Social Work Program

CPI has designed a special social work program 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, CPI Monteverde and CPI Flamingo 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 on grammar and conversation, the necessary elements for communication. Professional vocabulary and practice interviews are also introduced during the first week of morning classes.

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.

Price and Registration Form

COST: US$600 per week


  • Spanish classes
  • Text books
  • One field visit

NOTE: Lodging, excursions, and transportation between campuses are not included in the above prices.

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Tosin King

Hace 2 semanas llegué a Costa Rica. Cuando yo comencé la escuela CPI yo no sabía nada de español, pero con las profesoras grandes como Judith y María, ahora yo puedo hablar español. Yo hablo con la gente que vive en Heredia sin vergüenza.

Estoy muy feliz por la experiencia aquí en CPI. Yo puedo continuar estudiando español con confianza cuando yo regrese a Washington DC. Gracias CPI por todas las cosas, yo voy a extrañarlos a ustedes

Dylan Woodward

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!

Katherine Terbush

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!!

Cheryl Mitri

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!

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