Founded in 1986, the Institute for Central American Development Studies (ICADS) is a center for study, research, and analysis of Central American social and environmental issues. We focus on economic development, politics, environmental studies, sustainable development, public health, women’s issues, education, human rights, and conservation.
We offer four categories of programs: three distinct Study Abroad programs through which students can earn academic credit toward their university degree; a Summer Internship program; intensive Spanish language courses designed to immerse students in the Costa Rican context; and we also work with universities to create customized short-term programs. Students learn through readings, lectures, and interaction with local people in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama via internships and voluntary service.
My experience at ICADS has taught me a lot about the global nature of today's world, but even more about myself
West Texas A&M University
- Melody L.
MISSION AND VALUES
ICADS educates participants about Central America through Spanish classes and hands-on academic programs that help students deepen their Insights of social, political and economic realities while valuing their effects on the local environment and society.
ICADS supports local organizations and communities by demonstrating a commitment to learning about local social justice issues. Through volunteer work and financial support, we support local education, healthcare, human rights, anti-hunger and environmental issues.
ICADS strives to increase the understanding of Central America learning through historical perspectives, analyzing root causes, studying inequality and injustice, evaluating current development strategies, studying issues on women, children, poverty, the poor, and the environment.