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Peak to Peak – Kamuk High School Exchange Program

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Peak to Peak Students & Families Host Kamuk Students
Host a Kamuk Student
Peak to Peak Exchange Travelers to Kamuk School in Costa Rica
January 4-18, 2020*
Receive a Costa Rican student into your home & family life
Lead, Guide & Connect: Be a positive and active P2P ambassador! 
Provide an safe, fun, engaging family environment
Introduce Costa Ricans to the Colorado winter: ice-skating, tubing, playing in the snow
Make a new life-long friend!
24/7 leadership, coordination & support by program leaders
We are committed to: safety, creating fun and meaningful language and cultural exchanges
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Peak to Peak Exchange Travelers to Kamuk School in Costa Rica
Be an exchange student
Class Trip Spanish Immersion Program for high school students
July 18-Aug. 1 2020*
Live with a Kamuk student & their family
Experience life as a teen in Costa Rica: attend Kamuk classes & cultural activities
Explore the beaches & volcanoes
Improve your Spanish
Stretch your comfort zone | Experience personal growth & independence
24/7 leadership, coordination & support by CGI program leaders
We are committed to: safety, creating fun and meaningful language and cultural interactions, and helping your students become comfortable speaking Spanish


What is this Exchange Program?

A 2 week language & cultural exchange program between two exceptional schools:

  • Peak to Peak High School
  • Kamuk School – Costa Rica

These schools share the same goals of:

  • Giving students the opportunity to become bilingual and biliterate
  • Gaining a greater awareness and appreciation of other cultures
  • Becoming active global citizens
  • Creating lifelong friendships with high school students in Colorado and Costa Rica

Exchange Program Description & Objectives- This is a 2 part program, Students can participate in ONE or BOTH parts:

PART 1–> P2P Host Students & Families

Host a Kamuk student for 2 weeks, Jan. 4-18, 2020*:

  • Receive a Costa Rican student into your home & family life
  • Be a positive and active P2P ambassador! Lead, guide & connect: help them adjust to being a student at P2P,  get them connected into the P2P community and show them the way. 
  • Provide an open, safe, caring, culturally sensitive, engaging family environment
  • *Dates may vary by 2 days on either end depending on flight itineraries

PART 2–> P2P Exchange Students in Costa Rica

Travel to Costa Rica for 2 weeks, July 18-Aug. 1, 2020*:

  • Live with your Kamuk student & their family 
  • Attend classes at Kamuk School
  • Explore the beaches & volcanoes
  • Get up close & personal with rescued sloths from the Toucan Rescue Ranch
  • Take dance & cooking classes
  • Improve your Spanish
  • Experience personal growth
  • *Dates may vary by 2 days on either end depending on flight itineraries

Both parts of this experience are life changing! Whether you host, travel or do both you will:

  • experience personal growth
  • increase your Spanish communication skills
  • challenge your comfort zone, preconceived ideas, & stereotypes
  • break down language and cultural barriers
  • gain a better understanding of our global community

Program Costs & Inclusions:

P2P Host Students & Families

COST: Provide room, board, love, time & energy

P2P Host Students / Families must provide:

  • A private bedroom in house with shared or private bathroom
  • Meals while Kamuk student is staying with you. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transportation to and from P2P
  • Investment of time and energy

P2P Exchange Students in Costa Rica

COST: 14-16 days $2875. **Please note, this is an initial estimate- it will NOT be more than this . All inclusive, includes:

  • Round trip flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Pre-departure preparation
  • In-country transportation
  • Lodging with host family
  • Most meals
  • Excursions to Costa Rican Hot Spots with your host brother or sister in SPANISH
    • Manuel Antonio
    • La Fortuna
    • La Paz Waterfall Garden
    • Artisan Market
    • San Jose City Tour
    • Hot springs
  • Host family cultural activities

Interested? NEXT STEPS…If you are interested in this program, your next steps are:

    1. Program Interest List: Email Leslie Foster to get on the program interest list. I will send program updates to people on this list
    2. Attend Family Interest Meeting with Leslie Foster in May 13 at 5:30pm in classroom N155.
    3. Apply to be a host family: Registration open! Apply below
    4. Register to be an exchange student: Register here  & Pay your travel deposit here.
    5. BOOKMARK this page! This is where you will find all program updates, registration steps and more detailed program information as it becomes available

Program Timeline:

**this timeline may change depending on Kamuk School progress and their timeline. Flexibility is essential:)

  1. April :
    • Announcements about program in P2P Spanish classes
    • High School Lunch Meeting
    • Make sure your name and contact information is on Program Interest List to get program updates & next steps
  2. May:
    • May 13th Parent/ Student Meeting @ 5:30pm room N155 (Señor B’s rooms)
    • May 1st: Host Student / Family Application Opens.
      • Application at bottom of this page
      • We need 10 families to host. We will select 12 to have additional families as a back up. If we have more than 10 families apply, we will select families based on a first come, first serve basis and of course FIT!
    • Host Families go through volunteer / fingerprinting  process at P2P
    • May 1st: Registration to be an exchange student in Costa Rica (Summer 2020) opens. Register HERE!
      • Once you register, you will get a welcome email with next steps.
  3. June – August:
    • Complete Student / Family Host Family Application. Due September 30th or as soon as possible
    • Submit 2 character recommendation letters on behalf of the family / student by Sept 1st
  4. September:
    • Complete Student / Family Host Family Application. Due September 15th or as soon as possible
    • Complete P2P fingerprinting and volunteer process
    • Submit 2 character recommendation letters on behalf of the family / student by Sept 15
    • Register to be an exchange student in Costa Rica (Summer 2020)
  5. October:
    • P2P host families will be selected and announced
    • Once host families are selected, schedule home visit with Leslie Foster
    • Host Family meeting Oct. 3rd @ P2P time TBD
    • Register to be an exchange student in Costa Rica by Nov. 1st (Summer 2020).
    • P2P exchange students will be selected
  6. November –> December:
    • Nov. 1st P2P Exchange travellers, your $500 deposit and Applications are due.
    • P2P Host Families: Meet regularly to learn about host expectations, complete an orientation, plan welcoming activities, etc.
  7. January:
    • Kamuk students arrive to Colorado for 2 weeks
    • P2P exchange student meeting
    • P2P exchange student pre-departure paperwork due
  8. Feb. – May: (timeline will be updated fall 2019)
    • P2P exchange travelers complete online pre-departure preparation course
    • P2P exchange travelers meet with program leader
    • P2P exchange travelers and families attend parent /guardian meeting

As a P2P exchange student to Costa Rica, in addition to the steps above, you need to:

    • Agree to be a respectful ambassador of your family, P2P, Colorado and the United States
    • Submit your $500 travel deposit by Nov 1st,  2019
    • Students and at least 1 parent / guardian attend informational meeting
    • Submit travel, behavior, smart phone contracts, etc.
    • Complete pre-departure preparation

For more information and questions, please contact Leslie Foster


Program Quick Links:


Peak to Peak Host Family Application!

Register to travel to Costa Rica!