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Best Programs for Families


Most AmeriSpan programs are open to families regardless of whether or not every member will be studying. In most locations, group instruction is open to children ages 14 and older; younger children usually receive private tutoring. In most cases, AmeriSpan can make childcare arrangements with your host family, nannies or at local daycare centers.

We have evaluated all of our partner programs as to their attractiveness for families. In each case the language program, homestays, school setting and location were given a grade of A, B, C or D. The chart below lists the 8 best AmeriSpan programs for families.  (Many locations in South America have great options for children as well, but the cost of flights takes them out of the ratings. If interested, please contact an AmeriSpan representative for more information.)

Antigua (Guatemala)


Antigua offers a local AmeriSpan field office, low-priced language programs and bi-lingual daycare. All homestays are within walking distance to the school and most can accommodate entire families.
Overall Rating... A
- Language Program... B+
- Homestays.. B+
- School Atmosphere... A+
- Site Location... A
- Comments: Spring-like climate year-round; basic accommodations; child-friendly town.


Cuernavaca (Mexico)


Cuernavaca offers a full schedule of activities, wonderful weekend field-study trips and special developmental childcare programs during the summer months. Homestays can accommodate entire families and are within walking distance of the school. Childcare with nannies or the mother of the house is available for children too young to study. Children under 16 years will take private classes unless there are at least two children at the same level.
Overall Rating... A-
- Language Program... A
- Homestays.. A
- School Atmosphere... B
- Site Location... B+
- Comments: Moderate temperatures year-round; upscale city; very large language school.


Morelia (Mexico)


Morelia offers private classes as a standard option to both adults and children as young as 6. The classes are specially adapted to the child's age and level. Homestays can accommodate entire families if plenty of notice is given and about half of the families live within walking distance of the school. Childcare with nannies can be arranged for children too young to study and bilingual kindergartens are available during the summer. 
Overall Rating... B+
- Language Program... A
- Homestays.. B
- School Atmosphere... B+
- Site Location... B+
- Comments: There are few foreigners in Morelia. Some homestays are a 20 minute bus ride from the school.  

San Joaquin (Costa Rica)


These locations offer a specially developed program for children ages 5-13 that includes Spanish classes geared toward children's interests and activities centered around the local culture.  Homestays can accommodate entire families and often are within walking distance to the school.  Daily transports are also available to and from the school. Childcare with nannies or the mother of the house can be arranged for children too young to study. All three schools are located in small, safe communities. 
Overall Rating... A+
- Language Program... A+
- Homestays.. A-
- School Atmosphere... A+
- Site Location... A+
- Comments: It is possible to schedule a multi-site program prior to departure and/or switch among these locations for a $50 fee upon arrival.  


Heredia (Costa Rica)


Heredia offers a full schedule of activities, a nice town and homestays that can accommodate entire families while being within walking distance to the school. Childcare with nannies or the mother of the house is available for children too young to study. Children under 16 years will take private classes unless there are at least two children at the same level. Private classes are available for all ages only from November through April. 
Overall Rating... B+
- Language Program... B-
- Homestays.. A
- School Atmosphere... B
- Site Location... A
- Comments: Heredia is a lively university city that is centrally located in Costa Rica. Excellent location from which to travel to other areas.


Maceio (Brazil)


Maceio offers specially designed Portuguese courses for participants ages 6-12 and ages 12-16. The classes are adapted to the child's age and level and always include interactive lessons and learning games. Homestays can accommodate entire families based on the time of year and most of the families are within walking distance of the school. Childcare with nannies can be arranged for children too young to study. 
Overall Rating... A
- Language Program... A
- Homestays.. B+
- School Atmosphere...A 
- Site Location... A
- Comments: There are few foreigners in Maceio. Interesting options for excursions (at extra cost).



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