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A Year of Awesome Students and Staff / Un año de estudiantes y personal sobresalientes

It has been one year since we started recognizing the amazing people of Instituto Estelar in the form of Stellar Teacher of the Month and Student of the Month — “Estelares del Mes.” We are so proud to have such incredible staff and students that make our school great! We want to recognize this achievement one more time and thank them for their hard work, positive attitudes, and stellar dedication.

Ha pasado un año desde que comenzamos a  hacer reconocimiento a la increíble gente del Instituto Estelar, escogiendo un profesor y  un estudiante del mes – los estelares del mes. Estamos muy orgullosos de nuestros estudiantes y personal  del instituto! Queremos reconocer otra vez  su gran logro, duro trabajo, actitud positiva y su dedicación!

Estelares abr 2013-2014


Abril 2013: Greta y Teo

Mayo 2013: Melody y Ana Maria

Junio 2013: Merlyn y Lee

Julio 2013: Manuel y Hellen

Agosto 2013: Sharai y Diego

Setiembre 2013: Brittany y Felipe

Octubre 2013: Rosa y Jasmine

Noviembre 2013: Gabriela

Diciembre 2013 y Enero 2014: Stephanie y Emily

Febrero 2014: Sonia y Charlotte

Marzo 2014: Kate y Amelia

Abril 2014: Kate y Valeria



Our English students are the best!

We are very proud to display more writing from our high intermediate English students, Yuran and Dinia. Their teachers submitted their writing to be published on this blog. Happy reading, and congratulations to these excellent students!

Memorable experience – Yuran

I’m going to tell about one of my best experiences.  It was when I was just 6 years old and I really liked the race car. I liked seeing car competitions on tv. My dad at that time participated in motorcycle racing and I started my experience with adrenaline. My dad took me to see racing in guacima highway and you have no idea I liked me to see to those cars close. My uncle brought a mini car from USA and I thought I will could use this car the front of my garage only for practices.

One day my dad told me we were going out to visit my grandparents and that was a lie because it was not going to be right there. It was a surprise to take me to a place where they had a highway. I was very happy I could not believe that. Then I went every weekend to practice because my intention was to have the goal…a professional competition but I knew it was a effort to training and could do it. When I was 7 and participate this competition, I remember it was a Sunday and I was very nervous to see this place so full. The first laps I feel good during the race and I had confidence. Not win the competition but I really enjoyed.  I remember I had the tv interviews and photos with all other participants. I could not continue to participate because it is very expensive sport and had to study. Also participate in motorcycle rally car events and water 4×4 when had more age.



Yuran is the student sitting on the left side of teacher Nate. This is his English class at Instituto Estelar Bilingüe in Liberia, Costa Rica.

Trip Unforgettable – Dinia

This Easter week was wonderful because my boyfriend and me had 1 week off. So we planning visit different parts of Costa Rica that didn’t know before. We coordinate all necessary for the trip many weeks before because we wanted  that it was cheap, so we had to planning all very well. First I rented a car 1 month before, them I looked basic information and advice about the places to visit, and I coordinate the travel route. The places that were in our plans were: Zoological Tempisque, Barra Honda Caves and National Park Tenorio. For visit our first place we preparing: A car, cash, back pack, comfortable shoes for long hiking, food and beverage, repellent, sunblock, hat and camera. Zoological Tempisque is located in Rosario downtown. The way is long and most of the street doesn´t has good conditions, only from Liberia to Nicoya  there is paved street. When we arrive the tourist guide brings us the welcome and the tour.

This place open daily from 9am to 4pm. In this place we can see variety of wild animals like: Tapir, Scarlet Macaws, Monkeys, Emus, Ocelots, Small mountain tiger, crocodiles, Green iguanas, capibaras, Boa constrictors, Guatuzas, Tepezcuintle, danta, White tail deer and others.

To visit Tempisque Safari is an unforgettable experience, not only because you can observe and photograph an impressive variety of wild animals in their natural hábitat, but you can also interact with many of them.

