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Recent shout-outs for Costa Rica Holiday Homestays!


When you’re making a decision about your vacation plans it’s always good to hear from other people. All the more so with homestays that are, let’s face it, a new and edgy way to visit a country and learn about its culture.

We collect voluntary comments from our past visitors encouraging them to tell us just what worked and what didn’t. Here’s a sampling from recent stays:

“Dona Leyla was a wonderful host – warm and generous. I really enjoyed talking to her about the village and her family.
The house was beautiful and characterful. Small thing – would be good to find a way to hold open the window shutters in the bedroom, which kept closing in the wind.
Also I hadn’t realised how incredibly beautiful San Gerardo was until I arrived!” James, UK, 2016

“Dona Graciela is an excellent cook and was very accommodating when our children requested some alternatives to the traditional meals. Dona Graciela and her family were very gracious and we felt very at ease in their home. We were all interested in learning more about each other. Graciela spoke with us patiently and tried to find other words to use when we didn’t understand. We especially enjoyed Nancy’s company, since she reminded us so much of our niece. It was lovely spending time with her and she showed us the ropes of the town, helping us find a ball, so that we could play soccer in the plaza. This was another highlight of the trip for our children. Julie, Canada, 2015

About volunteering through CRHH, one of our activities available:
“I really enjoyed [the] volunteering [arranged] with Proyecto San Gerardo. The students were really dedicated to learning English and it felt good to be able to help out and be part of the local community. There was plenty of support and advice available and it was great experience to put on my CV.” Elfie, UK, 2015

About volunteering with the community:
“I learned how make tamales and how to cut fruit and vegetables muy rapido and how to prepare food for large groups of people efficiently. The village women were helpful and friendly and working with them made me feel like a part of the community. [Some of the other CRHH volunteers envied me the kitchen assignment.] Mimi, New York, 2014

About learning Spanish:
“Spanish Conversation with Karol went very well. I was surprised at how quickly the sessions went. She was very accommodating and reliable” Daniel, Colorado, 2014

“Karol was obviously very well prepared for the lesson and succeeded in adapting it to make it interesting for both adults and children. We found that we remembered some of the useful things she taught us, which came in handy during our stay! Thank you, Karol.” Julie, Canada, 2015

“My homestay was amazing, I had a great time! The family were lovely, their house was really nice and the gardens were beautiful. Bernan was so funny and Shirley was incredibly kind, I didn’t feel like an outsider at all and they made me feel really welcome in their home. They were very helpful with my Spanish and they frequently corrected me 🙂 The food was amazing and I loved the cookery classes, Shirley can really cook! The Spanish teacher you provided was lovely and I enjoyed our relaxed conversation lessons. The visits to the schools have restructured my masters postgraduate project completely, wonderfully invaluable visits- thanks so much for organising those.” Cathy, UK, 2014

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Summer plans! Learning Spanish in Costa Rica

Our homestay families welcome you!

Our homestay families welcome you!

Summer is calling: vacations, downtime, hobbies and everything that’s just not work! Now’s the time (or anytime really) to start acting on that dream of the Costa Rica vacation you’ve been wanting.

How do you see yourself?

You really want to learn or practice your Spanish. It’s a goal you’ve had for a while. Imagine taking Spanish lessons but also staying with a welcoming family and sharing your newly learned phrases over homemade meals or a cup of local coffee. Our lovely teacher Karol offers lessons at all levels and works closely with our homestay families to keep the practice going after class.
We offer:
• Private classes of 2 or 4 hours
• Couples classes
• Group classes (when available)
• At your homestay or in Café Bambú in the center of the village.
Before or after class you can choose from many tours and activities we offer at reduced prices for our language students. Enjoy a hike, the fabulous thermal springs or a visit to the chocolatier or the cheese maker – whatever your fancy.
Check out the website and contact us here to make your Spanish language vacation a reality!

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10 Reasons why Costa Rica Holiday Homestay is right for you

Dona Leyla's pioneer home is a local treasure

Dona Leyla’s pioneer home is a local treasure

Here’s 10 reasons why Costa Rica Holiday Homestay can promise you a vacation to cherish:
1. You want to learn Spanish – no way better than to live with a family!
2. You want to explore Costa Rican cloud forest – in San Gerardo it’s all around you – wake up and see it all!
3. You have children and you want them to meet children from another country and learn another language – welcome to our family homestays!
4. You want to climb Mt. Chirripo – we can help you with your planning and provide you the best base for your climb and security.
5. You want something different – experience the real Costa Rica by living in a traditional village with a campesino family instead of a hotel.
Cosy in the kitchen at Dona Leyla's

Cosy in the kitchen at Dona Leyla’s

6. Get back to basics – a vacation to rediscover cultural values – the family, living close to the land and…living with less.
7. Pick your own dinner! Our meals are composed of produce grown in our backyards: vegetables, fruits, poultry and local trout. Our Sunday farmer’s market even offers local cheeses and chocolate!
8. Support and more in making your plans for your Costa Rica vacation! We take time to answer all your questions and help you plan the best experience ever.
9. Local transport provided to all your activities and on arrival and departure.
10. Your stay supports a local family and keeps traditional villages like San Gerardo alive.

We promise you a warm and genuine welcome – Bienvenidu a San Gerardo de Rivas!

Fresh, local food always available

Fresh, local food always available

Learn Spanish at Costa Rica Holiday Homestay

Perhaps one of the main reasons you’re considering Costa Rica Holiday Homestay as your vacation choice is to learn or improve your Spanish.  Today, more and more people are using Spanish in the workplace, not only in South and Central America but in the USA, Spain, parts of SE Asia and more. Spanish is the third most commonly spoken language in the world and it’s comparatively easy to learn (well, when compared with Mandarin or German!)

Living with a Costa Rica family will give you lots of opportunity to practice your Spanish; but you need a framework or basis of grammar to help you too. Costa Rica Holiday Homestay always recommends beginners or close-to-beginners take a course of lessons as well so that the theory and the practice can work hand-in-hand while you are here in Costa Rica.

We work in conjunction with Alex Zuniga of Creer Language School of San Isidro de General. Alex has taught both in the public high school system and in private schools before he established his own learning centre. Since Alex is bilingual he teaches English and Spanish and incorporates an important cultural element into his teaching so you learn appropriate expressions, avoid embarrassing language pitfalls and enjoy the interesting history around Spanish as spoken in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Holiday Homestay offers three kinds of classes:  private, couples and in groups in two or four hour sessions.  Initially, Alex will assess your level of Spanish and assign you a level, and this is a good time for you to mention exactly what you would like out of your lessons:  pronunciation exercises, grammar practice or corrected speech.  We focus mainly on conversational Spanish though lessons can be adjusted to include special Interests, for example: Spanish for business, how to write a good letter in Spanish etc. Classes take place at your homestay or at Café Bambú, a cosy coffee shop in the centre of San Gerardo where you can relax over a cuppa before or after your class!

See Spanish Classes for more information about costs

We are sure you will find your Spanish improves considerably while you are with us here in San Gerardo. The village is 100% Spanish-speaking so that your homestay practice can extend to buying items in the village store or ordering a beer:  ‘Una cerveza por favor!’

Pura vida! 

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