The fastest way to learn about another culture is by immersing yourself in its life and language. Join us on our affordable study abroad program next summer to visit a rich landscape of volcanoes, cloud forests and tropical beaches. Earn college credits while recording your impressions through travel journals, learning to draw and write with EvCC instructors Linda Berkley, Studio Art and Phebe Shen, English.
Travel and Study in Costa Rica 2013
After flying into San Jose, we soon meet our host families for our first week’s stay in San Joaquín, suburb of Heredia. San Joaquín offers a typical “Tico” or local Costa Rican life style surrounded by countryside of coffee and sugar plantations, while only 30 minutes away from Costa Rica's capital. Each morning we attend semi-private Spanish language classes held at the prestigious Centro Panamericano de Idiomas (CPI), Heredia campus complimented with Art/English studies and daily tours or cultural activities. We will cook a typical Latin lunch, visit museums in San Jose, tour botanical gardens and a traditional ox cart workshop in Sarchi, sketch nature and wildlife on site at the Poas Volcano and the La Paz Waterfall gardens and take a Latin dance class.
We walk guided nature hikes through local trails and national reserves, visit local coffee plantations, sustainable farms and arts and craft cooperatives, soar over the rainforest canopy on ziplines and encounter tropical wonders of plant and wildlife; hummingbirds, orchids, monkeys, quetzals, wild cats, 5% of the world’s biological diversity. Our observations expand in Art/English travel journals, recording the peaceful beauty of the rainforest in sketch and prose.
We descend from the mountains by private van to the southern coast, via a river tour on Rio Tarcoles, crucial habitat for the American crocodile. Our travels conclude with a weekend at Manuel Antonio, with a guided nature hike in the National Park and time to relax on the beach or at the hotel pool before returning to San Jose and flights home.
Two-Week Summer Program includes:
- Spanish culture and language immersion classes
(1 week, 4 hours per day, 20 hours)
- Home stay and hotel accommodations
- Most meals
- Private ground transportation
- Health Insurance
- All administrative, guide, entrance and activity fees
- Travel journal
2013 Summer Program Dates:
June 15 – 30, 2013
Program Cost as of October 2012:
Not included: Airfare, EvCC tuition, passport and personal expenses.
Students earn EvCC credits by enrolling Spring Term 2013 for ART 299 (1 credit) and ENGL 299 (1 credit) as part of their regular class schedule. Regular tuition policies apply for all EvCC credits and are not included in the quoted program costs.
Students who already meet EvCC’s requirements for financial aid and who are interested in participating in the study abroad program should speak with an EvCC Financial Aid advisor for further information on available funding.
For more information or for an application, contact Linda Berkley, Studio Art Faculty, (425) 388-9318 or Phebe Shen, English Faculty, (425) 388-9410 at Everett Community College.
- Attend an informational meeting on campus.
Thursday, Jan 17 @ 10am in WHI 361
Tuesday, Feb 12 @ 3:30pm in WHI 374
Wednesday, March 6 @ 1pm in GWH 264
- Complete and submit the following forms:
Application/Medical Info/CPI Enrollment
Trip Contract/Payment Schedule
EvCC Participation Agreement and Liability Waiver
Scholarship - Study Abroad
- Hand-deliver or mail all forms to:
Linda Berkley, Studio Art Faculty
RE: Costa Rica Study Abroad
Office: Whitehorse #308
Everett Community College
2000 Tower Street, MS#167
Everett, WA 98205
- Review Program Fees and follow suggested Payment Schedule as outlined below.
|Reserve your place
||$200 non-refundable deposit (unless the trip is cancelled by Everett Community College. Note: eight student minimum required 60 days prior to trip start date).
|Submit application forms
||Drop off with Linda Berkley: Application, Trip Contract, Participation Agreement & Scholarship forms
|March 15, 2013
||$900 deposit payment
|Spring Term 2013
||Register for 2 credits (1 credit ART 299 and 1 credit ENG 299) Option for additional credits available.
|April 19, 2013
||Deadline to purchase airfare
|May 17, 2013
||$900 final payment or remaining balance
- Email program coordinators Linda Berkley firstname.lastname@example.org or Phebe Shen email@example.com if you have any questions.
Scholarship Study Abroad Brochure Costa Rica
CPI Helpful Information 2013
How to Apply for a US Passport
USPS Passport Application