Costa Rica Homestays
Culture, Environmental, and Ecology Track

Family Stays

Costa Rican host family stays provide a window into the culture as the families include students in their daily lives and introduce students to relatives from a variety of age groups and backgrounds. Through discussions with the family, students begin to give a human face to important issues and ideas covered in their courses. Often relationships developed with host family members turn into friendships that last long past the end of the program.

Students will have two family stays. The first will be for one month in San Jose while students study Spanish intensively. Students’ second family stay for the remainder of the semester will be with a rural farming family. Homes are usually small with simple amenities and less chance for privacy.  Students are encouraged to see their host families as co-educators on the program along with staff and faculty and take advantage of the opportunity host families provide to deepen culture and language learning as well as explore important topics and issues covered in the course.