Last May and June I did a series of posts about a project to develop a method for guests at Tortuga Lodge to help local kids learn English.
My biggest concerns were that either the local kids, or the guests would not enjoy the process. Those concerns turned out to be unfounded. Nearly 2 months into the project it has become clear that both the kids and the guests love it.
Click here and you can get a very good idea of how it is going from an article in the Aug 20 edition of Costa Rica’s English language newspaper.
Now I have another problem. We are going into our low season, which means that for the next 2 and a half months there will be too many days when we will not have any guests who are willing and able to help the kids. We will continue the classes with one of our guides, but that is not the same as having a native speaker, and I am concerned that the kids will loose ground in conquering their shyness.
So I have decided to offer specials packages to the lodge at literally out-of-pocket cost. The price for 3 days and 2 nights, including round trip flights from San Jose, 7 meals from breakfast on the day of arrival through breakfast on the day of departure and the two Word Adventure Sessions with all materials and all taxes, which would normally sell in the low season for $484, is $380. The even bigger bargain is the extra night with 3 meals and an English session for $58 per person. The normal low season per person price for an extra night and full board is $142. We never charge for the English session.
The offer is limited to no more than 4 Native English speakers at a time. All prices are in double occupancy.
Given the short lead-time I expect that most of the people who take advantage of this offer will be from Costa Rica’s English speaking community. But please try to join us. Please also tell anyone you know who would enjoy the opportunity and can get away on short notice.
Furthermore, we will surely be making the same offer for next May, June, Sept, October and the first half of November. So start making plans now.
Finally September and October are the least rainy months in Tortuguero and among the best months for fishing. Early September is the best time for seeing both turtle nesting and hatching. The hatching continues through October and early November.
Oh—and please send me your comments on this and the article.