Opportunities for Learning while on vacation in the South Caribbean of Costa Rica

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Puerto Viejo is a great place to learn Spanish, to learn to Surf or to Scuba Dive, to attend a Yoga retreat or take a cooking class!

Adding a learning component to your vacation is a bit like having your cake and eating it, too -- you enjoy all the regular tropical fun, plus you enrich your experience. The many and diverse options for additional learning in the Puerto Viejo area makes it easy to fit at least one fun learning activity into your trip schedule.

If you have more time, you might also consider volunteering.

Spanish classes at a local school

Spanish classes at a local school

Spanish classes

Several schools offer Spanish group classes or individual tutoring.

In Puerto Viejo, you will find Ñ Spanish Teachers, Spanish School Pura Vida, Instituto Profesional de Educacion Daza and Spanish by the Sea.

And in Hone Creek there is Carisur Spanish School.

Individual and group surfing lessons are available locally

Individual and group surfing lessons are available locally. Photo by Jamie Worthington

Water adventures

If you've always wanted to learn to surf you can book a surf lesson here. Or contact one of the many places in the area offering surf lessons and rentals. You find a list of surf shops here.

There are also places offering scuba, stand up paddleboard and kayaking. You'll find a list of providers here.

Learning to cook Caribbean style

Learning to cook Caribbean style!

Caribbean and Indigenous Culture and Food

Want to learn more about the Caribbean culture of Costa Rica? Here are some ideas:
• You can learn to cook Caribbean style with Veronica
• Learn about the indigenous BriBri culture on one of the interesting tours locally available.
• Take an overnight or longer trip into the jungle to be immersed in indigeneous culture and traditions
• Learn to play Calypso music Caribbean style from one of the local masters in Cahuita.

Yoga at Hidden Garden Wellness Center

Yoga at Hidden Garden Wellness Center

Yoga, Meditation and More

The South Caribbean has a strong community interested in spirituality and improving the mind and body. Numerous hotels and lodges as well as standalone studios offer yoga, meditation and other types of classes and retreats.

Some of the options include Manu' Yoga Village, Hidden Garden Wellness Center, Goddess Garden, Chimuri Beach Retreat, Tierra de Yoga Retreat Center and Samasati Nature Retreat.

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Necesito sabes si hay algúna oportunidad de trabajo para dar clases de inglés en puerto viejo de limón talamanca,e estado buscando cn mi novia pero no e podido encontrar nada aún,entonces quiero saber si hay alguna facilidad de encontrar algo en la sona de puerto viejo,gracias.??

November 20, 2015

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Sybille from Brussels, BELGIUM
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Would it be possible to do a stage in a national park or animal refuge in Costa Rica? I was in Costa Rica in 2010 and I discovered your Country. I love animals and nature. I would like to go back for a few weeks and taking care of animals and to help in a park, ... Best regards. Sybille

January 07, 2015

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

I think by "stage" you mean an internship or volunteer in a national park? I'm not aware of program run by the national parks but there certainly are several wildlife rescue and nature reserve places in the area that accept volunteers. Best place to start is our volunteer page.

January 07, 2015

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