High school exchange

[et_pb_section fullwidth=»on» specialty=»off»][et_pb_fullwidth_slider admin_label=»Fullwidth Hero» show_arrows=»on» show_pagination=»on» auto=»off» parallax=»off» parallax_method=»off»][et_pb_slide heading=»Go to high school in Costa Rica» alignment=»center» background_layout=»dark» background_image=»http://www.icies.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/high-school1.jpg» allow_player_pause=»off» background_color=»#ffffff»]Study in a local high school and live in with a host family to make new friends, learn spanish and discover a new culture[/et_pb_slide][/et_pb_fullwidth_slider][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section fullwidth=»off» specialty=»off»][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=»4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=»Text – General description» background_layout=»light» text_orientation=»left»]

Ever wanted to study abroad and get to know the culture and the language? Then our high school exchange program is for you. You can choose from a variety of regions and schools (public and private) where you will make new friends and learn to speak spanish. You will live with a host family that will teach you what you need to know about the country and treat you like you were on of their own. And finally, you will discover breathtaking landscapes and exotic plants and animals on your free time.

You can choose from a variety of program durations and starting dates:

Duration Starts in
6 weeks Any time
3 months February, April, July or September
Half a year (5 months) February, April, or July
One year (10 months) February or July

All our programs include accommodation in a host family, spanish classes, organization of recreational activities as well as optional tours and volunteering projects

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=»4_4″][et_pb_cta admin_label=»CTA – Accommodation» title=»Live with a host family» button_url=»http://www.icies.org/accommodation-costa-rica» button_text=»Learn more» use_background_color=»off» background_color=»#7EBEC5″ background_layout=»light» text_orientation=»center» module_class=»header-decorated»]A great way to learn spanish and get immersed in the Costa Rican culture is to live with a host family. You will form strong bonds with locals, adults and children alike, eat typical meals and get insight on the best spots to visit during your stay.[/et_pb_cta][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=»4_4″][et_pb_cta admin_label=»CTA – Spanish classes» title=»Spanish classes» button_url=»http://www.icies.org/spanish-classes-costa-rica» button_text=»Learn more» use_background_color=»off» background_color=»#7EBEC5″ background_layout=»light» text_orientation=»center» module_class=»header-decorated»]Speaking the language is essential to having a successful internship as it will allow you to better understand your colleagues get your points accross, as well as open up doors to work across all of Latin America and Spain. It will also improve your relationships with your host family and any friends you will meet along the way. Our mandatory 4-week courses will kick-start your spanish speaking and writing skills and set you up for success.[/et_pb_cta][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=»4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=»Text – Recreational actvities» background_layout=»light» text_orientation=»left» module_class=»header-decorated»]

Recreational activities

We will give you tips about the best restaurants, cafés, movie theaters, etc. so that you can have fun during your free time. We can also set you up with organized recreational activities including

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Volunteering

If you want to contribute to a cause that is important to you during your free time, we can help you participate to a volunteering projects in the area, for example

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=»1_3″][et_pb_blurb admin_label=»Blurb – Health care» title=»Health care» url_new_window=»off» use_icon=»off» icon_color=»#7EBEC5″ use_circle=»off» circle_color=»#7EBEC5″ use_circle_border=»off» circle_border_color=»#7EBEC5″ alt=»Health care volunteering in Costa Rica» icon_placement=»top» animation=»off» background_layout=»light» text_orientation=»center» image=»http://www.icies.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/briefcase.png»]Work in hospitals, clinics and health care centers[/et_pb_blurb][et_pb_blurb admin_label=»Blurb – Social work» title=»Social work» url_new_window=»off» use_icon=»off» icon_color=»#7EBEC5″ use_circle=»off» circle_color=»#7EBEC5″ use_circle_border=»off» circle_border_color=»#7EBEC5″ icon_placement=»top» animation=»off» background_layout=»light» text_orientation=»center» image=»http://www.icies.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/community1.png» alt=»Social science volunteering in Costa Rica»]Work to improve economic and gender inequalities[/et_pb_blurb][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=»1_3″][et_pb_blurb admin_label=»Blurb – Environmental protection» title=»Environmental protection» url_new_window=»off» use_icon=»off» icon_color=»#7EBEC5″ use_circle=»off» circle_color=»#7EBEC5″ use_circle_border=»off» circle_border_color=»#7EBEC5″ icon_placement=»top» animation=»off» background_layout=»light» text_orientation=»center» image=»http://www.icies.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/environment1.png» alt=»Environmental volunteering in Costa Rica»]Work in national parks, zoos and turtle preservation sites[/et_pb_blurb][et_pb_blurb admin_label=»Blurb – Child care» title=»Child care» url_new_window=»off» use_icon=»off» icon_color=»#7EBEC5″ use_circle=»off» circle_color=»#7EBEC5″ use_circle_border=»off» circle_border_color=»#7EBEC5″ icon_placement=»top» animation=»off» background_layout=»light» text_orientation=»center» image=»http://www.icies.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/child-care1.png» alt=»Child care volunteering in Costa Rica»]Help children in orphanages and at school kitchens[/et_pb_blurb][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=»1_3″][et_pb_blurb admin_label=»Blurb – Education» title=»Education» url_new_window=»off» use_icon=»off» icon_color=»#7EBEC5″ use_circle=»off» circle_color=»#7EBEC5″ use_circle_border=»off» circle_border_color=»#7EBEC5″ icon_placement=»top» animation=»off» background_layout=»light» text_orientation=»center» image=»http://www.icies.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/teaching1.png» alt=»Education volunteering in Costa Rica»]Teach english in primary schools and high schools[/et_pb_blurb][et_pb_blurb admin_label=»Blurb – Care of the elderly» title=»Care of the elderly» url_new_window=»off» use_icon=»off» icon_color=»#7EBEC5″ use_circle=»off» circle_color=»#7EBEC5″ use_circle_border=»off» circle_border_color=»#7EBEC5″ icon_placement=»top» animation=»off» background_layout=»light» text_orientation=»center» image=»http://www.icies.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/elder-care1.png» alt=»Care of the elderly volunteering in Costa Rica»]Assist in nursing homes for elderly people[/et_pb_blurb][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=»4_4″][et_pb_cta admin_label=»CTA – Tours» title=»Guided tours» button_url=»http://www.icies.org/tours-costa-rica» button_text=»Learn more» use_background_color=»off» background_color=»#7EBEC5″ background_layout=»light» text_orientation=»center» module_class=»header-decorated»]Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful countries in Latin America. With its access to the Pacific and Atlantic oceans patched with white and black beaches, its dozens of protected national parks as well as its diverse fauna and flora, it is the perfect destination to get away from the big city life and learn to embrace a slower, calmer way of life. We offer dozens of weekend trips and expeditions, from a half day to 3 days, so you can explore Costa Rica on your time off.[/et_pb_cta][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=»4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=»Text – What is included» background_layout=»light» text_orientation=»center» module_class=»header-decorated»]

