We take pride in the QERC Feld Station facilities, but the village of San Gerardo de Dota has much to offer. QERC's location gives student the opportunity to interact and become part of the community. San Gerardo de Dota is composted of Eco-lodges, private reserves, fruit orchards, and farms scattered along a 9km stretch of the Savegre River. Here are some ways our students participate in valley life. 


Host Families

Each student is assigned a host family upon arriving at the Field Station. Students spend a week living with this host family as part of the initial three-week intensive Spanish instruction. During this week students share typical meals, help our around the house, practice real Spanish, and most of all experience what life is like for a family here in San Gerardo de Dota. This experience is important because it provides students with a family in the community where they are working and conducting research. Beyond the initial week, students are encouraged to spend afternoons or weekends with their new family. 



Evening Soccer

Many local residents spend their evenings on the soccer field where students and tourists are welcome to join the game.  Whether as a participant or spectator, students and visitors continue to find this a favorite pastime. 





La Esquela Lydia

QERC is interested in the work and education happening beyond our own walls.  We partner with Esquela Lydia, the local schoolhouse, to share QERC research with the children. Students are encouraged to volunteer their time to help out at the school. Specific projects are varied and depend on the needs or interests of the school over the course of the year. 




Los Robles Lounge

One of the favorite hotspots for students is the Los Robles Lounge.  Here, students will find a warm fire and plenty of room for studying, playing board games, or just sitting and talking with the staff of the restaurant.