After classes and on weekends Intercultura
offers a wide selection of activities, conducted in Spanish.
Students should check the notice boards in reception daily
for times, sign-up sheets and specific information. We encourage
all students to participate in as many activities as possible,
as you will find they greatly enhance your understanding of,
and connection to, the culture. Activities include:
LATIN DANCE CLASSES
From Monday through Thursday
you have the opportunity to participate in classes where you
will learn salsa, merengue, cumbia and marcado, the most popular
dances in Costa Rica. This enables you to go out to discos
and dances with confidence and interact on a fun social level
Each month the Spanish
school in Playa Samarahas a new activity plan of special events,
national holiday activities, and a variety of fun excursions
which are accompanied by a school teacher or staff member
and in which Intercultura encourages English students to participate
so as to promote social interaction with the locals. These
activities include football (soccer) games, trips to the bowling
alley or roller-skating rink, special dance or theater shows,
discussion groups, live music discos and more. For some of
the more important national holidays the staff presents educational
performances relevant to the occasion, in which student interaction
is highly encouraged!
COSTA RICAN COOKING
Once a week Intercultura
teaches students how to make typical Costa Rican dishes, a
nice skill to take home and share with friends and family!
LATIN MUSIC CLASS
In this weekly class students
learn traditional and modern songs from different Spanish-speaking
countries, analyzing their meaning and cultural significance.
This helps greatly in overall comprehension. Feel free to
join in and bring your own instrument!
The Spanish school holds
periodic talks and informal gatherings which cover a diverse
range of subjects and inform students about topics such as
the ecology and environment of Costa Rica, Latin-American
literature, politics, women's studies and other socially and
culturally related themes.
Once a week AZ Playa Samara
shows a film in Spanish, an entertaining and practical way
to practice the language.
During these cultural exchanges
Spanish students meet with Tico English students at the school
to practice conversation skills (in both languages) in a relaxed
atmosphere, and to make new friends from the local community.
These local celebrations
are held in all Costa Rican cities and villages every year,
usually over a weekend. They are advertised throughout the
country and are an excellent source of cultural entertainment.
You can watch bullfights "Tico" style, where the
bull is not harmed in any way, participate in traditional
games and try out a variety of local fare.
weekends the Spanish school hosts excursions to many different
parts of the country: Possibilities range from relaxing on
a white sand beach, to studying the complex ecosystems of
the Monteverde Cloud Forest, to watching the eruptions of
a live volcano! During the week we take students to theaters,
museums, nearby parks, the capital city of San José,
discotheques, soccer games, concerts and more!