Cloud Forest SchoolThe Cloud Forest School and Monteverde
The Cloud Forest School is a private non-sectarian K-11 school established in 1991 and located a mile high in the Tilarán Mountains of northern Costa Rica. It currently serves over 200 students 94% of whom are Costa Rican. Monteverde is composed of an intercultural group of Costa Ricans, foreign residents and tourists drawn to the tropical ecosystem that surrounds the town. The 26,000 acre Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve is surrounded by the 40,000 acre international children's forest. The school is consciously focused on helping children in the community become aware of and responsive to the natural surroundings and community within which they live.
Internship (3.0 credits)
The Cloud Forest School is set up to accept full-time interns, who work as classroom assistants for at least three months beginning in either September or February. Interns will work as a full-time classroom assistant, an assistant to the special education teacher, or an assistant to the environmental education teacher. Interns may also teach mini courses to upper level (colegio) students at the school. Mini courses take place once a week and can include a variety of topics such as drama, dance, journalism, painting, etc. Students will receive 3.0 credits from Educational Studies for a full time internship. See Education Requirements for more information.
Intercultural credit (1.0 credits)
Students can receive 1.0 Intercultural credit by combining Spanish language instruction at the Centro Panamericano de Idomas (CPI), credited through New Mexico State University, and an independently designed fieldwork project carried out at the school or in the community. The school may have some action research projects that could be considered for an independent study; students may want to do further work in environmental education, bilingual education, etc. Students must do both the credited language instruction and the fieldwork project in order to receive this credit.
The school arranges homestays with families that include a furnished room, food, and laundry service. The town of Monteverde has a health clinic and care for any serious health concerns is available in San Jose. Monteverde itself is a small, safe and very welcoming town.
Application materials for the Internship and the New Mexico State University language credits are available through the Off-Campus Study Office. Intern applicants must complete the application form provided and send it with a resume, a letter of intent, two letters of recommendation and an application fee of $75. The school will notify applicants of their acceptance.