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  • Locations: San Ramón, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Q4 Course
  • Restrictions: SUNY Oswego applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Q4 Course
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Instruction Language: English Housing Options: Program arranged housing
Program Type: Faculty-led SUNY Code: 842
Program Coordinator: Megan Kropf - Faculty Leader: Anneke McEvoy (
Program Description:
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The Course
Students in this course will experience teaching English in a global context and will examine sustainable development through the lens of education. The course will explore the history of education in Latin America and Costa Rica as well as the region’s economic development. Students will draw upon their own experiences as learners as they consider language learning and teaching as well as teaching English to speakers of other languages. Students will observe the role of a community school at Centro Espiral Mana (CEM), which offers courses for teachers and teacher educators and works with local schools and the surrounding community to offer English instruction to people in the area. Students will observe CEM as a teacher-training site as well as teaching English to support local economic development and sustainability. Participants will further examine their own beliefs about teaching, learning, language, and community as they develop culturally relevant, authentic, instruction to help local students grow as English speakers.

Tentative Itinerary
Sunday, May 19 Depart the U.S.  Arrive at Centro Espiral Mana and settle in  
Monday, May 20 through Friday, May 24 Morning: Class/School or Site visits. Early afternoon: Planning to Teach. Late afternoon: Free time. After dinner: Teach. 
Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 Optional recreational trips in area (examples include rafting, swimming, zip-lining)
Monday, May 27 through Friday, May 31 Morning: Class/School or Site visits. Early afternoon: Planning to Teach. Late afternoon: Free time. After dinner: Teach.
Saturday, June 1 Depart Centro Espiral Mana

Housing and Meals
Students will be housed in dormitories at Centro Espriral Mana. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks will be provided.

Program Costs
The cost information (with details of included and additional costs) can be found in the "budget sheet" section at the top of this brochure.

Payment Dates
  • December 2nd:   $250 deposit due
  • January 15th:   Program Balance due
Financial Aid
Students currently receiving financial aid can use their aid for overseas study, and may, in some cases, have their awards increased. Students not currently receiving financial aid may be eligible. Contact the Financial Aid office (206 Culkin) for information.

Course Enrollment & Requirements
The study visit is a required component of the 3 credit "EDU 305/505 / GLS 402: Teaching, Learning, and Sustainability in Costa Rica" course. The course meets weekly during Q4, and a course syllabus will be provided with course requirements. 

This program is currently not accepting applications.