ALL ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Up to 25 Oregon high-school students travel to Costa
Rica in June, live with families, and attend school for 8 weeks. They are accompanied by two
WHEN DO STUDENTS TRAVEL?
Tentative departure from Oregon is June 2013 with the
return from Costa Rica in August 2013.
Oregon students go to Costa Rica to improve their
Spanish skills, attend high school, and experience family life in Costa Rica. This enables them to be both
bilingual and bi-cultural. Students have an opportunity to know Costa Rica and to make long-lasting
HOW DO YOU APPLY?
If you are a high school student, have successfully
completed at least two years of high school Spanish, and have completed your sophomore year of high school by the
time of departure, print the application found in this web site on the Student Travel
WHAT IS THE COST OF THE PROGRAM?
The cost for 2013 is $2,200 per student. This includes airfare and all basic costs EXCEPT medical
insurance, immunizations, passport charges, and incidental expenses for gifts and extra activities. We recommend
that each student take $400 for incidental expenses in Costa Rica. Need-based scholarships are
WHO IS PARTNERS OF THE AMERICAS?
Partners of the Americas originated in 1964 under
President John F. Kennedy's administration. "Partnering" states in America with Latin American countries enabled
the two to form friendships, cultural exchanges, and assistance in various forms. Under this program, Oregon
was partnered with Costa Rica. The original exchanges were between businessmen and politicians but then
expanded to include senior citizen, teacher and student programs.
In 1966, Mrs. Margaret Byers, a Salem Spanish teacher,
took five boys and five girls for a few weeks to stay in Costa Rica. A few years later, the Partners Of The
Americas Oregon--Costa Rica High School Exchange Program began. It has expanded to two full months and up to
Partners of the Americas is a non-profit organization
made up of several committees of volunteers: students, teachers, schools, business people, professionals and
families--all interested in promoting increased understanding and cooperation between Oregon and Costa
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT EXCHANGE
To promote international understanding and
friendship between the people of Oregon and Costa Rica;
To provide students from both countries the broadening educational experience of
living in another culture, with opportunities to develop conversational skills in the language of the host
To strengthen ties of partnership between Oregon and Costa Rican high school
students and their families.
Special Note: As part of the exchange, student travelers
are expected to apply or find another family to apply to host a Costa Rican exchange student for four weeks during
December 2013-February 2014 for the Partners Northbound Program.