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Accommodation
  1. What types of accommodations do you offer?
  2. Can I change my family when I am not satisfied?
  3. Is the school close to my family house?
  4. How do get to the school?
  5. Will I get my own key?
  6. At what time do I need to be home?
  7. Will my host family take care of my laundry?
  8. Can I stay longer with my host family after my courses are finished?
  9. How does an average room look like?
  10. Will I have my own bathroom with hot water?
  11. How many students will stay in one family? Can is stay with my partner?
  12. How much do you charge for the accomodation?
Arrival Information
  1. Do I need a visa?
  2. To who do I have to communicate my arrival details?
  3. Will somebody pick me up at the airport?
  4. What will happen when I first enter Costa Rica at the airport?
  5. How can I pay in Costa Rica?
  6. What should I do if my luggage is lost?
  7. Which day should I arrive in San Jose?
  8. How do I find the LOGOS institute?
  9. Is there anything I should consider when leaving Costa Rica?
Courses
  1. What types of courses do you offer?
  2. Which levels are offered?
  3. What are the prices for LOGOS Spanish courses?
  4. How can I get extra rebates?
  5. What are the teachers' qualifications?
  6. What is the teacher pupil ratio?
  7. Is there a LOGOS teaching methodology?
  8. Can i get a Certificate?
  9. How long will it take me to reach the desired level of Spanish?
  10. What does my first Monday at LOGOS look like?
  11. How about the study materials?
  12. Is there a way to prolong my stay?
  13. Do you offer DELE preparation courses?
  14. Is there a satisfaction guarantee?
Booking
  1. Do you offer a 100% money back guarantee?
  2. How can I pay for my courses?
  3. When should I book my courses?
  4. Are there additional fees for last minute booking?
  5. What if I want to change my course or dates?
  6. Should I pay for my courses online?
Communication
  1. Where can I check my emails and surf the internet?
  2. Where can I make phone calls? Can I receive calls?
  3. What is there to know about making international calls?
Tours & Trips
  1. What are the sights of Costa Rica?
  2. What is there to do around the school?
  3. Do you organize trips?
  4. Which tour operator do you recommend?
  5. Which sports can i do?
  6. Can you provide some general information about Costa Rica?
Safety, Health & Insurance
  1. Is San Jose safe? Should I worry about crime in Costa Rica?
  2. What is the medical infrastructure like?
  3. Do I need any vaccinations to go to Costa Rica?
  4. Is the water safe to drink?
Miscellaneous
  1. What should I bring for the stay?
  2. How much money will i need?
  3. How do I stay up to date?

And here is the information you were looking for...

Accommodation
1. What types of accommodations do you offer?

We strongly recommend that you stay with one of our proven host families. Costa Rican families or well-known for their outstanding hospitality and friendliness. All LOGOS host families have been inspected by us and we only accept families that impress us with their warm-heartedness and willingness to do anything possible to make the student's stay perfect. Of course, you will have a clean room and will receive two meals every day. And you will stay in a 100% immersion environment where, together with your classes at LOGOS, your Spanish will improve at a very fast pace.
If you still prefer to stay in a hotel or bed & breakfast please email us. We will be glad to help you with finding an accommodation that comes up to your needs.
[For more information on our host families click here]
[To read what our students say about LOGOS host families click here]

2. Can I change my family when I am not satisfied?

Although we have never heard of any student who was unsatisfied with his/her host family, we cannot obviate that this might happen some day. In the unlikely case that you are not happy with your host family please tell us and we will make sure to accommodate you with another family as soon as possible. We will make sure that you have a clean and nicely furnished room with a family that is anxious to make your stay a very pleasant time.

3. Is the school close to my family house?

The LOGOS Language Institute is located in the center of San Jose , right on Avenida Central and around the corner of the famous Teatro Nacional. Some of our host families are located in downtown San Jose as well and are therefore in walking distance of the school. The majority of our host families is living in residential areas around the city center and are within a short bus ride (usually not more than 10-20 minutes).

