Families, Groups, Couples

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We Welcome You!

Student Couple


We welcome couples of all varieties – lesbian, gay and straight. You can be assigned the same room if you let us know when you register that you want to room together. Typically, you will eat your meals with separate families in order to better share the work among the host women, and to help you practice your Spanish.

Boys doing craft


Families are welcome at the Escuela de la Montaña. Nuevo San José and Fatima provide around 120 children to play with and who will happily teach the local intricacies of using slingshots (catapults), making kites out of tortilla chip bags, cooking tamales made of leaves, stones and dirt, and playing games in the coffee fields. In the Otto René Castillo Community Library we have many children’s books in Spanish and in our school library we have children’s books in English.

We have four friendly dogs at the school and we also have a beautiful garden where children can play, a small football field, carp fish, humming birds, coffee and banana trees! The school’s teachers have experience working with children as young as 5 years old.

For a minimal extra cost, childcare can be arranged for the youngsters who do not formally study. To make special arrangements for childcare, shorter hours of study or placing a child with a parent in one family to eat meals, please contact us in advance. We are happy to accommodate special needs for families whenever possible.

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The School is popular with college travel abroad groups, youth groups, and organizations doing educational travel.

Depending on your group’s interests, we can arrange extra activities, volunteer work and speakers or trips that meet the specific interests and educational requirements of the students. Let us know in advance and we’ll work with you to make your stay successful.

The students who end up loving our school the most are motivated by social justice and a strong desire to make a difference in the world. If that sounds like you, then you will find many kindred spirits and during your stay you will develop a network of like-minded people from around the world.