Live the Osa Costa Rica Internship & Immersion Program
Teacher group photo in front of the beach in Costa Rica

Teacher Application

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Workshop Dates:Wednesday, July 20 - Friday July 29, 2022

Application deadline:December 1, 2021

Informational meeting: (send email to livetheosa@gmail.com to register and get the Zoom link)
Thursday, Oct 28 at 5:00 pm EST
Saturday, Nov 20 at 11:00 am EST

Group Trip Cost

Price: Approximate cost depends on number of participants ($1650-$1850). Cost does NOT include international flight, transportation to hotel in Atenas, Costa Rica, tips and souvenirs.

Credits: If you wish to earn 3 SNHU credits, add an additional $495 to the total cost.

Teacher group on a boat trip watching jumping dolphin

Description

Live the Osa, LLC is teaming with Southern New Hampshire University to bring you this 10-day summer workshop in Costa Rica. This trip is an opportunity for world language teachers to live in Costa Rica, reflect on cultural differences, attend local schools, see the natural beauty of the Osa Peninsula, and share ideas with colleagues.

Live the Osa is more than just a program. This is an opportunity to become part of this rural Costa Rican community, to live and work with the locals, as well as collaborate with US colleagues. This program is based on strong, trustworthy connections within this welcoming community. The experience will inherently change your perspective on life and create new ideas for your classroom.

CI (Comprehensible Input) is key to ADI (Acquisition Driven Instruction) and on this trip, teachers will participate in six 1-2 hour workshops to discuss and share about CI/ADI (and other related acronyms), as well as give you some tools for your CI/ADI toolkit. You will also be given the opportunity to practice the learned techniques in an English classroom in some Costa Rican schools. Workshops may include activities such as: One Word Image, Star of the Day, MovieTalk, Class Readers, Games/Brain Breaks, Using Music and more. Whether you are an experienced CI teacher or hearing about it for the first time, you will come home with new teaching tools.

Teacher group on jungle hike in Costa Rica at a sustainable farm

Participant Requirements

  • At least one year of teaching experience (any level and/or subject area)
  • Strong desire to continue teaching career
  • Desire to learn about CI techniques and willingness to participate in related activities
  • Some Spanish background is a plus, but not required
  • Some travel experience is useful, but not required
  • Flexible and open to new ideas and cultures
  • Physically and mentally able to live in a small village in a tropical climate
  • Physically and mentally able to live with other group members in shared dorm space

Other Requirements

  • In addition to the trip, participants will be required to attend one 2 hour workshop a few weeks before departure (via Zoom)

Itinerary

Day Morning Afternoon Night
Day 1 Fly to San José
(arriv by 9pm latest)
Bus to Atenas Hotel Colinas del Sol
Day 2 Bus to Osa CI Workshop #1
Cooking Class
Ceibo
Day 3 Visit High School CI Workshop #2
Visit Mangroves
Ceibo
Day 4 CI Workshop #3
Scavenger Hunt in Jimenez
Prepare for Homestay Homestay
Day 5 CI Workshop #4 Visit Sustainable Farm Homestay
Day 6 Teach/observe in elementary school Teach/observe in High School Homestay
Day 7 Gold Mining/Horseback riding tour Teach/observe in Elementary School Homestay
Day 8 Boat across Golf
Rainforest Hike at Eco-lodge
CI Workshop #5 Ceibo
Day 9 Beach Wrap-Up
Latin Dance Lessons
Ceibo
Day 10 Fly to San José International Flight
(leave by 1pm at earliest)
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