Next day we went to visit Barra Honda Caves, for visit this place we prepared confortable and fresh cloth, shoes for long hiking, sunblock, camera and a lot water. Barra Honda is unique among the National Parks of Costa Rica its main attraction is an intricate large system of limestone cavers wich has a multitude of forms and figures. Before that people believed that Barra Honda was a volcano because they misinterpreted the whirring of bat wings for volcanic activity, and the aroma of guano for sulfur. The calcareous formation of the limestone caverns at the park are the main visitor attraction, wich are only estimated to be 50% explored. This place its really magic.

After that our final stop will be Tenorio National Park were we can find Rios Celeste.

The main visitor attraction there is Rio Celeste. Tenorio Volcano National Park a trip here involves a moderately challenging, but for me, was a big challenging of 3hrs hike through parks secondary forest, an effort that is well worth the trip. Two rivers merge into one at borbollones, a confluence where the minerals from the river and volcano meet and create the famous blue color. (sulfur and calcium carbonate). In addition to the colorful attraction of the water the river also has several thermal hot springs and a large waterfall. All the places that visit were wonderful, I recommended go to visit.


Dinia is the student standing up! This is her English class with Sharai from California at Instituto Estelar Bilingüe.

An English Student’s Review / Una reseña de un estudiante de inglés


Felipe was the student of the month in September 2013. Here he is with his first English teacher at Estelar, Brittany!

Felipe was the student of the month in September 2013. Here he is with his first English teacher at Estelar, Brittany!

Felipe just finished our most advanced level in the basic English program. We are very proud of him!

Felipe’s Review of Instituto Estelar Bilingüe:

After my first class in the Institute, I had already started to feel a nice vibe with my classmates and also with Brittany, my first teacher. She was my teacher and also one of my best friends. I remember the time that I used to go earlier to the Institute just to practice Spanish with her before our class began…

Also every time that I went to Spanglish was terrific! My first Spanglish was in Bar Kasa, but they closed the bar, so Bethany decided to go to Baula’s… and that was the first time that I met Cara, who would be my teacher for a few weeks and during those few weeks she was so cool with us. We called for a pizza on the last day of having class with her and 3 months later I met my third teacher Sharai… she is a wonderful girl with so many qualities. During the class she had a lot of ideas and funny games, like Mafia, Hot Potato and I remember the time that we had the speed dating. In addition I met a lot of special people, like Stephanie, Nate, Hanna, Melody, Greta and Manuel (all English teachers at Estelar). In summary, I owe a lot to Bethany, the director of Estelar, because thanks to her I had this awesome experience.


Felipe acaba de terminar el nivel más avanzado en nuestro programa básico de inglés. ¡Estamos muy orgullosos de él!

La reseña de Felipe sobre Instituto Estelar Bilingüe

Desde mi primera clase en el Instituto,  comencé  a sentir un ambiente agradable con mis compañeros y también con Brittany mi primera profesora. Ella era mi profesora y también una de mis mejores amigas. Recuerdo que yo solía ir antes al Instituto para practicar español con ella antes de que comenzara nuestra clase…

También, ¡siempre fue fantástico ir Spanglish! Recuerdo que mi primer Spanglish fue en Bar Kasa, pero cerraron el bar y Bethany decidió ir a Baulas… y fue la primera vez que conocí a Cara. Ella sería mi profesora por unas semanas y durante esas semanas fue genial con nosotros. El último día de clases con ella pedimos una pizza y 3 meses después conocí a mi tercera profesora Sharai… es una chica maravillosa con muchas cualidades. Durante las clases siempre tenía un montón de ideas y juegos divertidos, como Mafia, patata caliente y recuerdo el tiempo que teníamos las citas rápidas. Además he conocido a mucha gente especial, como Stephanie, Hanna, Nate, Melody, Greta y Manuel (todos los profesores de inglés en Estelar). En resumen le debo mucho a Bethany, la directora de Estelar, porque gracias a ella tuve esta increíble experiencia.

My Journey at Instituto Estelar Bilingüe / Mi Viaje en Instituto Estelar Bilingüe


Mackenzie (on the far left) was an advanced student in our English program.

