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Program Objective

To give social workers the opportunity to improve their Spanish language skills, enhance their cultural competency, and learn about the social work profession in Costa Rica. The California Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-CA) assisted in planning this two-week program.

Program Goals

  • To improve attendees’ language skills (levels may range from low beginning through high advanced).
  • To enhance attendees’ cultural competency by offering lectures regarding the Latin culture.
  • To give attendees the opportunity to live with host families and to enhance cultural understanding.
  • To provide attendees with information about the social work profession in Central America.
  • To give attendees the opportunity to experience social work by scheduling visits with local agencies.


  • ACCE picks up students at the Alajuela International Airport.
  • Accommodations
  • Staying with a host family includes breakfast and dinner. Staying in a villa does not include any meal.
  • Laundry Service
  • Study materials
  • Internet service
  • Dance classes
  • Cooking classes
  • Tour of the city (learning the most important places).

Not included, but available:

Half day excursions, Full day excursions and Multi day excursions to areas of Costa Rica: volcanoes, rain-forest, national parks, biological reservations, beaches, extreme sports, others.

Program Format

This program is scheduled for a two-week period with specific days and times for curriculum related activities. This two-week program will provide a total of 40 hours of language classes and 16 hours of cultural classes and activities. Each class has a maximum of four students and the emphasis is on conversational skills.

First Saturday:Students arrive.
First Sunday afternoon:Placement test.
Monday – Friday:Langauage classes, 20 hours per week.
Tuesdays & Thursdays:Cultural classes and activities 8 hours per week.
Final Friday Evening:Closing celebration.
Final Saturday:Departure day.

Program Curriculum

Lecture Topics

(a) Costa Rica: An overview of the country and culture.
(b) Social Work in Costa Rica: What, who, how, and where.
(d) Social Work in Latin America.

Guest Speakers

Speakers will include local social work professionals and educators.

Planned Visits

Visits will be made to agencies located within an hour drive from the school.

Program Dates and Fees:

Date Arrival Day Departure Day Program / Host Family (This option is highly suggested for program attendees)Program / Campus Villas (This option does not include any meal)
June 2020Saturday, May 30thSaturday, June 13thUS $ 1,495.00US $ 1,465.00
July 2020Saturday, July 11thSaturday, July 25thUS $ 1,495.00US $ 1,465.00
December 2020Saturday, December 05thSaturday, December 19thUS $ 1,495.00US $ 1,465.00

Program fee includes the following:

Shuttle from and to the AirportSan Jose International Airport (SJO)
Accommodations Two meals daily (breakfast and dinner) and laundry service. Staying in a villa does not include any meal.
ClassesCooking and dance classes
Study materials Language workbook and other cultural materials
Internet Access Computer lab and Wi – Fi available in the campus school and Wi – Fi at the villas.
Tour of the city Learn about local attractions and points of interest

Not included in this fee:

The cost of airfare and any tour or excursion such as jungle tour, etc.
ACCE Contact Information, Email Address: