Teen Spanish Summer Camp

Experience the language of Costa Rica

Teen Spanish Summer Camp

Combining intensive Spanish classes, local homestay accommodation, daily cultural activities, and weekend adventure tours, the Teen Spanish Summer Camp fully immerses students in Costa Rica’s culture, language, and natural beauty.

At the heart of the camp lies a profound belief in the transformative power of cultural immersion. By immersing themselves in the vibrant Spanish-speaking world of Costa Rica, campers not only develop greater fluency in the language but also a new perspective on life. And with this newfound confidence and worldly perspective, campers return home eager to continue their journey towards fluency — and ready to share the photos and videos of their Spanish adventure in Costa Rica!

Ages 13-17

14 Days

Price: $3,950
Early Bird: $3,700

Payment Plans Available

Teen Spanish Summer Camp

14 Days

Ages 13-17

$3,500

Multiple Camp Start Dates

Spanish Summer Camp Itinerary

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Week 1: Sunday
Welcome Weekend
Our dedicated and bilingual transport team is ready to greet you at the airport and whisk you away to meet your friendly local homestay family. We'll make sure each camper is set up with WiFi and given keys to their front door and bedroom. Campers will share dinner with their homestay family and have plenty of time to unpack and unwind from their journey. Let the adventure begin!
Week 1: Sunday
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Week 1: Monday
Orientation
Campers start their first day of camp with a walk to school, accompanied by housemates and homestay moms. After a comprehensive orientation and introduction to camp staff, rules, and itinerary, it's time to meet our amazing Spanish professors and classmates for class from 8am-12pm. At noon, we head to lunch and get a full walking tour of our charming city of Heredia.
Week 1: Monday
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Week 1: Tuesday - Friday
Spanish Class & Afternoon Activities
Our campers start their day with a quick walk to school, followed by stimulating Spanish classes from 8am to 12pm. In the afternoons, we're off to explore animal rescue centers, local English schools, and nearby coffee farms! And, of course, we have exciting activities like our scavenger hunt and mall visit to promote a bit of camper independence.
Week 1: Tuesday - Friday
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Week 1: Saturday
Kayak Tour & Overnight Stay
Today's adventure takes us north to the awe-inspiring Arenal Volcano. We'll start the day with a delicious breakfast before arriving at our destination, where we'll witness breathtaking views in kayaks right from the lake! After the tour, we'll stop for a scrumptious lunch and check into our overnight accommodations. There, we'll have plenty of time to play soccer, go for a swim, and relax in the Costa Rican jungle.
Week 1: Saturday
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Week 2: Sunday
White Water Rafting
After filling up on a typical Costa Rican breakfast, we'll hop back on the bus for a short cruise to the Sarapiqui river. There, we'll strap on our helmets and embark on an unforgettable white-knuckle rafting adventure of a lifetime. After three hours of thrilling rapids, we'll enjoy a well-deserved lunch on the riverbank, change our clothes, and hop back on the bus to head home to our homestay families in Heredia.
Week 2: Sunday
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Week 2: Monday - Thursday
Spanish Class & Activities
Come Monday, we're back in Spanish class learning new grammar and getting better at speaking. In the afternoons, we'll embark on super fun adventures like roller skating, zip-lining through the forest, inviting our English friends to Tico Lingo, and exploring the vibrant streets of Costa Rica's capital city, San José.
Week 2: Monday - Thursday
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Week 2: Friday
Graduation Day
Congratulations, graduates! After Spanish class at noon, we'll hold our graduation ceremony, where we'll award certificates to all the campers who completed their 2-week Spanish journey. We'll say farewell to our beloved teachers, enjoy a delicious lunch on-site, and have a few hours of free time in the afternoon to relax at the school or visit shops in Heredia.
Week 2: Friday
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Week 2: Saturday
Beach Day!
Get ready for one final adventure to cap off an unforgettable camp experience! We’re heading to the beach for a day of sun, sand, and natural wonders. Manuel Antonio National Park is bursting with life, from lush flora to active fauna – get ready to see white-faced monkeys, iguanas, and sloths in their natural habitat! Take a dip in the sparkling Pacific Ocean and marvel at the breathtaking scenes of palm trees and coconuts. This is the perfect way to say goodbye to camp and make a few final memories that will last a lifetime.
Week 2: Saturday
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Week 2: Sunday
Airport Drop-offs
It's time to say farewell to our amazing homestay families and beloved camper roommates. On departure day, our airport pickup team will be at the homestays three hours before their flight out of Costa Rica. It's been an incredible journey of learning, adventure, and fun. Safe travels and hasta la vista!
Week 2: Sunday
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Spanish Summer Camp Videos

Check out our fun videos for a sneak peek into the action-packed, culturally immersive experience!

