Alajuela, Costa Rica

Alejuela, Costa Rica is a laidback city with a friendly Tico population, Alajuela is definitely worth a visit. In the center of the city is a huge impressive red dome church that is a few minutes away from the Parque Central. This park is lush and green, and is the ideal place to hang out and mingle with the locals, who often come here in the afternoons. West of the park is Alajuela’s central market, which takes up an entire city block and is a great place to shop. Another tourist attraction in this city is the Juan Santamaria Cultural Historical Museum nearby Central Park. This museum houses many historical maps, artifacts and portraits from the battle of 1856.

As capital of Alajuela province, this city lies just a few minutes away from the Juan Santamaria International Airport, With easy access and plenty of bus routes, getting in and out of Alajuela is not a problem. A leading trade center for cattle and the sugar industries of the neighboring areas, Alajuela is a fantastic summer getaway.

Accommodations

Students will have a private room with local families in their homes. The families are all located at a manageable distance from Alajuela city center and ICLC. All host families work exclusively with ICLC and have been screened. In-house laundry service provided at least once a week.

Program Dates and Deadlines

  • Program Dates: August 17-September 15, 2013

Costs

$3,020.00 (Based on up to 14 students)

Registration and non-refundable deposit of $250 is due on May 17, 2013. Balance is due by July 17, 2013. Please check with the study abroad coordinator at your campus for full details.

INCLUDED

  • Orientation session and two placement tests: written exam and OPI: Oral Proficiency Interview.
  • ICLC will provide a local guide for the participants to learn how to use the public bus and they will walk in Grecia center to get familiar with the city.
  • Spanish instruction for 4 hours per day at ICLC ecological campus, in classes with no more than five students per class.
  • Room and board with a Costa Rican family, which includes breakfast, dinner and laundry service.
  • Each student will be housed in a single room. In some specific cases ICLC will accept two participants in the same home stay but special request must be sent with WCCCSA justification.
  • On-site support throughout the duration of the program.
  • Certificate of completion & official transcripts with grades.
  • Farewell lunch at ICLC campus including one member of each host family.
  • Medical insurance

Excursions

Tuesday :TBA Alajuela orientation visit including private transportation, typical lunch and visit to Juan Santamaría Museum.

Saturday TBA: 1 day trip to Doka coffee plantation, Poás Volcano and La Paz Waterfalls, with bilingual escort, private transportation, entrance fee to the National park and to the waterfalls, and lunch included.

Friday TBA: 3 day trip to Manuel Antonio Beach with transportation, hotel accommodation on trip or quad room, 1 entrance fee to the national park and only breakfast included.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare
  • College Tuition and Fees
  • Daily lunch (about $7 /day)
  • Taxi fare to and from school (est. $4/day) and to the airport ($30)
  • Communication outside Costa Rica (phone; internet -$1/hr, etc)
  • Passport Fees
  • Wire Transfer Fees
  • Costa Rica Airport (departure) tax: $27
  • Optional weekend trips and excursions

How to Apply

  1. Schedule an appointment with the Study Abroad Coordinator on your campus and obtain the WCCCSA application packet.
  2. Return completed WCCCSA application packet to your campus coordinator. Once your application has been approved by your coordinator, you will be given directions for on-line registration with ICLC.

Orientation

When: July TBA (Saturday)

Where: TBA

Time: 10am-3pm

What to bring: Students need to bring (a) a signed copy of the Student Guidelines (b) a copy of your passport (c) flight itineraries (d) a notepad to take notes and (e) questions. Student participants should also invite parents, guardians, or whomever they feel should attend with them.

Coffee will be provided in the morning and lunch will be served.

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