Brain exercise: new ideas, new places and new people!
Studies abound as to the helpfulness of learning a new language, with more recent research showing that language immersion carries a particular benefit for seniors, such as: improvement of visual & working memory, sound discrimination, inductive reasoning and task switching.
But beyond these very important practical benefits, it is fun! You are opening yourself to fresh experiences and conversations with a whole new population of people who are classified as some of the world’s happiest – the Ticos! Learning a new language - or working the brain - has also been associated with becoming a ‘superager’! https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/31/opinion/sunday/how-to-become-a-superager.html
Traveling to learn Spanish: not just useful but also enjoyable!
Perhaps the icing on the cake is you have the opportunity to learn Spanish in Costa Rica with CPI Spanish Immersion. Costa Rica is the perfect destination for all travel styles. Imagine yourself hiking along nature trails, volunteering at a local farm, visiting historical sites, learning how to cook the local cuisine, sailing along the bright blue seas, or just lounging poolside under a gorgeous palm with a good book. You may select an upscale accommodation, one of the CPI boutique apartment units, or to live with a local family for an authentic immersion experience. Or you can even hybrid the experience by combining all three options at each of our 3 CPI locations: cloud forest, typical town or tropical beach.
Classes are small, engaging and focused on each learner’s style. Students are speaking and learning Spanish 4 hours daily with carefully selected readings, materials and conversations – all planned with consideration to participants’ interests. Typically our retiree students tend to spend 3 weeks on average with us, but you are welcome to stay longer!
Costa Rica: an easy travel destination
Costa Rica is a convenient direct or 1 connection flight from most North American destinations. Our friendly, bilingual CPI staff assist you with all questions prior to arrival and are on-site to ensure a smooth trip and an enjoyable experience. For participants selecting the CPI recommended accommodations – either homestay or apartments – we arrange your airport pick-up; actually, from the moment you come through the airport doors to the moment we drop you off for your departure flight, we are there as a support to make this a wonderfully memorable experience.