Studying abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica has been an incredible experience so far! CEA has given me many opportunities to get the most out of my study abroad experience through activities such as volunteering. The local hospital in downtown San Jose, Hospital Nacional de Niños, allows students to volunteer during the week. To participate in this program, it is necessary to have an intermediate Spanish speaking ability and to volunteer for at least three hours per week. I was very excited when I heard about this…

The first CEA excursion in Costa Rica was a great opener trip for students and staff. Students were given the opportunity to travel to a beach destination to enjoy the weekend soaking up the sun, snorkeling, and also had the option to visit a nearby national park. The excursion included a trip to an area called Bahia Ballena, where students were able able to observe underwater life. Later, there was free time to go to the beach and to also visit Manuel Antonio National Park, where I was…

One of the most fulfiling experiences I’ve had since arriving in Costa Rica is traveling to Bocas del Torro, Panama for a weekend excursion. It was the perfect way to end my first month of classes, which included a four-hour intensive Spanish class, five days a week. It was even more fulfilinng being able to cross off my list another nearby country I wanted to visit while studying abroad. These are the extra bonuses that come with studying abroad with CEA, so look forward to experiencing the opportunity…

Being in a foreign country is such a new and exciting time, but sometimes your health can take a back seat. The new foods and smells are tantalizing and you want to try it all, and with school and weekend trips there never seems to be time to workout. Not only can your physical health be overlooked, but also your mental health. Sometimes being away from home and your loved one’s can cause homesickness and stress. After my first month here, I realized I needed to stay healthy…

After adjusting to life in San Jose, I’ve now found myself  trying to create ways to maximize my stay here by making the best of my time and resources. When you’re in a new environment and are left with taking in the culture shock and new routine,  it can feel like a challenge deciding how to manage it all. Three areas of my life where I’ve sought a solution to manage  my stay here are with planning my weekend schedule in advance, taking up extra activities to fill…

If you’re having trouble choosing whether or not to do homestay while studying abroad or if you just want to know what we love about homestay, this video is for you! I interviewed two of my friends on their opinion of homestay, as well as shared my opinion on why homestay is the best way to live while abroad! Enjoy and Pura Vida! Kendall McKee is the Spring 2016 CEA MOJO in San Jose, Costa Rica. She is currently a Junior at the University of Memphis. 

To make it easier to understand what being a student here at Veritas is like, here is a video where CEA MOJO, Lois interviews study abroad student Carmen who shares about her time in Costa Rica. She shares about her experiences with housing, living in Costa Rica, attending Veritas, and what she would advise for other students to do as far as housing. Consider these helpful tips  when planning to study abroad at Vertitas. Lois Charm is the Spring 2016 CEA MOJO Blogger in San Jose, Costa Rica. She is currently a…

Classes at Veritas University bring the intellectual challenge that students need to feel engaged and motivated while in school. The international students program here has dedicated educators that do a great job in bringing out every students’ learning potential. Every class that I’m enrolled in has its unique attributes and I’ve been able to learn so much in the short time I’ve been here. My classes range from intermediate Spanish, to mural painting and tropical botany. One interesting thing about my intermediate Spanish class is that it is completely taught…

alumni, San Jose, Costa Rica

Remember all those new friends you made during your study abroad experience? Could you imagine if one of those friends was the love of your life? It sounds too good to be true, but Mari and Brice (CEA San Jose summer 2010 alumni) made it happen. From Costa Rica to Wisconsin and Texas, this is their story. Brice and I met on the Fourth of July in 2010 during the CEA introduction tour of San Jose, Costa Rica.  As a student at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, I…

Taking in San Jose for the first time felt like a warm breeze filled with promise and satisfaction. I arrived in the airport and stepped outside to first notice the warm and comforting sun that greeted me. In that moment, I realized that my decision to study abroad had become real. As I rode away from the airport, I first took in the clear, blue sky and how vibrant it made everything look. The next thing that caught my attention was the amount of rugged, colorful buildings that lined both sides if…