Spanish school in San José - Santo Domingo: Don Quijote

From 320.- USD
approx 273.- EUR
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Key points

  • Central location between San José and Heredia, in a magnificent country
  • Numerous extracurricular activities, both social and cultural
  • Very good value for money

The school

Levels
Beginner to Proficiency
School size
S
Accommodations
Host family, Shared apartment
Disabled access
Disabled access at school
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
16 years
Average age
27 years
Nationality mix
Germany, United States, Switzerland, etc..
ratings
12 authentic opinions

Our partner school is located in a modern and well-equipped building, close to the city centre of Santo Domingo and just near the bus stop that links you to San Jose or Heredia in less than 10 minutes. The classrooms are spacious and bright. A very pleasant garden is available to you, so you can make the most of the sunshine during breaks and get to know the other international students at the school. Classes in small groups (max. 8 students) allow you to study Spanish in an intensive manner, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, with experienced, motivated teachers available to help you. Teaching is as personalised as possible, and will take into account your interests and goals. It is up to you to choose which package suits you the best from the range of courses on offer.

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Included in the price

  • Level and needs assessment
  • Use of study centre
  • Learning progress monitoring
  • Diploma or Certificate

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Standard course

Beginner to Proficiency, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From USD 320.-
(about EUR 274.-)
Lessons
20 of 55 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Proficiency
Students/class
max. 8
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:00-13:00 (possibly afternoon)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
1
320
485
515
2
575
905
965
3
830
1325
1415
4
1085
1745
1865
6
1439
2429
2609
8
1897
3217
3457
12
2645
4625
4985
16
3505
6145
6625
24
5225
9185
9905
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.9   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 29.03 / 30.03 / 11.04 / 01.05 / 25.07 / 02.08 / 15.08 / 12.10 / 25.12.2018

Arrival day: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Bank holidays: local holidays to be confirmed

Intensive course

Beginner to Proficiency, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From USD 430.-
(about EUR 368.-)
Lessons
25 of 55 minutes
(20 general + 5 of culture and conversation)
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Proficiency
Students/class
max. 8
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:00-14:00 (possibly afternoon) Culture and conversation lessons to be specified

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
1
430
595
625
2
795
1125
1185
3
1160
1655
1745
4
1525
2185
2305
6
2195
3185
3365
8
2905
4225
4465
12
4085
6065
6425
16
5425
8065
8545
24
8105
12065
12785
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.9   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 29.03 / 30.03 / 11.04 / 01.05 / 25.07 / 02.08 / 15.08 / 12.10 / 25.12.2018

Arrival day: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Bank holidays: local holidays to be confirmed

Spanish + Dance

Beginner to Proficiency, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From USD 435.-
(about EUR 372.-)
Lessons
26 of 55 minutes
(20 general + 6 of dance)
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Proficiency
Students/class
max. 8
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:00-13:00 + dance (6x/week)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
1
435
600
630
2
805
1135
1195
3
1175
1670
1760
4
1545
2205
2325
6
2129
3119
3299
8
2817
4137
4377
12
4025
6005
6365
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.9   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 29.03 / 30.03 / 11.04 / 01.05 / 25.07 / 02.08 / 15.08 / 12.10 / 25.12.2018

Arrival day: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Bank holidays: local holidays to be confirmed

Options/Extras

Course materials deposit (to be paid on site) 30 USD
Extra night with host family, no meals 27 USD
Extra night in a shared apartment 35 USD
Apartment deposit (to be paid on site by credit card) 80 USD
Supplement (per wk.) (Special diet) 25 USD
Airport transfer (on arrival) (San José) 45 USD

Other accommodation options

Host family, single room, full board
Shared apartment, double room, no meals (San Pablo)

Course info

100% authentic opinions

These students attended a course in this school through ESL – Language studies abroad and their evaluation has been checked. Students' opinions don't necessarily correspond to those of ESL – Language studies abroad, but reflect the individual experience of those participants. This is meant to provide you with further information about this school.

