Why a boarding school in Costa Rica?
In this increasingly complex and global world, the hazards of ethnocentrism and cultural isolation are undeniable. Our Global Citizenship program integrates important elements of engaging in one's environment and world with the goal of contributing to its health and prosperity, whether participating in service learning or our homestay program. In today’s world there is a growing need for cultural understanding and sensitive, astute world citizens. New Summit Academy is committed to developing self-reliant, healthy, and empathetic world citizens.
Being "out of your comfort zone": There is a healthy disorientation that occurs with a change in surroundings. Therapists, educators, and mental health researchers have increasingly capitalized on the therapeutic value of milieu change and healthy risk-taking, as evidenced by the proliferation of study abroad programs, adventure learning programs, and adventure therapy programs. Adolescent brains crave novelty and risk-taking, and being in a foreign culture provides just that. Although being out of one's comfort zone is anxiety-producing, a safe and supportive environment like NSA provides the optimal amount of anxiety that sparks a heightened level of awareness, reflection, and curiosity to process and learn from the world around you. This disorientation provides rich opportunities for students to see the world with new eyes, and to reflect on old patterns and behaviors that they have grown accustomed to at home.
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