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

“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

Some tips to learn better Spanish

ICADS30th Anniversary, Conservation, Costa Rica, Culture, Environment, Health care system, Internship, Justice, Language, Latin America, News, Nicaragua, Research, Spanish, Study Abroad, Sustainability, Tips for travel

By Gabriela García, ICADS Spanish Coordinator Learn a new word in the dictionary every day; write it down; use it at least three times during the day and review it again the next day before learning a new one. Listen to music in Spanish; start with romantic songs first, because they’re slower; little by little listen to other faster rhythms and … Read More

Meeting the Standards

ICADS30th Anniversary, Costa Rica, Culture, Internship, Justice, Language, Latin America, Nicaragua, Research, Spanish, Study Abroad

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By Kat Peters, M.Ed., Assistant Director It is with great pride that I share with you that in December of 2016, in ICADS’s 30th Anniversary, our institution was recognized by The Forum on Education Abroad as being in “substantial conformity” with the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. ICADS has been a member of The Forum since 2013.  Our membership … Read More

On the lookout for neotropical birds in Missouri

ICADS30th Anniversary, Conservation, Costa Rica, Environment, Latin America, Research, Study Abroad, Sustainability

By David Norman Lots of birds have two homes thousands of miles from each other, one that gives them lots of food for raising babies, and another to keep them fit until the next breeding season. In the ICADS field course we see birds in Costa Rica from October to April that by the month of May have flown away … Read More