4.1/5
Overall rating

75% of students recommending this school

Destination
/ 5
School
/ 5
Accommodation
/ 5
Value for money
/ 5
Teaching
/ 5
Leisure
/ 5

12 students gave their opinion about this school

64 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Mein Sprachaufenthalt in Santo Domingo, Costa Rica, verlief sehr gut. Mit der Familie hatte ich Glück, die mich sofortherzlich aufgenommen, respektiert und akzeptiert hat. An Familienanlässe wurde ich eingeladen und konnte auchan Ausflügen teilnehmen. Heute stehen wir in einem freundschaftlichen Verhältnis. Die Schule konnte ich zu Fuss erreichen (ca. 10-15 Minuten), was mir persönlich gefiel. Das Gebäude war einladend, in den Farben bunt gehalten und hübsch dekoriert, jeweils entsprechend dem Anlass (Weihnachten, Valentinstag). DieSchule organisierte Ausflüge, Kochkurse, Café social, Tanzkurse um uns der Kultur näher zu bringen. Auch durch dieFamilie konnte ich die Mentalität der dort ansässigen Menschen kennenlernen sowie durch meine Reisen. Hatte 3 verschiedene Lehrer während meiner 3 monatigen Schulzeit. Finde ich ein Vorteil, weil mitverschiedenen Lernmethoden unterrichtet wird.
12 weeks, December 2017 – February 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.3 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (3.5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (5 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
Do you think you've made progress?
« Ja ich habe enorm grosse Fortschritte gemacht (von 0 bis B1) Allerdings nur, weil ich nach der Schule gelernt habe.Jede Woche am Freitag hatten wir einen Test. Wenn man nicht lernt, kommt man in der Gruppe nicht weiter und es ist extrem frustrierend. Wer Spanisch lernen will, ist hier gut aufgehoben und wird gefördert. »
School highlights
« Klima, Herzlichkeit, Respekt und positive Einstellung. »
39 years old - Germany
/ 5
2 weeks, March – April 2017
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (5 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4.3 / 5) ()
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Leisure (4.7 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
Do you think you've made progress?
« Ja. Sehr angenehme Atmosphäre in der Schule mit didaktisch sehr guten Lehrern. »
23 years old - France
/ 5
2 weeks, July – August 2016
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (3.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (3.5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4 / 5)
Classroom atmosphere
Leisure (2.7 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
56 years old - Germany
/ 5
Man muss sich darüber im Klaren sein, dass Costa Rica in Zentralamerika und nicht Europa liegt. Einige Dinge sind hier anders oder nicht organisiert Sehr familiäre Atmosphäre, sehr freundlich, wenn auch etwas chaotisch. Viele Aktivitäten, um Land und Leute verstehen zu lernen
2 weeks, March 2016
Destination (4 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (3.8 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4 / 5)
Classroom atmosphere
Leisure (4 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
54 years old - Germany
/ 5
2 weeks, August 2015
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (3.8 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.3 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (3.5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (4 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
Do you think you've made progress?
« Ja. Durch die guten Lehrkräfte, die kleinen Klassen und den guten Wechsel zwischen Übungen und Konversationseinheiten. Auch die Lernmaterialien waren didaktisch auf einem hohen Niveau. »
School highlights
« Angenehme Lernatmosphäre und die Verfügbarkeit und das Engagement der Lehrkräfte »
20 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Santo Domingo de Heredia ist ein kleiner ruhiger Ort, jedoch sehr zentral gelegen. In 15 Minuten erreicht man die Hauptstadt und andere grössere Ortschaften. Weil es hier so klein und ruhig ist spricht auch noch fast niemand Englisch, man wird also forciert Spanisch zu benutzen, was meiner Meinung nach sehr hilfreich ist.Costa Rica hat sehr viele schöne Orte, die es zu besichtigen lohnt, sind aber oft sehr touristisch und dem entsprechend teuer.
20 weeks, September 2014 – January 2015
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (4.3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.7 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (3.7 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
Do you think you've made progress?
« Ja ich habe in dieser kurzen Zeit enorm viel gelernt nicht nur in der Schule, aber auch im Volontariat, welches ich in einem Altersheim absolviert habe. »
School highlights
« Die Schule ist klein und übersichtlich und das Ambiente sehr familiär. Ausserdem lernt es sich besser mit wenigen Schülern pro Klasse. Das Lehrerteam ist immer total motiviert. »
27 years old - Belgium
/ 5
4 weeks, July – August 2014
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (3.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (3.3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (2 / 5) (Shared apartment)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (3.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
25 years old - Germany
/ 5
Die Familie war sehr freundlich und hat mich herzlichst aufgenommen. Alles ist sehr sauber und das Essen war auch immer abwechslungsreich und gut!
8 weeks, January – February 2014
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.7 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (2.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
18 years old - Germany
/ 5
11 weeks, September – November 2013
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (3.5 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (4 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (3.7 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
Staff availability
19 years old - Germany
/ 5
24 weeks, January – June 2013
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
Overall impression of the country
Overall impression of the trip
School (3.3 / 5)
School location
School facilities
Classrooms
Nationality mix
Teaching (4.7 / 5)
Course materials
Relations with the teachers
Classroom atmosphere
Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
Bedroom
Shower / Bathroom
Meals
Leisure (2.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
Trips offered by the school
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Host family
Our partner school personally selects families to welcome its students. Located no more than 15 minutes from the school, you will have your own room and will share the common areas with the family. You will be able to choose between half and full board and your clothes washing will be taken care of. This accommodation option will allow you to get to know the Costa Rican lifestyle with its warm and open inhabitants, and to practise Spanish daily in a friendly and motivating atmosphere.

