Top 10 Ways to Live “la Pura Vida” while Studying Abroad in Costa Rica

Justin Maniar is a Senior Site Specialist for Latin America. Justin works with students studying abroad in Costa Rica. Costa Ricans or Ticos as they’re colloquially known, have been described as some of the happiest people on the planet.  Friendly and environmentally conscious, Ticos know how to enjoy life in the beautiful country they call home. In Costa Rica, this attitude is summed up in one phrase,  “pura vida,” literally translated as “pure life.” Here are ten ways you can experience “la pura vida” during your semester studying (or interning!) in Costa Rica: 1) Ziplining– Soar through the dense rainforest … Continue reading Top 10 Ways to Live “la Pura Vida” while Studying Abroad in Costa Rica

Photo Essay: 5 Must-See Sites in Peru

Matt Steiner is an ISA Site Specialist for Latin America. Matt works with students studying abroad in Chile, Peru, and Panama. Whether looking down on the clouds or out at the ocean, from the spellbinding  grace of Machu Picchu to the shores of the pacific, Peru has everything to offer students.  Are you thinking of applying to one of the Lima semester programs next Spring? Here’s a glimpse of the mystery and majesty Peru has to offer as seen through the eyes of Tyler Chase, a Fall 2012 ISA Lima student, which represents only fraction of what you can expect. Continue reading Photo Essay: 5 Must-See Sites in Peru