My Job as Spanish Coordinator: Gaby’s Experience

ICADSICADS, Language, Spanish

Gabriela has been part of the ICADs team for over a decade, but her career began long before that. She has a lifelong passion for teaching Spanish and sharing Latin American culture with students. Her dedication to this cross-cultural teaching and learning is apparent in her work at ICADS. Gabriela is always looking to improve ICADS’ program so every student … Read More

Cultural and Educational Activities: Community Service

ICADSCosta Rica, Environment, Latin America

By Roxana Rojas, ICADS Program Coordinator   At ICADS, we want to make every student’s visit a life-changing experience.  We plan different cultural and educational activities in the afternoons as a way for students to understand better the history, values, beliefs, language, customs, and national identity of the country they are visiting. Culture is very important for us.  We want … Read More

Costa Rican Expressions You Need to Know

ICADSCosta Rica, Language, Spanish, Study Abroad

Several weeks ago, we shared someuseful Costa Rican words for your next visit to our country.  However, “Tico language” also includes slang phrases. In Costa Rica idioms can be endless, and they vary according to the region.  We asked some of our Costa Rican friends to tell us the most common phrases they use.  Take a look!   This is an … Read More

Living with a Costa Rican Family


When studying abroad, sometimes it’s stressful to live with a family that has different customs, and speaks a different language. At ICADS we know this, so today we want to share with you some general information and rules about the Costa Rican families which are part of ICADS community.   Students have access to basic appliances such as stoves, washing … Read More

8 Costa Rican Words You Need to Know

ICADSCosta Rica, Culture, Language, Spanish, Tips for travel

If you are planning to visit Costa Rica any time soon we strongly suggest learning some of the country’s most common words. Today we’ll share eight, but trust us, there’s more. While we may give you the definitions to these words, make sure to also remember that your tone, pitch, and body language are essential to understand what people are … Read More

Cultural and Educational Activities: Visiting the National Museum


ICADS’ program, in addition to the language class, has a series of educational and cultural activities during the afternoons, that helps foreigner students to understand better Costa Rican’s history, its culture, its beliefs, its values, the way it is, its folklore, the national symbols that identify, economic and political aspects of the country, its economic and social development. All of … Read More

“My Experience at Fundación Mujer: Looking for Women and Refugees’ Financial Stability”

ICADSCosta Rica, Culture, Internship, Latin America, Study Abroad

This semester, our Internship Program students had something in common: they all wanted to learn about the challenges women face in Central America. Rebecca Ritter, an English and Spanish student at Saint Mary’s College of Maryland, was one of them. She wanted to learn about microfinances and its impact on women entrepreneurship, so advisors at ICADS suggested that she intern … Read More

ICADS Newsletter-Spring 2017

ICADSConservation, Costa Rica, Culture, Environment, Internships, Justice, Language, Latin America, Nicaragua, Research, Spanish, Study Abroad, Sustainability, Uncategorized

The first semester program of the year is over. Numerous students became ICADSers this 2017 and took on a life changing opportunity, where they committed to ICADS’ principles: social justice and sustainable development. Below is a quick look at what some of them have experienced this semester.   Field Program First, students went to the Southern Pacific Region of Costa … Read More

ICADS Semester Program Spring 2017.

ICADSCosta Rica, Culture, Environment, ICADS, Internship, News, Nicaragua, Research, Study Abroad

  Time has gone so fast and our Spring Semester Program is almost over! During Block I, ICADS students enjoyed lectures about contemporary Costa Rica — biodiversity and ecosystems; the church, state, and gender; economic systems and human rights; informal economy; direct foreign investment, and colonialism. They also visited an organic coffee farm and learned about land use capacity. In … Read More