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

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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

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  • 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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The Faculty-Led Program fees include the following for the dates of the program.  It is important to note that fees and costs are always subject to change due to the nature of international travel (new visa requirements, new travel regulations, etc.) as well as changes to the itinerary.

–  Accommodations (double occupancy)
–  Lodging.
–  Course-related site visits.
–  HTH health and natural/political disaster evacuation insurance or program vendor insurance if it is more comprehensive.
–  Some Meals
–  Service-learning and volunteer activity costs.

*Note: Prices are subject to change.

The Faculty-Led Tuition Fee includes:

–  3 Semester Credits.
–  Whittier Students only pay course fees.  May term tuition is waived. Non-Whittier students should inquire with our office about our tuition.

Costs Not Included:

–  Meals not indicated on the itinerary
–  Airfare and transport other than indicated above
–   Visa
–  Expenses of a personal nature
–  Optional international cell phone/SIM card rental and usage charges
–  Passport expenses
–  Single supplement fee, if  a participant wishes to have a single room for hotel/hostel accommodations and if available.


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[su_spoiler title=”What students have to say about our trips…” style=”fancy”]”This study abroad experience was absolutely wonderful. The various locations we visited during the trip were not only relevant to our studies but also very enjoyable as we were able to explore the country. We also had a clear and well thought out itinerary. The aspect of the trip I enjoyed the most was spending time…volunteer [ing] to help improve the community. It was a very rural and different environment that I had never previously experienced.”

“I loved working closely with my peers and my professor. There was a huge sense of community even though we were all from different walks of life.”

“I loved that we were able to really explore the country, visiting big cities, little cities and tiny villages, to really get an idea of the culture.”[/su_spoiler]