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Happy Childrens’ Day – Feliz Dia del Niño


September 9, 2016.

The little ones in the house are very happy, anxiously awaiting a special date, September 9, because it’s the celebration of little boys and little girls in Costa Rica. Likewise, many adults with their inner child alive and well also like to celebrate this day.

 On this special day, centers of education prepare an incredible day of fun for the little ones. Cultural and recreational activities are organized so that the kids can show off and have fun, dancing, laughing, playing games and smiling. And do you know what is the best part of this day? Yes, the sweets! The icecreams, bags of treats cake and best of all, presents!

 With a day like this full of candies and being spoiled, wouldn’t you like to be a kid your whole life? Well I would! And clearly if you check your Facebook these days, you’ll see a ton of pictures of teenagers that say to each other, “We should’ve stayed small forever! We were such little angels.”

 The important thing is to remember on this day our childhood and to fight for the rights of children in Costa Rica so that they will live and grow in a peaceful environment, with love around them, being educated and having the freedom that they deserve.

Enjoy your day, kids! Don’t eat too much candy!

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Los pequeños de la casa están muy felices esperando con ansias una fecha muy especial, el 9 de setiembre, pues se celebra el Día del Niño y la Niña en Costa Rica. Asimismo más de un adulto, que tiene vivo a su “niño o niña interior”, también le gusta celebrar este día.

 En esta fecha tan especial, los centros educativos preparan un increíble día libre para los pequeños. Se organizan actividades culturales y recreativas en las que entre carcajadas, bailes, juegos y sonrisas ellos pueden compartir y lucirse en sus mejores galas. Y ¿sabe usted qué es lo mejor de este día? ¡Sí, las golosinas! ¡Los helados, las bolsitas de confites, el queque y mejor aún el regalo!

 Con un día así de tantos chineos y dulces, acaso ¿no le gustaría ser un niño o niña para toda la vida? ¡Pues, a mi sí! Y más claro está si usted revisa su perfil de Facebook en estas fechas, porque verá el montón de fotos de “güilas” que se dicen entre sí: “¡mejor nos hubiéramos quedado pequeños!” Éramos todos unos angelitos.

 Lo importante de esta fecha es que debemos celebrarla recordando nuestra niñez y como adultos velar por los derechos de los niños y niñas costarricenses. Para que vivan y crezcan en un ambiente de paz, amor, educación y libertad que merecen.

 ¡Feliz día güilas! No se abusen con los confites.

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ESTELAR VIAJES: Río Celeste and the Llano Cortés Waterfall/Río Celeste y Cataratas de Llano Cortés.


32 students and community members took part in this month’s excursion. Travelers enjoyed the beauty of the magical Rio Celeste, located in the outskirts of the Tenorio Volcano.

At 7am the group anxiously started their journey to the Tenorio Volcano National Park. After arriving in the town of Bijagua, the scenery had already changed a lot. Green mountains and fields with an abundance of vegetation welcomed the travelers to the area. The group checked in at the national park and started making their way towards the river.

The long but pleasant walk ended with a great view of the marvelous Rio Celeste waterfall. The overwhelming beauty filled the hearts of the travelers who, after trekking through mud trails at an altitude of 1092 meters, had a chance to see the expanse of the incredible Rio Celeste.

After the journey through the national park, the group headed towards the Llano Cortes waterfall to cool off. While Costa Rica is a small country, it’s full of wonderfully beautiful hidden places. The goal of Estelar Viajes is to allow our travelers to enjoy these places while participating in a cultural exchange.

Want to know when our next excursion is? Join our Estelar Viajes group on Facebook.

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Una excursión de 32 personas con estudiantes y miembros de nuestra comunidad, disfrutaron de la exuberante belleza que ofrece el mágico Río Celeste ubicado en las faldas del Volcán Tenorio.

