Activity Key: 

·      Light: 1 to 4 miles of easy walking.  

·      Moderate: 1 to 6 miles of walking with some hills.  

·      Strenuous: 3 to 6 miles of walking with many hills and possibly uneven terrain.  


Day 1, Friday (July 7th):  Bienvenidos a Costa Rica! 

All participants will arrive in San José, Costa Rica and complete hotel check-in anytime before 17h00.  At18h30, we will begin our welcome event.  The attire is business chic and all participants are expected to attend. After the welcome event, you are free to enjoy dinner wherever you’d like.  (If you need suggestions, we will be happy to help)  

Group Transportation: Private van/bus

Walking: Light  

Dress: Business chic   

Meals included: Appetizers and refreshments at the welcome event  

 

Day 2, Saturday (July 8th): Welcome to the Language Academy   

Immediately after breakfast, we will depart for the language academy. Once there, we’ll have a tour around the facilities, meet the key administrators and instructors, participate in Costa Rican Culture 101, have an open Q&A session regarding the program, and enjoy a welcome lunch together. We'll then take a short Spanish language placement test and have our first roundtable discussion. Afterwards, we'll transfer over to our host homes to meet our host families.    

Group Transportation: Private van/bus

Walking: Light  

Dress: Business casual   

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner with your host family

 

Day 3, Sunday (July 9th): Getting to know San Jose 

Early in the morning, we’ll meet for a historical guided walking tour of the capital, San Jose. During the tour, we’ll periodically stop to taste some of Costa Rica’s most popular treats.  Around 13h00 we'll take a 90 minute break and you are free to have lunch on your own.  Promptly at 14h30 we’ll meet for a special guided museum visit.  (Make sure you bring your camera!)  If you'd like to learn more about San José, Costa Rica please click here. 

Group Transportation: Private van/bus  

Walking: Moderate   

Dress: Tourist chic

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner with your host family

 

Days 4-8, (July 10th - 14th):  Spanish Language and Costa Rican Culture Classes  

9h00 to 12h00:  Spanish language classes

12h00 to 13h30:  Lunch on your own

13h00 to 15h30:  Spanish language classes

16h00 to 18h00:  Roundtable discussions and cultural classes (Latin dance, cooking class, conversation classes, etc).  

We'll also have special guest speakers from La Universidad de Costa Rica, La Universidad Nacional, The U.S. Embassy, American expats, Costa Rica Animal Rescue and other neighboring academic institutions and non-profit agencies.

Group Transportation: Private van/bus

Walking: Light  

Dress: Business casual   

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner with host your family

 

Day 9, Saturday (July 15th):  Full Day Tour of Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna  

On this 13 hour day tour, we’ll explore the base of the very active Arenal Volcano with a guided nature hike.  Then we’ll unwind with a soak in the geothermal pool at the world-renowned Tabacon hot springs.  The tour includes a delicious typical Costa Rican lunch and dinner as well as a stop at the artisan town of Sarchi.   

Group Transportation: Private van/bus

Walking: Strenuous

Dress: Comfortable  

Meals included: Breakfast with your host family. Lunch and dinner are included in the tour   

 

Day 10, Sunday (July 16th):  Free Day!  

Feel free to enjoy the day however you’d wish!  (If you need suggestions, we’d be happy to help!)  

Group Transportation: N/A

Walking: N/A

Dress: N/A

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner with your host family

 

Days 11-15, (July 17th-21st):  Spanish Language and Costa Rican Culture Classes  

9h00 to 12h00:  Spanish language classes

12h00 to 13h30:  Lunch on your own

13h00 to 15h30:  Spanish language classes

16h00 to 18h00:  Roundtable discussions and cultural classes (Latin dance, cooking class, conversation classes, etc).  

We'll also have special guest speakers from La Universidad de Costa Rica, La Universidad Nacional, The U.S. Embassy, American expats, Costa Rican Animal Rescue and other neighboring academic institutions and non-profit agencies.

At the end of the day on Friday, July 21st, we’ll have a small certificate of completion ceremony with the language institute's staff and administrators.   

Group Transportation: Private van/bus

Walking: Light

Dress: Business casual

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner with your host family   

 

Day 16, Saturday (July 22nd): End of Program Meeting and POA Presentation        

Enjoy the morning and early afternoon as you wish.  At 16h30, we'll meet to discuss each participants' takeaways from this program, as well as how they plan to use the lessons learned from this intensive language and cultural immersion in his or her respective communities.  We'll also discuss ways to continue practicing Spanish as well as seeking other professional development opportunities that address language acquisition, cultural competency and diversity.  Each participant will also have the opportunity to present his or her Plan of Action to meet the personal objectives set at the beginning of the program.  

In previous years, this activity has been rated one of the most valuable as it provides insights into other participants' experiences as well as tips on how to use the lessons learned to enrich or facilitate daily activities back home.  (Specific details on this activity will be made available prior to the program.)  

Group Transportation: Private van/bus

Walking: Light

Dress: Business casual

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner with your host family  

 

Day 17, Sunday (July 23rd):  End of Program.  Departure for USA. 

The program officially ends after breakfast with your host family. We'll have transportation to Juan Santamaria International Airport available at specific times throughout the day. More information will be provided.  ¡Buen viaje! 

This itinerary is subject to change.   


Notes About the Physical Demands of the Program:

The main purpose of our programs is to help you immerse in the local culture and feel comfortable exploring the host cities and towns as quickly as possible.  

1.    During the scheduled walking tours, you will be on your feet for hours, walking and standing, indoors and outdoors in various weather conditions. Some activities are more physically demanding than others.  If you have any questions or concerns, please inquire.  

2.    You should be able to carry your own luggage for short distances. The majority of the time, we will have the assistance of porters or drivers to manage the luggage. However, be prepared, in the event of a shortage of helpers, to carry and lift your own luggage for short distances.  

3.    Be flexible, enjoy, and have a great attitude! 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.  We know our host countries and programs very well, so ask away! 


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