Hey guys, I've been throwing around the idea of going to study abroad in one those programs to learn spanish in another country and live with a family and all that, not for school credit or anything, just for enjoyment. My spanish is ok but I really do want to be decently fluent someday. Does anyone have any advice for me? I was thinking a week or two in Costa Rica, the price for that is reasonable. I know people that have done it for months at a time but I'm really not sure how to go about that! Thanks!
If you are thinking of living with a family and studying Spanish in a secure place , the site is on the South Atlantic Riviera in Montevideo, Uruguay! An Instituto Cervantes Partner Institute with optional DELE exams and certificates and IHDiplomas included in the cost of the course. A secure environment, right on the Atlantic Ocean full of exciting recreation, optional cultural events, music festivals, free tango classes and captivating sights! www.studyabroadcourses.com http://www.studyabroadcourses.com This is the website , browse through it and come to sunny Uruguay on the Atlantic coast. Cheap , secure and enjoyable all 24 hours of the day!
I studied here http://www.cemanahuac.com/ about 15 years ago through a University program but they also work with individuals. We shared housing with a local family and I Iiked their intercambio program where you pair up with a native speaker and loved the culture programs, like learning salsa, visiting rural villages and sight seeing areas with cultural significance.
It's a really good mix of structured week day morning classes with afternoon and weekend cultural opportunities and wonderful families to stay with.
I've seen that thread discussed here before. You might want to search past discussions. If you Google for info I think the term "immersion studies" is used in some situations.
Here's a sample link:
These may be more formal and of longer duration than you are looking for, however.
My ex-mother-in-law used to receive a young lady from Sweden in her house in Ecuador. She was a student like yourself and became so attached to them she became like family. One time she even visited us here in the States.