Julie Wilson

USA- August 2019

I was fortunate to come across Colibrí Language School during an internet search for Spanish Schools.  I had only beginner level Spanish. I took lessons with Karla for a few months and then I planned a month long trip to San Isidro de El General.  I stayed in Karla’s adorable and newer apartment, took Spanish and cooking lessons with her, and experienced local culture.  Karla and her husband Abner helped me navigate the city as well as to many of the wonderful places nearby.  Traveling as a single female, I was somewhat nervous, but Karla put me at ease.  Karla is a very patient teacher and so full of life and love.  Abner is also a very helpful person and excellent cook!

Not only did my Spanish improve greatly, but with Karla, I was able to visit a small rural school for two days, an indigenous school and a church.  All of which had almost no English speaking people, yet I felt very prepared by Karla.  I also visited a rustic pueblo in the mountains, Nauyaca Falls, Uvita and Dominical as they are fairly close.

I found San Isidro de El General to be very safe and welcoming.  Compared to “touristy” vacations, this was much more economical, even with intensive Spanish lessons. Colibrí Language School and San Isidro de El General are off the beaten path for most tourists – a hidden gem.  I learned enough Spanish to be comfortable taking busses, taxis and Uber and just wandering around the city.  In fact, after my month of immersion and instruction, I was able to converse with most people and I have made many friends in San Isidro that I still communicate with regularly.

I would highly recommend Karla’s Spanish Immersion for anyone wanting to greatly improve their Spanish and/or have a wonderful experience of true Costa Rican culture.

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