2010 US/Costa Rica: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Disability Rights Leadership Exchange Program

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MIUSA is excited to offer a 16-day exchange program to Costa Rica with a focus on youth leadership and cultural perspectives on disability rights. Young adults with disabilities of diverse backgrounds from New York City, especially those who are first-time international travelers, are encouraged to apply.  

Download the Application - Deadline March 21, 2010

Download the Costa Rica Flyer Here!
Program Details
When: June 16 – July 1, 2010       

Where: San Jose, Costa Rica

Program Cost:   

Sliding scale $220 - $1,100, which includes all: round-trip international airfare from Newark International Airport (EWR) to San Jose, Costa Rica; one-day pre-departure orientation near EWR; accessible ground transportation, lodging, meals and activities in Costa Rica; disability related costs, including sign language interpreters, materials in alternative formats, and funding for personal assistants.  


Scholarships and assistance with fundraising available! Please complete the scholarship application on pages 11-12 of the program application.


March 21, 2010. Late applications considered as space permits.


Participants must be excited about new experiences and a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, and tolerant of the challenges brought on by a new cultural environment and inconsistent accessibility. Participants are expected to act as positive and respectful citizen ambassadors of the United States and must be committed to work across cultural and other differences to promote intercultural understanding.  Participants must show previous leadership experience, positive communication skills and be committed to disability rights.

Participants must be:

  • U.S. citizens
  • From New York City
  • Ages 18 – 24 by July 2010
  • Individuals with a disability


  • ASL staff interpreters will be provided by MIUSA for the duration of the program.
  • Materials in alternative formats will be provided for scheduled program activities.
  • Personal assistant funding may be available for participants who need personal assistance during the program.
  • Other disability-related accommodations and services available on request.

Download the Application - Deadline March 21, 2010


The 2010 U.S./Costa Rica: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Disability Rights Leadership Exchange Program is funded by the New York Community Trust / Wallace Fund for Youth, established in Community Funds by the co-founder of The Reader's Digest Association. For the past 14 years, MIUSA has received the generous support of the DeWitt Wallace/Youth Travel Enrichment Fund, established by the founder of The Reader's Digest Association, to provide an educational travel opportunity to U.S. young adults with disabilities from diverse communities.

(h/t Wheelchair Dancer)

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