The Best of Both Worlds

Is it a good idea to visit both locations of Academia Tica?

Emily CuretonThe Best of Both Worlds

El Sabor: Taste a la Tica

“El Sabor, el Sabor!” – This friendly shout fills Academia Tica’s patio every school day at noon, when hungry students flock towards the sound of Caribbean music and the wide smile of Don George. He emerges from a van and opens the side door to reveal baskets and coolers brimming with treats, which hungry students have been yearning for throughout the morning’s intensive Spanish classes. And … Read More

Susanna KowalzikEl Sabor: Taste a la Tica

Where to begin? Advice for starting your studies…

A few of Academia Tica’s most experienced instructors offered advice on how to begin the rewarding process of learning Spanish. With 65 years of teaching experience between them, we thought it worthwhile to share these kernels of wisdom with the world. Enjoy! “The number one must for new students is simply wanting to study. Step two is actually studying, then studying, … Read More

Emily CuretonWhere to begin? Advice for starting your studies…

Graduación y despedida de Hiroshi

El pasado viernes, luego de 6 meses y 750 clases en Academia Tica, nuestro querido estudiante Hiroshi recibió su diploma terminando así su estadía con nosotros. Hiroshi realizó una presentación muy emotiva con la que se despidió del cuerpo académico y administrativo de nuestra escuela, así como de sus otros compañeros que también terminaron lecciones ese mismo día: Johannes y … Read More

Elider ElizondoGraduación y despedida de Hiroshi

Goodbye Susanna

This Monday morning we started the week with a feeling of emptiness in our school. After more than 5 months of intense work, Susanna has finished her intership at Academia Tica. Last Thursday night we had a goodbye dinner party in San José. The day after, the rest of the teachers and staff got a chance to  listen to a … Read More

Elider ElizondoGoodbye Susanna

Spanish teacher training course in Jacó Beach

A quick update to share some pictures. These ones are from last Friday when we gathered our “dream team” of teachers at the Academia Tica Jacó campus for a training day. This is part of our plan for continuous development, for sharing ideas and learning new teaching techniques. Also a chance to enjoy some lunch, brownies and coffee with teachers … Read More

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Amazing corn

We loaded our plates with fresh empañadas, cheesy tortillas and sweet chorreadas, unwrapping huge banana leaves to reveal steaming tamales filled with  veggies and meat. We ohhed, ahhed and salivated over the tamal asado, a sticky sweet cornbread that frankly put me over the edge of satisfied, too full to try any more typical Costa Rican dishes made from maize, the star ingredient in this Tuesday tasting class. When … Read More

Emily CuretonAmazing corn

A fresh take on fruit

Studying takes a turn for the delicious at Academia Tica’s fruit tasting class, where we sample some of Costa Rica’s most sumptuous offerings. After an hour at this mouth-watering table we know our mangos from our mangas, our guanabanas from our guabas, our nances from our elbows. In Costa Rica fruit is a USD $1.5 billion a year industry, accounting … Read More

Emily CuretonA fresh take on fruit