Monteverde, Costa Rica

High School Away

Costa Rica is opening its borders to select U.S. state residents.
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Information for term High School Away

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

September 28, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: September 28, 2020
  • Dates: Oct 16 – Nov 13, 2020 (4 weeks)
$4,500

Application Deadline

October 26, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: October 26, 2020
  • Dates: Nov 13 – Dec 11, 2020 (4 weeks)
$4,500

Application Deadline

September 28, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: September 28, 2020
  • Dates: Oct 16 – Dec 11, 2020 (8 weeks)
$9,000

Overview

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Find your learning pod in the Costa Rican rainforest!

With COVID-19 disrupting plans for many high schools across the country, one thing is for sure: Fall 2020 won’t look like any other … Why not make it awesome?! 
 
CIEE High School Away gives you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live in the Monteverde cloud forest, while keeping up with all your high school courses and requirements! Call Costa Rica “home” for four weeks at a time, and bond with a small learning pod of like-minded U.S. high school students abroad, all while logging into your U.S. virtual classroom every day and working on your assignments. 

CIEE High School Away takes “distance learning” to a whole new level and puts you back in control of your fall experience. Make it a semester to remember for all for the right reasons! Come home refreshed, more independent and with new lifelong friends and memories.

Costa Rica is opening its borders to select U.S. state residents

  • As of Sept. 1, 2020: Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
     
  • As of Sept. 15, 2020: Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington and Wyoming
     
  • As of Oct. 1, 2020: California (if the epidemiological scenario permits it)

The Take-Aways

  • Focus

    A unique setting for your distance learning, within a small, self-quarantined and self-motivated group of high school students.

  • Independence & Resilience

    Come home better prepared to make transitions, take control of new situations, and appreciate challenging experiences for what they are: opportunities to learn and grow.

  • Service Learning

    Lend a hand at our organic farm, harvest your own dinner or help our team develop educational material for students. Get a certificate for your service.

Location & Culture

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Your safe haven for distance learning
You have to see this site to believe it. Set right next to the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, CIEE’s new Global Institute is an amazing 150-acre campus complete with a working organic farm, open-air classroom and multiple science labs. Dorms are bungalow style and the sustainable dining hall serves fresh produce straight from the farm. Although you’d never need to leave this eco-friendly preserve, there’s much to explore on excursions and adventures planned to round out your experience.

Set more than 4,500 ft. above sea level, Monteverde (or “Green Mountain”) finds itself enveloped with fog and clouds year-round. The moisture trickles from tree branches down to the organisms below, helping to sustain an amazingly rich ecosystem. With 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, and 2,500 varieties of plants, it’s no wonder National Geographic called this “the jewel in the crown of cloud forests.”

Far below the mountains are small coastal towns offering pristine beaches, basic shops and restaurants, and tidal shores ripe for exploration.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

Your final daily schedule will be optimized for your group, based on individual school requirements. Expect 4 hours of solo study hours Monday through Friday, and daily group activities or excursions. All meals are shared in our cafeteria.

This program is set up to create a safe bubble in the jungle. You and your group will quarantine together on campus for the first two weeks. With acres of land to explore, a soccer field, a library, science labs, a coffee plantation, an organic farm and a nursery, there's plenty to explore, learn and keep busy while you quarantine and bond with your new "learning pod".

Read more on CIEE 's COVID-19 risk mitigation measures and student guidelines.

  • Housing

    Private room and private bathroom on CIEE's Monteverde campus.

  • Local Support

    24/7 live-in resident advisor and tutors available every school day

Activities

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Sample Activities

  • Boat on Lake Arenal, set against a backdrop of the quintessential cone volcano
  • Visit the largest privately-protected reserve in Costa Rica to learn about tropical biodiversity
  • Engage and play soccer with local teens
  • Take a cooking class and learn authentic Tico recipes
  • Go on a biodiversity scavenger hunt, a night hike, and a city tour!

Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

Eligibility

  • Student in good standing with academic requirements for either a U.S. high school (GPA of 2.5 or higher) or Costa Rican high school (80% in all current classes).
  • Demonstrate maturity and self-motivation through the application process. While this program provides a supportive educational environment, participants are expected to keep up with their school requirements and remain responsible for their own grades and deadlines.
  • This program is hosted on our remote Monteverde campus in Costa Rica and involves wilderness activities such as hikes in the cloud forest. Applicants should be comfortable being around bugs and monkeys!

Program

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Costs

Fall Block II 2020 4 weeks Sep 28, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 Nov 13, 2020

$4,500

Fall Blocks II, III 2020 8 weeks Sep 28, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 Dec 11, 2020

$9,000

Fall Block III 2020 4 weeks Oct 26, 2020 Nov 13, 2020 Dec 11, 2020

$4,500

Ready to change your life?