Costa Rica May ’18

Course Name: Urban Education
Professor: Dr. Ivannia Soto
Credits: 3
Lib Ed.:  Culture 6
GPS [Global Poet Scholarship] Eligible: Yes!
GPS: Students who started in Fall 2016 can subtract $2000 from course fee total.
Cost/Fees: $2900 (estimated)

Travel dates: 5/21/18-6/1/18


ANTH 211, CHDV 105, or SOC 200

In this course students will learn about both historical and contemporary issues in public school education, which have led to the achievement gap between underrepresented groups. Students will compare the schooling experiences and underachievement of Latinos, African Americans, and English Language Learners (ELLs) in K-12 settings. Local school visits and educational documentaries will be utilized as experiential and pedagogical tools.


The theme of this course is literacy. Students will engage in a project in which they will develop digital stories that connect to a type of literacy studied on the trip: language, global/cultural, and environmental. Location is critical to this course; students will obtain a deeper understanding of literacy in the context of this setting. Learning about Costa Rica’s vast sustainability efforts, ecotourism, and biodiversity, they will be able to experience global and cultural literacy more deeply. Interactions with local students (both children and adults) from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds will immerse them in the Spanish language as well as cultural norms.

Two Students in CR

Sample of Activities


  • Visits to Earth University and La Selva Biological Station
  • Visit Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center
  • Monteverde Friends School
  • Ranch Margot
  • Daily blogging
  • Free time on weekends to explore the country
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