What our students say!
"Clara Camronero's conversational method is unequivocally the most efficient means of attaining fluency in Spanish. Under the shade of palm trees with the easy breeze of the Central Valley blowing through your outdoor classroom, you quickly learn to speak in present, past, and future tenses. By the end of one week in the intensive program, I was fully conversant with my professors and friends. Unlike other schools in Costa Rica and Central America, Sra. Cambronero's program places a heavy emphasis on correct grammar and pronunciation, leaving the student with an intelligent arsenal of phrases, correct verb tenses, and proper vocabulary. But the program doesn't stop there. While at the school, one can learn everything from Costa Rican cooking to salsa dancing during the free evening extracurricular activities! Indeed, the program at Rancho de Espanol succeeds where one semester in a community college and numerous self-study programs in the U.S. (including intermediate Spanish CD series) failed me. There is simply no quicker path to fluency. As a healthcare professional, I plan to return in an effort to advance my medical-specific vocabulary, and I have no doubt that my goal of complete fluency will soon be realized. The staff and professors at Rancho de Espanol are second-to-none; the lush habitat, friendliness of the Costa Ricans, and ample opportunities for outdoor fun make studying in Costa Rica the only logical choice! "
Sam Galvagno, MD
Brigham and Woman's Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA, USA
We have studied at four other schools in Costa Rica and the instruction we received at Rancho de Espanol, was the best.
Margie & George Cole, Florida
I have enjoyed being here. This is a great place for a family -safe + friendly. I have learned lots. The focus seems to be on making sure one has a good grasp of grammar. That was good.
Carol, Marni and Casey Paulsen, Canada
This was my second trip here, so if actions speak louder than words, then you understand how much I love this place.
I loved the people, the atmosphere and everything about the school. I learned a whole bunch too. The professors were wonderful. They were more than teachers; they were friends as well.
Marlee Kingsley, Texas
The whole experience was wonderful, our host family was very warm and welcoming, and the high quality of the instruction was excellent.
We had a wonderful experience here, thank you for everything!
Roy, Mary, Colin and Meghan Gardner-Fahy, Florida
This stay at the Rancho and in Costa Rica was a super learning + cultural experience. The school is super. We plan a return stay next year.
What we liked most about the school was the fresh air classrooms, the professors each with much different styles but productive results, on-campus apartments and meals with a tico-family.
Wayne, Cynthia and Sean McClelland, Nevada
Wonderful program for families with children. We loved the activities organized and the facilities such as the pool, horses, hammocks, soccer field, basketball, computers and dogs.
Karen y Sara Ebadi