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Community Outreach Program

The Community Outreach Program's goal is to create an environment in which both students and families can learn from each other in a warm and safe space. In order to achieve that goal, we work carefully to place students in the best possible homestay. We currently work with about 170 Homestay families from 7 different communities: San Luis, Monteverde, Cerro Plano, Santa Elena, Los Llanos, Cañitas & La Cruz. Furthermore, we enhance the homestay support for the entire stay by providing orientations and team-building activities, culture-shock training on both ends and discussion forums about cultural differences.

 Additionally, workshops are part of the Outreach Program. These include, but are not limited to the following themes: Intercultural Differences, Christmas decorations, cloth doll making, quilting, scarf making, cooking, understanding young adults, family budget management, and sexual education. 

Every year the Community Outreach program offers teenage students the opportunity to participate in an educational summer camp:

Campa las Hormiguitas.  

Another important task of Community Outreach has been forming part of APAPNEM, a small non-profit that works with seniors and disabled individuals. 

Please visit the following links for further information regarding the Community Outreach Program.

Brief History

Since 1986 MVI has aimed to bridge work and cultural exchange between foreign visitors and local community members.

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Summer Camp for Local Students

Since 1986 MVI has aimed to bridge work and cultural exchange between foreign visitors and local community members.

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Homestay

Study Abroad students build lasting relationships with homestay families.

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Educational Workshops

have become the one of the best ways to target community areas of interest as part of the Monteverde Institute’s mission.

 

English Classes

for adults and children were offered for several years at a locally affordable price to make English comprehension accessible to the community.

Cultural Orientations

Are aimed to help students understand, explore and appreciate cultural differences.

Additional Community Support

also occurs on a individual basis to encourage small community groups and initiatives.

Contact Information

Jennifer Ugalde
Program Coordinator

tel. 506-2645-5053 ext. 120
homestay@mvinstitute.org

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