A las 7 am con muchas ansias, partieron rumbo al Parque Nacional Volcán Tenorio. Al llegar a la zona de Bijagua, el panorama era diferente. Montañas de verdes pastos y abundante vegetación, le brindaron la bienvenida a los excursionista quienes se abrieron paso en el Parque Nacional Volcán Tenorio por el sendero en busca del río.

Una larga pero placentera caminata les permitió llegar a la catarata del maravilloso Río Celeste, ¡un escenario impactante y difícil de imaginar! El asombro y la alegría llenaron los corazones de los exploradores, quienes al ver ese paisaje y recorrer senderos de lodo, en una altura de 1092 mts, pudieron ver la longitud de este majestuoso Río Celeste.

Al finalizar el recorrido en el Parque Nacional, partieron a Llano Cortés para refrescarse en la Catarata. Costa Rica es un terreno pequeño que esconde lugares mágicos inimaginables y el objetivos de Estelar Viajes es que usted pueda disfrutarlos en un intercambio cultural de idiomas entre estudiantes.

¿Quieres saber cuando es nuestro próximo viaje? Busca Estelar Viajes en Facebook y únete.

Estelar Viajes Rio Celeste

Club A


“I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.” -Benjamin Franklin

At Instituto Estelar Bilingüe, we believe that education can be the greatest fighter of poverty. For this reason, we are excited about an up-and-coming non-profit organization right here in Liberia! Instituto Estelar is proud to support the efforts of Club A, an organization dedicated to helping local underprivileged children continue in school and excel. Club A provides tutoring, English lessons, and a healthy snack to select groups of children from Nazareth Elementary School. In addition, Club A is raising funds to help pay for the expensive books, uniforms, and supplies that can make attending school difficult or impossible for many Costa Rican children. Instituto Estelar is getting involved by providing the space for these activities as well as English-speaking volunteers. We are delighted to be part of this amazing cause and excited to see the amazing work that Club A will do for the children of Liberia!

You can get involved! Donations and volunteers are needed to help the organization grow and to help as many students as possible. For more information, contact ClubALiberia@gmail.com or donate below.

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“Yo creo que la mejor manera de hacer el bien a los pobres no es ayudarles a seguir en la pobreza, sino impulsarles o motivarles a salir de ella.”-Benjamin Franklin

En el Instituto Estelar Bilingüe, creemos que la educación puede ser la mejor herramienta de la pobreza. Por esta razón, estamos entusiasmados con una organización sin fines de lucro emergente aquí en Liberia. Instituto Estelar está orgulloso de apoyar los esfuerzos del Club A, una organización dedicada a ayudarles a niños de escasos recursos locales a seguir en la escuela y sobresalir. Club A ofrece tutorías, clases de inglés y un refrigerio saludable para grupos de niños seleccionados de la escuela primaria de Nazareth. Además, el Club A está recaudando donaciones para ayudar a pagar los libros, uniformes y útiles escolares. Instituto Estelar se involucrará al proporcionar el espacio para estas actividades y también buscar voluntarios de habla inglesa. Estamos encantados de ser parte de esta increíble causa y emocionado de ver el increíble trabajo que hará Club A para los niños de Liberia.

Usted puede involucrarse. Donaciones y voluntarios son necesarios para ayudar que la organización crezca y ayude a tantos estudiantes como sea posible. Para obtener más información, póngase en contacto con ClubALiberia@gmail.com o done abajo.

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Easter Traditions in the US / Tradiciones de la Pascua en los EEUU


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Holy Week and Easter are coming up soon! While most people in Costa Rica are planning a trip to the beach, traveling, or spending a relaxing week with family and friends, people in the United States are getting ready to celebrate in an entirely different way.

Easter has evolved dramatically in North America. While some people still take this time to go to church and observe the religious holiday, the majority participate in more modern traditions like painting eggs with bright colors and doing egg hunts where children walk around an open space to search for hidden eggs. This holiday is symbolized by candy shaped like eggs, a cute bunny or duck, brightly painted eggs, and happy colors like pink, yellow, green, and light blue.

