Dialogues that legitimize violence against women

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By Kattia Castro In the framework of the 25th of November, in which we demand the cessation of violence against women, I propose in this article to give evidence toward the prevalence of significantly pernicious imaginaries related to the normalization of violence, which impedes it being unmasked and transformed. In addition, I would like to denounce the complicity that historically … Read More

What An Internship Is Not

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Internship ≠ “Time-Out” Although an internship is often pursued outside of the college campus setting, it should not be viewed as “time-out” from school to go to work.  An internship is first of all a learning experience.  Some people learn more effectively by “doing,” and internships provide that opportunity. Not only will you learn by doing, but by observing how … Read More

Why learn Spanish in Costa Rica?

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By Gabriela García, ICADS Spanish Coordinator Since the 1980s, Costa Rica has had the reputation of being one of the best countries in Latin America to learn Spanish. Costa Rica is a country committed to the environment and recognized worldwide for the beauty of its landscapes. You will have access first hand to many Latin American expressions, sayings and words. … Read More

Drug Trafficking and the “War on Drugs” –Sapere Aude!

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  With this Immanuel Kant’s phrase (“Sapere Aude”), translated as “Dare to Know!”, the Costa Rican ex-Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Pablo Barahona Krüger, began his talk at ICADS. This lawyer specialized in Human Rights and Constitutional Law started analyzing the “Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime” topic inviting our Semester Program student to step out of the … Read More

Urban Gardens in Curridabat, San José, Costa Rica

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By Kat Peters, M.Ed. and candidate for Master’s in Rural Development  While working at ICADS, I was always struck by the passion many students arrive with to their semester abroad.  Topics they care about and learn about at home inspire them to compare and contrast with communities in Central America, in their quest for more justice and better sustainability.  To that … Read More

David’s June trip to the Valley of Mexico

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By David Norman It was only a nine day trip that Eunice and I took to Mexico, D.F., but it was amazing.   Even though there are incredible numbers of people packed into that relatively flat plateau, we saw some positive initiatives worth commenting on.  We crammed into the city’s metro system that moves over 5 million people a day, and … Read More