Category: International Center for Development Studies

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Volcano Time!

For this weekend, we decided to lay low and take a break from long rides and weekend trips. We decided to go to Poás Volcano for the day. But before that,  I want to share some things I did during the week. After a long week, Tara, Allison, Julie, and I went to do yoga ...

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Lying on a Peninsula

On the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula is Montezuma. It is absolutely the best beach I have been here by far. The town has a very laid back lifestyle, carefree place, and mellow vibe. It also gives a feel of a surf town. The commute there was absolutely brutal. It took us about 7 ...

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The Costa Rican Gold

For this weekend, it was the first weekend trip with ICDS. It was a day trip to Doka Estate Coffee Tour, located in Alajuela. We met at ICDS at 8am and took us about 2 hours to get there, maybe a little less. Our tour guide was very informative and I had no idea that ...

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Trip to Monteverde!

For our second weekend trip, our whole group went to Monteverde, which is located in the northwestern part of Costa Rica. It is famous for its biodiverse cloud forest, hanging bridges, and canopy tours. Most of our weekend trips we start on Fridays since we do not have class and we always try to catch the ...

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First Week of Volunteering

Every morning my host mom prepares breakfast for me, which I am truly grateful for. There is always fruit, tea (which I prefer over coffee), and usually something different each time, like gallo pinto and eggs, toast with butter or jam, or a wrap with cheese. All very good. It is a great start to ...

Primera semana de clases y viajes!

On our first day of school, our host moms brought us to school by showing us how to take the public transportation, either by bus, train, or both. I took the bus to ULatina and then a train to Hospital Clinica Biblica where my two classes were held. I was so surprised that it took ...

2 Day Orientation

Photo by Allison Liu The day after we arrived, we had to wake up early to meet at the ICDS office. On my first day in Costa Rica, I was already running late (as they call it tico time)! Soon after I’ve arrived, we were on our way to our orientation site, where we will ...

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Alexis Pozonsky: Reflections

When you’re growing up, you have this idea that time moves slowly. Nothing ever moves fast enough. You’re continually asking “are we there yet?!” to your parents’ horror and annoyance. At least for me, I spent most of my childhood itching to get out, to explore, to see what else the world had in store ...

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Alexis Pozonsky: Lessons Learned

There is so much that my time in Costa Rica has taught me. Both in and out of class, I have been able to broaden my mindset simply by being here and engaging myself with my surroundings. If there is anything I will take away from this semester, it’s the importance of the environment. Even ...

Alexis Pozonsky: In 2 weeks time…

In 2 weeks time I will be home, in Philadelphia, trying to brave the cold and assimilate myself back into the “American” way of life. But, as I know from experience, it will not be easy. Returning from Madrid after my first study abroad experience was probably harder than the entire study abroad experience itself. ...