Welcome to Class
About Tico Lingo:Tico Lingo is a Spanish school in Costa Rica devoted to giving its students Spanish linguistic fluency through cultural immersion and cross-cultural education. Our aim is to cultivate compassion and global understanding of culture through the sharing of customs, language, and tradition.
Once you walk in our doors, you're part of the Tico Lingo family. Upon your arrival, you will be guided by our friendly staff who will introduce you to your teachers, show you the inner workings of the school, and help you get situated with your Home Stay family.
Why Choose Tico Lingo?
Excellent ResultsWith our background in education, comprehensive resources, and phenomenal staff, we are able to ensure that students receive the best learning experience possible while in Costa Rica. Regardless your age, your home culture, or your background in Spanish, we can promise an enriching experience that will not only teach you how to speak a new language, but also open your eyes to the beautiful Costa Rican culture.
Our Professional Instructors
With experience in Costa Rica and internationally around the world, our professional Spanish instructors are the best at what they do. Learning Spanish in Costa Rica means immersing yourself in the culture, thus we've custom designed our curriculum to ensure you are speaking with locals in and around Tico Lingo.
Spanish instructors work closely with students in small, dynamic groups and aim to create a relaxed environment that focuses on Spanish conversation. Speaking is important! And we push our students to solely speak Spanish in classroom with our instructors.
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Our Safety Promise
Yes, we know learning Spanish in Costa Rica is important, but safety in Costa Rica is absolutely the priority. Tico Lingo staff go over and beyond to make you as safe as possible while here in our beautiful country.
- 24/7 help line in case of Emergency
- Airport pick up and drop off is provided by our licensed staff members
- A city map with important locations is provided to you on the first day of class
- Provided safety deposit box at the school if needed
- Provided list of recommended doctors in case of illness.
Community Outreach and Volunteerism
Tico Lingo is an advocate of community outreach and development. Once a month we open our school doors to community outreach programs in Costa Rica who need a place to organize. We offer our financial support to public schools, community associations, high school, street cleanup and more. Your dollars help our community in Costa Rica!
Where your dollars go:
- Teacher / Administrative Salaries50%
- Home Stay Family20%
- Community Outreach15%
- School Overhead - Utilities, Maintenance, Rent, Supplies10%
- Bank Transfers and Account Maintenance5%
Chris ReidyProgram Director
Born and raised in Chicago, Chris moved to Costa Rica looking to master his Spanish skills and explore life outside of the United States. Since being here he's adopted a fond love of chifrijo and Imperial, the local brew of choice.
For most students, Chris acts at as the primary contact at Tico Lingo. From setting up tours, and planning yoga classes to serving students coffee and friday evening beers, Chris will be your go-to guy for anything you need while at the school.