ILERI is a small, friendly language institute in picturesque Escazú, Costa Rica, 7 km from San Jose, the country’s capital. Run by professionals with degrees in both International Relations and the teaching of Spanish as a second language, ILERI has programs for people of all ages and levels of Spanish fluency.
Located in a large sunny house set back from a quiet residential lane, the institute makes students feel that they are visiting their friends rather than going to school.
You will have the option of studying with a Costa Rican family and learning about the culture, or we will help you arrange accommodation at a local or apartment.
Costa Rica is a culturally rich, technologically advanced country,
at peace with its neighbors for over a century. The commitment Costa Rica
has made to the preservation of its natural resources has made this tiny
country world famous. Pristine beaches and vibrant jungles can be reached
easily from the capital, making your Spanish studies an adventure in Latin
Your level of study will be determined by a placement exam on the first day of class. We use the Total Immersion method to help you learn Spanish quickly and thoroughly.
Classes are conducted in Spanish only. Discussions on topics of interest and written exercises are an integral part of our program.
A homestay with a Costa Rican family will encourage you to practice what you have learned.
To ensure personal attention, we limit classes to 4 people
maximum. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a certificate
and credits, where applicable.
Choose from one week or more according to your needs. Classes are four hours daily, Monday to Friday, either mornings or afternoons. We recommend a minimum of 4 weeks of classes.
Individual tutorial and evening classes are available at an additional cost.
4 weeks $980.00
3 weeks $800.00
2 weeks $500.00
1 week $300.00
The price includes:
4 weeks $640.00
3 weeks $480.00
2 weeks $350.00
1 week $200.00
The price includes:
Escazú offers an interesting mix of countryside beauty and city attractions. Surrounded by mountains, this typical Costa Rican pueblo of Spanish Colonial heritage is only 15 minutes southwest San José and 25 minutes from the airport.
The central portion of the town, also known as San Miguel de Escazú is an oasis of tranquillity and friendliness. One finds restaurants, typical Costa Rican sodas, banks, private and public schools.
There is a wide variety of bed and breakfast and hotels which reflect the peaceful surroundings.
All Escazú has excellent taxi and bus service.
Known as the city of witches or brujas, Escazú has many interesting legends and traditions.
SAN RAFAEL DE ESCAZÚ: This area has a number of elegant shopping centers with boutiques, international restaurants, and nights spots, where every night of the week young and old people alike gather.
San Rafael de Escazú is surrounded by one of the most exclusive residential neighborhoods in the San José area.
SAN ANTONIO DE ESCAZÚ: San Antonio still shows its traditional roots.
Nestled in the mountains of Escazú are farmers who grow fruits,
vegetables and coffee. While many restaurants here serve typical Costa
Rican cuisine, there are also elegant mountain hotels and spectacular scenic
Every Thursday, the institute sponsors classes in these popular Latin
rhythms. You’ll have the cance to practice and live the language of through
the rhythm, lyrics, and melodies of popular salsa and merengue songs.
Homestay with upper middle class Costa Rican families allow students to practice their Spanish after class and share in the rich culture of the most beautiful country in Latin America.
A wide variety of family situations are available, if you smoke or have a particular aversion to children or pets please indicate in the application form.
Homestay families are located in Escazú and most students walk to class or ride the local bus.
There are also hotels and bed and breakfast establishments conveniently situated nearby for those who prefer not to stay with local family.
For persons not taking classes the cost for a homestay is $125 per
We’ll be happy to pick you up at the airport if you send us your
airline, flight number, date and time of arrival. Please confirm that we
have received this information before leaving.
You can pay the first day of class.
We do not accept credit cards, but we accept personal checks and traveler checks. WE DON'T REFUND.
For more information write:
Ana Leonor Ramírez M., Co-Directora
Marianela Valverde A. Directora
If you want to travel more extensively in Costa Rica, we can help
you make all necessary arrangements.
Panama city because of its geographical location, is full of cultural
and ethnic contracts. Panama offers the student an attractive diversity,
from the colonial city to a modern city of skyscrapers; from the densest
jungle in the world to the archipelago with one of the purest indigenous
cultures left the hemisphere, the kunas. And Panama is much more than this.
It is the robust salsa danced by its people, the human warmth of the Panamanians
who confronts their difficulties with the rhythm of the happy "Tamborillo",
a folk rhythm. Inside of this tropical happiness, we also find a world
of international commerce and finance where you can find merchandise from
all parts of the world at bargain prices at all times of the year.