MLA 675: Modern Language Study in Costa Rica
Sámara, Costa Rica
Prof. Pascal Rollet (modern languages)
ABOUT THIS COURSE:
Study Spanish for three weeks in Sámara, Costa Rica, live in a homestay with a Costa Rican family and on weekends, visit the Arenal volcano, the Monte Verde cloud forest reserve and the Rincón de la Vieja national park. In Sámara, you will live in a small village by the Pacific Ocean and stay with a local family with whom you will interact and have breakfast and dinner every day. You will take classes of Spanish for four hours (alternating daily morning and afternoon) and participate in other activities organized by the school, including cooking, dance classes, yoga and more. The study tour is geared towards students of Spanish at any level: you will take a placement exam and be placed in a small class with no more than six students total, taking Spanish classes with experienced Costa Rican teachers. Professor Rollet, a Carthage Professor of Spanish who has studied in Sámara at the Intercultura school, will be on the premises to lead, supervise and guide you. Two weekends will be devoted to touring with the group in the country’s national parks. No Spanish is required prior to coming on this language and cultural study tour and classes will be offered from beginners to advanced. While you cannot receive credit for a full Carthage language course, up to two credits of conversation can be applied towards the completion of the minor for students who have passed or placed beyond Spanish 2020 before January 2020. Total cost for the study tour is $3,200 for three full weeks in Costa Rica including airfare, all local transportation, homestay, breakfast and dinner daily, classes, and various activities at the school.
- Tentative travel dates: Jan. 5-26, 2020
- Estimated cost: $3,200
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