Welcome Rollins College 2018!

Well hello there, curious reader!

Thanks for taking the time to read me!

I’m pretty exited to report on the adventures of this awesome group as they go through their journey here in Costa Rica!

Over the course of these past two days we have already done and learned so much together!

So let’s take a glimpse of how these fist days have gone by! :) 


As soon as the group arrived to the rich coast, they had their first taste of Costa Rican food and got a chance to walk around San Joaquín de Flores, the historical little town were we will be spending our first week of stay in Costa Rica. After that, we visited the Spanish School and got a chance to introduce ourselves and to talk a little bit about our expectations on this trip and what we’ll be seeing and doing. We then checked in at the hotel in San José, were we had a good talk with Doña Cecilia on academics, eat a delicious dinner and called it a day!

On Day 2 we got and early start and got a chance to go to Sunday mass at a Catholic Church in San José, giving us the opportunity to understand from first hand the deep influence of the Church and the weight of the faith among the Costa Rican people and their culture. After that, we walked towards a farmer’s marked, visited the Museo Nacional (National Museum) and got a chance to appreciate the old buildings in San José and its magical parks, that make up so much the daily life here in Tiquicia. During the afternoon we met with our familia tica (Costa Rican family) and headed to our new homes for the week!


 For tomorrow and the next few days in the Central Valley we have a busy schedule, but I will make sure to keep you posted!

 Have a good one!

Pura Vida,

Patricia :) 

Francis Parker Middle School 2018

We, at CPI Spanish Immersion School, were very excited to receive the Parker kids on Friday night at the Liberia airport. All the kids and professors arrived over excited to start their Costa Rican adventure and Spanish classes.

To break the ice, we went on a beautiful catamaran and sailed the pristine pacific waters of Guanacaste, we dropped anker in front of a private beach where we all swam and snorkeled around. The kids spotted many different animals and found beautiful shells, and our guides even spotted two octopuses. After swimming and jumping off the boat we enjoyed a delisicious lunch and sailed back enjoying the sunset.

This was a beautiful start to an amazing week.

On SUNDAY we relaxed at the famous Flamingo beach where we played in the waves and some kids even swam out in the ocean. After our swim we waved the beach goodbye and started our journey to Monteverde where the students were greeted by their host families.

Both the students and families were very excited to meet each other and head into the unknown of living with a family that they have never met before. This is definitely something that will put them outside of their comfort zone.

MONDAY morning was our first day of class but before starting class, all the students where over excited to share their experiences with each other and the teachers about their first day with their family. There were many stories and all were good.

8:00am came around and it was off to their next “reto”, which is being in an immersion class for 4 hours. The classes were fun, and now they were ready to start their adventure in the sky!

ZIPLINING in the cloud forest is no joke, you are high up in the SKY, above the canopy and just soaring through the air like an eagle. Everyone was 100% excited, fearless and geared up. We started with a test cable to get the feel for it, and then we went up in a tram where the real adventure started. We started at an elevation of 262 feet and after 7 cables, ended with the longest cable being 2,100 feet.


Being part of an immersion program is about fun but we always try to incorporate education and culture along with the experience. On TUESDAY the group visited a local organic farm Life Monteverde, where they learned about the ins and outs of coffee, sustainable farming and nature conservation. The farms mission is to produce, protect and educate contributing to perpetuate life on earth and the objective is to help people achieve more awareness about sustainability in their day to day activities. This was a true eye opening experience for the students.


When visiting a different country the cuisine is one of the most interesting parts, seeing what people eat on a daily basis and how different it can be from what our students are used too. On WEDNESDAY Doña Beatriz shared her cooking secrets with us and we learned how to make the famous “Arroz con Pollo”, which is a typical Costa Rican dish. We put on our hairnets and got to work and prepared our OWN lunch.

After our delicious lunch we headed to the local town of Santa Elena. What better way to get to explore a local town than by doing a scavenger hunt and have students interact with locals and buy local goodies. We split up in 4 groups and explored by completing certain tasks on our scavenger hunt. The students got to interact with locals and practice their Spanish in real life situations. The students did great and really stepped outside of their comfort zone.