4. How do get to the school?

On your first day of class, your host family will show you how to get to LOGOS. Once you know your why around you might decide to walk to school. Or you can take a bus or a taxi. Costa Rica has a well-maintained and inexpensive bus system in San José and the nearest bus stop is always within a few blocks. Taxis are also low priced and mostly easy to hail.

5. Will I get my own key?

Yes.

6. At what time do I need to be home?

You are free to come and go whenever you wish. Please just be polite and tell your family whenever you stay out late, so they don't prepare food for you, etc.

7. Will my host family take care of my laundry?

Absolutely! Laundry service is included with every home stay. Additionally your host will change your blankets and sheets every week.

8. Can I stay longer with my host family after my courses are finished?

Generally it is not a problem to stay with the host families a little bit longer, but you will have to check with the school's secretary to make sure there are no scheduling conflicts. So if you plan on starting your home stay earlier (or leaving later) than the date indicated when you book your homestay than please email us and let us know.

9. How does an average room look like?

An average room contains a bed with clean linen, a desk, a chair, a closet and a desk lamp. Our families provide clean rooms and welcome you to share the family areas (living room, dining room, etc.) with them.

10. Will I have my own bathroom with hot water?

LOGOS host families have hot water showers and some of them provide separate bathrooms for our students. Usually water is heated by an electric heating device with is part of the shower head. Some of the homes have a central hot water tank.

11. How many students will stay in one family? Can is stay with my partner?

We try to place only one student per family. Only families that have big houses sometimes (especially during high season) accommodate more than one student at a time. If you wish to stay with your partner or friend just email us after booking your courses and we will make sure to find an appropriate family for you.

12. How much do you charge for the accomodation?

One week of home stay with our proven and well-chosen families is $127. This includes seven days and six nights, two meals every day, laundry service, a 100% immersion into the Spanish language and a friendly, warm-hearted family that will do anything to let you have a perfect time.
[For more information on prices and services click here]

Arrival Information

1. Do I need a visa?

Upon entry, each tourist is issued a 90-day tourist visa. If you plan to stay beyond the 90 days, make sure you leave the country for 72 hours and then re-enter for a new 90 day visa or receive special permission/work visa before you arrive. It's also a good idea to have several copies of the picture page of your passport with you when you travel. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with your Costa Rican embassy regarding travel requirements as travelers from some countries (China, for example) need to have a visa to enter prior to arrival in addition to their passport.

2. To who do I have to communicate my arrival details?

Please email your flight number, the exact date and time of arrival and the city you're coming from to mailto:karla@centro-logos.comat least one week before your arrival.

3. Will somebody pick me up at the airport?

If you stay with a host family the pick up service is included without extra charge. Please don't forget to tell us your arrival details and we will make sure that your host family will pick you up. You will see them waiting for you after customs when you step out of the building. They will have a sign with your name or "Centro LOGOS" written on it.
If you miss your flight please call us at (506) 258-7021 and we will do our best to have somebody pick you up at the time of your arrival. In case that you arrive early please wait for your pick up. If our pick up does not show up on time, the driver probably just got stuck in a traffic jam. Please wait OUTSIDE for 20 minutes; if nobody has shown up by then please call us. Please do not take a taxi without informing us. Thanks.
[To learn more about our host families and home stays click here]

4. What will happen when I first enter Costa Rica at the airport?

You'll arrive at Juan Santa María International Airport in Alajuela, about 20 minutes outside of San Jose . Your first stop after getting off the plane will be at Immigration. The flight attendants should have given you two forms, one for Immigration, and one for Customs. If you are only bringing personal belongings into the country, just write down "personal belongings" on the customs form. The immigration form asks for your intended address in Costa Rica . Write: "familia LOGOS Spanish Institue". Have both forms ready along with your passport.