McKenzie’s Review of Instituto Estelar Bilingüe: 

Since I was around 12 I had this feeling about wanting to learn English, especially after listening to some artists. After time passed by I learnt little by little until I reached a decent level.

Now that I’m older (22) and I almost finished my major I really needed to find a place in which I could improve my English plus a place where teachers weren’t Latin Americans.

After a while I found Instituto Estelar Bilingüe, I went there and I really liked the place so I decided to study there. Even though my experience was only 3 months long I had a great time. Everyone is really nice from the receptionists to the lovely director Bethany to the nice teachers, in my case Sharai.

What makes IEB different it’s the fact that the teachers are native from North America plus the classes aren’t boring at all. They’re super dynamic, you have conversation, games and more. On the other hand IEB offers free conversation 3 times a week 1 hour which is nice, they also have Spanish for people who speak English and they have this program for helping the community in Liberia.

Basically I do not regret taking the level at IEB it was a nice experience I met new people and had the chance to improve my English, so I hope more people go to IEB, you will not regret it!


La reseña de McKenzie sobre Instituto Estelar Bilingüe: 

Desde que yo tenía alrededor de 12 años tuve esa sensación de querer aprender inglés, especialmente después de escuchar a algunos artistas. Después pasó el tiempo, aprendí poco a poco hasta que llegué a tener un buen nivel.

Ahora que estoy más viejo (22 años) y casi he acabado mi carrera, lo que realmente andaba buscando era un lugar en el que yo pudiera mejorar mi nivel de inglés además de un lugar donde los profesores no fueran latinoamericanos.

Después de un tiempo encontré Instituto Estelar Bilingüe, fui y me encanto el lugar por lo que decidí empezar a  estudiar. A pesar de que solo estuve 3 meses, fue una gran experiencia, todos ahí son muy agradables desde las recepcionistas hasta la amigable directora Bethany los excelentes profesores, en mi caso Sharai.

¿Qué es lo que hace diferente al Instituto Estelar Bilingüe? El hecho de que todos los profesores son nativos hablantes de inglés (norteamericanos)  y que  las clases no son aburridas son súper dinámicas: mucha conversación, juegos y mucho más. Por otro lado IEB ofrece clubes de conversación gratis 3 veces a la semana (1 hora 3 veces a la semana), también tienen clases de español para personas que hablan inglés y tienen estos clubes para ayudar a la comunidad de Liberia.

Básicamente no lamento a ver estudiado en  IEB fue  una experiencia interesante pude conocer gente nueva y tuve la oportunidad de mejorar mi inglés, de manera que espero que más gente vaya a IEB, no te arrepentirás!

Helping Kids in our Community / Ayudando a niños de la comunidad

Learning English can help improve a Costa Rican’s future. At Instituto Estelar, we want to help make English classes available to children who want to learn but need help paying for the materials to do so.

Vera is a single mother living in a low-income neighborhood, and she wants her children to learn English so that they can have better lives and improve their situation. Her six year-old daughter, Keiryn, and eight year-old son, Densel, are eager to study English and have been asking to take classes for some time.

We recently enrolled Keiryn and Densel into our kids program and gave them scholarships to cover their monthly tuition. An organization that gives shoes to needy children, Souls Helping Soles, will be giving them new shoes to wear to school and future English classes. However, we still need help paying for their books. The books cost 30.000 colones and we already have 10.000 in donations.

You can help send these stellar children to school with the materials they need!

If you are interested in donating, please contact the director, Bethany, at Info@estelarcr.com or 2665-6921. Thank you so much for helping us give this opportunity to local children!

Vera, showed here with her two full-scholarship children in Instituto Estelar Bilingüe’s Kid’s English Program, works hard to keep our campus clean.

Aprender inglés puede mejorar el futuro de los costarricenses. En el Instituto Estelar, queremos que clases de inglés sean accesibles a los niños que quieren aprender, pero necesitamos ayuda en pagar los materiales de clase.

Vera es una madre soltera que vive en Nazareth de Liberia, y ella quiere que sus hijos aprendan inglés para que tengan un mejor nivel de vida y mejoren su situación. Su hija de seis años, Keiryn, e hijo de ocho años, Densel, han tenido ganas de estudiar inglés con nosotros.

