There’s No Farewell in Friendship

In the second to last week in Costa Rica, there is a day of appreciation and farewell dedicated to the host families. The farewell celebration was an opportunity to cook for our families, something that they graciously do for us on a daily basis. After we ate, the other students and myself had an activity…

Witnessing Costa Rican Presidential Elections

Every ACM Semester has something different to offer. This semester, I had the opportunity to witness the Costa Rican presidential elections, from the height of the elections all the way through inauguration. Coincidentally, both candidates had the same last name, but they had very different stances. Fabricio Alvarado and Carlos Alvarado. Fabricio is pro-life, homophobic,…

Nearing The End of The Semester

    Osa Peninsula is by far my most memorable travel experience in Costa Rica. In the richly biodiverse Osa Peninsula, it is difficult not to fall in love with the place. I set off for this adventure on an extended 5 day weekend with the students from my program. (If you are going to…

New Travels as a Former Student

Are you finding it difficult to imagine your future study abroad experience? What about what about trying to imagine what it would have been like 30 years ago? Wonder no longer. I had the pleasure of meeting Deborah Eastman, an alumni from Grinnell College who studied abroad with ACM in Costa Rica in the Spring…

How Simple is Costa Rica Visa Renewal?

Studying with ACM in Costa Rica means that your visa is provided without any visa application requirements. Pretty convenient, right? Although, after 90 days of being in Costa Rica, your visa will expire if you do not renew it. At the end of your research project, ACM staff and students take a small trip to…

Week in the Life of ACM Costa Rica: Hanging Around San José

Weekdays during the first month of the ACM Program consists of Spanish Class, Field Research Class, meetings with your advisor, and field trips on Fridays. On the weekends, you may choose to attend a local event or travel outside of San José. The research portion of the ACM Costa Rica Program is scheduled around the…

Preparation for Weekend Travels In Costa Rica

The great thing about staying in San José, Costa Rica is that there is always something to do within the city. Likewise, if you decide to travel on the weekends, you will almost always find a bus in San José that will take you there. This past weekend, three ACM students and I planned to…

My Last 100 Bucks: Semana Santa Edition

As many probably know, 2 weeks ago was Semana Santa, a week filled with religious processions and traditional food leading up to Easter Sunday. This also means barely anyone in Costa Rica works or goes to classes, giving us students a week to travel and tour the beautiful attractions available to us. Thanks to much…

“Guau-guau” ladró 703 perros

The following is shared with permission of Gabby Rudolph! Check out her blog here: https://gabbythegringa.wordpress.com/ Before starting, I would just like to credit my title to this website: http://stories.barkpost.com/woof-other-languages/. Hahaha. I wasn’t sure how to translate, “woof woof” into Spanish, so there you go (as well as 14 other languages, if you were curious). And as far…

Mis Familias

The following vlog is shared with permission from Sydney Gieger: As Sydney shares in the above video, our “familias anfitrionas” (host families) are a key part of our experience here in Costa Rica and feeling a part of the tico culture! They offer us love, support, and many opportunities to expand our cultural and linguistic…

Earth University

The following is shared with permission from Emma Zimmerman: When my dad is on a business trip and there are lots of bananas in the hotel breakfast room, he’ll snap a picture and send it to me with the caption “unlimited bananas!”. Once, when he was alone in the house for a weekend he called…