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

ICADS and Northwestern University promote the Community Based Research Fellows Program (CBR)

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By ICADS The summer, about to come to an end, brought to ICADS many friends, including students and teachers from different American universities. Together with Northwestern University’s Buffet Institute for Global Studies, ICADS hosted a cohort of the Community Based Research Fellows Program (CBR).  Through this partnership, we received three students, Natalie, Bethany and Sam, who developed a 9-week community-driven research … Read More

Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians – Santa Rosa – Palo Verde, Costa Rica. By David Norman

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Our dear Professor David Norman shares his “Reptile and Amphibian Field Guide for the Santa Rosa and Palo Verde National Parks in Costa Rica”. This lively and interactive document will help you to enjoy even more these beautiful Costa Rican parks. You can download it here:  Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians -Santa Rosa – Palo Verde – Costa Rica

Cultural and Educational Activities: Community Service

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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

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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