San Pablo shared apartment (from 18 years)
This student accommodation is located a 20-minute walk from the school (or 5 minutes by bus) in a safe and monitored residential area. The shared apartment features 4 bedrooms (1 single, 2 twin and 1 triple), 2 shared bathrooms, a lounge with TV and a shared, fully equipped kitchen. Bed linen and towels are provided, the Wi-Fi and washing machine are free and the apartment is cleaned twice per week. Enjoy the garden, the BBQ area and the swimming pool with your international friends!

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San Pablo

General information

Our student apartment is just 5 minutes by bus (excellent public transport) and a 20-minute walk from the school. The building is located in a residential area where students will have a good experience interacting with their Ticos neighbours and learning about their customs. Something to take into account is that at the main entrance of the neighbourhood, there is a government police post for the safety of students and neighbours in general.

School distance

Door-to-door travel time:
5 minutes
Means of transportation:
Bus or a 20-minute walk
Average public transport cost:
$8 weekly
Walking distance to public transport:
5 minutes

Walking Distance

Supermarket:
5 minutes
Coffee shops:
10 minutes
Restaurants:
10 minutes
Shops:
5 minutes
Pharmacy:
10 minutes

Availability

All year round
Minimum age : 18+

Arrival and departure

Check-in / Check-out
Sunday from 12:00 pm
Saturday until 12:00 pm
Entry card (building)
Key (building) 1
Code (building)
Staff on-site 24h
Deposit 1

Meals

Use of kitchen 1
Meal-plan

Facilities

Reception desk
Smoking area
Outside
1
Cafeteria
Shared kitchen 1
Oven 1
Microwave 1
Cutlery available 1
Vending machine
Laundry 1
Common area/lounge 1
Wi-Fi internet access 1
Cable internet access 1
TV in common room 1
DVD-player in common room 1
Balcony/terrace
Garden 1
BBQ area 1
Wheelchair accessible 1
Parking (cars) 1
Parking (bicycles) 1
Swimming pool 1
Gym

Room types and facilities

Single
1 rooms
min.: 9 m2/ max.: 10 m2
1
Twin
2 rooms
min.: 9 m2/ max.: 10 m2
1
Shared room
1 rooms
min.: 24 m2/ max.: 25 m2
Triple room
1
Air conditioning
Fan
Heating
Smoking
Duvet and pillow provided 1
Bed sheets provided 1
Towels provided 1
Toilet paper
Only on the first day
1
Ensuite toilet 1
Ensuite shower 1
Wash basin 1
Shared toilets 1
Shared showers 1
Cleaning
Twice a week
1
Desk
Wardrobe 1
Cooking facilities
Microwave
TV
Wi-Fi internet access 1
Cable internet access 1
Floor
Ceramic
1
Balcony
Safe deposit box
Room key provided

Don Quijote makes a point of developping a rich social life during the week and at the weekends, and a series of activities (dance, local cuisine, history, cinema evenings or theatrical workshops) that will allow you to practise Spanish outside of the classroom, and to get to know the Costa Rican culture better while having an unforgettable time with your teachers and friends.

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