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Spanish in Playa Samara

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Costa Rica
1 to 12 weeks
18 to 85
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Trip overview

Learn Spanish the authentic way and have an experience you’ll never forget by Studying Spanish in Costa Rica. Learning a language is much easier when you’re surrounded by people that speak it and it feels more real when you’re immersed in the culture that it’s a part of. On this trip, you’ll be heading to a little slice of paradise. Playa Samara in Costa Rica is a stunning part of the world, right on the world-famous Costa Rican coastline. Loaded with included cultural activities, this trip will help you immerse yourself into the Tico (Costa Rican) lifestyle. Plus, Playa Samara only has a population of just over 1,000 people, so in no time you’ll feel like a part of the community too!

We offer the complete package for those wanting to accompany their learning of Spanish with a real-world, international experience to go with it. Our team will get you sorted with all the essentials, from finding the perfect class for you, getting you into accommodation that works for you, plus all the support you could ask for before, during and even after your trip.

Completely immerse yourself in a new culture, make lifelong friends and, best of all, break away from your usual routine back home as you embark on an adventure to study Spanish in Costa Rica. This trip is perfect for those that don’t want to just visit the country and learn the language, they want to become a part of it.


Spanish language lessons

You’ll be learning Spanish the “Pura Vida” Costa Rican way. Classes are well structured and led by incredibly qualified teachers, but some days you might take classes in the gardens, in the rancho or even under a palm tree on the beach. 

Dedicated Trip Coordinator

Handpicked from an experienced team who’ve been there, done that and ready to guide you through your entire journey and leave no question unanswered.

Pre-Departure Guide

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If you need a visa, it’ll get approved as cheap and easy as possible with our step-by-step instructions and personal guidance from your Trip Coordinator.

Personal Travel Concierge

You'll get a personal Travel Concierge to plan your flights, insurance or any add-ons to synchronise perfectly with your trip. Deal with a real human and get a personalised booking experience that ticks all your boxes.

Comfortable accommodation

A private room in a nearby homestay is included, for an authentic cultural experience. Or choose to stay in a student residence for a small additional fee.

Private airport transfer

A private chauffeur to take you from the Liberia Airport to Playa Samara.

Local cultural experiences

You won’t just learn the language, you’ll learn the culture with heaps of included cultural activities. Including a city tour, latin dance & cooking classes, movie nights, Zumba, yoga and arts & crafts.

$200 Global Tour Voucher

We know this will be the trip of a lifetime, so you also get a $200 Global Tour Voucher to put towards any Contiki, Busabout, Topdeck or G Adventures tour so you can go and explore some more of the world whilst you’re over there. You’re welcome.

Certificate of completion

In recognition of your hard work and dedication throughout the experience. Employers will love this addition to your resume!

Ongoing support from our local team

From our team and in-country project partners, think of them as your family away from home. Whether you need advice or a shoulder to lean on, you’ll be provided with unlimited support.

24/7 Global Emergency Line

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To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:
  • Be between 18-85 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

Our Study in Costa Rica trip is designed to get you travelling, living and learning Spanish overseas as smoothly as possible. Our partners know that Costa Rica is paradise on Earth and that learning a language can be arduous. So why not make that process easier by doing it in paradise? Your Spanish classes will be intense, and taught by Costa Rican  university-accredited professors but you’ll take them in an incredibly laid back environment. 

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Interest-free payment plans

Pay your trip off in instalments that you get to choose.

Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility

If Covid gets in the way, again, we've got your back. Read more here.

Lifetime deposit guarantee

Change of mind for trip, destination or dates? No problem! Learn more here.

Trip location

You’re going to the most laid-back paradise on earth in Playa Samara. The course is right on the beach and depending on what accommodation option you choose, you’ll never be more than 1.3km away from the school, or 500m away from the beach. The student residence is right behind the school, so the ocean is literally no more than 30 metres away!

Trip itinerary


Once you’ve touched down at Liberia International Airport, your transfer will take you to your accommodation in Playa Samara. If you’ve given yourself a few days between your arrival and the course starting, use this time to get acquainted with the beach and your new classmates/homestay hosts! 

