Since 1996 Linguaschools Tamarindo has been offering Spanish classes to foreign students and residents. Our school is surrounded by a pristine environment and offers an ideal setting for people that are interested in learning Spanish by following a full immersion program.
Linguaschools Tamarindo is approved by the Instituto de Cervantes as an official DELE examination Center and our courses are also accepted in different German provinces (Bundesländer) for the “Bildungsurlaub”. The Instituto de Cervantes is a worldwide non-profit organization created by the Spanish government in 1991 and it is the largest organization in the world responsible for promoting the study and the teaching of Spanish language and culture.
Our school is centrally located in Playa Tamarindo and just 150 meters from the beach and is situated in a beautiful tropical garden. On the premises the students can find three buildings and two small ranchos (open air dry palm huts).
All classrooms are distributed among the buildings. The classrooms are spacious and comfortable, with large open windows to create a comfortable and appropriate atmosphere to study. The main rancho has 5 classrooms on the second floor and the cafeteria with a snack bar on the ground floor. In the cafeteria students relax and enjoy conversations with other students while having some snacks and refreshments. It is also a good place to do homework during school hours or to take part in one of the dance lessons that are practiced after school on the main floor.
At Linguaschools Tamarindo, the students can enjoy the local wildlife. Iguanas, birds, and many other small animals can be observed while listening to the braking waves of the ocean. Often, the tranquility is only interrupted by the howling of monkeys that takes away the breath of students each time they stop for a visit.
At our school maximize the students learning experience with a thoughtful balance of personal, cultural and academic challenges within a secure and supportive environment. The instructors are skilled in blending conversation with grammar to meet the individual needs of the group members.
In the classroom, we make learning an enjoyable natural process. Teachers encourage debate, conversation and exchange of ideas to promote critical thinking and verbal skills. Games, videos and music are frequently used in the classrooms.
Outdoor activities, such us walks in the nature reserves, visits to different businesses in town to gather information, conversations with people from the community, interviews or excursions to neighboring towns are all used to practice and learn more about the ecology, economy and culture of Costa Rica. Your language ability will grow as your outlook broadens. Every day the students are required to do about one hour of homework.
Costa Rica is recognized as one of the premier places in the world to go surfing. Made famous by the classic film, “Endless Summer II”, Tamarindo and the surrounding area is one of the most popular areas to go surfing in Costa Rica. Long sandy beaches, reefs, and warm water create an ideal environment for surfers, from beginners to pro´s.
Linguaschools Tamarindo offers a great Surf and Spanish Program. On Monday through Friday you will participate in the Standard Group Spanish Classes. On your free time and weekends you will have the chance to take surfing lessons and to surf some of the best waves of Costa Rica.
A typical Surf and Spanish program runs for 2 weeks. During this period you will receive 3 lessons of surfing instruction plus the use of a surfboard during the entire two weeks. This program is extremely popular. Linguaschools makes use of some of the best surf instructors in the area.
For those who want a longer program, either 3 or 4 weeks, you will continue to have the use of a rental board. In addition, you will be transported on the weekend to one of several outstanding surfing spots outside of Tamarindo. During this trip you can continue to practice Spanish with your surf instructor. [More information on the surf course]