Total Immersion Homestay Spanish Program 24/7

Many of our students always say that one of the most rewarding experiences that they have while visiting CR is the special bond that they develop with their homestay family.

For many years IPED has been offering Spanish classes at the homestays at our beach locations with great success and excellent learning results since the student is in a immersion course 24/7.   They become part of the family and participate in cultural activities that normally they don’t have a chance to experience.

With our Total Immersion Homestay Program your Spanish acquisition is not only naturally accelerated but you will have the advantage of having one on one instruction with one of our experienced and highly qualified teachers in a comfortable homestay setting. Our teachers will be able to assess all your personal needs and you will be able to improve your Spanish learning in no time. What better way to learn the language than totally immerse in the culture and a Costa Rican family! Our Total Immersion Homestay Program is now offered also in Heredia. Come visit us! Become part of our family! 

What is inlcuded with this program

·         Private room

·         Laundry service

·         2 meals a day (breakfast and dinner) optional arrangements 3 meals a day.

·         Tour of the city

·         Free help and advice with tours, reservations and transportation

·         Private teacher

·         Program suitable for all levels

·         Program offered in all 3 locations: Heredia, Puerto Viejo (Caribbean Beach town) and Playas del Coco (Pacific beach town)

·         Opportunity to visit different parts of Costa Rica and enrich your cultural experience

Price for this program

$600 a week (For a limited time we are offering this program for the price of the regular group program starting

at $465 per week)


"I have come to IPED twice for Spanish classes, once in 2009 and once again in 2013. Both experiences were sensational. In fact, when I decided to come back the second time, I told David that the only way I would come would be if I could stay at Dona Maria's again.

The best thing about staying with Maria and her family is that I felt like a member of the family from the first minute that I walked in the door. One night the family decided they wanted to watch a video. But they wanted me to go with their teenage son Juan Carlos to pick out the video that I thought everyone would like. I did and they all loved it.
The food was fabulous. Breakfast ranged from bacon and eggs to French toast to banana pancakes, which were my favorite. Of course cereal was available if you wanted it. Dinner was equally good. Usually a salad, black beans and rice, maybe a stew or some kind of chicken. Lunch was not included. but I ate daily at this neat little soda five minutes from the school. It was run by two ladies from Nicaragua. My first time there I learned the phrase, para llevar. Look it up.
The room at maria's was roomy and private. The first time I stayed there I had my own bathroom. The second time the bathroom was four feet from my room. The shower had hot water. And lots of it.
Maria's English was extremely limited but that was a good thing. It gave my more opportunities to practice my Spanish. Juan Carlos was fluent in both languages so I never had any problems communicating. Every day maria would ask me if I wanted my clothes washed. She did laundry almost daily.
Maria's house was a three-minute walk to the school. And just down the street from the best ice cream in town.
When I arrived there the second time, my first question was, "is that same ice cream place still open." It was.
During my stays at maria's there were other students there, ranging in age from early 20s to the 60s. All fit in just perfectly.
doug mead, Winston salem, nc"