Monthly newsletter for Spanish Students at ILISA. Issue: March 2014
March 2014

Interview with one of our students

Sharon is from Boston in the United States and was studying at ILISA for the second time this February. Last year around the same time Sharon came here for the first time after hearing about ILISA from her friend Bill. When asked why she did not choose another school or even another country this time, she responded by saying: ‘We did not even consider going to another place, we liked it here so much, it was a fabulous experience last year.’ She also said that she would recommend ILISA to everybody; ‘It is great, there are small groups, there is an opportunity to have 1-on-1 classes as well, activities are organized and the homestay experience was wonderful!’   

Getting to know one of our host families! 

Let me introduce you to Maryann and David, they live in San Pedro, one of the suburbs of San Jose and they have three children, only one still lives at home with them. They became a host family in 2002 after being approached by ILISA with the question if they could take a student into their home for a few weeks. After this initial experience, they kept taking in students, first only one at a time, but have now expanded their home and sometimes have up to six students staying with them! When asked what they like about being host families, David quickly replied: ‘Everything! The only part that I do not like is saying goodbye to people, that makes me sad.’ They enjoy meeting people from all over the world, different nationalities and cultures interest them. For now they are not planning to stop being a host family, Maryann and David will be a host family as long as God allows them to, they said. When sitting with them, a lot of stories come up about former students who have stayed with them, one even funnier and more interesting than the other. 

Dia de los Boyeros

Every year on the second Sunday of March, the people in Costa Rica celebrate Dia de los Boyeros. Translated into English, it means ‘day of the oxcart driver’. Throughout the day there are traditional parades in Escazu, San Jose, with many different colors and beautifully painted oxcarts. People from all over Costa Rica come with their oxcarts to this festival to show them off to the others and enjoy the parade. When in Costa Rica in March, be sure to go with your camera full of battery and enjoy the festivities of this Costa Rican heritage because this is an up close and personal look to one of the traditions of Costa Rica.

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‘'ILISA was a wonderful experience. Not only did I better my Spanish, I was also immersed in the culture. I enjoyed the excursions, tours and other activities we got to experience. I would definently recommend this program to others.’'
Nicole F. 


Two weeks ago our students participated in an afternoon of exploring typical Costa Rican fruits. For many there were new fruits on the table, which they got to see, smell and taste. Some of the fruits were caimito, tamarindo, mango verde, maracuya and granadilla. It was a nice opportunity to relax and get to know each other better while also enjoying these delicious fruits! 

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