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Spanish by the River, Turrialba, Costa Rica

4.7

Rating: 4.7/5.0

What we like about the school

  • 5 locations, all offering the same Spanish program
  • Unique eco classroom (outside)
  • Small class sizes
  • Excellent rating of teaching quality
  • Top rated social activities
  • Hotel / Hostel accommodation very close to school
  • Top rated school facilities

Spanish by the River

  • The school was founded in June 2002 and is located a little outside of the typically 'tico' town of Turrialba. The school offers an incredible view of the lush green surroundings, including the active Turrialba volcano. Classes are often held on the balcony, from where you can spot exotic birds like toucans, hummingbirds and many other tropical animals.
  • The language school Spanish by the River was founded in Turrialba, Costa Rica in 2002.
  • Address: Barrio El Recreo, 42-7150 - Turrialba, Costa Rica (see on map)
  • Legal name / parent company: Spanish by the River, SA
  • Tax registration ID: CPR3-101-320172
  • Covid-19 Status: School currently open

Covid-19 related security measures that are taken by Spanish by the River

Our hostel is open at 50% capacity and we need to comply with general measures like hand washing, using gel and having information in posters about handwashing, how to cough/sneeze and how to greet. It is not clear if we can already teach face-to-face but we only teach virtually currently.
It is not possible to do adventure trips like rafting, ziplining, salsadancing and neither is it possible to do volunteer work.

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School Size:

Facilities

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Library

  • Movie rental

  • Movie room

  • Games room

  • Lounge

  • Garden

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Soccer field / football pitch

  • Free coffee

  • Free WIFI

Classroom equipment

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

10

Number of public PC workstations:

1

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Organized activities
  • INCLUDED Internet access and use of school computers
  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test before arrival

Course material:

Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 40
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 20
  • Junior courses in summer: 10
  • Junior courses throughout the year: 10

Average age of students

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 6
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 6

Minimum age of students

  • 15 years
  • 6 years for specific Junior courses

Spanish teacher qualifications

  • 50% hold a university degree
  • 80% hold a recognised language teaching qualification

Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school):

25
2
2
20
10
25
15

Optional airport transfer

Best arrival airport is SAN JOSE - SANTAMARIA.

Juan Santamaría International Airport:
100 US$ pick up
200 US$ return (both ways)

Days without class

In 2020 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01 Jan. 2020, 09 Apr. 2020, 10 Apr. 2020, 01 May 2020, 25 Dec. 2020.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Full number of lost classes are made up

Spanish Courses

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Price in US$ 300 285 585 556 855 813 1110 1055 1360 1292 1610 1530 1860 1767 2110 2005 2610 2480 3110 2955 255 243
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 8:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 19:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 8:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 19:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in US$ 300 285 585 556 855 813 1110 1055 1360 1292 1610 1530 1860 1767 2110 2005 2610 2480 3110 2955 255 243
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 8:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 19:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 225 214 435 414 630 599 810 770 985 936 1160 1102 1335 1269 1510 1435 1860 1767 2210 2100 175 167
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 8:00  - 11:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 19:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Private
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Two-to-one semi-private lessons delivered to two students of the same language level.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Starting dates
Every Day.
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Starting dates
Every Day.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 55 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 8:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 19:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in US$ 240 228 465 442 675 642 875 832 1075 1022 -- -- -- -- -- 225 214
Two-to-one semi-private lessons delivered to two students of the same language level.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Language Plus Activity
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This course consists of the intensive Spanish course of 30 lessons and 3 yoga classes per week. Price does not include transportation to and from yoga centre.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in US$ 275 262 535 509 780 741 1010 960 -- -- -- -- -- -- 225 214
This course consists of the standard Spanish course of 20 lessons and 3 yoga classes per week. Price does not include transportation to and from yoga centre.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Note: All courses offered by Spanish by the River, Turrialba can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.
Lesson duration: 55 minutes
School's administrative fee: 25.00 US$
Individual classesSingle individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 15 US$. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.
Comments about courses:Classes start on Monday. On the previous Sunday, students will have a welcome session and the level test at 17:00.
Course price is reduced to USD 175 per week when booking over 4 weeks, but the course must be in the same location for the entire duration.

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 175 350 525 700 875 1050 1225 1400 1750 2100 175
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
25 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
15 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Breakfast & 1 meal, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 154 308 462 616 770 924 1078 1232 1540 1848 154
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
22 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
15 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Breakfast, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 196 392 588 784 980 1176 1372 1568 1960 2352 196
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
28 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
15 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Breakfast & lunch & dinner, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 168 336 504 672 840 1008 1176 1344 1680 2016 168
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
24 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 210 420 630 840 1050 1260 1470 1680 2100 2520 210
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
30 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 245 490 735 980 1225 1470 1715 1960 2450 2940 245
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per room
Price extra night:
35 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 0
Accommodation extras:
- Breakfast supplement for Hostels: USD 6 (per person per day).
- Laundry included in Homestay price.

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Cooking 
Dancing4 km
Horse riding 
Mountainbiking2 km
Music 
Yoga4 km

Reviews

4.7

Rating: 4.7/5.0

Location of the school

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1
Organisation

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4
Facilities

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1
Social activities

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4
Course quality / Progress in language

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7
Value for money

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5
Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7
Shared Flat (apartment)
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Other

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5
What students liked about Spanish by the River, Turrialba
The classroom on the deck that's due to the hillside, resided mid height among the trees with may visiting birds and butterflies was outstanding. The teacher was very good in observing what we knew and did not know, and adapting the lessons accordingly. Very impressive.
Overall rating
5.0
Value for money
5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0
School organization
5.0
Social activities
5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
4.0
Hostel
4.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: With four hours a day it is hard to do any sightseeing beyond the school using public transportation, so if that is a desire, a rental car is a necessity.
Other comments: The evening events with the local community were great.
Relaxed delivery of the lessons.
Overall rating
4.0
Value for money
4.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0
School organization
4.0
Social activities
4.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0
Other
5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0
It was beautifully located at the side of a mountain.
Overall rating
5.0
Value for money
5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0
School organization
5.0
Social activities
5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0
Hostel
5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0
Teaching staff
Overall rating
5.0
Value for money
4.0
Detailed review
City/place
3.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0
School organization
5.0
Social activities
5.0
Accommodation
I appreciated that they could adjust to my personal preferences.
Overall rating
5.0
Value for money
5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
4.0
Other
4.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: The experience is greatly enhanced by staying with local family.

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  • Terrace
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  • Nightlife
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  • Sitting area
    Sitting area7/11
  • Perfect siesta
    Perfect siesta8/11
  • Time for a break
    Time for a break9/11
  • Delicious meal
    Delicious meal10/11
  • Open air lesson
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    FAQ about Spanish by the River, Turrialba

  • Spanish courses at Spanish by the River start at 152 US$ for Sepcialized - Semi-Private 10 course with 10 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • The accommodation Homestay is the most popular among all our clients of Spanish by the River
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Juan Santamaría International Airport (100 US$)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Spanish by the River varies from 1 students (Specialized - Private Spanish (10) ) to 6 students (Intensive Spanish)
  • 50% of teachers at Spanish by the River hold a university degree. 80% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at Spanish by the River comes from Germany with a 25% representation, followed by students from Switzerland (25%) and Holland (20%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • Spanish by the River offers courses from 15 years to 99. Average age is 20 during the summer and 25 for the rest of the year.
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