Costa Rica Trip

beautiful river and forest setting

Immerse yourself in the language and culture of beautiful Costa Rica! MCC takes students to spend two weeks near the capital of San Jose each summer. Language, cooking, dance and other cultural classes are offered daily.

Who can go?

Students interested in earning credit for SPAN 1300, SPAN 2311 or SPAN 2312. Students must possess a valid passport.

When do we go?

May 15-30, 2020

Why should I go?

  • Enjoy beautiful weather in Costa Rica
  • Experience the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and culture that most people only read about
  • Travel with Amber Bracken, an MCC Spanish professor with international travel experience
  • Gain a global perspective while experiencing another culture in a safe environment
  • Learn Spanish from native speakers
white water rafting

How much does it cost?

Approximately $3,500-$3,800. $2,700, payable to MCC covers:

  • Tuition to Intercultura Language School in Costa Rica
  • Round-trip ground and air fare
  • 15-day homestay with a Costa Rica family
  • Two meals per day while with family
  • Weekly laundry service
  • International travel insurance.
  • Travel and excursions within Costa Rica (destinations and activities may vary from year-to-year based on student interest and availability)
  • Various cultural activities including dance classes, cooking classes, walking tours, and more

Additional costs include:

  • MCC tuition and fees (cost varies for McLennan County, out-of-county, and out-of-state students)
  • One meal per day while with family, two meals per day while traveling
  • Miscellaneous spending money

Where do we stay?

Accommodations are provided with specially selected families near Heredia, a suburb of Costa Rica's capital San Jose. Host families are carefully screened by the Housing Coordinator at Intercultura, and each student will be assigned one housemate or roommate of the same sex from our group of McLennan Students. Staying with a host family provides students with ample opportunity to practice and reinforce the Spanish they are learning, and students often report their homestay to be the best part of the experience!

What will we do?

During the week, students will attend 4 hours of class each day at Intercultura Language School and participate in cultural activities such as dance lessons, cooking classes, local soccer matches, and watching Spanish-language movies. On the weekends, the group will travel outside of Heredia to visit cities such as Arenal, Monteverde, Quepos, and Sarchí, and go on fun and exciting excursions including ziplining, white water rafting, swimming in natural hot springs, a nocturnal eco-hike guided by a professional biologist, and a boat ride across Lake Arenal with a view of one of Costa Rica's largest volcanos.


What if I'm nervous about traveling to a foreign country?

Don't be! Costa Rica is a safe country. The school you will attend for lessons is very friendly and carefully selects the families who offer accommodations. Transportation and activities are pre-planned, and Costa Rica is "tourist-friendly."

How do I learn more?

For more information, contact Amber Bracken at or 254-405-3277.