in Costa Rica
To truly immerse its students in Costa Rican culture, Tico Lingo offers students the opportunity to live with a local homestay family. Located within walking distance of Tico Lingo, each homestay family provides students endless opportunities to practice real-world Spanish.
Beyond the benefits to students, the program also helps local families involved with the program. Student payments help struggling families financially with childcare, food costs, and education. Likewise, families that are a part of the program enjoy free English classes at the school and join our support system for local child care and community support.
Most Costa Rican families have a spare room or two due to children leaving the home for university or jobs outside of Heredia. Quaint, always unique, and totally private, each room comes with at least a twin-size bed, a desk, and a dresser or closet to store clothes.
Wifi internet is always accessible from the bedrooms and a key is given to students so to keep their door locked if desired.
Traditional meals have a home-cooked, comforting feel to them, and with our homestay program you’ll be given two meals a day, breakfast and dinner. Custom diets like vegan, kosher-free, and gluten free are no problem for us to manage. Just let us know in your sign-up form before you arrive.
Tico Lingo works with more than thirty different families throughout Heredia, and, as families do, they come in all shapes and sizes. Some families have cats and dogs, others have young children and grandparents living with them.
Although different in shape and size, they all share a passion for hosting students and helping them with their Spanish learning journey. Each and every family welcomes our students with love and open arms, ready to aid them in their mission to achieve their Spanish speaking goals.
Live with a Family in Costa Rica
By staying with a local homestay family, students will experience the typical culture, food, and community of Costa Rica. Expect to have many opportunities to speak Spanish with native speakers over meals and family outings. A one week stay is from Saturday to Saturday or Sunday to Sunday. Checkout is at 11am. Each student will receive a short bio as well as the contact information of the family before arrival.
– Airport Pickup from SJO
– Daily breakfast and dinner
– Wifi internet access and weekly laundry service
– Private Bedroom and keys to come and go as you please
– A short bio and contact info of the family you’ve been placed with (sent before arrival)
– A short walk to Tico Lingo with your family on your first day of class
Each family must first apply to be a part of our homestay family community. The application consists of a written portion that confirms their citizenship, legal status, and local address. Additionally, the written exam tests for basic English language understanding (greetings, names, basic verbs, etc.). We also conduct an evaluation of their home and confirm they have working hot/cold water, laundry services, functioning electricity, reliable wifi internet, and a warm environment for students.
Once allowed in the program, we provide families with written guidelines so everything runs smoothly with our students. Once a student departs, we receive written and verbal feedback from students on the quality of their experience. Yearly, we conduct a re-evaluation to confirm home upkeep and satisfactory facilities.