Costa Rica: Environmental Studies & Literacy Project (J17)

Courtesy AB (Class of '17)
Courtesy AB (Class of ’17)

Students  choose between Environmental Science 360 (Dr. Fissore) or Urban education EDUC 220/520 (Dr. Soto-Hinman) for their study in Costa Rica.
Price: $2200.00–includes lodging, most meals, and all in-country transport.
Lib Ed: Natural Sciences (ENVS), CHDV Cultural Context of Childhood

Click here for lodging and location info: Locations in Costa Rica 2017.
Both trips also include lodging, in-country transport, many and many, many sites all over Costa Rica!

Environmental Science : World’s Views: Globalization, Environment, Agricultural Economy

This course is rooted in environmental science and focuses on the issue of land use change on global climate and environmental sustainability.

Isla Tortuga: Costa Rica (Wikimedia)
Isla Tortuga: Costa Rica (Wikimedia)

There are obvious connections with other disciplines and fields, including global sustainability, food production, business, economics, and social science. Students who will participate in this course should expect to learn the connection between the soil system, vegetation and the atmosphere at the local and global scale. The business component of land use change is evident. Many multinational companies have an interest in available productive land for their crop production and their activity is driven by local and especially global demand. The course will be experiential, meaning that students will learn from on site visits and direct interaction with actual players in the field of sustainability and land use. Participants will be exposed to research work conducted in the area. (3 credits, Natural Sciences)  Itinerary Highlights for the ENVS class:

Education: Urban Education

map_of_costa-rica_thumbIn 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 of students in urban and suburban settings, as well as analyze the schooling experiences and underachievement of Latinos, African Americas, and English Language Learners (ELLs) in K-12 settings.

This course features the same locations as the environmental science course, but our meetings will focus on teaching, learning and pedagogical approaches.

Cross Cultural Solutions Literacy Project

Features included in BOTH trips

  • Greeting and assistance inside and outside the airport.
     Transfers In & Out from Juan Santamaria International Airport.
     All ground transportation according to the outlined program.
     Bilingual guide during the entire program.
     3 nights at Hotel Park Inn.
    All meals from Dinner on Day 01 to Breakfast on Day 12.
     Entrance fee to the National Museum.
     1 night at EARTH University.
     Visit to 2 projects at EARTH.
     2 nights at Guayabo Lodge.
     Visit to CATIE.
     Visit at Finca Monteclaro at Turrialba.
     Entrance fee to La Selva Biological Station.
     2 Activities for the Literacy Group & ENVS Group in Sarapiquí.
     1 night at Hotel Sueño Azul in Superior room.
     Entrance fee to Arenal National Park.
     2 nights at Rancho Margot.
     2 hour guided ranch tour, 2 daily yoga classes and daily cow milking at Rancho Margot.
     2 nights at Hotel Fonda Vela.
     Visit of the Monteverde Reserve.
     Visit to Quaker Community.
     Tour to Isla Tortuga.
     Visit of the University for Peace.
     Visit to the Community of San Antonio de Escazú.
     Guide and driver expenses.
     Tips for maids, porters and local guides (if applicable).

Please note that all trip details are subject to modification but will be substituted with similar activities/accommodations.

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