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2011 Program Fee

$3,900 (airfare not included)

Program fee covers:

Language classes
Business visits
Project-based learning experience
Community outreach activity
Homestays and hotel accommodations
Three 2-day weekend cultural excursions
(i.e. Arenal Volcano, Rincón de la Vieja “Anyone who is serious about doing business in
National Park, Hot Springs, Jaco) an international context needs to wake up to the
Cultural activities: horseback riding and need for languages...companies will be making a
canopy tours big mistake if they over-estimate the role of Eng-
lish when competitors are already able to re-
spond in several languages.”
For additional information, please contact:
-Hugh Morgan Williams, Chairman of Cran-
ford Group - Confederation of British Industry
Maria Elena Rodriguez
Director, Working Languages
Tel: 919-962-6822

“Watching the people ...listening to them talk, COSTA RICA PROGRAM

eating with them...I don’t feel you can learn a lan-
guage just by sitting in the classroom...Interacting May 13 - June 4, 2011
with the people is where the true learning takes

-Kenan-Flagler student about a Costa Rican

immersion program
Elective course Costa Rica Program Itinerary Dates: May 13– June 4, 2011
The Dive and Thrive Language Week One: Heredia Tuesday, May 24 - Language class and lecture
Local cultural excursions
Immersion in Costa Rica is an intensive
three-week summer program designed for students and Friday, May 13th - Arrival and homestays Wednesday, May 25 - Language class
for business people who are interested in learning Span- Community outreach
Saturday, May 14 - Overnight cultural excursion to
ish. This program is open to participants with no lan-
Arenal Volcano, stop at historic Zarcero Thursday, May 26 - Language class
guage experience, as well as those with varied profi- and Sarchi, visit the hot springs “Tabacón”
ciency levels. The program provides participants the Company visit
and enjoy the horseback riding or canopy Group dinner with guests
opportunity to maximize their language, business and tours
cultural learning experience in a real life setting. Par- Friday, May 27 - Language class and lecture
ticipants will have four 2-hour classes with the program Monday, May 16 - Language classes and lecture
leader prior to departure. Walking tour of historic downtown Saturday, May 28 - Two-day cultural outing: Parque
Nacional Rincón de la Vieja and other cul-
Tuesday, May 17 - Language classes and lectures tural activities. Walking tour through Focus
Program Highlights: Visit to INCAE and company visit Natural Pool and transfer back to Heredia.
Five Hours Of Daily Language Instruction -
in small groups with experienced teachers from Wednesday, May 18 - Language classes
our partner schools. Community outreach at orphanage
“Hogar del Niño con Cariño”
Homestays - Students will be assigned to a
host family; one student per family. Students Thursday, May 19 - Language classes
will further enrich their homestay experience Company visit
through daily breakfast and dinner with their Cultural excursion
family during the first and third week of the

Four Business Visits - Participants will meet

with company managers to tour the facilities Week Three– Heredia
and learn firsthand about the firms’ initiatives Monday, May 30 - Language class
and business practices. Company visit

Four Lectures - Students will learn about the Tuesday, May 31 - Language class
Costa Rican economy, society, business cul- Project-based learning assignment
ture, history and political climate.
Friday, May 20 - Language classes Wednesday, June 1 - Language class
Project-Based Learning - Students will Depart in the afternoon for a two-day Project-based learning assignment
deepen their Spanish skills through a company cultural excursion to Jaco and transfer to
or service learning project. Sámara, the hidden fish and farming commu- Thursday, June 2 - Language class
nity on the Pacific Ocean. Project-based learning assignment
Community Outreach - Participants will
apply their language skills through community Friday, June 3 - Language class
service. Week Two-Sámara Presentation on the project-based learning
Cultural Excursions - The group will visit Monday, May 23 - Hotel Belvederes Reception and farewell dinner
important cultural sites (i.e., Arenal Volcano, Walking tour of historic downtown
and the National Park “Rincón de la Vieja”). Language class and lecture Saturday, June 4 - Return to the U.S.