After passing Immigration, you will arrive in a hall with 2 baggage transport belts. You should be able to find your luggage on one of these. Occasionally this can be difficult because several flights sometimes use the same baggage transport belt. You should be prepared to search around a little to locate your luggage. If there is too much congestion, baggage handlers occasionally will remove luggage from the belts. This means that if you don't see your items on the belt they are probably already on the floor.

Your next stop is Customs. If you have two bags or less you can usually just walk on through. For those with more than two bags there is an area where you must push a button. If after pushing the button, the light turns green, proceed on through Customs. If the light turns red, you will have your luggage examined. (note: Customs can check any bag or individual they desire.)

After passing through Customs, take the stairs on the right which will bring you to the airport exit (note: there is a conveyer belt on your right-hand side to transport heavy pieces of luggage upstairs). Have your baggage claim tags ready because the baggage handlers at the top of the stairs will often ask to see them (you should have received the tags from the airline during check-in: they are normally stapled onto your ticket envelope).

Finally, you can step out into the light of Costa Rica . The whole process should take less than 30 minutes.

5. How can I pay in Costa Rica?

You need to change money and get Costa Rican Colones. Some stores and bigger hotels except major credit cards, especially in San Jose . You should still change dollars at a bank or withdraw money from an ATM with your credit card. And of course we will help you with that. You will probably not need a lot of cash, but make sure to have some coins and small bills with you to pay for taxis and buses, food, etc.

6. What should I do if my luggage is lost?

If you can't find your luggage you have to fill out a luggage claim form. Please tell the waiting driver what has happened, maybe he can assist you. In the unlikely case that your luggage has not arrived, please don't worry. Fill out all the necessary papers and leave the school's address as well as the contact information of your host family. We will help you to get your luggage and assist as your translator if you are not yet fluent in Spanish.

7. Which day should I arrive in San Jose?

Plan on arriving on a Saturday or Sunday prior to the beginning or your courses with LOGOS. Plan to depart on the Saturday or Sunday after your program has finished. If you are going to arrive on another day of the week please contact us in advance and let us know, so we can plan on that together with your host family.

8. How do I find the LOGOS institute?

If you stay with a host family you will not have to worry about that; a family member will bring you to school on your first day. In case you're staying at a hotel you won't have a problem finding us neither. We are located directly on Avenida Central, the Central Avenue . The LOGOS institute is in the Galerias Ramirez, around the corner from the Teatro Nacional. In case that your hotel is in downtown we might be able to pick up from the hotel. Just email us or give us a call.

9. Is there anything I should consider when leaving Costa Rica?

When you leave Costa Rica you will be charged a $17 exit tax. Apart from that you will need transportation to the airport. If you want we can arrange that for you, otherwise you can take a taxi to the airport. The cost for that is usually $15. Please plan on being at the airport three hours prior to your departure.

Courses

1. What types of courses do you offer?

At LOGOS, we specialize in very personal and individual service. That is why we offer a variety of different courses to meet your needs. Our most popular course is the INTENSIVE COURSE, which consists of 4 hours of tuition per day, 5 days a week. We do not believe in large groups and long lectures, but in personal interaction and intensive immersion; so the average group size is usually kept to 2-3 students per group.
This is also true for our SEMI-INTENSIVE COURSES, which consist of 3 intense hours of tuition a day. You might choose this course if you need more time for sightseeing or relaxing. Or if you want to combine it with private classes.
A PRIVATE COURSE is 4 hours a day of one-on-one tuition. This type of course should be your choice if you want to learn Spanish very fast or have very personal goals (Spanish for Business, etc).
If you just have a week or two and need to know the very basics of Spanish, for ordering food, finding a place to sleep and have basic communications with other Spanish speakers, then you should go for our SURVIVAL COURSE, which concentrates on very practical Spanish. This course will make you feel comfortable in the Spanish speaking world within just a couple days.
Not to forget: you can always add some hours of INDIVIDUAL CLASSES to your regular course to deepen your understanding and become better at a faster pace.