On Monday, April 14 we are going to have a special event in place of Conversation Club. We will discuss Easter traditions in the States, paint eggs of our own, and have a hunt for candy in the institute. This event is open to the public but we ask that participants bring their own hard-boiled eggs to paint. We hope to see you there!

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¡Semana Santa ya viene pronto! Mientras que la mayoría de personas en Costa Rica está planeando un viaje a la playa, o pasar una semana relajada con familiares y amigos, personas en Estados Unidos se están preparando para celebrar de una forma totalmente diferente.

Pascua ha evolucionado notablemente en América del norte. Mientras que algunas personas todavía aprovechan este momento para ir a la iglesia y observar las fiestas religiosas, la mayoría participan en tradiciones más modernas como pintar huevos con colores brillantes y haciendo búsquedas del huevo donde los niños caminan alrededor de un espacio abierto para buscar los huevos escondidos. Esta festividad es simbolizada por dulces en forma de huevos pintados de brillantes y vivos colores como el rosa, amarillo, verde y celeste, un lindo conejo o pato.

El lunes, 14 de abril vamos a tener un evento especial en lugar de Club de Conversación. Discutiremos las tradiciones de Pascua de los Estados Unidos, pintar huevos de pascua y tener una búsqueda de dulces en el instituto. Este evento está abierto al público, pero pedimos que los participantes traigan sus propios huevos duros para pintar. ¡Esperamos verlos allí!

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Liberia Trash Pick-Up / Campaña de limpieza en Liberia


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Estelar staff participating in the clean-up event.

With the Women’s World Cup starting this weekend, people from all over the world will be traveling to Liberia to watch the games. Before they come, however, a few groups wanted to clean up the city by picking up the trash that litters the streets. Instituto Estelar joined other companies and universities to do a trash pick-up at 7:30am yesterday. We worked for nearly three hours, making our way through various parts of the city.  Before we left, we enjoyed cold water and sandwiches that were donated to the project.

It was rewarding to see the transformation of the streets we covered, and to be thanked by local people walking by. However, it was very discouraging to see new bags of garbage carelessly thrown on the ground in an area we had just finished cleaning.

Picking up trash is a humble task that is great volunteer work, but it will not completely solve the problem. There is a lack of education that needs to be addressed. Many people in Guanacaste grew up seeing signs on the bus that say “Throw garbage out the windows.” Although this is not seen on the buses today, it is this bad education that leads people to continue to litter and damage the beauty of Liberia.

Instituto Estelar Bilingüe plans to get involved in more trash pick-up events. We are also interested in starting an anti-littering campaign, starting with children in our kids classes and upcoming tutoring programs. With greater awareness of the problem and regular clean-ups, we hope that Liberia will be cleaner, prettier, and more appealing in the future.

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Buses used to encourage throwing garbage out the window. Thank goodness that is no longer the case; however, old habits die hard.

Con la Copa mundial de Fútbol Femenino empezando este fin de semana, la gente de todo el mundo, estarán viajando a Liberia para ver los partidos. Antes de empezar, sin embargo, algunos grupos querían limpiar la ciudad y recoger la basura de las calles. Instituto Estelar se unió a otras empresas y universidades recogiendo la basura ayer. Trabajamos durante casi tres horas, caminando a diversas partes de la ciudad. Antes de irnos, disfrutamos agua fría y bocadillos que fueron donados al proyecto.

Fue muy gratificante ver la transformación de las calles que cubrimos, y ser agradecidos por algunos Liberianos en la calle. Sin embargo, fue muy desalentador cuando vimos un par de bolsas de basura tirado de nuevo en una zona que ya habíamos limpiado.

Recoger la basura es una tarea humilde y un gran trabajo voluntario, pero no soluciona completamente el problema. Hay una falta de conciencia que debe ser mejorado. Muchas personas en Guanacaste crecieron viendo los rótulos en los buses que dijeron “Tirar basura por las ventanas.” A pesar de que este no se vea en los autobuses hoy, esta es la mala educación que influye a la gente a seguir con malos hábitos, dañando la belleza de Liberia.

