Arrival Day (Aug 22, 2011)
Students arrive in Costa Rica, travel south to San Isidro, and get settled into their new home.
Orientation Week (Aug 23-26, 2011)
This week will be a time get to meet your fellow students, teachers and campus leadership. We'll go over the vision for the semester, the basic outline of the coming weeks, and explain the campus guidelines. We'll help you find your way around town, get acquainted with the public transportation, and point out the best coffee shops, clothing stores, and grocers in San Isidro. We'll also head to the beach to get some sun, sand and surf in the nearby beach town of Dominical. If time and weather permit, we'll try to squeeze in a trip to some rivers, waterfalls and swimming holes as well.
Weekly Classes (Aug 29-Nov 3, 2011)
The weekly class schedule is structured to allow plenty of time for homework and for building friendships with the Ticos who live here. Class times will vary from day to day, depending on the nature of the class. Bilingual classes, for example, are planned as night classes to accommodate Tico students who work during the day. These classes run Monday through Thursday, leaving a three-day weekend each week. Our encouragement to each student is to take advantage of the free time to get to know the culture and get involved in the lives of those who live here. In that way you will be able to share Christ not only by what you say and do, but with who you are. A quick rundown of the classes is as follows:
- • Monday- Ephesians
- • Tuesday- Apologetics
- • Wednesday- I & II Kings
- • Thursday- TBA
Panama Mission Trip (Nov 7-11, 2011)
During the semester, a trip is planned outside of the country for several days to comply with Costa Rica's visa requirements. We take advantage of this opportunity to do an evangelistic outreach. This semester we'll be going to Ciudad David, Panama. During previous trips we have already established contact with the government appointed Director of Community Development. We'll be coming alongside him in roadside cleanup and also in supplying Bibles and encouragement in a drug rehab center. This is also a time where we'll be able to kick back as students and staff, without the stress of constant classes.
Block Classes (Nov 14-Dec 9, 2011)
The last month of the semester is spent in intensive, block-style classes. The class is taught every day, Monday through Friday, for a two week duration. For each two week period, the block class is the only class being taught at the Teaching Site. This allows each student to be fully submersed in the course material without being distracted by other subjects. The continuity of thought from day to day is hard to duplicate elsewhere. The subjects being taught as block classes are Philippians (Nov 14-25) and Church History (Nov 28-Dec 9).
Graduation Ceremony/End of Semester Banquet (Dec 9, 2011)
At the end of the semester we'll have a banquet and graduation ceremony to close things out. It's a time to get dressed up, take a lot of pictures, eat some good food, and enjoy one last evening in Costa Rica.
Departure (Dec 10, 2011)
All students head home.