Please note that one hour of class at LOGOS usually lasts 55 minutes. Other schools tend to limit one hour of tuition to 45-50 minutes maximum and still charge horrendous fees. LOGOS does not believe mass service and high prices but concentrates on giving you all you need to have a great time.
[Click here for a description of courses and prices]

2. Which levels are offered?

On your first day of class we will interview you to determine your language proficiency. Unless you are a total beginner, you will also have a placement test, so that we can place you in a course with your level of Spanish and language skills. According to the official ACTFL regulations we offer courses for the following 9 levels:

    • Beginner:
      • Low
      • Medium
      • High
    • Intermediate
      • Low
      • Medium
      • High
    • Advanced
      • Low
      • Medium
      • High

[Click here for more information on this topic]

3. What are the prices for LOGOS Spanish courses?
Courses at LOGOS start at only $35 per day, or $179 per week. We know that our prices are comparatively low for the very high quality that we offer. This is because our focus is not on making profit. We want to serve you, our students, and contribute to a better world.
For a complete overview of our prices please click the link below.
[Click here for a description of courses and prices]

4. How can I get extra rebates?

That's easy. Simply register for your courses online and you receive a 10% discount on all courses! If you register for three weeks of courses or more you will get an additional 10% off. [For more information on our discounts click here]

5. What are the teachers' qualifications?

Our teachers are here to let you study according to your specific needs and give you the information to have success with Spanish. To reach this goal LOGOS only employs teachers that have proven to be reliable and professional. It is very important to us that our teachers enjoy teaching, show sincere interest in other people and have good skills, not only regarding the language but also regarding personality. Additionally our teachers hold university degrees and are trained by us to guarantee the highest level of teaching.
[To read about our 100% satisfaction and money-back guarantee click here]
[To learn more about our teachers click here]

6. What is the teacher pupil ratio?

Our group classes consist of maximum five students per teacher. However, almost all year round we can manage to keep the group size at 2-3 students per teacher. If you take individual classes or register for a private course you will of course have a teacher for yourself.
[For more information on this topic click here]

7. Is there a LOGOS teaching methodology?

Our main focus is to give you all you need, to be there for you whenever you need support, to give you an individualized service that meets your very specific needs. To reach this goal we concentrate on fun and interactive classes and 100% immersion into the Spanish language.
[To read more click here]

8. Can I get a Certificate?

Absolutely! You will receive a LOGOS Certificate at the end of your course.
[Read more about the LOGOS certificate]

9. How long will it take me to reach the desired level of Spanish?

That depends on your existing knowledge and your language learning experience. The more you study the better it is. And the longer you stay with us the better your Spanish will be. Want a recommendation? Have a look at your schedule and stay as long as your budget permits. We are sure that you will love it here in Costa Rica .
[Click here to read more about about durations and schedules]

10. What does my first Monday at LOGOS look like?

On your first day of class you should arrive at the LOGOS institute at 7.45 am. Our director Karla Leandro and our teachers will interview you to assess your level of Spanish. Then you will be assigned to a class and a time schedule. Normally students can choose between morning and afternoon classes. After a short orientation the course starts. During the break we serve coffee, tropical fruits and snacks to give you a moment of relaxation before the program goes on.

11. How about the study materials?

ALL study materials are included. You will only have to bring a pen; we provide quality books, games, magazines and everything else you need for your classes.
[To read more about course materials click here]

12. Is there a way to prolong my stay?

Yes, of course. Just go online and register for another week, an additional course or week of homestay. It just takes a minute and you're ready for another week (or more) in paradise.
[Click here to check out our registration area]

13. Do you offer DELE preparation courses?

Yes, we do. Please email our director Karla Leandro for more information on DELE courses.
[Request information about DELE courses]

14. Is there a satisfaction guarantee?

Yes! (We know this is unusual. But we are so sure that you will love your stay here in Costa Rica, our courses and host families, that we decided to give you a 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. So there is no risk on your side.)
[Click here to show our 100% satisfaction guarantee]
[Click here to read our terms of service]

