ICLC offers a supervised
teen program for participants between 14 and 17 years old that wish
to meet other students at their similar age and participate in optional
afternoon activities specifically planned for young participants.
Some examples are: dancing, cooking, soccer games, volleyball, ping-pong,
movies, visits to the swimming pool, to museums, to the butterfly
garden, to the bird’s zoo, etc.
As follows you will
find the name of some of the schools that have participated on ICLC
teenage program in the past:
Colorado Rocky Mountain School
Glendale High School, Missouri
John Paul II High School, Texas
Plano High School, Texas
Plano East High School, Texas
Minehaha Academy, Minnesota
The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Science and the Arts,
A Campus of the University of Arkansas System
“For the past 10 years, I have accompanied high school students
from the USA to increase their Spanish language proficiency
in Costa Rica. During the 3 of 4 trips, students attended ICLC
I can easily attest to the fact that it definitely is the best
language institute in Costa Rica. Recently ICLC Academic Department
trained their instructors to better prepare USA students who
attended this institute have passed the AP Spanish Language
Exams for College credit, but even more impressive is that the
USA students have blended with the Costa Rican culture and if
they so choose will cultivate friendships which may last a lifetime!
I highly recommend students to attend ICLC if you want to speak
Spanish well and collect lasting friendships”.
T. Walls, John Paul II High School.
“As a Spanish teacher, I feel that when I take my students
on a travel / culture experience I owe it to them (the students)
to give them the most beneficial experience I possibly can.
That is why I return year after year to ICLC. I have taken students
for twenty years to Mexico and to Spain but I have never found
such a comprehensive student centered study abroad program as
ICLC offers. Not only is the teaching program excellent as it
strives to encompass the ACTFL guidelines of oral proficiency,
but the coordination and communication with each host family
gives each student an opportunity to bond with the local Costa
Rican community. My students have ALL fallen in love with their
host families, who work so diligently to make them feel at home.
The ICLC staff and faculty coordinate all their efforts so
seamlessly that the chaperon teacher and the students are guided
through this educational and cultural opportunity with such
ease that everyone feels secure, challenged, enriched and well
taken care of. Over the years, I have developed an entire new
set of friends in this place and look forward each year to return
with my students; I feel as though I am going home. Each year
my students confide in me how beneficial this experience has
been for them linguistically, socially, culturally or politically
and how it has opened their eyes to a whole new world and a
new way of thinking. They too express the desire to return if
possible for yet another experience, and many of them have.
I strongly encourage you to consider this program for your students.
It is worth it!”.
Dan McElderry, Spanish Teacher, Arkansas School for Mathematics,
Sciences and the Arts - a secondary program associated with
the University of Arkansas, Hot Springs, Arkansas.