In addition to classes, the ISA staff organizes meetings to monitor students' progress and discuss the week's itinerary, including cultural activities and excursions.
Classes are held Monday through Thursday with afternoon sessions.
Three mandatory cultural activities are organized each week of the program and are designed to help students experience Heredia. Below is a list of cultural activities the ISA staff in Heredia has organized in the past.
- Tour of Inbio Park
- Visit to National Museum of Costa Rica
- Tour of the Britt Coffee Plantation
- Artisan workshop
- Dance & cooking classes
During each week and on some weekend days students will have free time to explore Heredia on their own. The ISA staff provides students with suggested activities to help learn more about their host city and culture.
Organized excursions are included with each program to complement the student’s study abroad experience. These complementary experiences are designed to engage student learning outside of the classroom in the five areas of the Discovery Model. Transportation and guided tours are included as well as hotel accommodations and breakfast during multi-day excursions. Additional optional excursions may be offered during each program that are not included in the program cost, but provide students other opportunities for discovery.
THE DISCOVERY MODEL
A primary objective of all ISA High school programs is to facilitate the learning and development of program participants. We rely on host universities to provide quality instruction in the classroom, but ISA High School is the main facilitator of learning outside of the classroom. Efforts to promote student learning are shaped by a teaching & learning framework we call the Discovery Model.
According to this model, student learning and development is organized into five areas of discovery:
1. Intercultural, 2. Historical, 3. Sociopolitical, 4. Professional and 5. Environmental