Social Work Seminar
May 27th to June 7th, 2013
CPI has designed a special two-week seminar directed to professionals working in the social services. The seminar includes Spanish classes, professional talks, discussion groups and informational visits to the local social service community.
Spanish classes at CPI Heredia are scheduled Monday through Friday, 4 hours of class per day. Students are placed according to level based upon a written exam and oral interview. The maximum class size is four students per class. Small class size makes for optimum learning as students receive specialized attention from their professor.
Classes concentrate upon grammar and conversation, the necessary elements for communication. Professional vocabulary and practice interviews are also introduced during the first week of morning classes. During the conferences, professionals are invited to speak to seminar participants at the CPI campus.
During the second week afternoon Spanish classes remain concentrated upon grammar and conversation; however, special focus is placed on relevant professional vocabulary, client dialogues as well as the important elements of multicultural awareness.
After classes there are optional cultural activities, such as: Latin dance class and cooking class.
"I learned an immense amount in Spanish class and speaking in only Spanish for the 4 hours of classes. Being taught by Professor Judith was a gift; she is beyond excellent! I appreciated her knowledge of the social service system in Costa Rica. The work with CRHF was excellent!"
I really enjoyed class time. I feel like it was great practice speaking completely in spanish during class. The books and resources will be a huge help to me now that I am back at work.
I also loved that the weekend excursion was included in the package. Arenal was amazing!!!
I had a great time in Costa Rica. The staff at CPI were incredibly helpful and supportive! My host family was fabulous! The overall experience was unforgetable and I am already planning my next trip!!
Thank you for everything!!
"My two weeks in the Social Work Seminar program in Costa Rica was a life changing experience that no words can describe. The integration of gramar and seminar classes in relation to social work combined with volunteer work in a local poverty stricken area really tied together all elements of social work: theory and practice. I feel more equipped to communicate and develop a positive rapport with Latino/a clients, and I have a better understanding of the diversity of challenges faced within this community. Thanks CPI for my memorable visit and making my time in Costa Rica fulfilling and rewarding!"