Monthly newsletter for Spanish Students at ILISA.

Issue: September 2014
September 2014

Winter Program

What could be better than enjoying 3 weeks in sunny Costa Rica during the winter?

ILISA offers you this possibility with a complete package that includes: Spanish classes, homestay and two weekend excursions.

In this intensive program, students will be enrolled in language classes from Monday-Friday for four hours per day plus multiple activities around the country. Classes will be determined by the student’s level of proficiency. Spanish classes are offered at all levels.

Students can participate in the program for 1, 2,3 or more weeks. Starting dates:

  • December 27th, 2014
  • January 3rd, 2015
  • January 10th, 2015

Excursion: Rincón de la Vieja

One of the  weekend excursions for the summer and winter programs is a visit to Rincón de la Vieja National Park and Buena Vista Lodge. 

Rincon de la Vieja is an active volcano in north-western Costa Rica, in the province of Guanacaste. Its name means “The Old Woman’s Corner”. This is one of the favorite excursions of our students because of the spectacular landscape and the amount of adventure activities they can do.

Rincon de la vieja program at Buena Vista Lodge is 3 days/ 2 nights excursion, with morning and afternoon activities, it includes: zip lining, hiking, hanging bridges, horse back riding and hotsprings. Buena Vista Lodge has acres of nature to explore.

Día de la Independencia

Costa Rica’s Independence Day is celebrated on September 15th and it commemorates the independence of the entire Central America from Spain, which took place in 1821.  

An important parade takes place on the morning of the 15th when school bands march along with children wearing traditional dresses, dancing at the beat of drums and lyres. During this vibrant and colorful celebration, everybody sit on sidewalks and enjoy the parade in a peaceful, friendly and family oriented environment.

Here at ILISA we can hear the drums played by the students of Roosevelt Primary school, who are practicing for the parade that takes place every September 15th.

Receta del mes: Gallo Pinto


Gallo Pinto

Es el plato principal en todo desayuno del tico. Cada familia costarricense tiene su propia versión pero en esencia es una mezcla de arroz y frijoles y especias con un sabor delicios y muy saludable. Ojalá se animena a prepararlo en sus casas.


un ramito de culantro
4  dientes de ajo
40 gramos de cebolla picada
chile dulce picado al gusto
50 mililitros salsa Lizano*
30 gramos de mantequilla
5 gramos comino en polvo
una cucharadita de sal
450 gramos arroz blanco
275 gramos frijoles negros escurridos
100 gramos caldo de frijol


Preparación: Caliente la Margarina en una olla (salsera), agregue el ajo, el chile y la cebolla, y sofría hasta que suelte olor. Agregue el arroz y sofría un poco, luego el caldo de Frijol, salsa y comino. Una vez caliente la mezcla, agregue los frijoles. Revuelve bien y deje que llegue a una temperatura de por lo menos 160 grados Farenheit durante 3 minutos. Por último agruegue un rollito de culantro (cilantro) picado , retire del fuego y sirva inmediatamente.

Usualmente se sirve con Natilla y/o plátano frito.


In this Issue:  

Download our new brochure! 


Here you can download our full color 12 pages brochure that gives you a more clear idea about our services and courses.
Please if you have any problem to download the file, let us know and we can send it by email

Other Activities in Ilisa  


Dance Classes:


Our dance instructor Sylvia is ¨Candela Pura,¨ with her fun and energetic personality she encourages everybody to participate.
Our students love her class and she loves our students.

Cooking classes at ILISA

Cooking classes at our open terrace cafeteria: Students take a look inside our kitchen and help make typical Costa Rican dishes, which are enjoyed by the students afterwards..


Canopy Tour:

As part of our tour options, students can participate in a visit to La Carpintera Canopy and they enjoy the trilling ziplines and rapeling. 

¨I met some amazing people here at ILISA and made friendships that I know will last a life time. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made to travel here and study and experience the culture, and I am grateful for everything!¨

Sara Clark - West Carolina University



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