Monteverde Institute

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A nonprofit educational institute, founded in 1986, that offers interdisciplinary courses in tropical biology, conservation, sustainable development and Spanish, among other topics. Courses are occasionally open to the public, as are volunteer opportunities in education and reforestation – check the website. Spanish classes start at $345 per week, with homestays with local families available for $20 a night. Longer courses include university-accredited programs for undergraduates and they emphasize tropical community ecology. Internships and volunteer opportunities are also available.