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2 Week Language & Cultural Immersion Program for Social Workers

Posted: February 02, 2011

The California Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-CA) is planning four two-week long trips to Costa Rica. Program objectives are 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.

You can receive 20 CEU’s through Homestead Schools for attending this program.

For more information, contact ACCE at:
Web site: www.acce.co.cr
E - mail address: info@acce.co.cr

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

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.

2010 2011 Program Dates
December 2010:
Saturday, December 4 (arrival day) – Saturday, December 18 (departure day)
January 2011:
Sunday, January 2 (arrival day) – Sunday, January 16 (departure day)
June 2011:
Sunday, June 4 (arrival day) – Sunday, June 18 (departure day)
July 2011:
Saturday, July 23 (arrival day) – Saturday, August 06 (departure day)

Program fees for December 2010 and January 2011 sessions:
Program/Host family $1,150.00 – This option is highly suggested for program attendees.
Program/Campus villas $1,150.00*

Program fees for June 2011 and July 2011 sessions:
Program/Host family $1,200.00 – This option is highly suggested for program attendees.
Program/Campus villas $1,200.00*

Extending the Stay:
Register for additional weeks of language classes either before or after this program and receive a 10% discount on extra fees.

Program fee includes the following:
Shuttle from and to the Airport San Jose International Airport (SJO; accommodations; two meals daily (breakfast and dinner) and laundry service. However, staying in a villa for 2010 summer sessions do not include dinner Classes Cooking and dance classes.

Also included:
Study materials; language workbook; other cultural materials; internet access; computer lab and Wi - Fi available in the campus school and villas; and a tour of the city to 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.

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