Teen Camp Field Trip Highlights

Join us on this fun field trip to one of the country’s most renowned animal rescue centers, where you’ll meet some of the most fascinating and adorable creatures on the planet.

From the majestic scarlet macaws to the playful white-faced monkeys and the massive land turtles, you’ll be amazed by the incredible diversity of animals that call this place home. And let’s not forget about everyone’s favorite creature – the lovable and oh-so-cute sloth!

But it’s not just about meeting these amazing animals – you’ll also learn about the importance of protecting their habitats and the vital role they play in the local ecosystem. Our expert guides will teach you all about the challenges facing these animals and what we can do to help preserve their natural habitats.

Get ready to unleash your inner adventurer and explore the hidden gems of Heredia like never before! Join forces with your teammates and dive into a thrilling competition that will take you on a wild ride through the streets of this amazing Costa Rican city.

From simple tasks like saying “hola” to a local to more daring challenges like recording yourself asking for directions at the post office, you’ll push your limits and discover new ways to connect with the local Costa Rican culture. And with every challenge you complete, you’ll earn points towards victory and claim your spot as the ultimate Heredia explorer!

But it’s not just about the competition – you’ll also gain newfound confidence in your Spanish language skills and connect with native Costa Ricans on a deeper level. And let’s not forget about the ultimate prize – the team that emerges victorious will be rewarded with a custom Heredia award!

Get ready to make new friends and help them take their English skills to the next level! We’re teaming up with a local English school to connect with awesome English learners aged 12-18, and you’re invited to join the fun! As a native speaker, you’ll have the opportunity to share your expertise and help these eager learners build their confidence in speaking English. Help them master pronunciation, learn new vocabulary, and get firsthand stories at what life is like for you back in your home country. 

Get ready to take your adventure to new heights! We’re heading up into the sky for an epic high-ropes course challenge that will put your skills to the test. Think you’ve got what it takes to complete the course the quickest without cheating? Show us what you’ve got! But that’s not all – we’ll also dive into the amazing world of Costa Rican coffee and discover how this delicious brew impacts the local economy. Sample some of the finest locally grown and roasted coffee, and even try some coffee-infused ice cream! This adventure promises to be a treat for your senses!

Picture this: cruising through lush mangrove waterways with the most incredible views of Costa Rica’s legendary Arenal volcano right before your eyes. That’s right – you can witness this awe-inspiring natural wonder from the comfort of your own kayak! Embark on an adventure like no other as you paddle your way through the winding canals, feeling the thrill of the unknown at every turn.

This is no ordinary field trip – we’re strapping on our helmets and embarking on a white-knuckle rafting adventure of a lifetime. Get ready to ride the waves and tackle class 2 and 3 rapids with your fellow campers, feeling the thrill of the Costa Rica’s natural beauty all around you. This is the kind of adventure that memories are made of – so come on, let’s make some unforgettable ones together!

Get ready to travel back in time and explore Costa Rica’s vibrant history and culture! This exciting field trip takes you on a thrilling adventure through the streets of San José where campers discover the most iconic and architecturally-stunning buildings in the region. From the breathtaking cathedrals to the bustling markets and verdant parks, you’ll be amazed by the incredible sights and sounds of these historic cities.

But that’s not all! You’ll also get to learn about Costa Rica’s fascinating Pre-Colombian past, as we visit the renowned National Museum in San José. With interactive exhibits and engaging displays, you’ll uncover the secrets of civilizations that lived in the area hundred of years ago and gain a deeper appreciation for the Costa Rica’s rich cultural heritage.

Get ready for one final adventure to cap off an unforgettable camp experience! We’re heading to the beach for a day of sun, sand, and natural wonders. Manuel Antonio National Park is bursting with life, from lush flora to active fauna – get ready to see white-faced monkeys, iguanas, and sloths in their natural habitat! Take a dip in the sparkling Pacific Ocean and marvel at the breathtaking scenes of palm trees and coconuts. This is the perfect way to say goodbye to camp and make a few final memories that will last a lifetime. 

Frequently Asked Questions

For Parents

We ask for a $500 deposit for the camp to begin regsitation. Once the deposit is received, we ask for a motivation letter, a reference letter, a signed waiver, and the completion of the camper homestay form. Once those are received, your child’s position is fully secured in the camp.

We understand that everyone’s financial situation is unique, so we offer custom payment plans upon request. We can tailor the amounts and payment dates to your needs. However, please note that the full balance for camp must be paid in full four weeks prior to the start of camp.

