Six students from the University of Arkansas at Monticello recently spent two weeks in Costa Rica as part of an intensive Spanish Study and Cultural Immersion Program.
The students spent one week in Monteverde and one week in Heredia at the Centro Panamericano de Idiomas, a prestigious school of languages accredited by the Instituto Cervantes. As part of the UAM Study-Abroad Program, students lived with host Costa Rican families while attending classes during the day and practicing the target language in a natural setting at home in the evenings.
“This is the best way to gain proficiency in the language and develop awareness and understanding of the Spanish culture in general,” said Isabel Bacon, associate professor of Spanish. “The students also had the opportunity to participate in educational and leisure excursions, including a hike through the cloud forest of Monteverde.
The students were Alma Rivera of Wilmar, Kelsey Schrimpf of Jefferson City, Missouri, Merrell Miles of Warren, Carly Curry of Sheridan, Katlyn Williams of Shreveport, Louisiana, and Annsley Davis of Monticello. They were accompanied by Isabel Bacon, associate professor of Spanish.
UAM students and faculty, pictured in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, are (from left) Alma Rivera of Wilmar, Kelsey Schrimpf of Jefferson City Missouri, Merrell Miles of Warren, UAM Associate Professor of Spanish Isabel Bacon, Carly Curry of Sheridan, Katlyn Williams of Shreveport and Annsley Davis of Monticello.