Are the expenses associated with the COST program equivalent to those of a regular semester of student teaching? - aside from traveling costs, these vary.
- aside from living expenses, these vary.
What are the estimated expenses of the semester? It is impossible to give one answer for this. COST students are placed around the globe. Expenses for flying to and living in Australia or Europe are much different than flying to and living in Ecuador or the Bahamas.
Are students able to choose their destination? Students request placement in four different countries. They are placed in one of them, not necessarily their first choice.
Does the destination change the expenses of the semester — aside from traveling expenses?
Yes, think of staying in San Francisco versus River Falls – living expenses differ widely.
Are there accommodations for students in terms of living spaces and contacts in the area? Yes, they differ in each country. Students request living by ranking the following choices:
1. Host Family with children
2. Host Family without children
3. Host Family with or without children; does not matter to me
4. Dormitory or Hostel
5. Prefer to arrange my own housing
6. Temporary Housing for first few weeks, then secure my own housing
Are there other teaching technique classes or recommendations for preparation for this kind of program? At present there are no teaching technique classes unique to COST. Global Connections information sessions are mandatory.