Parents will be invoiced for any outstanding balance 4-week prior to the start of camp. The invoice will be payable via credit/debit card and will include details of any prior payments and the camp you’ve signed up for.  

Campers can extend their stay and enjoy a more independent study experience with our 3rd week add-on. This option includes daily group classes, supplemental private classes, local homestay accommodation, and cultural activities such as yoga, dance, and cooking classes. The total cost for the week is $875. To secure your spot, please inform your Program Advisor of your interest in participating in week three. Parents will be invoiced for 35% of the add-on to guarantee the camper’s spot, with the remainder due approximately 4 weeks prior to the start of camp.

Usually, no additional arrangements should be necessary. However, if your child needs to change flights, some airlines may not allow an unaccompanied minor to board an airplane. You can arrange for “Unaccompanied Minor Assistance” with most airlines, they will require full details of the person who will pick your child up at the airport (we will provide this upon a successful camp registration).
We recommend a combination of debit/credit card and cash. Your child should have at least $100-$200 US cash just in case of an emergency. Throughout Heredia, there are ATMs where your child can withdraw cash with a debit/credit card. Tip: Visa offers prepaid Visa cards for teenagers.

Whenever someone studies abroad, everyone (even adults) will experience some cultural adjustment. This cultural adjustment can be a little more difficult for younger participants as they are less experienced travelers and their expectations may be a bit more unrealistic (i.e. standard of living and lifestyle differences). Usually, cultural shock/homesickness occurs within the first few days and disappears as your child gets used to cultural differences. If homesickness occurs, we ask parents to encourage the child to stay for at least a week. If you decide to pull your child from the program, we will work with you to make the process as quick and simple as possible but no refunds are available.

Make sure your child has a copy of their flight itinerary, a copy of their program confirmation with emergency contact numbers highlighted, and an up-to-date passport. Also, be sure that this information goes with your child in their carry-on luggage… NOT in checked luggage!
Students are encouraged to bring their cell phones as they will have wifi internet access at their homestay and at Tico Lingo. We highly rely on Whatsapp for student and parent communication and will be creating group chats before the start of camp to introduce campes and provide last-minute details. For parents who want to make phone calls over a cellular network, we recommend you contact your cellular provider to consider an international cell phone plan.

To get through Costa Rica immigration, your child should have a printed copy of their return flight, a valid passport, and the address of Tico Lingo (found on our contact us page and provided once fully registered). After going through immigration and picking up their luggage, your child will be met by a representative of the camp just outside the airport (SJO). This person will be holding a sign with your child’s name on it and will have been in contact with your child before their departure. 

Your child will have to go and report it to the airline upon arrival, but be sure they know they must meet their airport pick-up person first. It’s best to pack two our three days changes of clothing in carry-on luggage…just in case!

Because of the jam-packed itinerary of the camp, students will not have time to sign-up for supplemental private Spanish classes. 

We do offer students the option of signing up for a 3rd week that would include 4 hours/day of group classes and 2 hours/day of 1-on-1 private Spanish classes. If this is something you feel your child may be interested in, please inquire with your Program Advisor to discuss further details. 

For Campers

We’d love to have you in Spanish class all day, but let’s face it, life is full of adventure! At our camp, we blend education with exhilaration. Explore tvarious Costa Rican cities’ rich culture through museum tours, savor the finest coffee on local farms, and learn about the vast biodiversity of the country through visits to animal rescue centers. Our cultural immersion experiences are a blast; you’ll dance like a pro with Salsa and Merengue, cook up mouthwatering empanadas and tortillas, and meet lots of locals who are learning English. But the fun doesn’t stop there. We’ll go on hikes through lush rainforests, kayak at the foothills of a volcano, and white water raft on a river through the jungle!

Yes! All activities, tours, and classes have atmospheres that encourage lots of interaction between campers, as well between campers and local Costa Ricans. Our community service projects encourage campers to engage directly with our community and make life-long Costa Rican friends!

If not otherwise stated by a camp counselor, all camp participants have a curfew of 6:30pm during the entirety of the Spanish camp.

There is always a counselor, mentor, host parent or program director to go and speak with if you are having any kind of problem. The sooner you speak up, the sooner your problem can be solved. If you call your parent to tell them about a problem and then they call us to discuss the program, it takes a lot longer to deal with something that could be fixed if you speak directly to an adult at the school.

Yes, sometimes you have to be a bit brave to address a problem directly with Tico Lingo staff, but that’s what will make you a successful international traveler in the future!

Teen Spanish Summer Camp

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