Instituto Estelar Bilingüe va a participar en más campañas de limpieza. También estamos interesados en iniciar una campaña contra el abandono de desperdicios, empezando con los niños en nuestro programa de inglés para niños y un programa de tutoría que tendremos próximamente. Con una mayor conciencia del problema y limpieza regularmente, esperamos que Liberia sea más limpia, más linda y más atractiva en el futuro.

Making a Difference with Backpacks and Shoes!


It is easy to forget that there is poverty in the world until you see it first-hand. If you live in the center of Liberia, Costa Rica, you might not see it every day – you might never see it. But if you go to Martinas Bustos just outside of the city limits, you will see a different world of people who are living in rundown shacks without floors, electricity, running water, or toilets.

For the second time in two months, the students at Instituto Estelar Bilingue came together to donate supplies and essential items to the people of this neighborhood. In December, we delivered boxes full of food and sanitary products to 12 families desperately in need. We also joined forces with Souls Helping Soles to deliver shoes to children and teens of this community. This time, we did a donation drive with the students of Martinas Bustos in mind. Together we filled 15 new backpacks with pens, paper, notebooks, colored pencils, and other materials that are required for students who attend public school. Going to school in Costa Rica is very expensive and it can take a toll on a family, even a middle-class family. For this reason, we wanted to help support the parents that are struggling to send their children to school and to reward the students who are working hard for their education.

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We gave 15 backpacks full of school supplies to these children in Martinas Bustos, a needy neighborhood just outside of Liberia.

On February 14, a team of 17 people – students and staff of Instituto Estelar as well as volunteers for Souls Helping Soles – met at the institute to make the delivery. We loaded the backpacks and shoes into two cars and a donated micro-bus from a local tour company called Offi Tours. We drove to the school near Martinas Bustos, but found out that all of the students had gone home and would be returning in the afternoon. So we made our way into the neighborhood and stopped on the main road where we saw children playing.

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Estelar English teacher, Sharai, gives a backpack to this appreciative boy!

We handed the first backpacks to two girls in school uniforms who smiled from ear to ear, and quickly a crowd began to form around our cars. Children of all ages were gathering around, asking if they could have one as well. Our team worked together to give backpacks to school-goers and shoes to any child with a foot that fit one of our pairs. It was a little hectic and it did take a lot of teamwork on our part, but it was so rewarding to see the smiles on the kids faces when they received their backpack or slid their foot into a perfect pair of shoes.

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Lisa Garrett, founder of Souls Helping Soles, puts shoes on kids’ feet so they can go to school. She receives donations primarily from North America and within Costa Rica.

Although it was a small gift to give, we made a difference in the lives of dozens of children and students living in poverty. It is our hope that we can do many of these donation drives in the future and that people from all over Costa Rica and the United States will get involved so that we can further help the poor communities around us.

If you want to get involved, please contact us!

Souls Helping Soles: http://www.soulshelpingsoles.org

Instituto Estelar Bilingüe: http://www.estelarcr.com

What people are saying about Instituto Estelar Bilingüe’s Spanish Program


We are excited to see such positive feedback on Google reviews from our clients. Thank you for taking the time to write a review! Here’s what they’re saying about studying Spanish in Liberia, Costa Rica, with us:

Greta: The Spanish classes at Instituto Estelar Bilingue are great! They are interactive and fun while still being practical and challenging. I took a few weeks of intensive Spanish classes in 2012 and 2013. What sets Estelar apart from the rest is its bilinugal atmosphere – since there are English classes for local Costa Ricans and Spanish classes for us, there are a lot of opportunities for language exchange and getting to know great people. A bilingual conversation club, called Spanglish, and volunteering with the kids groups were particularly fun! Highly recommended! Pura vida!

Cassie: Estelar is a wonderful place to learn or practice your spanish. You have classes every morning, afternoon activities to practice using your spanish as well as trips on the weekends. You also have the opportunity to stay in a Tico home. I was able to stay with a family that was truly amazing, They helped me with my spanish and invited me into their everyday family activities. Between the great teachers, the city and it’s people I would definitely recommend Estelar. I hope I get the chance to go back some day!

