Frequently Asked Questions

Heredia, Costa Rica Questions

Homestay Accommodation Questions

Spanish Program Questions

So that we place each student in the best class, we’ll conduct a thorough written and oral examination of each student’s Spanish level before they arrive. Each exam will be carried out roughly 14-21 days before the student arrives. The written is exam is done online (on mobile or on desktop/laptop), and the oral exam is conducted via Whatsapp with our Head of Student services.
We see many different types of students come to Tico Lingo throughout the year, from teenagers to traveling retirees. 
Remember, our Adult Spanish program is open to all students ages 18 – 99.

Depending on the time of year, the average student age at the school can fluctuate significantly. During June, July, and August, average ages tend to be younger, but usually ranges between 22-30 years old. During the rest of the year (September – May), the average age tends to be a bit older, usually between 35-50.
Upon each student’s arrival they’ll be given a weekly calendar of tours and activities that we will be organizing here at the school. We’ll be offering activities like dance and cooking class and tours like volcano hiking and white water rafting. Likewise, we’ll have information on where students can go on their own time after class in the afternoons and weekends.

You can get a really good idea of what we offer outside of Spanish class on our activities and tours page.
This can vary week to week as we receive students at all levels of Spanish competency. We take in students who are just beginning their Spanish language learning journey. Likewise, we take in students who are near fluent in Spanish and need to master some high level grammar.

On average though, especially during June and July, Spanish levels lean more basic and students tend to start with a basic foundation in the language and a lack of good conversational skills.
Once registered for your program, you will receive a PDF with information on the airport pickup team. After collecting your luggage and going through customs, students will be met by a member of our Airport pickup team just outside the airport (SJO). This person will be holding a sign with the Tico Lingo logo on it. In the unusual event that there is a problem with the airport pick-up, we advise you contact the team on Whatsapp at the number provided on the airport pickup PDF.
Yes! Tico Lingo has an atmosphere that encourages lots of interaction between students, as well between local Costa Rican’s. Our community “intercambio” invites locals to the school once a week to meet Tico Lingo students and help them with their conversational Spanish skills.
We try to avoid less effective worksheet homework and prefer to give homework that engages students and encourages them to speak with their homestay family or other native Spanish speakers. Interviewing your homestay family or a local shopkeeper, writing a story about where you went yesterday, or creating a song to share in class are typical homework assignments at Tico Lingo.
If staying with a homestay family, we simply ask that adult students communicate with their family if they plan to miss a meal or stay our past 10pm. Adult students will have a key to come and go as they please, but we ask that they respect the family and communicate with them as best they can.
You will have to go and report it to the airline upon arrival, but you must meet your airport pick-up person first. It’s best to pack two our three days changes of clothing in carry-on luggage…just in case!
We recommend a combination of debit/credit card and cash. We recommend students budget ~$50/week for lunch and other spending. Throughout Heredia, there are ATM machines where students can withdraw cash with a debit/credit card. Likewise, the majority of local restaurants and vendors now accept debit/credit cards as of 2019.

Still have some questions?

Don’t hesitate to contact us and talk directly to a Program Advisor about visiting us in Heredia, Costa Rica!