Proximate learning does not occur without risk, but it is in those moments when students are living their education alongside the issues they are studying that worldviews are transformed.
Proctor’s only term-long off-campus program available to 10th graders, Proctor en Monteverde affords between four and six sophomores the opportunity to study abroad in Monteverde, Costa Rica during the winter and spring trimesters.
One of the most ecologically diverse areas in the world, Monteverde provides unparalleled learning opportunities ranging from planting trees for reforestation to constructing farm related engineering projects such as irrigation systems or bio-digesters for methane production, all while students continue to pursue their sophomore level science, humanities, math, and Spanish classes with native Costa Rican educators.
Students live with host families in the town of Monteverde, engage in arts and afternoon activities in the local community, and earn a full year’s worth of Spanish credit for their cultural immersion experience. Explore life as a Proctor student in Monteverde in the blog posts below.
It has always been very hard for me to step out of my comfort zone, and this experience has proven that as a bigger challenge than I would have expected. One thing I can say for certain is this program has taught me so much about the world, Spanish, Costa Rica, and myself. Since I started at Proctor, I have thought about how my shell was like concrete, and Proctor has helped me break out, one experience at a time. My term in Costa Rica didn’t just help me put a crack in my shell, but more of a hole! - Bella ‘22
Courses and Credits
While studying in Monteverde, students earn the following academic credits:
- Spanish Intensive (3 Credits)
- Sophomore Math (1 Credit)
- Sophomore English (1 Credit)
- Sophomore History (1 Credit)
- Rainforest Biology (1 Credit)
- Host Family Skills Credit
To learn more about Proctor en Monteverde, contact program director Brooks Bicknell.