Day 1

Arrive at school by 7:15am (don’t worry, school doesn’t usually start this early) to take your placement interview. This will help determine which class you should be placed in. When you have your results you’ll be informed whether you’ll be in the morning or afternoon sessions of classes. This will depend on what level your Spanish is at now. 

If you’re selected into the morning classes, you’ll jump in straight away as these start at 8am and run until 12pm. If you’ve been selected for the afternoon class, that’s completely fine. Use this time to hang out on the beach, explore the community with the school’s tour of the town, or undertake one of the many cultural activities available before your classes start at 1pm. 

Whatever class you’re in, you’ll have a mandatory orientation meeting at 12:15. This will help you get to know the school, the area, and everything that it has to offer. 


Your classes will either be 8am-12pm or 1pm-5pm (alternating daily so you can take advantage of the tides for ocean activities) with two 15 minute breaks per session, Monday-Friday. When you’re not in class you certainly won’t be bored. The school offers huge amounts of cultural/social activities for free as well. Mon-Thurs there is a daily Latin dance class, once a week you can do a Latin American cooking class, there’s a movie night a week, plus Zumba and yoga twice a week respectively too! 

You’ll get plenty of time to do all the planned complementary activities plus a bunch of other activities as well. There are lots of surf schools in the area, so you could use your time off mastering that. Or you could go explore the local community, rainforests and beaches. 

Your weekends are yours to do as you wish. You could stay in the community, or go out and explore the rest of Central America! If you’d like to go on a more in-depth trip around the country, let your course leader know and they can help you do this after your course ends.  

We’ll constantly keep in touch with you throughout your stay. If at any point during your trip you need advice or support, our team will be on hand to answer all your questions. Don’t forget you can jump on our social media pages too or buzz our 24/7 emergency support line for urgent matters.

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Yes! There are several destinations that are open to travellers right now! And if you’re from Australia, you could be able to get an exemption to travel if you’re travelling for over 3 months*, which is the majority of our trips. We can advise how to apply for this exemption. We recommend our travellers book their trips at least 6-12 months in advance, so by the time you’re ready to depart we’re confident your destination (if it’s not already open) will be open and ready to go. *Full exemption info here.

If you have to make any changes to your departure date, you’re protected by our Lifetime Deposit Guarantee and our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility. With this, we will change your trip dates for free. If this doesn’t fit around you and you can’t go on your trip anymore, we will give you a 100% refund in the form of a Trip Credit with us (See terms). If you’re unable to use it, you can also transfer that credit to someone else for them to put towards any trip too.

If you’re affected by COVID while you’re overseas, you will have all the support you need from our team or partners in-country as well as have access to our 24/7 Global Emergency Line. We work with a travel insurance company that provides COVID protection, and people going on Volunteer trips will get this for free currently!

Yes we are! All of our trips are still being planned for and taking new bookings. We always recommend that our travellers take 6-12 months between booking their trip to departure. This gives you plenty of time to arrange all the finer details of your trip, and pay it off. If things don’t go as planned you are always able to rearrange your trip using your Lifetime Deposit Guarantee and Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility! So there is really nothing to worry about.

In 2020, the world stopped. This means that we have a backlog of travellers, just like you, who are desperate to get out and explore the world! Global Work & Travel works on a first-in-best-dressed basis. Booking earlier ensures that you don’t miss out on the best intake, season, placements and more! We recommend our travellers take 6-12 months to plan their trip for a reason - to make sure you’ve got everything organised perfectly, stress-free. If COVID affects your trip, you are protected for any changes with our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility. Why not give yourself something to look forward to, by booking that trip!

Yes you can! Simply tell your Trip Coordinator after booking that your friend is also going and they can link your profiles. For most of our trips we should be able to have you and your friends placed together. Meaning that you can live together and work together. If availability doesn’t allow it, we’ll get you in the same area. So you’ll be able to have this experience together!

Our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility means you can change your trip’s start date up to 56 days before departure without incurring ANY charges, and you’re able to rebook it for ANY time (or even any other trip) in the next 2 years from your original start date.

In the event that you want to cancel your booking altogether, if you give us over 56 days notice you can do so with only a 50% cancellation fee. Your refund of the balance will come in the form of a Travel Credit which you can put towards booking absolutely anything travel related with your Travel Concierge within the next 3 years!

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