Sugar cane, coffee and chocolate? Who can ask for a BETTER combo. On THURSDAY we visited a small family owned farm, which used to produce sugar cane for a living, but when processed sugar became available and famous the family needed to find a different way to make a living. They decided to turn their farm into an agro-tourism farm with the aim of showing visitors a representative part of Costa Rican culture, where they can appreciate the old way old ways of processing brown sugar (tapa de dulce) and processing of fresh coffee cultivation.


 As you must know you Costa Rica is known for protecting its biodiversity, this is done through private organizations and through the government. On FRIDAY, we visited the Children’s Eternal Rainforest which now is the largest private reserve in Costa Rica and was all made possible because of children around the world raising money by selling baked goods, to be able to buy land and protect the forest. We learned so much about the different micro climates in Monteverde, and we even saw the famous three waddled bellbird.


Ticos know how to end on a good note. On our last night in Monteverde we had a closing ceremony party for the Parker kids, where we danced, laughed and sang all night. We also enjoyed a typical Tico ‘PARRILLADA’. The kids had so much fun and did not want the party to end, but like everything else this trip has to come to an end.

We hope all the students have enjoyed the trip as much as CPI staff members have and that during their time here they have learned a lot about Costa Rica and themselves!



Muni & Yoza

Primeros dias de Kingsway academy en Heredia!

Con mucho entusiasmo los chicos de kingsway Academy han comenzado con el programa de español. El primer dia caminamos en las instalaciones de CPI Heredia y conocieron a cada una de sus familias. Asi el siguiente dia comenzaron sus clases de español de 8 00 am a 12 00 md y en  la tarde caminamos por las calles de San Joaquin. Aqui tomamos el bus publico hacia la ciudad de heredia donde visitamos el Parque central e hicimos una busqueda de tesoros acerca de cosas de Heredia y Costa Rica, los estudiantes tuvieron que usar todas sus herramientas para hablar en español con las personas locales para que pudieran encontrar todas los puntos en esta actividad. Tambien visitamos el mercado central de Heredia donde los chicos pudieron ver toda la variedad de frutas tropicales que existen el pais.


City Tour en San Jose

El dia de ayer despues de clases nos dirigimos a la ciudad de San Jose, la capital de Costa Rica. Una vez que llegamos comimos un riquisimo almuerzo tipo buffet con mucha variedad de platillos tipicos. Luego, caminamos por la avenida central hasta llegar a el teatro nacional, aqui hicimos un recorrido y tuvimos la suerte de ver una obra. Despues fuimos al museo de los niños donde aprendieron desde la cultura indigena, como era un tren en el pasado, como se transporta el banano para la exportacion, hasta como se siente un terremoto en este pais. Al final fuimos al museo penitenciario donde pudieron aprender como eran las carceles en el pais hace mucho tiempo y en el presente y ademas como vivivian los prisioneros en sus celdas.

Fue un dia de cultura de Costa Rica!! 

Primeros días de New Mexico State University en Monterde

En los últimos días, a los chicos de New Mexico State University les ha tocado salirse un poco de su zona de confort al integrarse directamente en la cultura costarricense y todo lo que esto implica. El programa también intenta crear conciencia sobre en ambiente y como convivir con la naturaleza. La mayoría del tiempo se ha pasado en Monteverde, donde en las mañanas se toma 4 horas de clases de español seguido una tarde llena de trabajo comunitario y charlas sobre sostenibilidad impartidas por el personal de  Life Monteverde. Acá se ha aprendido mucho del café y de cómo mantener una finca exitosa, sin dejar atrás la importancia de ser amigable con el ambiente. Los chicos también reflexionaron en las diferentes maneras en que la sostenibilidad se puede divulgar para concientizar a las personas del impacto que tienen en el planeta y hasta están con planes de crear un video promocional para Life, como una manera de devolver a ellos algo luego de todo lo que han aprendido del proyecto.