Finca Agroecologica La Flor
Students also have the option to study 2 hours per day (20% discount).
We have developed a custom manual for this course with emphasis on conversation and elements of Costa Rican culture and cousine.
Listening, Speaking, Pronunciation, Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Grammar and Activities
Class schedule may change depending on availability and season.
|Age range||5 years old and older|
|Average||18 years old|
The Spanish Institute La Flor offeres guests the opportunity to learn spanish in an authentic rural Costa Rican community, surrounded by mountains and nature's beauty. Intensive spanish classes (6 hours/day) are offered Monday through Friday. We can tailor classes to meet your language ability and scheduling needs. We teach in small groups, but also offer classes on an one-on-one basis. Classes are dynamic with diverse teaching techniques.
Professors: La Flor Alternative Spanish Institute has trained instructors who have many years of teaching experience (generally over 5 years) with both groups and individuals. Classes are taught with conversational emphasis.
Original workbooks: We provide students with our own manuals that were created following professional standards of Spanish teaching techniques for foreign students. We offer three different levels (beginners, intermediate and advanced).
Placement test: We apply a placement test (oral and written) in order to designate the language abilities of each student.
Curriculum: we provide students with an overview session of Costa Rican culture and geography. Additionally, the class typically includes a four-hour workshop of Costa Rican cuisine.
Spanish classes and volunteering: If you are interested in combining Spanish classes with volunteering, please check on our volunteer program.
Agroecological farm: Spanish classes take place in classrooms within the community of Finca La Flor. The farm includes a botanical garden, medicinal garden, a tropical forest, and organic agriculture. La Flor Alternative Spanish Institute helps finance environmental education programs which teach sustainability principals to children, teenagers and adults from the surrounding communities. This farm is run by ASODECAH, a non-profit association.
The nationality and age mix at Finca Agroecologica La Flor varies over different time periods, courses and levels. Throughout the year, the average age is 18. In the summer, the average age is 18.
Finca La Flor teaches students from all over the world, including:
Our location can be found by typing ¨Finca Agroecologica La Flor¨into Google. We are located in the small farming town of ¨La Flor¨near Cervantes en Paraiso-Cartago. We are in front of the public school of La Flor which is 100 meters East of the bus stop, church, and soccer field. There is a big sign that says Finca La Flor¨ where one enters the property and walks 200 meters to arrive at the community center
The time at la Finca was great! I have learned a lot, not only speaking Spanish, but also Yoga for example. Muy buena gente en La Finca y cocina vegetal y ricissima!
Will come back.
I really enjoyed my time at Finca Lá Flor. We went with a group of volunteers. We all were really sad when we left. The teachers were really nice and it was easy to talk to them. Also the cabañas were cute, it's just a little hard when you're afraid of spiders and other insects. I would recommend staying at the finca!!Show details » Read more...
Thank you! Yes the insects are around but we are working to seal the cabins better and treat the houses so that they are less common.
- Small groups of Spanish students, great study book
- Absolutely lovely, competent, industrious and humble teachers, each with their own personality and style
- Simple but sufficient class rooms, great learning environment close to nature
- Modest housing, but you will get used to that
- Comfortable main house, nice outdoor kitchen and restaurant, Salon de Yoga with great view over Orosi Valley
- Delicious vegetarian food (you won’t miss meat), super nice cooks
- Great activities to learn Spanish (massage, theatre, project of each course), interesting walk through Paraíso
- Fun extra activities like Yoga, Contact Improvisation Dance and Popular Costa rican dances: Great experiences
Thank you so much, we miss you all! We are delighted to read that you enjoyed the classes, food and activities.
What I really liked about the class was that everybody was able to learn at their own paste. We were a small class of six and I enjoyed that we were able to help each other out if one had trouble understanding a task. Jafeth, our teacher did a wonderful job and always made sure that everyone could follow, before continuing with the next topic. I liked staying in the houses of three or five and enjoyed that there was a lot of nature and animals you could go to any time. My favorite activity was yoga with Steven, because I've never experienced anything like that. One of the best things about La Flor was probably the food. The cooks were fantastic and I enjoyed every meal. All in all I really had a great time and I would recommend La Flor to anyone.Show details » Read more...
Wow, thank you for the wonderful review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your time here. We miss you all!
Starting with the location and housing, like I already said, the atmosphere had been very special and welcomed and loved. Everyone is open and helps you with whatever you need. The houses were totally cute and each special and very clean like the kitchen and also the sanitary rooms in the main house. Concerning the classes I can say that we learned a lot and that I really enjoyed the other way of learning like with a lot more practice of speaking than just only grammar practicing. Activities like learning with all the other language group also had been a great idea because everyone can profit from the different levels and you can combine your knowledge.
Especially not to forget is the perfect food.
Hello, we are really happy that you had such a great time. We miss all of the students, we hope you come back to visit us some day!
I liked everything, except for the fact that there is no heating in the cabins. We were very cold every night, despite many blankets = /Show details » Read more...
We are sorry to hear that you were cold. We focus on environmental education so energy-intensive heating in the cabins is not an option but we are always happy to provide more blankets.
The Spanish classes were well structured and fun. The yoga and dance classes that were not mandatory were still pretty crowded and a whole lot of fun! All of the staff and teachers were friendly, caring and helpful! The houses were a bit cold at night but the Finca has tons of blankets if you do not feel comfortable. The view from the Yoga house was amazing too. There also friendly neighbors around and playing soccer with the Ticos was fun!
It was an overall great experience and I would be glad to come back one day.
Thank you for your review! We enjoyed your company in our community :)
Student residences are more suitable for an independent student, who is looking for clean, basic accommodation at an economic price. All students must be 18+. Your housing starts on the Sunday before your first day of class and ends on the Saturday after your last day of class, unless otherwise noted. Learn more about student residence accommodation
We cannot apply for visas on behalf of students. The school is also not authorized to issue documents to support your visa application. If you need a visa, you have to apply for a visitor or tourist visa on your own.
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