21 Days » Yoga, Spanish and Photography in Amazing Costa Rica

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Learning a new language expands your outer world while improving your yoga practice gets your more in tune with your health and inner balance.  This is one of our most popular combinations. Each day (M-F) consists of approximately 2 hours of Spanish class, an hour of Spanish Lab (designed to reinforce the day’s lesson with conversation, games, etc),  1,5 hour of Yoga class, plus 2 hours of Photography class.

Spanish: Our Spanish program is designed to help you become proficient and comfortable communicating in Spanish, while enjoying a relaxing and fun environment conducive to learning. Beginner 1, Beginner 2, Intermediate, and Intermediate-Advanced levels are available, in durations ranging from 1 week to 1 month and beyond.

Yoga: Class sizes are small and our experienced instructors keep learning fun and relaxed. Our certified instructors blend their training in Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Anusara yoga into the practice. Whether you are a beginner or have years of experience, our intention is for you to leave with the tools necessary to enrich and deepen your practice.”

Photography: Photography class is a mix of fun lessons, field trips, and editing in our digital darkroom suite. Beginners become acquainted with the fundamentals of photography, digital workflow, and basic digital editing. Intermediate and advanced photographers learn new shooting techniques and advanced editing, and students of all skill levels benefit from having a local guide take them to shoot at amazing locales they otherwise would never see.

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Yoga Styles

  • Hatha Yoga

  • Ashtanga Yoga

  • Vinyasa Yoga

  • Iyengar Yoga

  • Anusara Yoga


21 / 21 days with instruction
English Instruction language
Spanish Spoken language(s)

Difficulty Level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Minimum age allowed is 18
  • The maximum participants in the group is 30
  • Seasonality


    Daily Program Review Like

    Our schedule is created on a weekly base.

    In terms of hours, the classes will be divided as following:

    • Yoga: 1,5 hours a day, yoga mat and other equipment is included. Yoga usually is the first class or the last class of the day, so everyone is able to attend.
    • Spanish; 2 hours of Spanish class and 1 hour of Spanish Lab a day.
    • Photography: approximately 2 hours a day and 2-3 fieldtrips per week included.

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    Our beautiful facility has free Wi-Fi for our guests, a shared kitchen and dining area, 12 guestrooms, outdoor lounge, pool, garden, and lots of great spots to hang out and relax. It is located in a quiet neighborhood close to the center of town and is just a few minutes walk from the beach, dozens of great restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and everything else you could need.

    Standard Shared Room - All of our shared guestrooms (double occupancy) have private bathrooms, air conditioning, ceiling fans, hot water, refrigerators, cotton sheets and comfortable beds. We will pair you with someone of the same gender and age range if you are traveling alone or you can request a roommate and we will happily accommodate you.

    Private lodging - treat yourself and relax in style in one of our guestroom upgrades. We have some rooms that are allocated for use as upgraded shared rooms, or as private guest rooms. Most of them are located in the main building, which has the peaceful feel of a tropical treehouse. These rooms have one full size and one single bed, 100% cotton sheets, refridgerator, private bathroom, and A/C. Private rooms are available on a first-come first-serve basis so please reserve in advance, especially during our peak seasons (Dec-March and May-Aug)

    Private deluxe lodging - Our deluxe private rooms are great for traveling couples, or just spoiling yourself with an oversized bed for those after surf siestas! These rooms have super comfortable king size beds, cotton sheets, complimentary bath towel service, A/C, refridgerators, private bathrooms, and ceiling fans. Private rooms are available on a first-come first-serve basis so please reserve in advance, especially during our peak seasons (Dec-March and May-Aug).

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    Head Spanish Instructor: Lucia grew up in San Jose, Costa Rica and is the newest member of the family at the School of the World. She enjoys all sports, especially mountain biking, ballet, and salsa. She is currently learning to surf and volunteers at the local chapter of the Christian Surfers in the evenings.

    Spanish Instructor: Laura is also Costa Rican and is one of our Spanish instructors. She speaks Spanish and English fluently, and loves to teach. In addition to working at the school she also performs ballet and owns her own dance and arts studio where she teaches dance, guitar, drums, ballet, and taekwondo to kids. Laura is in charge of our Salsa dancing workshops.

    Head Photography, GoPro, and Surf Instructor: Carlos is an accomplished Costa Rican artist, photographer and surfer. He started working at the School of the World in January of 2006. He is certified in ocean safety and rescue, as well as CPR. He has exhibited his art in San Jose, Miami, and New York. In his spare time he enjoys surfing, skating, photography, painting, and fishing. Carlos also teaches some of the specialty photography and editing workshops, and assists Zach and Natazha with video projects.

    Head Yoga Instructor: Alejandra is from San Jose, Costa Rica. She began practicing yoga at an early age and realized she wanted to dedicate her life to this discipline. Her foundations are Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Anusara Yoga. Alejandra is always deepening her practice, and travels to India yearly to study directly with the masters. She brings what she learns back to Costa Rica to share with our staff and guests.

    Yoga Instructor Catalina is from San Jose, Costa Rica and has lived in Playa Jaco since 2003. Her foundation is in Vinyasa flow with an inspiration in anusada alignment. In her free time she likes to read and spend time with her two kids.

