2019 Summer I Program – Spanish and Sustainability Practices in Costa Rica



 Summer I 2019 – San José, Costa Rica  click here for price  click here for dates  CRSU1


Language Eligibility: Elementary level and higher. Students must have basic level(s) of college Spanish or equivalent.

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Possible U.S. Credits: 6 semester credits.

Final transcript is issued by the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. Classes are taken with other American and foreign students.

San José, Costa Rica: Summer Course Offerings at ICDS (International Center for Development Studies)

Summer I Program: Spanish & Sustainability Practices in Costa Rica

ICDS offers a six-week service-learning program with a strong Spanish language and cultural immersion component, allowing students to improve their language skills as well as contribute to local community development.

Urban Experience:
Participants begin the program with three weeks in San José, where they have orientation and Spanish classes, as well as community service in urban locations. During this time, students live with a local Spanish-speaking family, thus having an opportunity to immerse themselves into the language and the culture before traveling to their Sustainable Practice site in rural Costa Rica.

Rural Experience:
The Sustainability Practices course is held on Finca La Flor in Cartago. The course includes recycling, forestry, medicinal plant gardening, permaculture, organic agriculture, forestry, clean energy and water management. Participants immerse themselves in the culture of rural Costa Rica by living on site at the local Finca. They also work alongside community members as part of La Flor’s involvement in the community’s development.

After completing the work on the farm, students travel to the central Pacific coast for a visit to a national park and a two–day relaxing stay on the beach to celebrate all their hard work.

COURSES – Students will take Sustainability Practices and Food Security in Rural Costa Rica as well as one Spanish course from the list below.

Spanish Language courses are leveled, and students are placed into an appropriate level following arrival in Costa Rica. Students will complete 60 contact hours in their Spanish Language course and typically earn 3 U.S. semester credits. Students must have classes and credits pre-approved by their home institution. Available levels include: