Common Good International

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Basic Information

Address: 1624 Market St, Denver CO
Phone Number: (303) 684-5557
Fax Number: (303) 684-5558
Director: Rory A Foster
Duration: 2+ Weeks

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School Information: When you search online for “Spanish Immersion programs”, most of the results you see are individual language schools, adventure travel programs, or some sort of service learning volunteer experience.

These programs likely include elements of a true Spanish immersion program, but very few incorporate all of them into one like Common Ground does. We’re Spanish teachers, so we know what the right mix is for you to maximize the language benefit from your Spanish immersion program and volunteer experiences.

After doing even brief initial research, you will find that our trips are the absolute best short-term Spanish Immersion in Costa Rica and Nicaragua! Our student travel programs and adult Spanish immersion trips are filled with: adventure, service learning, Spanish immersion classes & host families. We lead several different Spanish immersion programs in Costa Rica and Nicaragua annually. Each immersion trip focuses on improving your Spanish proficiency, giving much needed community service to some underserved communities in the outskirts of San Jose (Costa Rica) and Granada (Nicaragua) and having more fun than you can imagine with unique adventure-travel experiences.

Tuition: Varies depending on program
Financial Aid:

N/A

Curriculum Highlights:
  1. You learn more Spanish with Common Ground. If your goal is to learn as much Spanish as possible, we're definitely the best program for you. If that's not your goal, keep searching! You learn more Spanish with Common Ground because we've specifically designed every aspect of our Spanish immersion programs to support your language acquisition all day, every day. Oh, and by they way, all our trip leaders are Spanish teachers as well - we got your back!
  2. Your trip planning and coordination is easier. DIY trips are possible, but neither convenient nor do you have complete confidence that your plans will become reality. Common Ground is a language company based in Colorado, you can dial us up and speak English to us at any time! Btw, our CO number also rings in Costa Rica - just in case you need to connect with us down there: (303) 684-557.
  3. You arrive to the country more prepared and more ready to learn. We've spent countless hours building out pre-departure preparation courses for you so that nothing (culture shock, unmet expectations, situational realities, etc) gets in the way of your experience and derails you from learning all you can.
  4. You don't just live in a community, you get integrated. Yes you're a language tourist, but that doesn't mean that you have to be treated like an outsider! Most any program can throw together a host family experience for you, but we take it much beyond that on our Spanish immersion trips. Your host family is invested in you, and you will get to know your family and their values through some specially designed interviews. Additionally, you will partner with a local community organization to work on projects (in Spanish of course) that have you rubbing shoulders with everyday people.
  5. You have confidence that the community work you participate in is ethical, sustainable, and actually needed. Some of the most common complaints of international volunteering are that the work Americans do abroad is: more about them than the community they're supposed to be serving, one-off activities that have no long-term longevity, irrelevant to the true needs of the community. Our team of well-seasoned leaders take care to satisfy the highest standards for international volunteering on our immersion trips.
School Setting: In Nicaragua:
  • Town: Granada is a bustling international city on the shores of Lake Nicaragua
  • Lodging: You will be staying with a host family in Granada
  • Community Outreach Work: You will work with underserved communities in the outskirts of Granada
In Costa Rica
  • Town: Santo Domingo is a middle-class neighborhood about 15 minutes north of San José
  • Lodging: You will be staying with a host family in Santo Domingo
  • Community Outreach Work: You will work with underserved communities in the outskirts of San José
Notes/Information: Several aspects of our programs make them unique - but here are a few that you are probably thinking about:
  • You learn more Spanish with Common Ground International
  • Your trip planning and coordination is much easier
  • You arrive in country prepared and ready to learn
  • You don't just live in a community, you get integrated into it
  • The community outreach work you do is ethical, sustainable, and actually needed

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