Musical Theatre Connections: Costa Rica integrates local and international students who share a love for the performing arts; through a unique combination of musical theatre and community service, you will experience a new culture not as part of an outside group of tourists but as a member of the community.
All international participants who want to perform will be cast in the show. If your prefer to spend your time behind the scenes, you may choose to focus on technical theatre, play in the pit orchestra, or assist with direction or choreography.
Although you will be focusing on theater, however, Musical Theater Connections is about much more than just the musical. You will also have the opportunity to volunteer at our partner school, the Centro de Educacion Creativa (CEC). Many of our local participants attend this unique, environmentally focused school, where the students care for 100+ acres of cloud forest. Volunteer assignments include tree planting, working in the greenhouse and gardens, trail maintenance, painting classrooms, or working in the school library.
Many visitors to Monteverde find that their home-stay experience is the most powerful element of their time in the community. Through your new family, you will have the chance to enjoy local food and customs, see the town from a uniquely intimate perspective, improve your language skills, and make lifelong friendships that cross cultural boundaries. You will be placed with an experienced host family, connected to our partner school, and if possible with a local student participating in the program.
This is a fantastic opportunity to truly experience another culture and feel like a local. If you want to improve your Spanish fluency, your home-stay will provide true Spanish immersion. However, if you are uncomfortable with speaking Spanish, we will place you in a household where at least one family member is fluent in English.