Costa Rica

Environment and Sustainability

2016-2017 Costa Rica bridge 

2016-2017 PROGRAM IN PROGRESS

REGISTER FOR 2017-2018 IN APRIL 2017

COURSE DESCRIPTION
Costa Rica is determined to become the first carbon-neutral country in the world by 2021. Students on the 4-week winter break trip will focus on the country’s initiatives in social responsibility, “green” development, biodiversity, ecotourism, indigenous community, and the fight against global warming. They will explore everything from ant farms to rainforest medicines, from volcanoes to snorkeling, from exotic birds to gulch-spanning ziplines, from crocodiles to frog ponds.  In El Copal, La Fortuna and Chira Island we will be living with and working hand-in-hand giving our service to local entrepreneurs and farmers in the initial stages of developing small-scale sustainable tourism enterprises and coffee plantations.

WHAT DOES IT COST?
Approximately $1,700 + airfare ($350 to $500)

WHAT IS INCLUDED?
– Accommodations
– Most meals
– Local Transportation
– Group visits, activities
– Museums, etc.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
– Airfare
– $250 Honors College administrative fee
– $175 Office of Study Abroad fee
– FIU tuition
– Passport, and other necessary documents
– Vaccinations if needed
– Personal expenses

WHEN WILL YOU TAKE THE PRE-TRIP CLASS?
This Fall semester: August to December, 2016

WHEN WILL YOU GO ON THE TRIP?
This Winter Break: December 12, 2016 to January 8, 2017

WHAT IS THE FOCUS?
Sustainability, culture, and biodiversity. The impact of economic, environmental, and social issues related to tourism and general business practices.

WHAT WILL YOU DO?
Activities: maintaining forest reserve and hiking trails, working on cooperative farms, harvesting crops, and assisting local people in launching sustainable tourist facilities. Also, you will explore the rich and diverse ecological landscape through boat rides, bird watching, nature walks, snorkeling, swimming and zip-lining

You will also perform approximately 30 hours of service work in a rural community field stations and on cooperative farms where families live and work together for a common cause.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
Indigenous traditions, community tourism, conservation, sustainable medicinal plants, unique ecosystems, the cooperative model and its social/economic impact.

WHERE WILL YOU GO?
Destinations: Sarapiquí: Pozo Azul Rainforest Reserve, CoopeSarapiquí Coffee Tour; La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano Observatory, Los Laureles Hotsprings, Tenorio National Park, La Fortuna Waterfall; Monteverde: Cloud Forest Reserve and Field Station; Central Pacific: Tárcoles river, Marino Ballena National Park, Uvita Beach; San Gerardo de Dota: Los Quetzales National Park; Turrialba: El Copal Biological Reserve; Cartago: Chira Island; San José de Costa Rica…

WHO WILL BE INTERESTED?
Great for students with interests in environmentalism, biodiversity, economics, ecology, anthropology, sociology, agriculture, business, tourism, medicine, pharmacology, religious studies, engineering, biology… There is something for everyone!

HOW DOES IT WORK?
There is a fall course component (3 credits.) Classes start this fall. The trip is during winter break (3 credits.) These 6 credits fulfill one year of Honors College requirements.

HOW DO YOU REGISTER?

It works on a first come, first serve basis!

Follow these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Bring a $250.00 money order or cashier’s check made out to FIU to DM 233. These are the Honors College administrative fees. This payment will secure you a spot in the program.  It is non-refundable, so be aware that you are seriously committing!  Registration will remain opened from Monday through Friday (8:30am-4:30pm) until the programs are full.
  2. You will get a receipt, instructions on how to apply online, and the Class Registration Form. You will also have to sign a form
  3. Apply online
  4. Go to the Office of Study Abroad (OSA) in SASC 230, and turn in a $175.00* money order or cashier’s check made out to FIU and the Class Registration Form you’ve received on the day you secured your spot. These are OSA’s administrative fees.
  5. Below is the schedule of payments you need to follow after you’ve secured your spot with your initial $250 fee:**Failure to make your first payment by the May 2 deadline will forfeit your paid administrative fees, and your spot will go to another student

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Payment Schedule: 

 
1st Payment*
 
2nd Payment*
 
3rd Payment
 
Program
Date
Amount
Date
Amount
Date
Amount
Costa Rica
Mon, May 2, 2016
$700
Mon, Aug 29, 2016
$500
Mon, Oct. 24, 2016*
$500
France
One week after securing your spot
$1,250
Tue, Nov 1, 2016
$1,250
Wed, Feb 1, 2017***
$1,000
Italy
One week after securing your spot
$1,250
Tue, Nov 1, 2016
$1,250
Wed, Feb 1, 2017***
$1,000
Spain
One week after securing your spot
$1,000
Tue, Nov 1, 2016
$1,000
Wed, Feb 1, 2017***
$1,000
Vietnam/Cambodia
One week after securing your spot
$700
Friday, Jan 20, 2017
$700
Wed, Feb 1, 2017***
$600
Japan
One week after securing your spot
$1000
Friday, Jan 20, 2017
$1,000
Wed, Feb 1, 2017***
$1,000
South Africa
One week after securing your spot
$1250
Tue, Nov 1, 2016
$1,250
Wed, Feb 1, 2017***
$1,000
Failure to make your deadline payments will forfeit your paid administrative fees, and your spot will go to another student
* Non-refundable
**Non-refundable after February 13, 2017



For information about Study Abroad scholarships, please contact the Office of Study Abroad
(SASC 230) at 305.348.1913 or at edabroad@fiu.edu.

For other questions, please contact Luli Szeinblum at 305.348.1620 or luli.szeinblum@fiu.edu.