While we highly recommend staying with a local host family for language acquisition and cultural understanding, we realize that our students might have other preferences. If you do not want to live with a homestay family or would like to combine homestay and non-homestay accommodations, we are happy to help arrange other accommodations for you. For example, students who decide to stay with host families in San Joaquin Heredia and the Monteverde Cloud Forest sites can request an apartment unit at Flamingo Beach (or any combo which best meets your personal linguistic goals).
Students find that the meals (breakfast and dinner) are typically freshly prepared with locally sourced vegetables, fruits and meats. Do not be surprised to hear the blender running in the morning as your host mother prepares fresh sun ripened fruit juice - your ‘fresco natural’. Rice and beans are an important staple in most Costa Rican meals – even found at breakfast in the form of ‘gallo pinto’. The ‘casado’ which is a 3 pronged dish of rice, beans and a meat is extremely common for lunch and dinner. Pasta and soups are sometimes prepared. The most popular fast food option tends to be fried chicken served with a side of pickled plantains and French fries.