Local host family

Homestay Experience

Living with a local Costa Rican host family greatly enhances and enriches the immersion experience. Participants make incredible gains in their Spanish conversation skills and understanding of Costa Rican culture.  Even if the participant knows very little Spanish, interacting closely with a local family transcends language and fosters meaningful intercultural relationships.

The homestay experience is available and encouraged with all our programs.  We do accommodate other housing options at a local eco-friendly lodge if desired or needed.

“Staying with a family has been the most rewarding part of being in Costa Rica. I really feel as if I am part of the family, and it is great going home to a real-life conversation to practice what you learn in class.”
-Student, University of North Carolina-Asheville

 Many itineraries include overnight excursions to various cities and national parks. Outside of the central program center of Atenas, participants will stay in hotels or lodges.

IACR takes the host family component of our program very seriously and have a very thorough process in selecting and retaining our families. For more information regarding our recruitment process, click here.