Ivy Academy 2018

Bienvenidos al Blog de Ivy Academy!


I am Nicole, the guide for Ivy Academy, so far we have had an amazing time experiencing new things about Costa Rica! In such a short time we have learned so much about the people, and how they do things here! Here I will give you information about what we have done each day!

Day 1 Santa Elena Treasure Hunt & Cooking Class


Today we walked around Santa Elena, a town in Monteverde so the kids could know the place better. We did a treasure hunt where they were able to get out of there shell a little bit and ask the locals questions, in Spanish! They did so well with this activity. After the walk around Santa Elena we returned to CPI where we had a Latin Cooking Class, they made a typical dish in Costa Rica called Arroz Con Pollo (Rice with Chicken) after they prepared their dishes it was time for the feast! The kids enjoyed their dishes and had a new appreciation for their food because they made it.

Day 2 Santa Elena Cloud Forest Hike


In the morning we did a cloud hike in Santa Elena. The kids loved to see all the animals in the forest. We saw a tarantula and a famous bird from Costa Rica called the Kietzel! They learned all about different insects and how things worked in the rainforest!

Day 3 Life Monteverde Volunteer Project


Today was a very fulfilling day, the kids went to a sustainable farm in Monteverde to learn more about conservation! They arrived to Life Monteverde and took a tour around the farm, then they were able to plant trees in the farm! Afterwards, we had a very filling lunch that all came from the farm!



Tomorrow we will go back to Life Monteverde where we will do more volunteer work and learn more about the farm and conservation. Tomorrow will be a day of more work and less play but it will be fun for the kids as well. We will have lunch again at Life Monteverde and then when we return to CPI we will have a Latin Dance Class! I will keep you all updated through this blog about the rest of the week. Also, feel free to check out the gallery where there will be pictures of each day here in Monteverde!


Muchas gracias por seguir nuestro avance mientras descubrimos el paraíso de Monteverde!  


(Thank you very much for following our progress while discovering the paradise of Monteverde!)


Lebanon Valley College: 3ra Semana en Costa Rica!

Después de un excelente fin de semana en La Fortuna, relajándose en las aguas termales y disfrutando de la increíble Catarata de la Fortuna;  finalmente las chicas llegan al Bosque Nuboso en Monteverde. Ansiosas por iniciar su tercera semana en Costa Rica después de dos semanas llenas de aventuras en Heredia.  El domingo por la tarde las 5 chicas, Rachel D, Amelia, Autumn, Elizabeth y Rachel  S conocieron a su nueva familia tica en Monteverde.

El lunes inicio con una mañana de clases de español, seguida por una deliciosa clase de cocina donde hicimos nuestro propio almuerzo. Junto a Beatriz y Abigail, aprendimos a hacer fajitas de pollo, una  ensalada variada en vegetales y tortillas! Las chicas habían tenido la oportunidad de hacer tortillas en Heredia por lo que cuando llegaron a Monteverde ya eran todas una expertas haciendo tortillas deliciosas.

Por la tarde hicimos una caminata para conocer Santa Elena y el "phototreasure hunt". Caminamos por el pueblo para conocer donde están los principales atractivos de la zona, restaurantes, souvenirs, súper mercados y terminamos la tarde en una cafetería de la zona con un excelente cappuccino y coconut mocha.  

¡Con mucha emoción finalizamos nuestro primer día en Monteverde! 

 -Fabiola Fuentes 

Missouri State 2018

Bienvenidos al blog de Missouri State University!

Our first week been full of excitement and new experiences!

On Friday, the group arrived at the airport in San José and then headed to the market in Heredia to experience their first casados, a typical Costa Rican dish.  Later, we checked into our hotel in San José and headed to a delicious group dinner.

On Saturday, the group headed to La Paz Waterfall Gardens to hike and see the wide variety of animals in the animal sanctuary.  That evening, the group had their first MSU class with Dr. Haram.

On Sunday, the group arrived at CPI Heredia for their orientation.  Shortly after, they got to know San Joaquin with a walking tour of the host family locations and lunch. We finished up the day with host family introductions and our students spent their first night with their new families!

On Monday, the group met their Spanish teachers and experienced their first Spanish classes at CPI.  That evening, we got to hear a presentation from a Costa Rican teacher on the Costa Rican education system and how it differs from the education system in the United States.

