Monthly newsletter for Spanish Students at ILISA.

Issue: September 2014
October 2014

Winter Program

What could be better than enjoying 1, 2, 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: Punta Leona

One of the  weekend excursions for the summer and winter programs is a visit to Punta Leona Beach Resort in the Pacific Coast

Set along the amazing pacific coast of Costa Rica. Punta Leona is an important natural reserve, created over 25 years ago, this reserve also acts as a center for bird and mammal research.

This program is a weekend trip either for 1 or 2 nights, all meals are included and the resort offers access to Playa Blanca and Playa Mantas plus 2 swimming pools and complimentary activities such as bird watching, kayaking, banana boat and more.

Encuentro de Culturas

October 12 th is a Cultural day in Costa Rica.Costa Ricans commemorates the ethnic diversity of the country. The existence  America was unknown for a long time, but an expedition undertaken by Columbus allowed its "discovery", conquest and colonization. The discovery was made on October 12, 1492. The native habitants of this continent were called "Indians". After exploring the coasts, rivers, and land, they realized that it was actually a New World. October 12th celebrates the day Columbus discovered America.

 The arrival of the Spanish in the New World changed direction after 502 years. This occurred in 1994, when promulgating the Law on Culture Day. Thus, the traditional Columbus Day became obsolete and was replaced by a new meaning. The same is based on tolerance, recognizes the prevailing ethnic diversity in America and does not deny the heritage of Spain, the legacy of the indigenous and the African contribution, among others. When approved Cultures Day definitely clarified that the roots of Costa Rica, like those of other Latin American countries, stems from three interacting cultures since 1492. They are the Spanish, Indian and African-Caribbean cultures. This celebration also serves to recognize that since the middle of the last century, Costa Rica has benefited from European, American, Asian, Hebrew and Arabic immigrations.

Receta del mes: Picadillo de papa

Picadillo de papa con carne


2 cucharadas de aceite
300 gramos de carne carne
1 tallo de apio
6 ajos triturados
1/2 cebolla
Hoja de laurel

2 cucharadas de aceite
1/2 taza de cebolla picada
2 ajos triturados 1/2 taza de chile dulce picado
1 kilo de papas peladas y picadas en cuadritos
2 cucharadas de margarina
1 cucharadita de ajo en polvo
2 cucharadas consomé de res
1 cucharada de achiote
1 cucharada de salsa inglesa 
1/2 taza de culantro picado

Agua la necesaria 
Calentar el aceite y sellar la carne por todos lados, agregar el resto de los ingredientes y cubrir con agua. 

Dejar cocinar hasta suavizar 50 minutos en olla de presión.  Reservar el caldo.
Sofreír en el aceite la cebolla, chile dulce y ajos. Agregar el achiote. Agregar las papas, la margarina con el ajo, consomé, salsa inglesa, caldo de la carne reservado y tapar hasta cocinar las papas, no muy suaves, al dente. Luego incorporar la carne en trocitos y el culantro picado. Servir caliente con tortillas de maíz.



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



City Tour


As part of our numerous activities, the city tour is one that students never want to miss, it is a  good walk around the main sightseeing points in San Jose downtown including:

Parque Nacional
Asamblea Legislativa
Museo Nacional
Plaza de la Democracia
Mercado de Artesanía
Boulevard de la Avenida Central
Plaza de la Cultura
Teatro Nacional
La Chola (famous sculpture)
Correos de Costa Rica
Mercado Central
Parque Central
Catedral Metropolitana.



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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