Monthly newsletter for Spanish Students at ILISA.

Issue: October 2015

October 2015

Turtles nesting at the Ostional beaches

The month of September was in a spirit of Turtle nesting at the beaches of Ostional. Hundreds of Ridley Olive turtles arrived to the beach to nest and put their eggs into the sand.

Interestingly, the beach of Ostional, is one of a few places in the world where the turtle population has seen a growth within the last few years and also, this area is the only place in Costa Rica where you can actually observe the turtle nesting during the entire year.

If you are a wildlife lover, ILISA can also arrange Service learning projects with the focus of protecting the sea turtles in Costa Rica. Last summer a group from the Middlesex University participated in the project and the students were excited about how such a great experience it was for them.

For more information, please feel free to contact our schools, either via our website or via email to  

Programs for professionals

As Christmas will be here before we even realise, now it is the best time to start planning your Christmas/Winter vacation. December, January and February are the summer months for Costa ricans, that's why you couldn't possibly choose a better time to come to Costa Rica. You can choose from a variety of programs that we can arrange, one of our all time favorites are our programs for professionals. We offer Spanish training for Lawyers, Language Speech Pathologists, Doctors, Psychologists, Military officers and other fields where a professional training on a high level is desirable. The programs start on every Monday and the classes are held from Monday to Friday, for either 4, 6 or 8 private hours per day. 
You are most welcome to contact us for recommendations and more details at

ILISA celebrates the Independence Day
Costa Rica's Independence day is celebrated on the 15th of September, commemorating the independence of the entire Central America from Spain, which took place in 1821. The same year the first costa rican elections took place in December. The Independence Day of Costa Rica has been declared an official national holiday in the country and is celebrated with much joy and cheerfulness. The national holiday is marked by raising the National Flag, singing the national anthem and organizing patriotic parades all over the country. There is the typical costa rican food for sale at every corner such as gallo pinto (rice and beans), fried plantains, rice puddings and other typical and popular snacks.

This day is one of the most important days in Costa Rica and people get ready for this event for weeks before it comes, practicing the traditional dances and its choreography, traditional songs and folkloric shows.

We took our students to one of the parades down town San Jose to experience the typical and traditional celebrations full with music, food, dances and mainly full of people. 

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Receta del mes: Sopa Negra


Sopa Negra

La sopa negra is a typical costarican soup made out of black beens, vegetables and eggs. It is a delicious way to warm yourself up on a rainy day, so typical for Costa Rica as well.


1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 tbls finely chopped garlic
2 cans of black beans
2 cans of whole black beans, undrained 
11 can of diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano

1 cup of water

1 teaspoon ground allspice and 1 teaspoon ground pepper

Directions: Spray large saucepan with cooking spray. Heat over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and garlic, cook for 4 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add all remaining ingredients to saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. 
For extra flavour, you can top each serving with a tablespoon of sour cream.



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Download our new brochure! 


Here you can download our full color 12 pages brochure that gives you a clear idea about our services and courses.
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Other activities at ILISA  

San Jose City Tour


One of our popular activities is the San Jose city tour, where the new students usually get to see all the important places and landmarks within the area. It is a great way how to get familiar with the environment and get to know more about the local "Tico" culture. 

La Hora feliz

The most favourite and one of the most fun activities we have at ILISA is the Happy hour. The best way to get to know your classmates, meet new people and to learn new things is to have conversations about all kinds of topics and things. 


National Theatre visit

We also like to go to the National Theatre, where the students can see great plays or spectacular concerts performed by talented costarican artists. The National Theatre is also a beautiful building and a monument and it is definitely one of the "must see" places in San Jose.


     Time for Winter programs!

Winter is coming up and as we know that it is always nice to do something fun and interesting for the vacation, we would like to invite you to check our programs for this upcoming season. You can choose from variety of courses including cultural actvities and homestay. Please have a look at for more information. 

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