Global Practice Latin America

Gratitude through Learning

The last two weeks have been filled with a plethora of emotions; among them curiosity, discomfort, joy, and most importantly gratitude. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have traveled to Costa Rica and experience the country’s culture first hand, my host family’s generosity and kindness, and the Costa ...

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Power of Community

Over the course of two weeks I spent in Costa Rica, I gained many valuable experiences and learned a lot. One of the group visits while we were in Costa Rica was to the community called La Carpio. La Carpio is a poor neighborhood located just outside San José (the ...

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Culture and Family

The Costa Rican immersion course was a great experience. We were able to visit one of the many Latino countries which is located in Central America. We were able to learn about the types of social services in Costa Rica and the response from ...

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Reflections of the Social Work Mirror.

The front of the bus.. my preferred spot where the thrill of jam-packed traffic and close calls is nonstop!! It is at this point that in perspective there really isn’t all that much to be mad about when it comes to traffic on I-25 in Colorado and I will take ...

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I’m in Costa Rica, and I see people that look like me…

I flew to Costa Rica only two days after completing the summer quarter for the Advanced Standing MSW program. Naturally, since beginning the program, my mind has been occupied with social justice-related concepts and buzzwords that have altered my entire frame of thinking. I am now engaging with new communities ...

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I’m in Costa Rica, and I see people that look like me…

I flew to Costa Rica only two days after completing the summer quarter for the Advanced Standing MSW program. Naturally, since beginning the program, my mind has been occupied with social justice-related concepts and buzzwords that have altered my entire frame of thinking. I am now engaging with new communities ...

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Familia in Costa Rica

Costa Rica, a city that is famous for its beautiful beaches, lush green forests, and an ideal vacation destination. This was all that I knew about Costa Rica before coming on this trip for 2 weeks. After just my first week here, I have found that Costa Rica has so ...

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¡Pura Vida! Comparing and Contrasting Systems

¡Pura vida! From the moment I stepped foot onto Costa Rican soil, I could feel the pride that “los Ticos” have for their country and their eagerness to share it with others. With universal healthcare, social security and a solid public elementary as well as university system, la gente costaricense ...

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Refugee Work in Costa Rica

As a student of the Social Work with Latinos/as Certificate Program, I have had the immense opportunity to spend the past week here in San Jose, exploring the world of social work in Costa Rica. We are framing our experience through the work of Paulo Freire and his concepts of ...

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La Pobreza

You don’t work hard enough. You don’t have enough education. You can’t manage your money. You made poor choices. You don’t have the right skills. You’d rather buy a cell phone than a bag of rice or beans. You had too many kids. You’d rather get a government handout than work for your money.   The language may change ...

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