Program Details

Camp staff consists of two chaperones (one native English-speaker and one Costa Rican), school administrative support staff, Teen Program Coordinators, Latin dance and cooking teachers, experienced tour guides, and highly qualified Spanish teachers. All S
Location:
Heredia, Costa Rica
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
If you’re between 13 and 18, come to Costa Rica this summer and do zip-lining and rafting, go on a Tarzan swing, do a high ropes course, explore some natural hot springs, hike through the rainforest, ride horses in the jungle, see gigantic waterfalls, sea turtles and crocodiles, explore volcanoes and get to know the abundant wildlife and landscapes this small country possesses. Monday to Friday, you will receive 4 hours of intensive Spanish classes in our air-conditioned classrooms, where each teacher will have no more than 6 students. You will be amazed by how much Spanish you will learn in a short time. At night, you will practice your Spanish with your new “Tico” (Costa Rican) family, or have them help you with your homework or studies. At school, you will have many other opportunities to apply the language while learning how to cook a typical dish, practicing your new Salsa steps or watching a movie in Spanish.

Camp staff consists of two chaperones (one native English-speaker and one Costa Rican), school administrative support staff, Teen Program Coordinators, Latin dance and cooking teachers, experienced tour guides, and highly qualified Spanish teachers. All Spanish professors have a Bachelor's degree in Education, Literature, and/or Linguistics (most hold a Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language); our senior staff also have their Master's degree in the same field. All Spanish teachers are native speakers with ample experience in teaching Spanish as a second language, and they all receive continuing education at university seminars and conferences on language acquisition. Most importantly, our Teen Camp Spanish teachers are trained in adolescent pedagogical methods and utilize Intercultura's own course texts and materials, which have been carefully developed for teen learners.

For the session starting July 24th, the first week is spent in Heredia while staying at a homestay and the second week is spent in beautiful Sámara Beach staying in a hotel with swimming pool and close access to the beach, where you will enjoy various activities such as: surfing, sea kayaking, beach-bonfires, biking, etc. Whichever option you choose, after classes on Friday, you will head off to an exotic locations in Costa Rica where you will spend the whole weekend (2 nights – 3 days) participating in a array of amazing activities like horseback riding, canopy tour (zip-lining), suspension bridges, visits to hot springs, waterfalls, boat tour, snorkeling, and eco-hikes, where you may see white-faced monkeys, howler monkeys, sloths, brightly multi-colored crabs, dragon iguanas and scarlet macaws. Intercultura's 2011 Summer Spanish & Adventure Camp lasts for two or four weeks. The session costs $2100 all inclusive for 2 weeks: airport pick-up and drop-off, chaperones and guides, Spanish classes, lodging, all meals, snacks, activities, entrance fees, and tours by bus and boat (airfare to and from Costa Rica is not included). Multiple-student/session and need-based financial assistance is available.
Setting Description:
Classes take place in Sámara at our tropical, beachfront campus (with air-conditioned or open-air classrooms), and in Heredia, at our beautiful colonial city campus. Intercultura's campuses provide free Internet and wireless, tropical gardens, hammocks, study and social areas, language lab, fully-equipped classrooms, dance studio, stage, TV room, our friendly multi-lingual support staff, and in Sámara, football and volleyball on the beach, and outdoor showers to rinse off after a quick swim between classes!

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