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Wheaton in Costa Rica

Wheaton in Costa Rica is an eight-week summer language and culture immersion program that combines intensive language acquisition and practice, cultural engagement and service. Throughout the program, students live with host families in the city of San Rafael, Heredia and travel to other regions of the country including both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, as well as the Northern region of the country. In order to enrich this cross-cultural experience, the program provides students a unique opportunity to spend 10 days in neighboring Nicaragua learning first-hand from local leaders about the history, art, and culture of this country. Participation in Wheaton in Costa Rica is limited to 15 students, with priority given to Spanish majors.

Program Highlights

  • Actively participate in community life in San Rafael, Heredia
  • Experience life in two Central American countries, and think critically about how they compare
  • Learn about social, cultural, political and historical issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective
  • Explore social economic and environmental implications of coffee production, banana plantations and the tourism industry.
  • Gain insight about family life through living and interacting with host families
  • Learn about the Nicaraguan Revolution and its impact on the region past and present  
  • Enjoy a variety of cultural activities and academic excursions to historical cites
  • Volunteer in a community school to participate in classroom teaching and tutoring
  • Visit churches to experience Latin American worship


May-July 2017


Professor Néstor Quiroa: nestor.i.quiroa@wheaton.edu

Wheaton in Costa Rica
El Viaje : Itinerary

Discover the wide variety of places, regions and activities that you will experience in the Wheaton in Costa Rica program.

Las Historias: Student Stories

Hear about the Wheaton in Costa Rica program through the first-hand accounts of those who recently were there.