Costa Rica (Spring)
Begin to uncover the richness of Costa Rican life through this semester program that involves a combination of rigorous academics, intensive service, lively interaction with local residents and travel. Live with carefully selected host families and work in relevant ministry sites in Desamparados on the outskirts of the capital city of San Jose. Gain so much more than tourist knowledge about the region, it people and their values.
Courses (Costa Rica Spring Semester, 16 credits total)
Incarnational Mission: Biblical Perspectives on International Ministry to the Poor (3 credits)
A survey of the biblical and theoretical basis for Christian mission with a special focus on the church’s ministry to the poor. Major attention will be given to key paradigms for mission and their application to the student’s ministry practicum context. Drawing on students’ experiences in their ministry sites, this course will address social, cultural, political and spiritual issues with an emphasis on holistic ministry responses and the gospel’s impact on both individuals and society. Incarnational and contextual approaches to mission will be highlight throughout along with an overview of various contemporary missiological tends.
Peoples and Cultures of Costa Rica (3 credits)
“Pura vida” (pure life or full life) is a common phrase used in many contexts in Costa Rica. In this class students will explore the pura vida of Costa Rican culture with special attention given to the history, politics and religion of this Central American nation along with issues of race, immigration, class and family relationships that are unique to the country. Course sessions will be led by Costa Ricans with expertise in each of these areas and students will make visits to various sites of cultural significance.
International Internship in Costa Rica (4 credits)
An intensive semester long experience in which the student is fully immersed in Costa Rican culture, involved in hands-on ministry and guided by a mentor. Goal setting and journaling activities will help students engage in self-reflection and mentor evaluations will provide them with constructive feedback about their ministry skills.
Spanish (6 credits)
Choose from beginning to advanced courses. Receive personal instruction at language school.
Costa Rica (Fall)- Spanish Intensive
Join Students International for a semester of ministry and cultural exploration in the beauty and diversity of Costa Rica. Through a combination of study, service, travel, and lively interaction with local residents, begin to uncover the richness of Costa Rican life.
Earn 18 college credits. Courses are taught by both Costa Rican and U.S. professors.
Join us for meaningful ministry and cultural exploration in Nicaragua. Through a semester of rigorous academics, intensive service, travel and spirited interaction with local residents, begin to uncover the rich layers of Nicaraguan life. Living with a host family and relating with Nicaraguans in vocational ministry sites in the town of Masaya will lay the foundation for your exploration of the region, its people and their values. It will help you form bonds and gain insights that you will never forget.
Earn 15-16 college credits. Courses are taught by both Nicaraguan and U.S. professors.
International Development Theory and Practice (3 credits)
A survey of international development theory and practice with special attention to Christian perspectives on transformational development. The theoretical components of the course will focus on theories of inequality, development and globalization with special attention given to issues related to religion, gender and education in development. The practical components will stress holistic, contextualized responses that provide students with the analytical tools and basic skills needed for transformational development work.
Peoples and Cultures of Nicaragua (3 credits)
In this class students will explore the Nicaraguan culture with special attention given to the history, politics and religion of this Central American nation along with issues of race, immigration, class and family relationships that are unique to the country. The course will include numerous sessions led by Nicaraguans with expertise in each of the course topics. Students will also make visits to various sites of cultural significance.
International Internship in Nicaragua (3-4 credits)
An intensive semester-long experience in which the student is fully immersed in Nicaraguan culture, involved in hands-on service and guided by a mentor. Goal setting and journaling activities will help students engage in self-reflection and mentor evaluations will provide them with constructive feedback about their ministry and cultural skills.
Spanish (6 credits)
Choose from beginning to advanced course. Receive personal instruction at language school.
Students International Interns serve 4-12 months in one of four different Latin American Countries. Job descriptions vary, but all interns learn Spanish, experience a new culture, are deeply involved in ministry and form relationships that could last a lifetime. Experienced mentors support interns in fields such as healthcare, education, social work, microfinance, construction and administration. Interns also train in ministry, leadership, intercultural skills and community development.
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
Less than $1000 per month (not including airfare).
SI encourages interns to raise support for their experience and interns with student loans may raise additional support to apply to loan payments.
Interns may choose to work on a Master’s Degree while serving with SI, but this is not required.