English as a Foreign Language
& Tourism Retreat
2021 dates: June 12 - 19, July 4 - 11,
August 14 - 21, September 11 - 18, October 2 - 9
English classes in Costa Rica?  A very logical combination for Go Tico! co-owner Sara, who is a certified English as a Second Language instructor and has been teaching ESL for over 15 years and recently taught English short-courses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Join us in 2021 for 7 days of English immersion: live in one of our two cabins in our Costa Rican community of La Flor, engage in 24+ hours of English instruction with morning and afternoon classes, shared meal times with our family (all in English, of course!), and lunch-time English cooking classes.  On alternate days, we will tour the region, engaging in English-only tours and discussions to practice and refine your English skills.

Itinerary Preview

  • Day 1 

    • Go Tico! staff picks you up from one of two Alajuela hotels to start your adventure* (or arrive directly to our cabins in La Flor, Costa Rica)

      • Shared dinner in La Flor 

      • Settle into cabins

  • Day 2, 4, 6

    • Shared breakfast

    • Morning English classes

    • Cooking together: lunch

    • Afternoon English classes

    • Late afternoon rest/homework time

    • Shared dinner

*For additional fee

  • Day 3, 5, 7: English-in-practice days​​

    • Shared breakfast & travel itinerary discussion​

    • Visits:

      • Biological reserve & hikes​

      • Natural Science & Cocoa tours

      • Produce tour & natural pool visit/swim

      • Waterfall hike & swim

    • Lunch on site & English conversation

    • Late afternoon English classes

    • Shared dinner

  • Day 8

    • Shared breakfast

    • Closing English class

    • Shared lunch

    • Head home

Arroz con pollo and traditional salad
La Colonia waterfall garden

Pricing & Registration

Retreat Fee: $995 per person

Appropriate for adults, student groups (ages 15+) or families with kids 12 years old+

English level: Beginner - Advanced, date dependent**

Fee includes:

  • Lodging for 7 nights

  • Three meals per day for 6 full days, plus Day 1 dinner and Day 8 breakfast & lunch

  • Airport pick up and drop off (*extra fee)

  • English classes (morning & afternoon), 4 days 

  • English-speaking hosts & coordinators, entire trip

  • All tourism entrance and activity fees

  • All in-program, in-country transportation

  • Full coordination and hosting by Go Tico! staff

*Alcohol & additional traveler-selected activities not included

Download registration form here.

Minimum 8 participants required to run this retreat.

**Email Sara at goticocostarica@gmail.com for more information and to discuss English level.  Each program will host only one level of English (beginner, intermediate, advanced) in order to best tailor the curriculum to each group.