Cloud Forest School - Centro de Educación Creativa
99% Rating
(7 Reviews)

Cloud Forest School - Centro de Educación Creativa

Located in the heart of the Monteverde Cloud Forest in beautiful Costa Rica, The Cloud Forest School serves more than 200 students from Pre-K through 11th grade. We take pride in the fact that 95% of our student population are local students and that we are able to provide financial aid to over 75% of our student population. Volunteers, interns, and international students help to make our school community even stronger, while allowing us to serve students from the local community. Through land stewardship and education for sustainability classes, the school is continually working to accomplish its mission to create environmentally conscious individuals.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Gabrielle
Female
22 years old
Chicago, IL
Vassar College

A Good and In Depth Experience

9/10

Coming in with little experience, I gained thorough knowledge of the rhythms of the classroom, and the work that goes into it. I got to work a lot with students one and one, and get to know them as well. I also saw the lead teacher in action daily, and visited other classrooms.

The school environment is unique in that half of classes are in Spanish, half in English and half the staff is Costa Rican and half from the US. It is great if you are interested in ESL education. Everyone was welcoming. I'm very glad I went.

How can this program be improved?

I had to decide what I wanted out of the experience, and then act to accomplish that. There is not a set structure for what interns do. It is flexible and requires initiative.

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Kayla
Female
24 years old
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Cardinal Stritch University

Amazing Experience

10/10

The Cloud Forest School is one of the best schools that I have ever had the opportunity to work with. They staff is unbelievably dedicated to the students and in turn, the interns. The bilingual challenge for me, as a native English speaker with limited Spanish, really pushed me out of my comfort zone and forced me to grow as an individual and a teacher. The students were great to work with and were very understanding of the fact that I was learning to become a teacher. They were always willing to help. I am missing it everyday.

How can this program be improved?

I really have a hard time recommending anything for change. Although it is true that nothing is perfect, the CEC runs an incredible school and the powerful impact they have vastly covers any flaws.

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Alicia
Female
32 years old
Monteverde, Costa Rica
University of Dayton

Costa Rican Paradise

10/10

I completed a three month counseling internship after completing my Master's in School Counseling. This experiences changed my future plan drastically. I fell in love with the Monteverde area and the Cloud Forest School. I was able to enjoy the beautiful cloud forest everyday as I walked around campus working with students and staff. The support and acceptance I experienced from the staff made my time away from home very enjoyable. In a very short time I was able to develop a home away from home. It took me a while to become accustom to finding scorpions and other insects in my living and working space, but all my experiences have left me with some great stories. I was participating in a yoga class one day when a scorpion fell off the ceiling right through my hair and onto my yoga mat! I was able to remain calm as the scorpion was tossed outside and we continued our yoga class without much interruption. That is something I have never experienced before! Through my work at the Cloud Forest School I was able to see a positive change in the lives of the students I worked with. This is the best results of any work with children in my opinion. I am so grateful that I took a leap of faith and came to Monteverde for this unique, empowering experience!

How can this program be improved?

During my experience I was able to receive informal feedback from my supervisor every week. I would have liked to have a more formal process for feedback and guidance in order to get the most growth out of my experience. This feedback could have come from numerous people including administrators, teachers, and parents. I believe in the power and importance of constructive feedback.

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Elisa
Female
24 years old
Mequon, Wisconsin
Arizona State University

Amazing Experience!

10/10

I loved every minute I spent in Monteverde. Working at the school with the kids and interacting with all of the wonderful staff members will be something I cherish and remember for the rest of my life.

How can this program be improved?

More responsibility for the interns!

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Christina
Female
24 years old
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Swarthmore College

Wonderful place for learning how to teach!

10/10

I loved working in the first grade classroom at the school this past spring. I learned so much about environmental education, bilingualism, best practices for reading, writing, and math, and how to manage a classroom positively. The staff and faculty at the school are so welcoming. The other interns and I would often find ourselves hanging out with them on a Friday or Saturday night for fun. I really enjoyed living with my host family and they did a great job making me feel like just another sister/daughter in their family. Overall, I could not have had a better experience. I miss my students, the staff at the school, and my host family very, very much.

How can this program be improved?

I agree with the other reviewers that at times in can be very, very lonely. I was lucky to have five other interns with me when I did the program and we hung out a lot together after school. We also tried to go to Quaker meeting as much as possible, which, for only a few hours of week, gave us a break from dealing with the language barrier of not knowing Spanish very well, and thus allowed us to know people better. However, other than Quaker meeting, the Catholic church, and a few other Evangelical churches, the town does have very few options for religious life. Someone who is actively religious, but not Christian or Quaker, might find the options limiting. Over all, it's good to know that you'll be in a small town on top of a mountain and that the life you will be leading is one that is very rural and not like that of a big city.

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