Booking

1. Do you offer a 100% money back guarantee?

Yes we do! Though we know that it is pretty unusual in our sector, we are sure that you will love your stay and therefore offer that service to all our students.
[Click here to find out more]
[Click here to read our terms of service]

2. How can I pay for my courses?

Our online booking system will accept all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover). Your credit card statement will show the words: PAYPAL *CENTROLOGOS. As our online payment system is operated by PayPal, you can also use your existing PayPal address and password for the transfer of funds or sign up for a new FREE PayPal account within the payment process.
Tip: For extending your stay on site you should still pay online, as the system will remember you and not only give you the exclusive online rebates, but also the lower rates for extended stays ;)
[Click here to read more about PayPal]
[Click here to see how the system is rated]

3. When should I book my courses?

It is strongly recommended to book your courses as soon as possible at least before the season you wish to come to LOGOS begins. As states we attach great importance to personal service and therefore only accept 20 students at once!
[Click here to find out more]

4. Are there additional fees for last minute booking?

If you are lucky and find an available spot for a time that is convenient to you on short notice, go ahead an grab it! We will NOT you charge any additional fees.

5. What if I want to change my course or dates?

If you encounter any troubles to hold on to the dates you booked, or desire to change the type of your course with hindsight, please send us an email and we will do our best to accomodate your wishes! ...but please be kind and let us know at least two weeks in advance!
[Click here to email us now]

6. Should I pay for my courses online?

Definitely! All our transaction are 100% safe, we gladly accept all major credit cards, you won't need to carry it all in cash with you. Even more than that: by paying online you will qualify for our 20% online rebate - and remember: this is the only way to reserve yourself a seat!
[Click here to sign up now!]

 

Communication

1. Where can I check my emails and surf the internet?

We are planning on purchasing new computers with internet access within the coming months. Until then you can use one of the many internet cafes around the school to easily check and write emails. Internet Cafes are very popular in San Jose and you will find plenty of them everywhere in the city. There is one internet café opposite the school and within 3 minutes walking distance from the school there are two more that we can recommend and they all offer fast access and really low prices (below $1 per hour). You will also have an internet café near your family's home and some of our host families even have a computer at their home.

2. Where can I make phone calls? Can I receive calls?

To make a phone call you can use the phone of your host family. Probably the best way is to simply buy a prepaid phone card (you can get them in one of the shops near the school) and follow the directions on the card. You can also use the card with one of the hundreds of public phones located all around the city. If you prefer using your credit card or making collect calls please also read the answer to the following question. Please do not use your host family's phone without a calling card, credit card or collect call, as the fees are considerably higher without these and Costa Rican families often do not have the money to pay for long international calls. Thank you.
You can receive calls at your family's home. In urgent cases people can also call you at the school's telephone number.

3. What is there to know about making international calls?

To make collect calls ("llamada a cobrar") or credit card calls ("llamada con tarjeta de credito"), dial 116 to get the operator who speaks English upon request. For person-to-person calls, dial 09 followed by the complete phone number without pausing. After dialing, the operator will ask you to whom you wish to speak, and whether it is a collect call or a credit card call. Dial 0-8000-114-114 for the AT&T operator; 0-8000-122-222 for the MCI operator; or dial 0-8000-130-123 for the Sprint operator. For collect calls to Denmark dial 0-8000-451-045. For collect calls to Germany call 0-8000-491-049. The local phone company (ICE) has an office in downtown San Jose where you can make international calls 24 hours a day by paying with your credit card.

Tours & Trips

1. What are the sights of Costa Rica?

2. What is there to do around the school?

3. Do you organize trips?

4. Which tour operator do you recommend?

5. Which sports can i do?

6. Can you provide some general information about Costa Rica?

 

Safety, Health & Insurance

1. Is San Jose safe? Should I worry about crime in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is a very safe country, it is known for its political stability within Central America. Violent crime is almost non-existent, especially compared to its neighbors but even to countries with a high living standard as the United States. You will mostly find middle class neighborhoods and it is unlikely that a student could get into 'the wrong neighborhood' by accident.

