Costa Rica because it is a model country for sustainable development, peace, and social innovation. Costa Rica was also ranked as the safest country in Latin America in 2011.
Living with a Host Family
In Costa Rica you will be living with a host family identified by our staff as being warm, welcoming and representative of the local culture. Your Costa Rican family will be located in the town of Ciudad Colon, within 7 km from the UPEACE university campus, which is about a 30 minute drive from San Jose International Airport.
Your homestay family will host you for the duration of the Changemaker Sprint program. You will have your own bedroom and will be provided two meals per day. All our homestays are within walking distance from the town of Ciudad Colon, which is about 7 km from the University for Peace.
The host families we work with have been selected carefully. They know what our students expect from their home-stays and are families that mirror the famous hospitality of Costa Ricans. Participants and their hosts will learn a lot by living together.
Learning a New Language
Though the program is administered in English, you will learn Spanish as part of your Changemaker experience. During the first week of your stay, the orientation week language placement tests will be organized in order to make sure everybody can fully benefit from the right level of language instruction.
If you already speak Spanish, your knowledge of the local language of Costa Rica will help you considerably in your integration and cultural immersion in the country. In this case, you will be able to enroll in French and/or Portuguese language classes instead of Spanish.
Leaving home for the first time is a brave endeavor. Once you arrive, you will be greeted by several other students your same situation. By the end of your program, Costa Rica will likely feel like your ‘other home.’