On Tuesday, we got our first experience in cooking arroz con pollo, a traditional Costa Rican dish, during our cooking class at CPI.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the group visited a local elementary school to work with the children in their English classes.  The girls got the opportunity to experience the Costa Rican education system firsthand and discussed their observations during their debriefing session later that evening.

On Friday, the group had the opportunity to volunteer in La Carpio, an immigrant community.  The girls were able to help community kids with their English skills and learn more about the unique experiences of the residents of La Carpio through the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation.

On Monday, we will continue our Costa Rican experience in the CPI campus in Monteverde.

Hasta luego!


DUKE UNIVERSITY / Language, Culture & Health in Costa Rica

Thursday, May 24th. Landing in Costa Rica at the airport of Alajuela the students started coming one by one in different flights. After all of them arrived we started heading to our hotel Bougainvillea located in Santo Domingo, Heredia. Nice views from our rooms showing the city lights from San Jose which is the capital of Costa Rica.

Second day. After a good rest and a good traditional breakfast the group continue the trip. We arrived to CPI school in San Joaquin, Heredia. The welcome meeting and orientation started with some basic information about Costa Rica. For example what things we recommend to do and what things we shouldn’t do during our experience visiting the tropics. Then finally the students met their host families enriching their cultural experience.

Walking around San Joaquin has helped the students to become familiar with the place that they are going to live for a month. San Joaquín de Flores is a charming, colorful and quaint colonial town located ten miles from San José. Everything can be reached on foot and along the way students can visit historic landmarks and buildings from the 18th century.

In the first week the group has visited a coffee plantation where they had a funny and educational tour. Teaching the students how coffee plants grow and the different factors that makes costarican coffee one of the best coffees in the whole world.

On Monday the group started with its first class of the program. The students look excited about this new experience to study abroad. In a class of the CPI school the guys are going to be studying almost every day during the mornings. After classes they are going to do different activities and some days they have plans to go visit hospitals, clinics and health centers.

The first activity for them was a latin dance class. Dancing different rhythms like merengue, salsa and bachata the students have experienced how ticos have fun in a dance floor.

The adventure will continue.

Diego QR

Second part

The fisrt week was a complete success.

 Besides taking classes every morning and keeping with the program and course of syllabus. The group after the dancing class they proceed with a latin cooking class. This class was very interesting and funny. The guys learned the right way to chop vegetables in order to prepare one of our very traditional meals in Costa Rica ”arroz con pollo” or rice with chicken. Of course after they prepared the meal they ate what they cooked. They are good chefs because the final result was great and the food was delicious.

Some free afternoons are part of the itinerary, so in this free time the students have the chance to explore on their own, visit and eat in different restaurants. Also this free time is good because they spend time together as a group and they get to meet each other in a deeper way to create a bond between the group members.

The group visited the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social where they had a talk about how the health care system works in Costa Rica. It was a very educational talk and the guys got to now almost every detail about the different ways that all costaricans and also inmigrants use their social insurance.

Next day the group visited a community of nicaranguan inmigrants where they got to see the shocking conditions where a lot of people in Costa Rica live. In general this community is inhabited by people who came from Nicaragua to try to find a better quality of life. The houses are built mostly with very cheap materials and the field is unstable. It was a very nice experience for all of us because they get to appreciate more what they have and be more grateful with life.

The group visited La Paz Waterfall Gardens on Saturday. Walking through the forest and looking at the beautiful waterfalls. They could see all the different species of animals in their animal sanctuary and they ate a very yummy lunch too. It was an all day trip so when they arrived to San Joaquin they were ready to go to their host families houses to have dinner with them.

The group went to a Costa Rica soccer game on Sundayin the National Stadium. It was a friendly game against Ireland. Costa Rica won 3 to 0. It was a special match because it was the last game in our country before the world cup begins.  Saying bye to the players and sending positive vibes to them hoping they are going to do a good job in Russia.

On Monday the program continued with a visit to the EBAIS (Equipos Basicos de Atencion Integral en Salud). These health centers are a very important part in the costarican health system. So, for them was a very academic visit where they got to understand how costaricans are cared.

Pura Vida

Diego QR