Elective Rotation: Spanish immersion in Costa Rica
Contact: Serena Edwards
Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
I did a 2-week Spanish immersion in Costa Rica with classes in medical Spanish through the Institute for Spanish Language Studies. During my two weeks in La Fortuna, I stayed with a host family, and a private Spanish tutor came to the house for four hours of lessons per day. Several afternoons each week, I spent 2-3 hours at a private general practice clinic, discussing the healthcare system of Costa Rica with a local physician, shadowing him during patient visits, and learning vocabulary specific to medical Spanish.