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Participants will begin the program in San José. Students will complete a Spanish course, as well as community service, for the first three weeks in the capital. During this time, participants will live with a local Spanish-speaking family. Students will complete the second course, Sustainability Practices, at Finca (property/farm) La Flor in Cartago. The course centers on recycling, forestry, medicinal plant gardening, permaculture, organic agriculture, forestry, clean energy and water management. Participants will live on-site at the local finca (farm). They also work alongside community members as a part of an inclusive employment program. During this time, participants use the Spanish they learned and continue to improve their language skills through Spanish Conversation Sessions. At the conclusion of the program, students will travel to the central Pacific coast for a visit to a national park and a local beach.
API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API San José programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.
Participants will visit the northernmost Pacific coastal rainforest remaining in Costa Rica and enjoy hikes in the biological reserve with a local guide, getting to know the wildlife in the area. The park is particularly well known for its macaws and other tropical birds. Following the visit to the National Park, students will enjoy visiting a nearby beach.
La Flor Agroecological Farm is a project established for over 20 years by ASODECAH (Association for the Development of Environmental and Human Consciousness), a non-profit organization that seeks to complement the country's environmental education and strengthen the relationship between human beings, animals, environment and well being. Students will have the opportunity to experience a lifestyle that is in contact with nature.
The farm is located in the highlands of the Central Valley, in the mountains, and has an incredible view over the Orosi valley as well as the Turrialba volcano.
The community of people who come to work on the farm lives in the nearby village and have many years of collaboration with the project.
On the farm you can walk the paths of the 10 hectares (25 acres) of regenerated forest, observe and learn in organic and medicinal gardens, enjoy the presence of farm animals (chickens, horses, goats, ducks) and meditate or practice in the yoga studio.
TOTAL CREDITS - 6 semester credits
Transcripts are issued jointly by the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica and the International Center for Development Studies (ICDS). Universidad Latina is accredited by the National Council of Higher Education, National Accreditation System for Higher Education (SINAES) and Red Iberoamericana para la Acreditación de la Calidad de la Educación Superior (RIACES). Universidad Latina also is a Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for project management education programs.
Julia Nelson will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!
Francy Orozco will be your Resident Director in San Jose and a resource for you on-site.
The International Center for Development Studies (ICDS) issues credit according to the American system; the majority of courses are equivalent to 3 U.S. semester credits. Some language courses meet for a total of 60 contact hours and are equivalent to 3-4 U.S. semester credits.
Language of Instruction: English
Recommended US semester credits: 3
This course introduces the student to the Spanish language, so no previous knowledge of the language is required. Students will develop a basic linguistic ability to be able to communicate in everyday and simple situations. In addition, students will acquire the appropriate vocabulary and expressions to communicate with friends, family and interact in different situations such as the restaurant, the store, the buses, the bank, etc.
Language of Instruction: Spanish
The course is aimed at students with a basic level of knowledge in Spanish who need to acquire the communicative competence that allows them to function effectively both orally and in writing in communication and survival situations.
The course is designed for students with an intermediate level of knowledge in Spanish who need to acquire the communicative competence that allows them to transmit information both orally and in writing in simple and everyday situations.
The course is designed for students with an intermediate level of knowledge in Spanish who need to acquire a fairly broad linguistic repertoire to function in everyday situations and express themselves on topics of interest.
This course is designed for advanced or higher level students with a high degree of Spanish proficiency and mastery of the grammatical structures of the language. The class aims to help students to advance their ability to address relevant topics of the Hispanic American culture, and provides the necessary tools to improve their linguistic comprehension and oral skills.
This course is designed for advanced or higher level students with a high degree of proficiency and mastery of the grammatical structures of the Spanish language. The class aims to prepare students to address relevant topics of Hispanic American culture and provides the necessary tools to improve writing.
Students in San José live with local host families. Host families serve as a unique introduction into Costa Rican culture and may be a married couple with children, a divorced or widowed woman with or without children still at home, or a family with some members living at home and others living outside of the city during the work week. Students may be housed with other API or international students, and in all cases will have an individual room. Students are provided with two meals per day, as well as laundry service once per week.