New Study Abroad program: Costa Rica!
Posted July 20, 2012
Do you enjoy sunbathing on golden beaches and hiking spectacular mountains? Discovering other cultures and speaking Spanish? Then spend winter term 2013 in San Isidro del General, Costa Rica, earning credit from Mt. Hood Community College as part of MHCC’s newest Study Abroad program.
MHCC is delighted to announce the Costa Rica Study Abroad program, which joins programs in Japan, Italy, Paris and London. This newest program will offer 15 transfer credits in MHCC’s Spanish Immersion program. In just eight weeks, students will learn a full year of Spanish. The course will include grammar, writing and conversation that will be put into practice with local community members. Host families will open their homes to students in the tropical town of San Isidro del General, where courses for both first and second year students will be held.
“This program provides students a brilliant education by blending the students into the Costa Rican culture,” says Paul Eckhardt, MHCC Spanish instructor. “Students will learn to speak the native language in order to have their daily needs met and to live comfortably with their host families.”
Eckhardt has been working hard on the Costa Rica Study Abroad program, including traveling to the Central American country to develop the curriculum and make all the arrangements.
Eckhardt is excited about Costa Rica’s magnificent terrain. A one-day trip from San Isidro del General and students can enjoy hot, sandy beaches or splashing in the Pacific Ocean. Take a weekend trip in the other direction, and students can hike Chirripό National Park, home to Costa Rica’s tallest peak. There are breathtaking waterfalls, massive rivers and zip-lining through lush jungles.
This winter term 2013, 20 students will embark on this life-changing Costa Rican trip. The cost for the trip, including MHCC tuition, is estimated at $4,475. “Students may think that’s too much money,” says Eckhardt, “but I can’t express enough what a great experience this will be. They will learn a lot about themselves, life and family.”
If you are interested in the Costa Rica Study Abroad program, please contact Eckhardt at 503-491-7497 about the application process.
By Amber Patton