2. What is the medical infrastructure like?

Health care in Costa Rica is excellent and there are several ultra-modern hospitals with English speaking Doctors (some are North Americans) in the greater San José area. You will get professional assistance at the Clinica Americana (222-1010) or the Clinica Biblica (257-5252, 257-0466) in downtown San Jose. For emergency assistance in Costa Rica, dial 911 or 128 for the Costa Rican Red Cross. Make sure to leave a copy of your itinerary with a host family member with contact numbers for where you'll be each day.

3. Do I need any vaccinations to go to Costa Rica?

Although nothing is required for entry into Costa Rica, there are recommendations for precautions when traveling to remote areas. If you decide to take precautions in this regard, it's best to do so 2 to 3 weeks before your departure. Many passengers ask about Malaria pills, but there are hardly any mosquitoes in San Jose or on the popular tourist beaches. There can rather be found in the rainforest and along the rivers. If you intend to take a river rafting tour or hike the jungle, bring insect reppellent. Although we are no doctors, we do not recommend taking Malaria pills unless you are planning on being in a remote or high-risk area. Please consult your physician as well as the 'Centers for Disease Control and Prevention' website of the US government for the latest updates when planning your trip to Costa Rica.
[Click here to get to CDC's website]

4. Is the water safe to drink?

Water is safe to drink in San José. Local authorities state that the drinking water in Costa Rica is perfectly potable, however we recommend that you stick to the bottled variety especially in areas like Puntarenas or Limón if possible just to play it safe. Dehydration is definitely something to be concerned about in Costa Rica, so keep drinking plenty of water!

Miscellaneous

1. What should I bring for the stay?

For school you will only need a pen and we will provide you with everything else! In addition to what you would take with you for any trip, we would like to provide you with a short check list, of crucial things that we all tend to forget ;)

  • Sunglasses
  • Swimsuit
  • Beach towel
  • A hat or cap
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect reppellent
  • Light raincoat and/or umbrella
  • Sweater/light jacket
  • Long Pants: evenings can be chilly
  • Clothing comfortable for hiking, touring, etc. (70-90 degree weather)
  • Hiking shoes
  • Day pack (fanny or backpack)
  • Your Passport or Birth Certificate and 3 copies of whichever you bring
  • Driver's license
  • Credit card or traveler's checks
  • English/Spanish dictionary
  • A Costa Rican guidebook (Fodor's, Lonely Planet, etc.)
  • Drugstore items (toothpaste, soap, lotion, razor, etc.)
  • Sandals or FlipFlops
  • Camera
2. How much money will i need?
It really depends on what you intend to do, see, buy, etc. You won't need any money for your courses as everything is included in our online fees, apart from some cents for the buses in San Jose :) Only if you wish to take additional private lessons or want to stay only some days longer with your host, then you might need some more cash. You will find Costa Rica very affordable, especially in comparison to Europe or the US. To give you a brief overview over living costs, a typical lunch costs around $5 at an affordable restaurant and up to $15 at a nicer establishment. Beer or mixed drinks run about $2.00 per at a typical bar or restaurant, and up to twice as much at a nicer hotel or high-end eatery. Taxi fares are very affordable compared to U.S. cities. A short trip (2-3km) within San Jose or at a beach town where taxis are prevalent costs around $2.
Tip: Be smart, know the value of the colon vs. your currency and purchase accordingly.

3. How do I stay up to date?

We provide our future students with our free newsletter on a bi-monthly basis to let you know about recent developments in Costa Rica, but also some general information and even an online Spanish trainer to inform you about some useful expressions. Don't hestitate and sign up now to stay informed!
[Click here to sign up now!]

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