Welcome to Our School
About Tico Lingo
Tico Lingo was founded in 2015 as a small, high-quality language and cultural center aimed at offering the most unique and genuine Costa Rican learning experience. Since opening, we’ve taught students from over thirty different countries across the world and continue to reach new students far and wide seeking to learn the Spanish language.
Our success is based on our commitment to quality and the highest level of student service and personalization. We continuously invest in professional staff and offer custom program options to ensure each student’s overall experience with us is nothing short of excellent.
Why Choose Tico Lingo?
With our background in education, comprehensive resources, and phenomenal staff, we are able to ensure that students receive the best learning experience possible while in Costa Rica. Regardless of your age, your culture, or your background in Spanish, we can promise you an enriching experience that will not only teach you how to speak a new language, but will also open your eyes to the beautiful Costa Rican culture.
“I can’t sufficiently express how amazing this school was. I studied for 3 weeks last January at the school and saw my fluency go through the roof. It was pretty remarkable. I learned so, so, so much….”
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Our Professional Instructors
With experience both in Costa Rica and around the world, our professional Spanish instructors are the best at what they do. Instructors work with groups of six students or less to create an environment focused on Spanish conversation and speaking skills. We encourage our students to speak solely in Spanish during class, as speaking is one of the most essential aspects of language learning.
Born and raised in Heredia, Ana Lorena taught English and Spanish in a local high school for 15+ years. She found, though, that her passion was teaching tourists who were traveling through Costa Rica, and soon began teaching small private schools. She’s taught the Spanish language students of all ages and nationalities, and has been working with Tico Lingo since 2016 has a full time Spanish professor.
Favorite Animal: Dogs
Favorite Food: Chifrijo
Biggest Secret: She loves Kenny Rogers
Freddy is a native to Costa Rica. He helped co-found the school after working 10+ years as an English teacher and 8+ years as a Spanish teacher. He holds a linguistics degree from the University of Costa Rica and continually implements the newest learning techniques while staying steadfast to the tried-and-true classic methods.
Favorite Sport: Soccer
Favorite Food: Pizza
Biggest Secret: His Birthday
Yóbeth was born and raised in Costa Rica. She earned a degree from the University of Costa Rica in Journalism, and began a career in radio upon graduating. She worked for one of the most famous news channels in Costa Rica, but quickly grew tired of the industry and began pursuing career in Spanish education in the early 2000’s. Since then, she’s taught the intricacies of the language to students from all over the world and found her place at Tico Lingo as one of our head professors.
Favorite Sport: Soccer
Favorite Food: Popcorn! (Palomitas)
Fun Fact: She owns two chickens! 🙂
Our Safety Promise
Learning Spanish in Costa Rica is important, but safety in Costa Rica is our number one priority. Tico Lingo staff go over and beyond to keep you as safe as possible while here in our beautiful country.
24/7 EMERGENCY PHONE
A 24/7 emergency help number is given to every student that arrives.
LOCAL MAP PROVIDED
A local city map with important locations is provided to each student on the first day of class.
LIST OF DOCTORS
If necessary, a list of recommended doctors is available in case of illness.
Airport pickup and is provided by our licensed staff members 24/7
Community Outreach and Volunteerism
Tico Lingo is an advocate of community outreach and development. Once a month, we open our school doors to community outreach programs in Costa Rica who need a place to organize. We offer our financial support to public schools, community associations, high schools, street cleanups and more. Your dollars help our local community!
Where your tuition money goes:
Teacher / Admin Salaries
Homestay Family & Community Outreach
School Supplies and Overhead
Banking Fees and Taxes
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Live with a local family, improve your Spanish, and experience the true culture of Costa Rica.