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

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

“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

Our Assistant Director Says Goodbye After 7 years

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Our Assistant Director Says Goodbye After 7 years Kat Peters, our assistant director, said goodbye to ICADS after 7 years and a half here. Kat has gone back to United States, but before she left, she shared with us a little about her years living in Costa Rica and working in Central America. Her experience started many years ago, as … 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

On the lookout for neotropical birds in Missouri

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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