What else is included?

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What isn’t included

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What others have to say

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=»1_2″][et_pb_testimonial admin_label=»Testimonial» author=»Michael and Larissa» url_new_window=»off» quote_icon=»on» use_background_color=»on» background_color=»#ebf0f4″ background_layout=»light» text_orientation=»left» company_name=»Germany»]We are very pleased that we have made our teaching practice in Costa Rica. The whole family was very nice to us. The team of ICIES was always one hundred percent reliable, they were always there when we needed help. The internship in the private school was a lot of fun. We hope that the students got a positive impression from the Germans and the German language. Costa Rica is incredibly beautiful; in the 6 weeks we were there, we saw and experienced many things, from beautiful beaches to volcanoes to several national parks. It was just all there! We hope to see you again soon.[/et_pb_testimonial][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=»1_2″][et_pb_testimonial admin_label=»Testimonial» author=»Dominic» url_new_window=»off» quote_icon=»on» use_background_color=»on» background_color=»#ebf0f4″ background_layout=»light» text_orientation=»left» company_name=»Switzerland»]If you are looking for an internship, apartment or the like, just contact Maria Elena Gamboa from ICIES. She offers an extremely competitive, reliable service. I can only recommend it. I was very happy because everything went smoothly and I finally got a job which I had looked for.
Forget the well-known online job placements for which you pay for an internship position for half a year up to 7000 €.[/et_pb_testimonial][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=»1_2″][et_pb_testimonial admin_label=»Testimonial» author=»Baharak» url_new_window=»off» quote_icon=»on» use_background_color=»on» background_color=»#ebf0f4″ background_layout=»light» text_orientation=»left» company_name=»Switzerland»]I was looking for a hospital internship for my medical studies in Costa Rica. By chance, I found ICIES’s offer over the internet contacted them. They helped me find an accommodation near the hospital in Ciudad Quesada and helped me get accustomed to the culture and traditions of Costa Rica in my free time. They gave me many valuable travel tips, for tours like rafting and canopy, and I got to know their warm family, with whom I felt like home. Costa Rica was an unforgettable experience. I can only recommend it![/et_pb_testimonial][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=»1_2″][et_pb_testimonial admin_label=»Testimonial» author=»Ute» url_new_window=»off» quote_icon=»on» use_background_color=»on» background_color=»#ebf0f4″ background_layout=»light» text_orientation=»left» company_name=»Germany»]I was looking for accommodation and an internship in Costa Rica for my 20 year old daughter, Anne. I found help with Maria of ICIES. My daughter was thrilled and spent an exciting time in Costa Rica from June to September. She attended a 4-week language course and an internship at an internationally operating travel agency.
Housed in an apartment, my daughter was in Mary’s family. They took very good care of her, especially at the beginning when she was still unsure.
Thank you Maria![/et_pb_testimonial][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section fullwidth=»off» specialty=»off» transparent_background=»off» background_color=»#c2d7e8″ allow_player_pause=»off» inner_shadow=»off» parallax=»off» parallax_method=»off»][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=»4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=»Text – Call to action» background_layout=»light» text_orientation=»center»]Register now

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