Welcome to Class

Living in the heart of Alajuela, the Spanish Pura Vida school is surrounded by a bustling Costa Rican city full of opportunity to explore and immersive yourself in somewhere truly beautiful.

About Spanish Pura Vida:

Started in 2006, Spanish Pura Vida has been apart of a close-knit network of language learning schools in Costa Rica. We offer students a relaxed learning environment with free coffee, wifi, and learning materials. Boasting 10 sizable classrooms, the School is home to Spanish learners and English learners alike.

Once you walk in our doors, you're part of the Spanish Pura Vida family. Your first days here, you will be guided by our friendly staff who will introduce you to your teachers, show you the inner workings of the school, and help you get situated with your Home Stay family.

Our Partners

Our closest teaching partner is the Central Cultural de Idiomas (CCI) which primarily teaches English to local Costa Ricans. Having this partnership provides us the opportunity to further immerse our students in the culture by introducing foreign Spanish students to local English learners. Six days a week we have organized conversational classes that help both parties with their respective languages.

Why Choose Us?

Excellent Results

With our background in education, comprehensive resources, and phenominal staff, we are able to ensure that students receive the best learning experience possible while in Costa Rica. Regardless your age, your home culture, or your background in Spanish, we can promise an enriching experience that will not only teach you how to speak a new language, but also open your eyes to a new, emboldening culture.
I flew home from Costa Rica with the ability to speak Spanish casually. I also made some unforgettable memories. Spanish Pura Vida delivered and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to my friends and family. Rebecca Reed - Sales Associate, Reno NV, 26

Our Professional Instructors

With experience locally and internationally, our professional Spanish instructors are the best at what they do. Together, they custom designed our curriculum and have been continually updating it over the past twenty years ensuring the most effective program for our Students.

Instructors work closely with students in small, dynamic groups and aim to create a relaxed environment that focuses on Spanish conversation. Speaking is important! And we push our students to solely speak Spanish in classroom with our instructors.

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Our Safety Promise

You safety is our upmost importance. Our staff go over and beyond to make sure you feel safe during your stay
  • 24/7 help line in case of Emergency
  • Airport pick up and drop off is provided by our licensed staff members
  • A city map with important locations is provided to you on the first day of class
  • Provided safety deposit box at the school if needed
  • Provided list of recommended doctors in case of illness.

Community Outreach and Volunteerism

Spanish Pura Vida is an advocate of community outreach and development. Once a month we open our classroom doors to community outreach programs who need a place to organize. We offer our financial support to public schools, community associations, high school, street cleanup and more. Your dollars help our community!
Where your dollars go:
  • Teacher / Administrative Salaries, Health Care50%
  • Home Stay Family20%
  • Community Outreach15%
  • School Overhead - Utilities, Maintenance, Rent, Supplies10%
  • Bank Transfers and Account Maintenance5%

Volunteer Program

Spanish Pura Vida offers a volunteer program for all students who have completed a 4-week program with us. If you are interested in volunteering in Costa Rica and further exploring the local communities and culture we can help you get connected with fantastic organizations
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Program Director
Oscar ToroPrincipal

Oscar was born and raised in Perú and made the move north to Costa Rica nearly thirty years ago. Once here, he earned a Bachelor's in English from the Universidad Nacional (UNA), opened in English teaching school, and got involved in the tourism industry. Ten years ago, he began teaching Spanish to tourists, went back to school, and earned a ELE (Spanish as a Foreign Language) degree from UNA.

Ten years ago, he began teaching Spanish to tourists, went back to school, and earned a ELE (Spanish as a Foreign Language) degree from UNA.