Recientemente se matricularon Densel y Keiryn en nuestro programa para niños y les hemos dado becas completas para pagar sus mensualidades. Una organización que da zapatos a niños de recursos bajos que se llama Souls Helping Soles les va a dar zapatos nuevos para usar en las clases de inglés. Sin embargo, todavía necesitan ayuda para pagar sus libros. Los libros cuestan 30.000 colones y ya tenemos 10.000 en donaciones.

Usted puede ayudar a estos estudiantes estelares con los materiales que necesitan.

Si usted está interesado en colaborar, por favor comuníquese con la directora, Bethany, en Info@estelarcr.com o 2665-6921. ¡Muchas gracias por ayudarnos a dar la oportunidad a los niños de Liberia!

Truly Estelar / Estelar de verdad

It is an amazing accomplishment when somebody can start in a beginner English class, learning simple vocabulary like numbers and body parts, and continue all the way through the advanced course where they can have full conversations and write essays in English. At Instituto Estelar Bilingüe, we are so proud of each of our students who are able to achieve this with us!

Caroly Cortes, a 17 year old from Quebrada Grande, is one of our amazing students who has done just that. In July of 2011, Caroly started in the very beginner level where she improved quickly by studying hard and participating in each class. Over the course of two years, she advanced steadily and finished the basic English program last December.

According to her teacher, Brittany Peterson, from Wisconsin, USA, Caroly is a very intelligent, mature student who is always able to stay on track even if she has to miss classes. Brittany says, “She definitely has a good head on her shoulders and I feel lucky to have been her teacher and friend!”

Congratulations, Caroly! Good luck in your future endeavors!


Caroly, pictured with her fellow English students, is standing immediately to the right of her teacher, Brittany.

Es un logro increíble cuando una persona puede empezar en la clase de inglés para principiantes, aprendiendo vocabulario básico como números y las partes del cuerpo, y continuar hasta un nivel avanzado en el cual pueden tener conversaciones enteras y escribir ensayos en inglés. En Instituto Estelar Bilingüe, ¡estamos muy orgullosos de nuestros estudiantes que logran eso con nosotros!

Caroly Cortés, una muchacha de 17 años de Quebrada Grande, es uno de nuestros estudiantes increíbles que ha logrado eso. En julio del 2011, Caroly empezó en el primer nivel y mejoró rápido estudiando mucho y participando en clases. Durante dos años, ella avanzó sin parar y se graduó del programa básico de inglés en diciembre del 2013.

Según su profesora, Brittany Peterson, de Wisconsin, EEUU, Caroly es una estudiante muy inteligente y madura que siempre fue responsable en terminar las tareas, incluso cuando no podía asistir a clases. “¡Ella sin duda es una estudiante ejemplar y tuve suerte en tener la oportunidad de ser su profesora y amiga!” dijo Brittany.

¡Felicidades, Caroly! ¡Le deseamos todo la suerte del mundo en su futuro!

¡Tres nuevos cursos de inglés esta semana! *** Three New English classes Started this Week!

Empezamos tres nuevos cursos de inglés para principiantes esta semana…y todavía hay mucha gente interesada en matricularse, entonces vamos a abrir más cursos en febrero:

– martes y jueves, 6-8pm

– miércoles y viernes, 4-6pm

– sábados, 8am-12md

También, la matricula está abierta para nuevos cursos de inglés para niños que inician el 1 de febrero:

– sábados, 12:30-2:30pm: niños de 8 a 12 años

– sábados, 2:30-4:30pm: niños de 5 a 7 años

2665-6921 Info@estelarcr.com


We started three new beginner English courses this week…and there are still a lot of people interested in signing up, so we are opening more courses in February:

– Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8pm

– Wednesdays and Fridays, 4-6pm

– Saturdays, 8am-12md

We are also enrolling students now for our Kid’s English classes that will start on February 1st:

– Saturdays, 12:30-2:30pm: 8-12 year-olds

– Saturdays, 2:30-4:30pm: 5-7 year-olds

2665-6921 Info@estelarcr.com