UNA students have already spent (almost) an entire month here in Costa Rica! Four weeks goes by quickly, and students are planning to make the most of thier last week of classes studying hard and finishing strong.
This past week students from UNA braved the heights of the Costa Rican Canopy and did a zipline tour in the cloudforest surrounding the Barva Volcano area. Students enjoyed zipping along the cables to platforms between the trees and caught some nice views of the surrounding forest!
This week has been a relaxing one for UNA students, with fewer activities and more leisure time to continue getting familiar with the town of San Joaquin and with the Spanish language.
Most mornings students can be found at the local bakery working on homework and enjoying a sweet treat, and in the afternoons they can be found in Spanish class working hard on thier Español…
Thursday morning provided a little more action, as students participated in a cooking class at CPI Heredia. They enjoyed the chance to get thier hands dirty and make some “arroz con pollo” (rice and chicken) that was accompanied by a salad and some warm tortillas.
Everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch and between them the students polished off an entire pot of arroz con pollo, saying it was one of the tastiest meals they has eaten!
This weekend students from UNA had a jam packed schedule!
On Friday night they went to “Noches Tipicas,” a beautiful restaurant located in Escazú with a great view of the Central Valley and the lights of San José, Alajuela and Heredia. The dances varied, with rythms native to the Central Valley, Guanacaste and Limón. Students got to see a little bit of everything, and then got to practice thier dance moves too!
After a night of good food and dancing, students returned homed to prepare for the next day, a trip to Manuel Antonio!
Bright and early at 6am students departed from San Joaquin de Flores and were on thier way to the province of Punarenas and one of the most popular National Parks in the country. They arrived mid-morning and on the way to the beach saw plenty of wildlife: monkeys, frogs and even sloths!
After enjoying the beach in the morning and swimming in the high surf, they headed into town and had lunch before checking into the hotel and getting ready for the rest of the evening. On Sunday they enjoyed some more beach time before returning to San Joaquin and thier homestay families with stories to tell.
This morning students from UNA visited the center of the town of San Joaquin and stopped at the local farmer’s market to do a fun activity and learn more about fruits and vegetables.
Students did a photo scavenger hunt, finding certain fruits and veggies and other items and asking about prices and how they are eaten or prepared.
We will see which group wins! Groups had to take photos of every item and fill in the blanks for thier scavenger hunt, and the judges will be the chaperone and OF COURSE the profesora!
This weekend students will be going to Manuel Antonio National Park to enjoy some fun in the sun and hopefully see some wildlife!
Welcome University of North Alabama students to CPI and the beautiful country of Costa Rica!
These students will study for 4 weeks in an immersion program and learn first-hand about Costa Rican culture and the Spanish language.
So far students have gone to visit the city of Heredia and today are visiting the capital of the country, San José. With 75% of the population here in the Central Valley, students will definately get a feel for what life is like for the average Tico. PURA VIDA!
Some pictures from the Heredia City Tour! Welcome to la provincia de las flores!
On Sunday, the Michigan State University Fullbright-Hayes group headed to Flamingo!
Since being here, we’ve hit the ground running! After a walking tour, the group headed to Flamingo Beach for a brief moment in the sun before meeting host families!
Then, we ventured to Santa Cruz, a historically pre-Colombian history rich area. Our guide Carlos told us of the history and culture of the area, and then it was off to Guatil, where we received an amazing pottery demonstration by pottery master Willy!
The craftmanship is amazing! With no electronic or modern tools involved in the process, master artisans like Willy hand spin pottery, fire it in their homemade kilns, and paint their masterpieces with natural mineral paints from the mountains.
Our very own Kalee tried her hand at pottery! It looks almost like Willy’s…..right?
Today, some of the group took a dance class! We merengued until I’m pretty sure we sweated away all of the calories from breakfast. Look at these hips shaking!
So what do you think, almost Ticos right?!
Georgia Southern has been taking advantage of every possible “Pura Vida” moment in Costa Rica possible! Not only have they been going on awesome excursions to San José, the CAPITAL of Costa Rica, Poas Volcano, Waterfall Gardens, going to a SOCCER game, and checking out the hot spots all throughout the area, they are also learning a lot of Spanish along the way!
Check out these awesome pics of them at the Saprissa vs. L.D.A game!
That was only the FIRST week! More to come! PURA VIDA!
Costa Rica will never be the same….Georgia Southern has ARRIVED! This super cool group will be spending 4 fun-filled weeks in the most beautiful country in the world! Check out some pics, get to know their faces…they’re pretty much celebrities in San Joaquín!
Below, you can see them enjoying their first week in Costa Rica! Their activities include: Walking tour of San Joaquín and Heredia, Latin Cooking class, and celebrating two birthday! Matt and Chad! Feliz cumpleaños chicos!! Qué lindo ese grupo, no?!
After an action packed week in Heredia, the Fullbright-Hayes Michigan State University group was ready to head towards some greenery, education, and relaxation in Monteverde!
Our group has visited Life Monteverde, a sustainably-minded farm that allowed our teachers to explore the UN’s Millennial Goal of Enviornmental Sustainability. After a tour and observation, the group planted trees and had a discussion with Guillermo, one of the founders of the farm, about fair-trade and environmental solutions.
Later that day, the group had a relaxing hot tub night!
And today, our group ventured to the Monteverde Reserve to explore the vast nature of the cloud forest. The group saw various plants, animals, even the rare Quetzal bird!
All the while, they’ve been taking Spanish classes, enjoying the fresh air of our cloud forest campus, and continue to be Pura Vida about everything!