In the Social Justice and Development Internship Program, after the first five weeks, each student engages in a separate and independent eight-week internship in Nicaragua or Costa Rica. In all countries, students live with local home-stay families.
In both programs, intensive Spanish training is part of the curriculum and the use of the language is constantly emphasized.
Emergency Medical Evacuation, Repatriation and 24 hour Emergency Assistance Services (for help with medical and legal issues via a collect call from anywhere) are highly recommended for all ICADS participants. The average cost for air evacuation runs around $8,000 (and in some situations can run up as high as $50,000). It will be your responsibility to pay for it on the spot, unless you can show proof of insurance or flash your platinum Visa. So, we recommend that you have either this type of insurance, the money on hand or the Visa.
In addition to emergency medical evacuation, repatriation and 24 hour emergency assistance services coverage, we also recommend you consider supplemental medical insurance to “supplement” your domestic medical insurance. High quality “comprehensive” travel insurance protection is available for reasonable rates from a number of companies. If you have travel insurance while studying at ICADS, please make sure to provide ICADS with a copy of your policy as well as the collect call phone number for your 24 hour international emergency assistance provider. Check with your insurance provider to find out what options they offer.
As far as packages, we strongly discourage sending any packages through the mail. Most packages are held and detained at customs, and to get them you need to go to the customs office and pay an import tax based on the value of the item. ICADS is not responsible for any costs associated with packages that are held at customs.