Cultural Immersion


During your stay in Gandoca you will be hosted by a local family and will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in our culture, tradition and practice Spanish every day with your new family members.

During the program you will be:

  • Supporting conservation projects such as the sea turtle project in Gandoca.
  • Working closely with local organic cocoa farmers, supporting them on their farms and learning about sustainable and environmentally friendly ways to use the land.
  • Engaging in group discussions about environmental conservation and culture.
  • Participating in dynamic, interactive, immersion Spanish conversation classes to help you improve or learn basic language skills. These non-traditional lessons go beyond the typical classroom experience and get you out and speaking!
  • Enjoying organized tours such as hiking, snorkeling, dolphin watching, a lagoon tour and a waterfall tour.
  • Connecting with students from the elementary and high school and learning about the Costa Rican education and school system.
  • Participating in a traditional cooking classes as well as in cultural activities and sports.  

What does the program include?

  • All transportation during your stay in Costa Rica
  • Hotel
  • Host family stay and meals
  • Certified bilingual tour guides and leaders
  • Tours
  • Conservation projects fees* These fees are charged by organizations to ensure they are able to keep doing sustainable, high-quality conservation work.
  • Spanish conversation classes
  • Cooking class
  • Assistance available 24/7 during your stay with us

This program is designed for junior high, high school and college students. A minimum of ten students and one teacher is required for junior high and high school student groups. A teacher is not required for college groups. You will have a certified leader from Gandoca to guide you during your entire program. Please contact us and we will customize a program that meets your interests and needs!

Itinerary example:

Week 1

Day Activities
1 Travel to the hotel from the airport and Orientation meeting   
2 Gold Museum (Museo de Oro) tour, travel to Gandoca, meet your host family  
3 Gandoca community tour, group discussion, Spanish class, sea turtle conservation  
4 Work on organic Cacao farm, Spanish class and sea turtle conservation  
5 Gandoca lagoon tour, Spanish class, sea turtle conservation  
6 Cooking class, Spanish class, group discussion and sea turtle conservation  
7 Work on organic Cacao farm, Spanish class and sea turtle conservation  

Week 2

Day Activities
8 Recreational activity with local elementary or high school, Spanish class, sea turtle conservation  
9 Work on an organic farm, waterfall tour, sea turtle conservation  
10 Lagoon tour, Group discussion, Spanish class, sea turtle conservation  
11 Work on Cocoa organic farm, Spanish class, sport activity, sea turtle conservation  
12 Closing discussion and activity
13 Travel to hotel in San Jose
14 Travel to the airport