    Additional Things to do Review Like

    • Tours
    • Hiking
    • Weekend Trips

    What is included Review Like

    • Yoga classes - 1,5 hour per day (Monday to Friday).
    • Spanish classes - 2 hours per day + 1 hour of Spanish Lab, designed to reinforce the day’s lesson with conversation, games, etc. (Monday to Friday)
    • Photography classes - 2 hours per day (Monday to Friday) + 3 fieldtrips per week.
    • Accommodation.

    What is not included Review Like

    • Meals - Food is not included in our programs. Our guest rooms have refrigerators, the school has a fully equipped shared kitchen, and there is a wide array of restaurants and grocery stores within walking distance.
    • Airfare.
    • Transfer from/to the airport.
    • We do not provide towels or laundry service. There is a laundromat nearby. If you forget or don't want to travel with towels you can buy them in town once you arrive. It is recommended to bring an extra if you are taking yoga classes.

    Know before you go Review Like

    • Check-in on Sunday and check-out is always on Saturday.
    • Electricity: The outlets (electricity) are the same as in the United States (110v). If you are coming from a European country, or Australia, you will need an adapter.”
    • Currency: It is not necessary to change your dollars ahead of time, as they are accepted in most tourist towns and areas of Costa Rica. You can also withdraw money in the local currency through an ATM or exchange money at one of the local banks if you wish.
    • Shot: For the most up to date medical information for travelers check with the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Ga. U.S.A. www.cdc.gov/travel/camerica.htm Malaria medication and other tropical disease preventatives are usually only recommended if you plan to travel to the remote regions of the rainforest.

    How to get there Review Like

    You will want to fly into Juan Santa Maria airport (SJO) in San Jose.

    We can arrange for an airport pickup for $90 US. When possible we help arrange car pool for guests arriving at the same time so they can share the costs.

    If you would like us to organize this for you we will need your flight number, airline name and arrival date and time.

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    Cancellation Policy

    Non Refundable

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    Features Review Like

    • Hiking

    • Air-Conditioned Rooms

    • Beach

    • Eco-Friendly

    • Garden

    • Kitchen

    • Multilingual Staff

    • Yoga Studio

    • ATM / Banking

    • Car/MotorBike Rental

    • Free Wi-Fi

    • Local Market

    • Room Cleaning

    • Tour Assistance

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      You'll leave with more than just beautiful photos of Jaco; but friendships too.
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      My girlfriend and I had traveled to Costa Rica to continue practicing Yoga but also to learn some new skills in surf and Spanish. And we were blown away. I had not initially looked at the facility or what the programs entailed but I think this left me with a more powerful impression than ever.

      The coordinator at our stay– Tanner was extremely helpful. He had always quickly addressed any concerns, questions about tours and was a really great and chill fellow to talk with. He's also really into surf which brought about a good vibe at this surf school.

      I realize that this may be a long review so let me break this into four parts i.) Surfing ii.) Yoga iii.) Spanish iv.) General Vibe


      The surfing instructors they have at the school are really friendly and light hearted. Particularly Cristian and Carlos, who have totally different teaching styles totally helped me to go from surfing in the white water to the big waves. Cristian, in particular, is a really great instructor. He focused a lot on safety which I felt was really important when you are a beginner but also he's really motivational. "Arriba", "Backfoot!", "Yeah, buddy!!" is all I remember hearing when I would finally get up on that first wave during my first week there. Cristian is a really patient instructor and a cool, humbling fellow that I got to know outside of surf.


      Yoga is a great idea to have at the school. It totally compliments the intense nature of surfing to stretching each day. The instructors were also really mindful and took care of any injuries that anyone may have which was really appreciated.


      Ah, Spanish. Surfing is a definite thing you need to do if you come to this school but above every other thing, I totally recommend you learn Spanish here. The more I learned the more I appreciated the language, especially since you are living at the heart of a Spanish-speaking town! Again, the instructors were very knowledgeable. During our labs, we would either cook Costa Rican / Spanish inspired food, walk to the grocery to learn about some of the vegetables or fruits there and even go to a small restaurant to practice speaking Spanish to order food. Not a better place to learn some Spanish on your vacation.

      General Vibe

      Overall, I totally recommend staying here at the school. Aside from the courses mentioned above, the people you meet here make most of your experience too. The nature of this being a place of learning and adventure, it will attract people who want to learn, people who want to get out of their comfort zone and people who are very friendly as well. The memories I leave here will go beyond the beaches of Jaco, Costa Rica but also of the friendships you will make here too.
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      I am new to learning vacations and school of the world was a terrific first! The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful from the moment I made the inquiries to visit to the last car ride to the airport. The people I met thru the school (yoga and Spanish) are inspiring, fun and worldly. I enjoyed my short stay of a week and the school exceeded my expectations in every way. The yoga teachers are fantastic and well trained. The property is gorgeous. A must for anyone who is open to learn and have fun at the same time!!
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      Perfect place for an active holiday
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      I've spent 4 weeks at SOTW and it was a great time: surfing sessions and Spanish classes kept me busy and there were also some nice ad-hoc programs (like sunset tours, surf-competitions etc.). If you'd like to rest, the School also offers comfortable rooms (all equipped with AC, which is a must in hot/humid weather), swimming pool, big sofas etc.

      The vibe is very friendly and everyone was really nice, including the guests, instructors and all staff.

      I'd go back and would suggest the place to everyone.
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