If you need particular medicines frequently, bring them with you (including Epi Pens). If the medicine is not available here, it cannot be mailed to you (including vitamins), without a great deal of hassle. Good medicine is available and is sometimes cheaper, but it may be an unfamiliar brand. It will be easier to replace your medicines here if you know the generic names, as well as the brand names; however, we recommend you see the school doctor for special prescriptions of controlled substances.
Please keep in mind that even if you live with a Tico Family, you will need to provide your own toiletries: soap, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.
If you use special toiletry items (over-the-counter drugs, cosmetics, sunscreen
($22/8oz), or hair-care products), you might consider bringing a supply. However,
remember that space is limited and most items can be purchased here; although
they may be more expensive (contact solution is expensive). Nonetheless, we
recommend saving your space for other important items.
I attended the Institute in 2006 for a month when I was studying abroad in Costa Rica
through the Latin America Studies Program (LASP) with Anthony Chamberlain.
My courses at the Institute were an invaluable help for me as I transitioned from learning Spanish in the classroom setting to speaking with native-speakers. I still remember many of the things I learned from those classes.