ICDS: Costa Rica & Host Families

May 23, 2017

This post comes to us from our partner institution in San Jose, Costa Rica: ICDS (International Center for Development Studies) that you can learn about here:

Participating in ICDS programs gives you a once in a lifetime opportunity to live with a host family in Costa Rica and experience cultural immersion.

How to decide if living with a host family is the right choice for me?

First ask yourself, what do I want to learn from my study abroad experience? To answer that question, take into account the following aspects:

  • Homestays provide an instant support system.
  • They help you to improve your Spanish.
  • Facilitates cultural immersion.

What are the challenges of living with a host family?

“At times it was very challenging and that is when I was able to see myself growing as a person” ICDS former student

Living with a host family comes with a few challenges; here are some of the most common ones:

  • Food; occasionally families struggle to get the right food for every potential dietary restriction, but if you explain in advance ICDS will find the right family that adjusts to your needs.
  • Independence; students are often concerned with losing their independence but, on the contrary, Costa Rican families are flexible and respectful of your independence
  • Integrating; families respect your space while enabling you to integrate as much as you wish.

It’s a different experience from what you’re used to, but isn’t that why you want to study abroad?

Create new memories with ICDS and your Costa Rican host family!


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