Name of Organization: Intercultura
Location (city, country): Heredia, Costa Rica
Dates of your attendance: Summer, 2000
Purpose of site institution (3-4 words): Spanish language study
Is there a language requirement? If so, state language:


Activities available:

language study

Opportunities appropriate for:

pre-clinical students
clinical students

  1. Please describe your activities while abroad (eg, seeing patients, clinical research, public health project, etc.):
    Small classroom experience in Spanish language and some Costa Rican culture, 20 hours per week. Homestay with family. I also volunteered at a local hospital and took one medical spanish class (2 hours, one day)--both arranged through the school.

  2. Please describe the range of activities available, in addition to yours:

  3. Would you recommend this institution to other Penn medical students? Why?
    This was one of many language schools in the area. I paid to attend the school and to stay with a family in the area. It was an effective way to learn the language and a great time.

  4. What did you not like?

  5. Is there an application process for this institution? How does one arrange a visit? Are there important dates to know about?
    Everything is pretty flexible since you're paying. I'd be happy to tell anyone what I know about language schools in the area.

  6. What costs were associated with the trip, other than transportation. Please include institutional fees, housing costs, food, etc.:
    Cost for the school and homestay was a little under $300/week. Airfare was about $600. Additional expenses were minimal.

  7. Did you receive funding for this trip? If so, from whom and for how much? Please provide important information, such as contacts, application procedure, and due dates:
  8. Would you agree to be contacted by other students interested in this site? If so, please give your name and contact information:
    Andrew Miner
    Phone: 215-587-9532

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