Become Part of the Family

There is no better way to truly understand the culture and master the language than staying with a local family near the school. Families live just minutes away and offer students a true immersion experience.

About the Program:

The Homestay Program is a crucial part of the Spanish immersion experience. Each family is carefully chosen by our staff, lives in Alajuela, and is walking distance to the school (in most cases). We highly encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity as it provides endless occasions to practice your Spanish and immediately apply what you learn in class in the real world. With the combination of the Homestay program and intensive spanish classes, this wholly integrated exposure to Spanish will have you speaking in no time. Known for their warmth and hospitality, living with a Costa Rican family is a must for someone looking for the full culture immersion.

Beyond the benefits to you, the program also benefits the local families involved with the program. 95% of your payment goes directly to the families hosting. We at Spanish Pura Vida aim to give back to our community as much as we can and promise to only withhold 5% of costs for relative overhead and organizational fees.
The Program includes:
  • Private Room
  • Breakfast and Dinner Provided
  • Laundry Services
  • Child Support Options (if needed)
The Program Benefits:
  • Daily Spanish Practice in the "Real World"
  • Meet Locals in the Community
  • Spend Less Than a Hotel
  • Support Local Families Financially

Happy Home Stays

  • My experience living with a family was completely life-changing. Waking up to the sound of exotic birds, eating gallo pinto every morning, and drinking the best coffee on earth, is something I'll never forget...

    Mark Barker, Student, 24

  • My girlfriend and I fell in love with this adorable, embracing family. They taught us more in a month than I ever thought possible. We said our goodbyes, but I do believe that we will return soon...

    Tim Johnson, 29, Research Scientist

  • The homestay is IDEAL for people who have a sense of adventure, who wish to embrace a new way of life, and who want to bring that all home with them. It was truly a life altering experience for me and my three girlfriends...

    Kelly Harker, Math Teacher, 31


    Your Room:

    Most Costa Rican families have a spare room or two due to children leaving the home for university. Quaint, always unique, and totally private, each room comes with at least a full-size bed, a desk, and a dresser

    Your Meals:

    Fresh fruits and vegetable a plenty! Costa Rican cuisine is known to be nutritionally well rounded, always cooked from scratch, and loaded with the many exotic fruits and vegetable readily available locally. Traditional meals have a home-cooked, comforting feel to them and with the Home Stay Program you'll be given two meals a day, breakfast and dinner.

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