Travel and Study Abroad in Costa Rica
The fastest way to learn about another culture is by immersing yourself in its life and language.
Join us on our affordable study abroad program to visit a rich landscape of volcanoes, cloud forests, and tropical beaches. Earn college credits while recording your impressions through sketching, learning Spanish, and community-based service projects with EvCC instructors Linda Berkley, Studio Art and Phebe Shen, English/Global Studies.
Learning the Language and Culture
After flying into the capital, San Jose, we soon meet our host families for our first week’s stay in San Joaquín, suburb of Heredia. San Joaquín offers a typical “Tico” or local Costa Rican life style surrounded by countryside of coffee and sugar plantations while only 30 minutes away from Costa Rica's capital. Each day we attend semi-private Spanish language classes held at the prestigious Centro Panamericano de Idiomas (CPI), Heredia campus complimented with art studies, community-based service learning, and tours or cultural activities. Tours and cultural activities might include learning to cook a traditional lunch, touring a coffee plantation or a traditional ox cart workshop in Sarchi, sketching nature and wildlife on site at the Poas Volcano and the La Paz Waterfall gardens, or taking a Latin dance class.
Learning about Nature and Sustainability
For the second half of our travels, we head over to the cloud forests of Monteverde where we will stay at the University of Georgia's ecolodge . Guided nature hikes take us through national reserves, encountering tropical wonders of plant and wildlife: hummingbirds, orchids, monkeys, quetzals, wild cats--5% of the world’s biological diversity. Visits and conversations with local owners of nearby coffee plantations, farms, and arts and craft cooperatives reveal the high value of sustainability in Costa Rica. We also participate in service projects with the local community like working with the local soccer team to repaint and prepare their clubhouse for the new season or planting coffee trees at a neighboring plantation. And of course, no visit to the cloud forest is complete without a chance to soar over the rainforest canopy on ziplines.
Experience Pura Vida
Our last weekend is spent on the southern coast of Costa Rica at Manuel Antonio National Park with time to relax at the beach or hotel pool and viewing more wildlife. En route from the cloud forest, we take a river tour of Rio Tarcoles, a crucial habitat for the American crocodile. Our travels conclude in San Jose with some final souvenir shopping and the flight home.
Our Two-Week Program includes:
- Spanish culture and language immersion class
- Homestay and hotel accommodations
- Most meals
- Private guides
- Private ground transportation
- Health Insurance
- All administrative, entrance and activity fees
2014 Program - Tenative Dates:
December 7 - 21, 2014
Approximate Program Cost as of January 2014:
Not included: Airfare, EvCC tuition, passport and personal expenses.
Students earn EvCC credits by enrolling Fall Term 2014 for ART 123 Intro to Studio Art (5 credits), SPAN Conversational Spanish 111/112/or113 (2-5 credits) and Global Studies 299 (1-5 credits) as part of their regular class schedule. Regular tuition policies apply for all EvCC credits and are not included in the quoted program costs.
Students who already meet EvCC’s requirements for financial aid and who are interested in participating in the study abroad program should speak with an EvCC Financial Aid advisor for further information on available funding.
Attend an informational meeting on campus.
Dates TBA Spring Term 2014
Complete and submit the following forms:
Trip Contract/Payment Schedule (TBA)
Payment Instructions (TBA)
Hand-deliver or mail all forms to:
Linda Berkley, Studio Art Faculty
RE: Costa Rica Study Abroad
Office: Whitehorse #308
Everett Community College
2000 Tower Street, MS#167
Everett, WA 98205
- Review Program Fees and reserve your spot by October 3, 2014. Note: twelve student minimum required 60 days prior to trip start date.