These activities are not included in the program, but can be booked and paid locally:
Canyoning and canopy tour
CATIE - Tropical Agriculture
Guayabo National Monument
Golden Bean Coffee tour
Mountain bike tour
Gekui river camp
Parque Nacional Volcán Irazú
Whitewater kayak lesson
In Turrialba you can choose between two different accommodation types. As a standard we accommodate all our clients in a hostel. Should you wish to stay at a local homestay, let your travel advisor know and they will help you with the booking.
Hostel (School Residence):
If you like to be independent, yet share with fellow students, we recommend staying at our hostel whilst you study Spanish in Turrialba. Most rooms in the hostel are to be shared by 2 students and there is one room that can be used by 3 students. If you prefer to have your own space, we also have private rooms and even a private room with a private bathroom. The hostel has a large fully equipped kitchen. You can also order continental breakfast for USD4 (to be paid locally). There is a balcony with hammocks where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the volcano and the jungle in front of the hostel where you can spot sloths, toucans and lots of other birds.
We are very proud of our homestay program in Costa Rica. Living with a local family is a unique experience that will provide you with the opportunity to not only learn the language but also explore the culture of Costa Rica. Our homestays in Turrialba have been carefully selected. The host families love to share their culture with you by for example taking you to family parties. The rooms in the homestay are private and have shared bathrooms. Our homestays in Costa Rica include breakfast and laundry, but if you pay a bit more you can get dinner and lunch included as well. Food is typically Costa Rican, nevertheless, most host families can adapt a little upon request (e.g. considering special dietary restrictions). If you don’t use our pick-up service from San José Airport to your homestay in Costa Rica, you need to call the school to let us know at what time you will arrive in Turrialba so your host family can welcome you at the bus station.
You have two options regarding transport to Turrialba. You can make your own way there, or you can pay extra and have a taxi transfer from San Jose International Airport directly to your accommodation in Turrialba. The transfer is NOT included in the price and will be booked separately.
If you are staying at the hostel (School Residence), meals are not included.
If you are staying at the homestay, the meal inclusions will depend on the package you choose:
- Breakfast & dinner
- Breakfast, lunch & dinner
The food is typically Costa Rican, nevertheless, your host family can adapt a little on request (e.g. considering special dietary restrictions).