Study Abroad

Study abroad… with an impact. Simply by choosing MVI for study abroad, you are benefitting an entire community. As an MVI student, you might collaborate with local experts, government officials, educators, healthcare workers, conservationists, and students, work directly on biodiversity conservation and tropical habitat restoration implementation and research, build infrastructure in the community based on locally-identified needs, cook and eat delicious locally- and sustainably-grown food, become part of a local family, make new friends; improve your Spanish, learn to dance.

Facilities & Services

Facilities & Services We work with the Monteverde community, local organizations, government institutions and grassroots groups, so they can identify the main issues in the zone and work with us in order to

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Spanish

We offer a stimulating and comfortable environment for learning. We encourage our students to converse and interact within the class setting, during their free time and with members of the local community, in

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Internships

The Monteverde Institute in Costa Rica offers its students the possibility of taking Spanish classes, doing Homestay and/or doing an Internship. We also offer faculty the opportunity to partner with us to create

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Homestay

A large concern for the Founders of MVI was how the Institute might give back to the community. One answer was found in the Homestay family program, a very important component of studying

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Documents

Here you will find documentation relevant to courses, protocols, internships, Spanish language, homestay, student information, presentations and other activities, and other useful information

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Open enrollment
opportunities

Open Enrollment courses are available for local and international students regardless of their affiliation with a university and who would like to study in an environment of place-based education and service learning.  Currently

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Testimonials

Appalachian State University student

“I thought the most valuable aspect was the holistic nature of everything at MVI and the deep involvement with the community. Appalachian State University student.”

Pace University

“If you were to give future students one piece of advice about participating in the Homestay program, what would that be?”: Have an open mind, be flexible, appreciate little things, and soak up the culture and people being happy living in different conditions in different countries of the world. Pace University student.”

Purdue University

“MVI made me feel safe, welcome, I could always ask questions, and the people were always kind. Purdue University student”

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Board of Directors

President
Vicepresident
Secretary
Treasure
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Fiscal

Pedro Belmar
Celia Harvey
Maikol Cruz
Hazel Guindon
Elena Florian
Dinia Santamaría
Eugenio Vargas
Silvia Elizondo
Alexa Stickel

Campaign for

Sustainability

Fundraising Campaigns of the Monteverde Institute

Our priority is continuing to build programs that benefit both our visiting students and our local community.

Alliance for the

Monteverde

Institute

Board of Directors, Alliance for the Monteverde Institute

The Alliance for the Monteverde Institute is a 501c3 public charity that provides financial & other support to the initiatives of the Monteverde Institute.

Planting

Sustainabilty

Restoring employment, food security, and forests 

Given the severe impact of COVID-19 on Monteverde, Costa Rica, a town whose economy relies almost solely on tourism, the community is eager to embrace new forms of sustainability—and you can fund these projects while providing income to people who have lost their jobs during this challenging time. Learn more on the following link: