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Monday, March 21, 2011

Abroad Opportunity in Costa Rica

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School's Center for International Business and Education Research Announces:

May 13 - June 4, 2011 

Elective course  
Immersion in Costa Rica is an intensive three-week summer program designed for students and for business people who are interested in learning Span-ish. This program is open to participants with no lan-guage experience, as well as those with varied profi-ciency levels. The program provides participants the opportunity to maximize their language, business and cultural learning experience in a real life setting. Par-ticipants will have four 2-hour classes with the program leader prior to departure. 

Program Highlights: 

Five Hours Of Daily Language Instruction - in small groups with experienced teachers from our partner schools. 
Homestays - Students will be assigned to a host family; one student per family. Students will further enrich their homestay experience through daily breakfast and dinner with their family during the first and third week of the program. 
Four Business Visits - Participants will meet with company managers to tour the facilities and learn firsthand about the firms’ initiatives and business practices. 
Four Lectures - Students will learn about the Costa Rican economy, society, business cul-ture, history and political climate. 
Project-Based Learning - Students will deepen their Spanish skills through a company or service learning project. 
Community Outreach - Participants will apply their language skills through community service. 
Cultural Excursions - The group will visit important cultural sites (i.e., Arenal Volcano, and the National Park “Rincón de la Vieja” 

2011 Program Fee 
$3,900 (airfare not included) 
Program fee covers: 
Language classes 
Business visits 
Project-based learning experience 
Community outreach activity 
Homestays and hotel accommodations 
Three 2-day weekend cultural excursions (i.e. Arenal Volcano, Rincón de la Vieja National Park, Hot Springs, Jaco) 
Cultural activities: horseback riding and canopy tours 

For additional information, please contact: 
Maria Elena Rodriguez 
Director, Working Languages 
Tel: 919-962-6822 

Costa Rica Program Itinerary 

Week One: Heredia 
Friday, May 13th - Arrival and homestays 
Saturday, May 14 - Overnight cultural excursion to 
Arenal Volcano, stop at historic Zarcero 
and Sarchi, visit the hot springs “Tabacón” 
and enjoy the horseback riding or canopy tours 
Monday, May 16 - Language classes and lecture 
Walking tour of historic downtown 
Tuesday, May 17 - Language classes and lectures 
Visit to INCAE and company visit 
Wednesday, May 18 - Language classes 
Community outreach at orphanage 
“Hogar del Niño con Cariño” 
Thursday, May 19 - Language classes 
Company visit 
Cultural excursion 
Friday, May 20 - Language classes 
Depart in the afternoon for a two-day 
cultural excursion to Jaco and transfer to 
Sámara, the hidden fish and farming commu-nity on the Pacific Ocean. 
Week Two-Sámara 
Monday, May 23 - Hotel Belvederes 
Walking tour of historic downtown 
Language class and lecture 
Tuesday, May 24 - Language class and lecture 
Local cultural excursions 
Wednesday, May 25 - Language class 
Community outreach 
Thursday, May 26 - Language class 
Company visit 
Group dinner with guests 
Friday, May 27 - Language class and lecture 
Saturday, May 28 - Two-day cultural outing: Parque 
Nacional Rincón de la Vieja and other cul-tural activities. Walking tour through Focus Natural Pool and transfer back to Heredia. 
Week Three– Heredia 
Monday, May 30 - Language class 
Company visit 
Tuesday, May 31 - Language class 
Project-based learning assignment 
Wednesday, June 1 - Language class 
Project-based learning assignment 
Thursday, June 2 - Language class 
Project-based learning assignment 
Friday, June 3 - Language class 
Presentation on the project-based learning experience 
Reception and farewell dinner 
Saturday, June 4 - Return to the U.S. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the nice information. The Spanish Language School by the name of Chac Mool is a place where Spanish as a second language is helped acquired by the professional teachers here and one of the campuses for this school is situated in Costa Rico, Mexico. The School has been known for to impart knowledge of language for the last 28 years.