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Offerings: Summer 2015
 
 
 
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Costa Rica: International Environmental Issues & Globalization
Twelve-Day Field Course: 26 May - 6 June, 2015

This course is offered in conjunction with our partner:
Environmental Science & Management Department, Humboldt State University
(U.S.A.)

Also open to students from other campuses

     
 
Alberto Brenes Reserve

 
 

A Biological Reserve near San Ramón where we will spend
two nights at a remote field station in the rain forest.


 


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Description

An interdisciplinary synthesis of environmental issues within the broader context of globalization. Emphasis on local sustainability efforts in Costa Rica/Central America, and associated global-local connections. Specific topics include: Sustainable community development, free-trade, agriculture & land use, renewable energy, and environmental conservation/restoration of tropical ecosystems. The course includes lectures, discussion, group activities, volunteer service-learning work, and associated field trips to sustainable businesses, organic farms, watershed conservation sites, renewable energy projects, private reserves, national parks, and/or community ecotourism projects. No prerequisite is required, but successful completion of an introductory Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Global Systems, or related course is highly recommended. Students who successfully complete this course will receive 3 units of academic credit as ENVS/GEOG 301: ‘International Environmental Issues & Globalization' (undergraduate credit) from Humboldt State University. This course fulfills upper division General Education requirement in Area D for California State University campuses, as well as requirement for all Environmental Science options at Humboldt State University.


     
 


 
  An Ecolodge we will stay at in the shadow of Arenal Volcano near the town of La Fortuna.


 

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This course will be based in the town of San Ramón, and include visits to the nearby Tilaran mountain range, the Northern plains surrounding the Arenal Volcano, and the Central Pacific coast. Time will also be spend volunteering at different sites we will visit. Academics will include lectures from local experts, group discussions, and extensive field study. Likely site visits include various local university facilities and laboratories, a sugar cane cooperative, a woman's health care cottage industry, an organic farm, hydroelectric power plants, a water conservation and reforestation project, a biological reserve & field station, a community ecotourism project, a biological marine station, a medicinal plant farm, an artisanry workshop, and a local hot springs visit. Field activities include water quality testing, tropical plant diversity identification, night field activities, and reforestation/restoration work. Please note that participants much be prepared for hiking in tropical environments, and have required field study items with them at all times. Housing conditions will vary from multiple-occupancy rustic biological field station rooms to middle-range ecolodges and hotels. Participants will also have a limited amount of personal time, both in the city (e.g., shopping, museums) and in nature. The tour will be facilitated by Earth Education International staff, in collaboration with Humboldt State University faculty. Selected photos and video from previous similar courses are available in the MediaBlog, and a tentative itinerary is also available (final version available upon arrival).



Top of page Participant Preparations
This section is provided to assist in preparing participants for this course. Properly preparing yourself will allow you to get the most out of the experience, and allow us to facilitate a safe and enjoyable learning experience for all. Thus, please review the following information and appropriate links to other sections of this web site:

1. General Information
A wealth of information is available on this web site in order to assist you in preparing. The table of contents for this information is on the Participants page. In particular, the In-Country Information page includes information on what things cost in Costa Rica, local foods, banking, shopping, relevant Spanish vocabulary, and the like. Links to additional information about the country are also provided for your convenience. We strongly suggest that you peruse that information as appropriate to acquaint yourself with conditions on the program, and in Costa Rica, well before departure. This will allow you to get the most out of your time here.

2. What to Bring
Detailed general information on what to bring on your trip can be found in the Packing section of the 'Preparation' page. There you will find lists of appropriate items to bring, as well as recommendations for packing & traveling. PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO SECTION B: REQUIRED FIELD STUDY ITEMS. For both logistical and safety reasons each participant will be expected to have those required items with them upon arrival. When packing clothes, please note that it is NOT necessary to bring enough for your entire stay. Participants will be able to wash clothes every few days during the course (at their own cost). In addition to general items, we recommend that you bring hiking or rubber boots for muddy conditions in the biological reserve.

IMPORTANT PACKING NOTE: It is highly recommended that you bring a small backpack which you can have on-hand during the day while traveling in the bus. A second bag (which may be in a roof rack or otherwise inaccessible during the day) should be packed with items you will NOT need until that evening after checking into the hotel.

3. Program Policies
Please review the program Policies section in detail. You will be held accountable to those policies during your visit, and required to sign a form agreeing to them upon your arrival.

4. Arrival in Costa Rica
Because the exit from the airport can be hectic at times, it can be difficult to find each other upon arrival. Thus, when you exit from the terminal, turn immediately to your RIGHT, and walk down the sidewalk past the pay phones, benches, and glass doors to the 'Malinche' restaurant. We will meet you there. To assist with identification, see Dr. Karian's picture here. In case of any problems, difficulties or delays, we can be reached on our cell phone at 8812-7766 (preceded by 011-506 from the U.S.A.). If necessary, this can be dialed from a courtesy phone at one of the rental car agencies inside the airport PRIOR to exiting. NOTE: You cannot re-enter the airport once you have exited for any reason.

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Additional information on Humboldt State University logistics related to this course (academic credit, costs, etc.) are available by contacting the primary professor in charge of the course at Humboldt State University. Click here for contact information. NOTE: Application must be made to that campus by the application deadline. If you would like additional information related to in-country aspects of this course, you may contact us directly.



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