish classes. These are very fun and interactive classes specifically designed for this age group. The teachers have special training and the material developed by our Spanish director. It includes games and field trips as well workbooks and homework. The idea is to keep the students active and interested the entire time they are taking classes.

Will my child have a chance to interact with local children?
Yes. Throughout the program there will be opportunities for the children in the camp to meet and play with local Costa Rican children. We have set up lunches, times to swim at the beach and soccer matches with children of our host families and teachers. This allows the children on our program to get to know more about the local people and culture.

Can Adults attend Spanish classes?
Yes. Our Spanish language institute is open year round for adult Spanish classes. Many of our parents choose to take classes while their children are in the camp. Parents do not have to study Spanish, but it is available for those that wish it.

Can we stay with a host family?
Yes. We have host families that are capable of housing up to five students. These families are located in Villareal, which is about 3 miles inland from Playa Tamarindo. A shuttle service is available in the morning and afternoon to bring students and parents to the school campus. Parents are not required to take Spanish classes in order to stay with a host family.

What lodging options are available in Tamarindo?
Playa Tamarindo has numerous housing options for families with children on the camp. There are hostels up to 4 star hotels. There are B&Bs, bungalows, condos and houses for rent. There is something for every price range. Many of our families choose to stay at Hotel Luna Llena in one of their bungalows. It is located right across the street from the Spanish campus and only two blocks form the beach and the center of town. You can find out more about Luna Llena at: www.hotellunallena.com.



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