Wayra Spanish Institute Tamarindo Beach

Basic Information

Address: East Road, Playa Tamarindo 50309, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Phone Number: + (506) 26530359
Director: Shirley Herrera and Reto Patt

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Wayra Spanish Institute Tamarindo Beach
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Additional Information

School Information:

WAYRA Spanish Institute is the oldest and most experienced Spanish language school in the province of Guanacaste and Tamarindo, teaching Spanish with excellence since 1996. WAYRA has been accredited since 2008 by Instituto Cervantes, which means it meets the conditions set by the Instituto Cervantes Accreditation System for Centers, the only international accreditation exclusively focused on the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language. In addition, WAYRA Instituto de Español is a DELE examination Center.


All the rates for the different programs can be found on our website.

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Curriculum Highlights:

WAYRA has developed its own classroom methodology. Our textbook is designed to accelerate the learning process. Grammar is presented in an organized and logical manner followed by examples. An array of practice exercises and short stories give the students and teachers many conversational opportunities. Additionally, we incorporate materials from various conversational text sources. This results in an eclectic system that enables the student to learn Spanish as quickly as possible, with special attention paid to individual learning styles and modalities.

School Setting:

WAYRA is centrally located in Playa Tamarindo, just 150 meters from the beach and is situated in a beautiful tropical garden. On the premises, the students can find three buildings and two small ranchos (open air dry palm huts).

All the 12 classrooms are distributed among the buildings. The classrooms are spacious and comfortable, with large open windows to create a comfortable and appropriate atmosphere to study. The main building hosts the reception of the school, 3 offices, bathrooms, and 2 classrooms. The rancho has 5 classrooms and a little convention center on the second floor and the cafeteria with a snack bar on the ground floor. In the cafeteria, students relax and enjoy conversations with other students while having some snacks and refreshments. It is also a good place to do homework during school hours or to take part in one of the dance lessons that are practiced from time to time after school on the main floor.

At WAYRA, the students can enjoy the local wildlife. Iguanas, birds, and many other small animals can be observed while listening to the braking waves of the ocean. Often, the tranquility is only interrupted by the howling of monkeys that takes away the breath of students each time they stop for a visit.

Program Information: We maximize the students learning experience with a thoughtful balance of personal, cultural and academic challenges within a secure and supportive environment. The instructors are skilled in blending conversation with grammar to meet the individual needs of the group members.

In the classroom, we make learning an enjoyable natural process. Teachers encourage debate, conversation, and exchange of ideas to promote critical thinking and verbal skills. Games, videos and music are frequently used in the classrooms.

Outdoor activities, such as visits to different businesses in town to gather information and conversations with people from the community are all used to practice and learn more about the ecology, economy, and culture of Costa Rica. Your language ability will grow as your outlook broadens. Every day the students are required to do about one hour of homework.

- WAYRA offers Spanish as a second language since 1996.
- Beautiful school facilities with tropical garden and outdoor classrooms.
- Centrally located, the school is just 1 ½ blocks from the beach and the center of town is in walking distance.
- Great activities during week and organized weekend tours.
- Different lodging options such as 3 student houses that are close to the school and the beach.
- Small groups: max. 6 participants per group (average 3-4)
- Official DELE examination center and accredited center by the Instituto Cervantes.
- Courses are recognized in Germany for the "Bildungsurlaub"
- Modern teaching methods and materials
- Enthusiastic and qualified teachers, all with a university degree and years of experience in teaching Spanish as a second language.
- Dynamic international atmosphere with personalized service.
- The town of Playa Tamarindo is a small multicultural beach town.
- Perfect place for outdoor activities such as surfing, kayaking, sailing, diving, Canopy, horseback riding and much more.
- It has a great night life with many restaurants and bars for all budgets.