Summer Session
Spanish and Sustainability Practices in Costa Rica

ICDS offers a six-week service-learning program with a strong Spanish language and cultural immersion component, allowing students to improve their language skills as well as contribute to local community development.

Urban Experience:
Participants begin the program with three weeks in San José, where they have orientation and Spanish classes, as well as community service in urban locations. During this time, students live with a local Spanish-speaking family, thus having an opportunity to immerse themselves into the language and the culture before traveling to their Sustainable Practice site in rural Costa Rica.

Rural Experience:
The Sustainability Practices course is held on Finca La Flor in Cartago. The course includes recycling, forestry, medicinal plant gardening, permaculture, organic agriculture, forestry, clean energy and water management. Participants immerse themselves in the culture of rural Costa Rica by living on site at the local Finca. They also work alongside community members as part of La Flor’s involvement in the community’s development.

After completing the work on the farm, students travel to the central Pacific coast for a visit to a national park and a two–day relaxing stay on the beach to celebrate all their hard work.



Course Offering

  • Sustainability Practices and Food Security in Rural Costa Rica
  • Spanish Language (at all levels)



  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Completion of basic level(s) of college Spanish or equivalent


Late May through June

Program cost

$4.950 , including:

  • Tuition for two courses
  • Community work in rural and urban settings
  • Housing with meals: homestays in San José, and lodging in cabins on Finca La Flor
  • Cultural activities
  • Field trips, including a two-day beach trip to Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast