Experience Costa Rica

CMC’s study abroad program integrates Spanish Immersion and Environmental Science

Trip Dates: June 3, 2017 – June 29, 2017

Trip Cost: $3665, does not include CMC tuition or airfare

Application Deadline: April 3, 2017

Costa Rica is a must see destination for many for good reason. Waterfalls, misty crater lakes, jungles, deserted beaches, toucans, macaws, howler monkeys and blue morpho butterflies are just a few of the reasons. There is also world-class infrastructure, visionary sustainability initiatives and incredible biodiversity.

It is known as the “Peaceful Soul of Central America.” Whether you want an outdoor adventure, or a destination that takes eco-tourism seriously, Costa Rica has something to offer you. Increase your Spanish language skills while soaking up pura vida.

In this study abroad program, students will participate in three weeks of Spanish immersion classes with Common Grounds International, which is known for its small student to teacher ratio. In addition, we will take several field trips focused on environmental science, using the experiential trips as a launching pad for more language acquisition and cultural immersion.

Field trips include:

  • Poás Volcano National Park – Poás is an active stratovolcano. We will look into an inactive crater filled in by a lake and hike through the cloud forest at the park with a park ranger. Cloud forests are one of the rarest ecosystems on earth.
  • Braulio Carrillo National Park—Catch a glimpse a quetzal, Costa Rica’s emblematic bird in this protected virgin growth forest.
  • Finca la Flor – Finca la Flor is a beautiful organic form. Students will volunteer and learn how sustainable practices and organic techniques can be implemented.  We will spend two nights on this farm in the Orosí Valley.
  • Manuel Antonio National Park – As one of the most beautiful national parks in the world, students will observe two different species of sloths, three of four Costa Rican species of monkeys, various reptiles like iguanas and snakes, toucans, giant woodpeckers, coatis and possibly dolphins. We will spend two nights at the park and enjoy the magnificent Pacific coast beaches that the area has to offer.
  • Wind Farm – Visit a wind farm that produces electricity and learn how wind is used to generate much of the electrical needs of the Central Valley of Costa Rica.

In addition, students will be immersed in pura vida, living with local families, and taking meals with them. Students will have the option to stay with their host family during the weekends, or to travel independently to a number of beautiful sites such as the Monteverde Cloud Forest or the Caribbean Coast. Cross one more thing off of your bucket list and join us in Costa Rica next summer!

For more information, please contact:

Carol Koch
Associate Professor, Spanish

Tim Loes 
Associate Professor, Science