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

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

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

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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 Semester Program Spring 2017.

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  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

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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

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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

My Experience at EBAIS + UNIBE: A Leader in Comprehensive Health Care

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By Lillian Solien Greer   Integrating into an organization like anything takes time. Although at EBAIS+ UNIBE, San Pedro, I found this to be easier than expected. If you speak the language and engage in conversation, the response from almost everyone is very positive. At the clinic, it is a tight knit community and the staff are very social. At … Read More