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* Social Work in Costa Rica
Grecia, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter Break
Budget Sheets Summer
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Grade Point Average:
2.5
Language(s) of Instruction:
English
Program Coordinator:
Sarah Vowels Program Type: CSU Short Term Program
Areas of Study:
Health and Human Sciences
Program Description:

Social Work in Costa Rica

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Program At-a-Glance

WHEN:  January 5 to 19, 2019 (tentative)


CREDITS: All committed students will be registered for SOWK 482A: Social Work in Costa Rica (3 credits) through CSU's Division of Continuing Education. All tuition and program charges will be billed at the start of the spring term.

COST:  Please see the detailed budget sheets above. The program fee includes tuition and fees for 3 credits, homestay accommodations, some meals, excursions, cultural activities, orientation, faculty support, international medical and evacuation insurance and Education Abroad administration. The above cost does not include international airfare, passport and visa fees, books and supplies, and personal spending money. 

SCHOLARSHIPS: Applicants for this program are eligible for scholarships through the Office of International Programs.

PROGRAM LEADERS:  Marie Villescas Zamzow, LCSW, Instructor, in the School of Social Work at Colorado State University .

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum 2.5 GPA. Instructor Approval. Good disciplinary standing. Open to undergraduate students. Preference to students in helping professions such as social work, human development and family studies, psychology, sociology, or related.  


Academic Overview

This CSU faculty-led program is designed to examine social work practice in Costa Rica through cultural immersion.  Guest lecturers from social service agencies and visits into the community will allow students to see firsthand what social work is like in another country.  Students will gain conversational Spanish language skills for social workers in morning Spanish classes and be able to practice the language with their host families and during community visits.   Coursework and experiential learning will help students to develop strategies for dealing with human differences in their professional practice.  

Course Objectives

Students will be able to: 
  • Examine social work practice in Costa Rica through cultural immersion.  2.1.4a, PB: Recognize the extent to which a culture’s structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, create or enhance privilege and power.  2.1.4b, PB: Gain sufficient self-awareness to eliminate the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups. 2.1.1b, PB: Practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development. 2.1.4c, PB: Recognize and communicate their understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experiences. 2.1.4d, PB: View themselves as learners and engage those with whom they work as informants.  
  • Compare and contrast social welfare policies in the United States and Costa Rica.  2.1.8, PB: Analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance social well-being; collaborate for effective policy action.  
  • Articulate common social work phrases in Spanish. 2.1.1b, PB: Practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development. 2.1.4b, PB: Gain sufficient self-awareness to eliminate the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups. 2.1.4c, PB: Recognize and communicate their understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experiences. 2.1.4d, PB: View themselves as learners and engage those with whom they work as informants.  
  • Identify international social work paradigms to use in social work practice with diverse populations domestically. 2.1.1a, PB: Advocate for client access to services of social work. 2.1.4b, PB: Gain sufficient self-awareness to eliminate the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups. 2.1.1b, PB: Practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development. 2.1.6a, PB: Use practice experience to inform scientific enquiry.  

Location 

Costa Rica, literally meaning "Rich Coast", is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua, Panama, the Caribbean Sea and Ecuador.  Costa Rica is known for its natural beauty, extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna, social and political stability, high educational level, and efficient infrastructure and services.  The program will take place in Grecia, Costa Rica. The picturesque town of Grecia in the Alajuela province is situated in Costa Rica's Central Valley amidst beautiful mountain landscapes and rich lush scenery. 


Housing and Meals 

Students will be staying in homestays with local families.  Breakfasts and dinners will be provided.