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Advanced Healthcare Spanish Immersion in Costa Rica

  • Course Dates: May 24 - July 1, 2017
  • Application & Deposit Deadline: February 15, 2017
  • Program Fee: $5,440 - $5,700 (plus airfare)
  • Faculty Director: Professor Elizabeth Fouts
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The purpose of this program is to provide an immersive study abroad program for student completing the Spanish minor for nursing majors. The program consists two courses a conversation course and a four week internship in San Jose, Costa Rica.

SP 372 ST Advanced Healthcare Spanish Immersion (4 credits): Designed to be taught over the course of a six week period, this intense hybrid conversation course begins one week prior to the study abroad experience. Students will prepare for their Spanish internship by learning pertinent vocabulary, interview techniques as well as reviewing cultural facts, figures and statistics designed to prepare them for the immersion experience. Once in the study abroad location, students continue to acquire communication techniques while applying their conversational skills with daily assignments.

SP400 Spanish Internship (4 credits): International Studies Abroad will provide students with internship placement and follow-up tracking for the four-week internship experience. Potential internship sites include the following sites.

  • Cancer Support Center: This nonprofit organization is dedicated to the prevention of cancer, providing treatment, and supporting patients and their families. Participants may be able to assist in receiving patients and writing and maintaining patient records. Observe supportive therapies developed by the center's psychologists, or assist with educational workshops and presentations to raise cancer awareness.
  • Children's Hospital: This hospital treats children with a vast array of medical conditions including burns, cancer, acute conditions, premature birth, and more. Visit and read to children in the various wards. Assist volunteer staff at the hospital with the duties of the ward and boost morale of the patients through story-telling, arts and crafts projects and games.
  • HIV Non-Profit Organization: Provide workshops and educational talks to the public, conduct research and provide emotional support for patients affected by HIV, AIDS and/or STIs. Assist the organization in strengthening their prevention efforts and contributing to a better quality of life for patients.
  • Senior Citizens' Home: San José's senior citizens gather at the senior citizens' home to socialize and participate in recreational activities. Plan activities, organize games, read and talk with them, teach dance or aerobics classes and assist with everyday activities. This placement is ideal for practicing Spanish language skills and learning about Costa Rican history.
  • Special Education Center: This center empowers visually-impaired, hearing-impaired, intellectually disabled and other disabled individuals to live independently by providing counseling and physical, speech and occupational therapy in addition to music, art and physical education. Students at the center also receive dietary guidance and medical care. Become actively involved in the community by aiding educational or creative instruction, assisting in the dining area, and coordinating recreational activities.

Eligibility: Open to Nursing majors who have completed SP300 Spanish IV and when possible, Spanish for Introduction to Professional Nursing (SP310), Spanish for Health Assessment (SP326), and Spanish for Nursing Care of the Elderly and Chronically Ill (SP327).

Transportation: A recommended flight itinerary will be provided to students registered for the program. Students are responsible for booking their own flight AFTER the course has been confirmed to run (i.e. participant minimum number is reached). The international flight cost is not included in the program fee. In country transportation will be on coach buses for excursions and local buses when traveling to your internship site.

Housing: Students will be able to experience the unique culture of San José by living with host families while on the program. In addition to having an opportunity to be immersed in the Spanish language, participants will observe and experience aspects of the Costa Rican lifestyle that are inaccessible to most visitors. The homes are located throughout the city within walking distance or via local bus, 10-45 minutes from where classes will be held. Most of our families are made up of individuals who do not speak English. Some of the households do have English-speaking members, and all are experienced in hosting participants with all levels of Spanish.

Program Costs:

  • $5,700 (9 students or less) or $5,440 (10+ students)
  • Airfare (individual estimate to/from BOS) $750
  • Meals: two meals per day are included in the program fee; $50 per week is recommended for additional meals
  • Estimate Incidentals: $100 per week (bus fair, snacks, and recreation activities)

What's included in the program fee:

  • Group airport pick up and drop office in Costa Rica
  • On-site orientation
  • Most meals
  • Accommodation
  • Cultural Activities
  • International health and travel insurnace

What's not included:

  • Airfare: $750 (estimate)
  • Passport fee: $185
  • Costa Rica airport departure tax: $30
  • Spending money

Payment Schedule:
$500 deposit due with application by February 15, 2017
March 15: balance of program costs

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