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Peace Corps Costa Rica Welcome Book | May 2013"(July 2013 CCD Updated)"

Peace Corps Costa Rica Welcome Book | May 2013"(July 2013 CCD Updated)"

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Peace Corps Costa Rica Welcome Book | May 2013
"(July 2013 CCD Updated)"
Peace Corps Costa Rica Welcome Book | May 2013
"(July 2013 CCD Updated)"

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Published by: Accessible Journal Media Peace Corps Docs on Oct 24, 2013
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As a Peace Corps Volunteer, you will find that language skills are key to personal and professional satisfaction
during your service. These skills are critical to your job performance, they help you integrate into your
community, and they can ease your personal adaptation to the new surroundings. Therefore, language training
is at the heart of the training program. You must successfully meet minimum language requirements to


complete training and become a Volunteer. Costa Rican language instructors teach formal language classes
five days a week in small groups of four to five people.

Your language training will incorporate a community-based approach. In addition to classroom time, you will
be given assignments to work on outside of the classroom and with your host family. The goal is to get you to
a point of basic social communication skills so you can practice and develop language skills further once you
are at your site. Prior to being sworn in as a Volunteer, you will work on strategies to continue language
studies during your service.

Spanish classes take place in small groups in each training community. Language is not only learned in the
classroom, but also by living with a family, integrating into a community, and carrying out assigned tasks. The
importance of language ability in your future role as a Volunteer cannot be emphasized enough. Your ability to
transfer information, to serve as a community resource and a grassroots development facilitator, as well as
your integration into Costa Rican culture, are all directly related to your ability to communicate in the local
language. Although language training is provided in-country, you are strongly urged to initiate Spanish
language studies before your departure. This will help you meet the criteria to qualify in the language area.
Language learning requires dedication and hard work; the vast majority of trainees are able to reach the
proficiency level that is required to swear in as a Volunteer.

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