Costa Rica

costa rica II

Costa Rica: Environment and Sustainability

2017 – 2018 registration is now open!

Mondays-Fridays from 9:00am to 4:30pm

 

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 $1,800 + 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, 2017

WHEN WILL YOU GO ON THE TRIP?
This Winter Break: December 10, 2017 to January 3, 2018

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, visiting and talking with members of indigenous tribes 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 environmental studies, 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 fall mini term (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 served basis!

Follow these 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 your program of choice.  It is non-refundable, and constitutes a serious commitment to the program.  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. Upload  the Class Registration Form to abroad.fiu.edu
  5. The non-refundable $175 OSA administrative fee will be charged with your first payment.
  6. Below is the schedule of payments** to be followed after you secured your spot with your initial $250 fee:

FINAL SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS:

 
1st Payment*
 
2nd Payment*
  
3rd Payment (*)(***)
  
Program
Deadline
Amount
Deadline
Amount
Deadline
Amount
Total
Costa Rica
Mon, May 1, 2017****
$800
Tue, Aug 1, 2017
$500
Sun, Oct. 1, 2017*
$500
$1,800
France
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$1,000
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$1,000
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$1,000
$3,000
Italy
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$1,000
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$1,000
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$1,000
$3,000
Spain
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$900
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$900
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$700
$2,500
Vietnam/Cambodia
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$900
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$800
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$700
$2,400
Japan
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$1000
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$1,000
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$900
$2,900
South Africa
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$1,500
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$1,400
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$1,000
$3,900

*Non-refundable
**If you fail to make your first payment by the May 1st deadline, you will forfeit your paid administrative fees.
***Non-refundable after February 14, 2018
****This date applies to students that have already registered. Students that register between April 20 and May 19 will have their first payment deferred to June 1st. Students that register from May 16 to July 17, will have to pay in 2 installments (Aug 1: $1,300; Oct 1: $500.) Students that register after July 17, will have their payment due on October 1, IN FULL.

 

After you’ve secured your spot at DM 233, make your three payments at Student Financials (SASC Building 1st Floor,) same way you pay for your regular classes. In order to make sure the payment goes towards the program, we strongly recommend you go in person. The charges will be posted 15 days prior to the deadline or earlier.

NOTE: LATE FEES APPLY.

Make an educated decision!  Watch the Costa Rica Honors Hour HERE!

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.