Location: Heredia, Costa Rica
Spanish majors and minors, and any non-major with appropriate language skills
Prerequisite: SPN 1024 or the equivalent
The hours to transfer credit from Latin University of Costa Rica
Volunteer and community service activities
In-country adventures (rainforest hikes, ziplining, rafting)
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Tuition for one class
Homestay (Room & Board)
All Meals & Laundry Service
Onsite Directors & Staff (with 24 hour a day support)
Excursions and Cultural Activities
Volunteer and Community Service
Books and Onsite Tutoring
Reception & Farewell Event
International Medical Insurance
Roundtrip Airfare from San Antonio (around $700)
UTSA International Education Fee ($150)
A weekend excursion to Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio provided opportunities for swimming and whitewater rafting for the group. The park is on the Pacific Coast side near the town of Quepos and is considered one of the most scenic parks in the world, known for beautiful beaches and hiking trails.
Classes at Universidad Latina began on July 14 and the students were evaluated and placed in the appropriate level.
The group visited La Casa de Cultura in Heredia, the restored home of former Costa Rican president Afred Gonzalez Flores. At La Casa de Cultura the students were given the opportunity to dress is traditional style and learn folk dances of the various regions. They also visited a local church and shopped in the local market to practic their Spanish ordering coffee, bread, and fruit.
The students received hands-on experience in preparing local fruits and vegetables the Costa Rican way during cooking classes.
The group's first excursion was to Poas Volcano National Park. The 8,885-foot Poas Volcano remains one of Costa Rica's largest and most active volcanoes and attracts thousands of visitors per year. Lake Botos is an inactive crater also located within the Poás Volcano National Park.
Another excursion took students to the Arenal Volcano National Park. The volcano is 5,437 feet high and is currently inactive. Activities included zipline rides, hiking in the rainforest, and visiting a wildlife rescue center to get close up and personal with sloths, toucans, and other indigenous animals.