The International PDS in San José, Costa Rica provides opportunities for students and faculty members from Buffalo State to gain exposure to the culture and community of Costa Rica by working with local children and completing service learning activities and studying the Spanish language. Buffalo State students and faculty travel to Costa Rica every other January for two weeks.
San José, Costa Rica, is the capital and largest city in the Republic of Costa Rica. The country is located in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua (north), Panama (south), the Carribbean Sea (east) and Pacific Ocean (west). It is known for having a stable democracy and a highly educated and progressive population. The climate of Costa Rica is tropical year round, with seasons defined by the amount of rain – dry summers from December to April and rainy winters from May to November. It is rich in animal and plant varieties and 25% of the land is protected parks and areas. The country boasts very progressive environmental sustainability models and policies. Spanish is the primary language plus at least five local indigenous languages spoken.
The overall cost of the program includes: roundtrip flight, lodging (some with host families), group ground transportation, language course/textbook, group cultural excursions, travel health insurance and program administrative fees but does not include anticipated or unexpected personal expenses. The current program estimate is $3000. Final program costs are determined once all participants are enrolled. Some expenses are included in a one-time fee applied to Buffalo State tuition bill. Other expenses are paid separately by each student before and during travel.
Applications are accepted through the School of Education during open application periods only (see above). Applicants must submit a completed application form, essay of intent, one academic reference, and a copy of past grades and current course registration. Handwritten applications are acceptable.
- Open to all current Buffalo State undergraduate or graduate students - including those graduating the December prior travel
- Must maintain good academic standing
- Must be able to obtain passport
- Good fit for psychology, social work and teacher education majors
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