Costa Rica: Environment and Sustainability
VERY IMPORTANT : READ NEW GUIDELINES TO SECURE YOUR SPOT and the Honors Study Abroad Programs policies at the bottom of the page!
Costa Rica is determined to become the first carbon-neutral country in the world by 2021. Students on this 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.
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WHAT DOES IT COST?
Approximately $1,300 + airfare ($350 to $500)
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
– Most meals
– Local Transportation
– Group visits, activities
– Museums, etc.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
– $350 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: Thursdays from 11:00am to 1:45pm at MMC
WHEN WILL YOU GO ON THE TRIP?
This Winter Break: Dec 8, 2018 – Dec 23, 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 we secure our spot and keep it? It works on a first-come, first-served basis! NEW GUIDELINES!!!
Follow these instructions:
- Get clearance to do the program from one of our Honors Academic Advisors. For STEM students, your advisors are Brenda Luna (email@example.com) or Patric Hambleton (firstname.lastname@example.org.) Non-STEM students must see Grisel d’Elena (email@example.com.) Call 305-348-4100 and ask for an advising appointment. Indicate it is regarding Study Abroad. You must have an advisor’s clearance when you go see Luli to secure your spot!
- Bring to DM 233 a $350.00 money order or cashier’s check (ONLY) made out to FIU. 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
- You will get a receipt, instructions on how to apply online, and the Class Registration Form. You will also have to sign a contract
- Apply online at abroad.fiu.edu
- The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) charges a non-refundable $175 administrative fee. It will be added to your second payment
- In order to keep your good standing with the program, comply with the Honors Study Abroad Policies and deadlines at the bottom of this page.
Below is the schedule of payments to be followed after you secured your spot with your initial $350 fee:
SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS:
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**Non-refundable after February 14, 2019
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 pay in person. The charges will be posted 15 days prior to the deadline or earlier.
NOTE: LATE FEES APPLY.
Registration will remain open from Monday through Friday (9:30am-4:30pm) until the programs are full.
For information about Study Abroad Scholarships, please contact the Office of Study Abroad (SASC 230) at 305.348.1913 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.