Category: International Center for Development Studies

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Alexis Pozonsky: One Month Later…

So, today marks exactly ONE MONTH that I have been living la vida tica, more commonly known as la pura vida! It has been both challenging and rewarding, frustrating and enlightening for many, many reasons. To begin with, it’s been WONDERFUL practicing my Spanish again! I love being able to speak another language on a ...

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Alexis Pozonsky: Monochronic vs. Polychronic

So recently in my Community Engagement class we were discussing some large differences between Costa Rican culture and that of the United States. One glaring example is that of the differences between the ways in which our cultures value tasks and time. The States, we discussed, is primarily a monochronic society. This type of time ...

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Alexis Pozonsky: Montezuma

This past weekend, several friends and I decided to take the journey to one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica – or so we heard. Montezuma is located on the southernmost point of the Nicolay Peninsula. No one was quite sure how long it was going to take to get there; all we ...

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Alexis Pozonsky: Adjusting….

Study abroad is the time of your life, right? The adventure of a lifetime, right?? It’s always going to be rainbows and butterflies, right!? Wrong. So, so wrong. Just as in life, studying abroad has its ups and downs, although when you’re in a foreign country, the variations tend to appear more intensely. After the ...

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Alexis Pozonsky: Arte de la próxima generación

Well, my second full week in San José was definitely filled with the local artistic culture, in both classical and contemporary forms. On Tuesday, our program took a trip to the Teatro Nacional to hear the Orquesta sinfónica comprised primarily of students from the region’s largest public university, la Universidad de Costa Rica. The group ...

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Alexis Pozonsky: Pacuare – Service, Nature, and Happiness

This past weekend was nothing short of awe-inspiring. No words can accurately describe the beauty which surrounded me, but I’ll give it a shot… ICDS (the exchange program) had set up a group trip for all of us to visit a very remote village to both participate in a service project and visit a turtle ...

Alexis Pozonsky: Bienvenidos a la Pura Vida!

And thus starts my Costa Rican journey! I arrived at the San Jose airport late Sunday night, but to my dismay, my checked bag didn’t arrive with me.. I was told it got left behind at the Atlanta airport and would be delivered to my host family’s home the next day. Unfortunately, however, I did ...