Spanish Course in San Jose (ages 13-17)

Have an unforgettable summer taking part in an exciting Spanish summer camp for young people, full of leisure, sport and cultural activities and in the center of Costa Rica, just outside of San Jose, in the city of San Pedro.

Spanish courses can be booked for all Spanish language skill levels for 1, 2, 3 or more weeks from June 25 through July 29.

About San Jose

Teenagers Abroad Summer Camp Program in San Jose - Spanish Courses - Learn Spanish

Through our Spanish Summer Camp in Costa Rica’s capital, San José, experience a creative meshing of traditional and modern Spanish architecture. The streets may be narrow but they are constantly buzzing with people, traffic, and festivals. Musicians, artists and street vendors entertain the crowds in the heart of San Jose, the Plaza de la Cultural.

San Jose also offers many interesting museums, excellent restaurants, colorful markets and a very favorable climate. The best bargain market in town is the “Mercado Central”. There, you’ll find a wide range of goods and services including an assortment of local artisan crafts and the most inexpensive -yet delicious- meals in the entire city.

Native Costa Ricans (referred to as “the ticos”) are known for their good humor and generosity. Because of San José’s active nightlife -with concerts of folk music and dance, it is the best place in Costa Rica to meet and mingle with local ticos.


The school is located in San Pedro, just 2 miles from Costa Rica’s capital, San José. Condi College, a large and prestigious private school (Kindergarten to High School), houses our language school used for the Spanish courses during the summer camp. The modern and environmentally-friendly school is surrounded by nature.

School facilities include:

  • 50+ acre campus
  • Social areas, TV room & snack bar
  • Computer lab w/ Internet access
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Dance studio
  • Volleyball & basketball courts
  • On-campus soccer field

Language Course

The Teenagers Abroad Spanish summer program offers to high school students the following course options for Spanish Courses in San Jose:

Standard Spanish Courses:

>> 4 group lessons daily (15 hours per week)

AP Exam Preparation course also available in the afternoons in addition to the standard course from July 20 until August 10 (US students only) - students will NOT participate in afternoon activities but have lessons instead.

The Teenagers Abroad Spanish Camp includes:

Class size: max. 8 students
Spanish courses normally held 9am - 12pm, Monday - Friday
Spanish courses for all language levels
Teachers are qualified & Spanish native speakers
Language certificate given at the end of the summer camp

International Student Body:

We expect that 30% of students attending our Teenagers Abroad Summer Camp in San Jose will be non-native English speakers from various countries around Europe. The other 70% will be English native speakers from North America and/or the UK.

Number of students attending the course:

Based on 2017 attendance records, there will be on average 35 students attending the camp per week.

A typical day includes:

Breakfast: 8:00 - 9:00am
Spanish courses: 9:00 - 12:00pm
Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00pm
Organized activities: 1:00 - 4:00pm
Free/leisure time: 4:00 - 6:00pm
Evening meal/evening activities: 6:00 - 11:00pm
Lights out at 11:00pm

Accommodation & Meals

During the program, students will live with a local 'Tico' family (Host Family).

  • Double room
  • 3 meals daily
  • Chaperone escorts students to & from language school
  • Students will share rooms in hotels with other same gender and similar aged students during overnight weekend tours

Activities & Excursions

The Spanish summer camp for teens program provides participants with sufficient time after their Spanish courses to learn more about Costa Rica and its culture, traditions, customs and everyday life.

  • Daily afternoon activities
  • Three evening activities per week
  • Weekly full day excursions on weekends
  • Volunteering once a week

Curfew & Supervision

Level of supervision: HIGH

When the chaperones are not with the students, the students will be with members of their host family. If the students wish, they are allowed to go out in the evening with an adult member of their host family. Students do not have permission to go out in the evening without adult supervision, regardless of their age or circumstance. No exceptions will be made!

Travel & Arrival Information

Arrival airport:

Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
San Jose’s international airport is located 40 minutes away from San Pedro.
Transfers from the airport are included on the day of arrival (Sunday) and on the day of departure (Sunday).

Passports / Visa / Length of stay:

Students are responsible to arrange for the necessary visas, passports and permits needed to study abroad. For more information about visas, permits, passports and general country entry requirements, visit CIBT official website.


Students are responsible to make all flight arrangements for travel to/from San Jose. Upon arrival at the San Jose airport, one of our staff members will meet the student and take them to their accommodation.

Travel Insurance:

Teenagers Abroad participants have the option to book our Travel Health Insurance.

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