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When I sat down to write this initial blog, I simply pulled up a single picture from 2008--my first summer spent in Costa Rica--and let my mind fill-in the rest.

The picture shows the day my university arrived at the San Jose airport to begin our study abroad trip, and I can be seen grinning broadly while

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Clearly an important question and the answer very much depends on your linguistic goals.  Most language immersion programs offer a 3 or 4 hour program on week days with some institutes extending classes with sessions of one or two additional hours daily. These extended programs are ideal for those students with specific objectives, whether those goals be personal or professional.

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While comparatively speaking Costa Rica is a small country, shown by the fact that driving from coast to coast - Pacific to the Caribbean - takes only 6 hours through countryside and along one lane highways, it is a country filled with natural wonders, adventure and culture.    

Costa Rica is not the least expensive country in Latin America to visit, but it is one of the safest with both an educated and friendly populace. Ticos, the locals, are quick to extend a smile or a helping hand to visitors. This warm ambience is complemented by the fact that the Spanish spoken in Costa Rica is lauded as being one of the best in the Americas.  So while the experience is not low-budget, you will find that the quality is high.

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Summer vacation is a great time to explore the globe and learn Spanish in a short time! But how do you find the best country to study abroad and the best Spanish immersion programs? 

Costa Rica is known to be one of the top countries for spanish study thanks to: the quality of Spanish spoken, safety, bio-diversity and close proximity to North America. 

Spanish immersion programs with room and board included offer study abroad programs for as short as two weeks (but also up to various months).

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Emphatically – yes!  Children are especially able to learn another language and immersion accelerates that process. Studies show starting a second language as a child carries enormous social and cognitive developmental advantages. Parents choose the CPI Spanish Program option whether their children/teens are new language learners or as a means to fine tune current second language skills, all while taking advantage of an opportunity to deepen cultural understanding. There is no denying language is culture and culture is language.

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