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Spanish class with Rosa!

Maria: Had classes at Estelar for 2 months and went back home with a profound understanding of Spanish grammar. They really demand a lot (!) – it’s not only a school to spend time, but a proper educational institution with serious attitude to learning process. Books are designed in-house and are included in fees, so are activities. Recommend to anyone who is eager to learn Spanish up to higher level (I came with intermediate and was very happy with the knowledge I was getting).

Shelley: We took some beginner Spanish classes at Estelar during our 10 day visit. The owner and staff were incredibly accommodating; not only making suggestions about class times that would best fit our schedule, but also offering recommendations on where to stay, eat and “play” in the quaint little town of Liberia. We took classes in the morning and then had the opportunity to explore in the afternoon, including short trips to waterfalls, a national park, hot springs and several stunning beaches in the Guanacaste province. Our teachers were kind and helpful and we also had the opportunity to meet other travelers and local Ticos. This school is an excellent place to experience authentic Costa Rican warmth and charm. This area is not “Gringoland” and you will actually get to practice some of that Spanish you are learning. We plan to return in the future, because we did not feel like temporary language students. We truly felt a part of their school and community.

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Cooking class with Dayana!

Jasmine: I am a long term student here. Bethany is a very caring person who hires caring teachers as well. She also offers extra curricular activities for everyday life here that is very useful. She and her teachers try their best for providing students with a fun and learning environment. I would recommend to others.

Sharon: If you are planning on learning Spanish and at the same time some local culture, I would recommend Instituto Estelar Bilingue. The class is fun and at the same time informative. The classes are held in Liberia , and some at the beach in Playas del Coco. So have some fun and learn a language at the same time.

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Spanish for Expats in Playas del Coco, held at Green Life Academy!

Greg: I took a week-long intensive last spring. I was a beginner, and an old one at that. I spoke Spanish, every day, for 4 hours a day, for a week, in class. And then, I went home and took a nap. The teachers were enthusiastic, devoted, friendly and helpful, as were the extracurricular activities we experienced. Definitely got my money’s worth.

Miriam: Excelente! Wow. I had a fabulous time studying Spanish at Instituto Bilingue Estelar. Even though I could only take a week to study, my Spanish improved soooooo much — I found my confidence and fluency had really taken a “Quantum Leap” when I came back, I just naturally found myself speaking Spanish to anyone I met who spoke Spanish. I loved the Bilingual experience and the “Spanglish Hour” — met great people — my teacher was adorable, creative, and fantastic — Bethany (the director) is super caring, helpful, dedicated — and I learned to cook Gallo Pinto and also had a GREAT time learning (finally) to Salsa Dance! era completamente fantastico. Muchas gracias.

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Proud Spanish graduates of our Intensive Spanish program!

Manuel: The school is in an adorable historic house in the middle of a quiet city with everything you need within walking distance and everything you want to do in Costa Rica within reach. Beaches, parks, volcanoes, everything you’ve dreamt of when you dreamt of Costa Rica is just a bus ride away. The teachers are all native speakers and are very good at correcting errors to increase fluency and the classes are small which means you get a lot of personal attention.

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More happy Spanish students at Instituto Estelar Bilingüe.

Christine: In November my husband and I attended Spanish immersion at the Estelar Biligue in Liberia Costa Rica. We had been pleased with our trips to a resort in the area but we wanted to have a cultural experience as well as learn some Spanish. We spent 2 weeks in the program and lived at a Home Stay arranged by Bethany the director. When we had our final day at the Institute and with our Home Stay family I was really sad that my amazing adventure had come to an end. Our trip was everything we had hoped for and more…

See more of this review and write your own at https://www.google.co.cr/search?q=Instituto+estelar+bilingue&oq=Institu&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j69i57j69i60l3j69i59.1488j0j8&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8#lrd=lrd.