2 Credits, 8 days
The program is designed to provide students of many disciplines the opportunity to participate in this program. All students will enroll in INTL 130: Global Field Experience, Costa Rica: Wildlife Conservation.
This is a short-term study abroad course in which students will visit Costa Rica, be introduced to the social and geographic context of the country and explore issues of environmental challenges and sustainability. Students will participate in a number of pre-travel meetings in preparation for the experience, as well as a few post-travel meetings to synthesize their experiences. While in country, students will engage in service learning in a wildlife conservation project, which entails learning directly from members of the organization that they are visiting.
The program will include the following field excursions, to both complement the academic course, as well as provide insights into the culture and context of Costa Rica:
- Work alongside conservation workers in their daily tasks
- Interact with endangered, threatened, endemic and exotic animal species
- Complete a project in support of the local organization
- Visit multiple ecological zones
- Visit the beach, river tour and zip lining
Students will reside in volunteer accommodations on-site. All meals will be prepared and served on-site. During the excursion day, all meals are arranged and included in the program.