CEI is committed to a mutually sustainable organizational model benefiting the surrounding community where international and local students participate in a practical and respectful learning environment promoting cross-cultural knowledge exchange.
Classes are designed to help students develop relationships and exchange knowledge over topics of importance to both the U.S. and Costa Rica. Students from both countries are taught by teams that include a teacher who is teacher fluent in each language. The institute is led by education director Daisy Stevens Rojas, a native of the U.S., and Geiner Rojas Acuna, a native of Costa Rica. Faculty from universities in both Costa Rica and the U.S. offer courses in topics that include international relations, commerce, micro-enterprise, Latin American studies and green energy design.
“A mutually sustainable organizational model benefiting the surrounding community where international and local students participate in a practical and respectful learning environment promoting cross-cultural knowledge exchange.”
The Cultural Education Institute was established in 2014 with the goal of providing high quality educational opportunities for students in the U.S. and Costa Rica. The programs are designed to promote a free exchange of ideas and information among all participants in a variety of academic fields.
Classroom and experiential learning experiences will develop community and foster engagement, through cross cultural communications and knowledge sharing. The curriculum is taught with an understanding and mutual respect for multiple ways of being, learning and working through open dialogue and experiential learning environments.
The institute will work to bring economically and environmentally sustainable programs together involving community members, stakeholders, local and international conservationists and surrounding residents.
Classes at CEI are intended to help students and faculty from both the U.S. and Costa Rica develop relationships and exchange knowledge over topics important to both groups. Instructors from the U.S. partner with instructors in Costa Rica to teach each course. Students of both nations are taught together in the same classes. No language prerequisites exist as all classes are taught with 2 instructors fluent in each language.
Topics include Spanish and English conversation, cultural anthropology taught, green energy, sustainable farming and small business/micro-enterprise, and other topics of interest.
These courses are summer intensive 3 week sessions with students attending discussion in the mornings and participating in applied learning activities during the afternoons and weekend excursions to locations related to the course of study. There are 4 sessions per year. Professional workshops and seminars are delivered during other months of the year for groups from both the U.S. and C.R.
Faculty from universities in both Costa Rica and the United States offer concentrations in international relations, commerce, micro-enterprise, Latin American studies, Spanish, anthropology and education, green energy design with the inclusion of eolic, solar, hydro and bio energy sources utilized on campus.