Don’t just learn. Be changed.

ICADS Staff

At ICADS we think of learning as a change in behavior. Our programs give you the chance to interact with people and places that do things differently, and that have ideas, both new and old, about justice and sustainability, that will challenge you to reevaluate. How will this experience change you?

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ICADS

We remain committed to providing opportunities for language and cultural immersion through classes and community work, as well as access to background information, scholarly materials, lectures and contact with “regular” Central Americans, who are the real experts when it comes to Central American life.

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Our programs

From semester long internships and independent research opportunities, to summer experiences and monthly intensive Spanish courses, ICADS has something for everyone.

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Spend a 4 weeks in San José learning Spanish and investigating internship opportunities, and 1 week in Nicaragua comparing and contrasting these neighboring countries. Then spend 8 weeks in an individual internship placement, fully immersing yourself in Costa Rican culture… Read more HERE
Spend a 4 weeks in San José learning Spanish, and 1 week in Nicaragua comparing and contrasting these neighboring countries. Then spend 3 weeks travelling around Costa Rica and learning about contemporary environmental and social concerns and choosing a topic for independent research. Finally, spend 4 weeks in a community designing and executing your individual research project… Read more HERE
Spend a 4 weeks in San José learning Spanish and investigating internship opportunities, and 1 week in Nicaragua comparing and contrasting these neighboring countries. Then further your language studies with an 8 week intensive Spanish course and the opportunity to volunteer at community organizations in and around San José… Read more HERE
Want an amazing internship experience, but don’t have the time to dedicate a full semester? Check out our summer internship program and the opportunities that await!… Read more HERE
Looking for a fun and effective way to learn Spanish? Come spend a month or more with us! Spend the mornings in an intensive Spanish class and the afternoons and weekends getting to know San José and Costa Rica. Plus live with a Costa Rican host family and continue your learning outside of class… Read more HERE
Your Gap Year or Semester is a time to explore, to get to know yourself and the world. But we suspect you want something more than just adventure, which is plentiful in Costa Rica.

At ICADS, your explorations of Central America are accompanied by experts in development, social justice, and sustainability, making your experience not only personally fulfilling, but preparing you to make positive change in the world. The Gap Semester Community Immersion Program at ICADS is designed to insert you into Central American society by providing background information on relevant topics, and by freeing you to connect with an exciting community organization in an independent internship. You will also have access to Spanish language support to take full advantage of your new home context… Read more HERE

Student Testimonials.

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    “If you want to become bilingual and bicultural ICADS is the program for you. They provide you with quality structure and support, and numerous adventuresome, eye-opening experiences. Learning should be a fun experience. ICADS will do that and more.”

  • ICADS

    “I would definitely recommend this program even though I want to keep it for myself. I would say that the experience, not only changed my life for the short time I was here but, it will continually change me and I honestly couldn’t ask for more.”

  • ICADS

    “I don’t know of any other program that puts as much emphasis on community-and truly living in a community, and working to give as much as you receive. The experience of building deep relationships and discovering how I can best work with people has taught me more than I can express, pushed me beyond all limits I thought I had and made me stronger than I could have imagined.”

  • ICADS

    “I absolutely recommend this program. Its best resources are less visible – the cultural experience and understanding of the professors, the facilitated and independently created connections to bring you this close, filling your stomach with knots of worry, excitement and responsibility. Your future plans will change. You can’t help but want to come back.”

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