Costa Rica: Biodiversity, Conservation and Sustainability
READ THE GUIDELINES TO SECURE YOUR SPOT and the 2020 Honors Study Abroad Programs policies at the bottom of the page!
Costa Rica is determined to be the first carbon-neutral country in the world by 2022. On the summer trip students will focus on the country’s initiatives in social responsibility, sustainable development, biodiversity with an emphasis on tropical ecosystems, indigenous community, and the effects of global warming mitigation, as well as the relation people/nature. We will explore everything from chocolate and coffee tours to rainforest medicines, from volcanoes to beaches, from exotic birds to gulch-spanning ziplines, from crocodiles to frog ponds. At the Malecu Indigenous Reserve and the community of Uvita de Osa, students will work on service-research projects alongside local ecotourism directors, farmers and scientists who are working in cooperatives and research institutes that benefit both entrepreneurs and the local community.
Make an educated decision! Check out the October 24, 2019 Study Abroad Honors Hour on the Costa Rica program HERE!
WHAT DOES IT COST?
Approximately $TBD+ 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
– $195 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?
Spring 2022: Fridays, 8:30AM to 11:20AM
WHEN WILL YOU GO ON THE TRIP?
Summer A: May 12 – June 2, 2022
LEVEL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY:
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: visiting National Parks, and Private Reserves. 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 20 hours of service work in at the Malecu Indigenous Reserve helping to improve the infrastructure of the local school.
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: Tirimbina Rainforest Reserve, CoopeSarapiquí Coffee Tour; La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano Observatory, Paradise Hotsprings, La Fortuna Waterfall; Monteverde: Curicancha Cloud Forest Reserve, Children Eternal Rainforest; North Pacific: Curú National Wildlife Refuge, Tortuga Island Tárcoles river, South Pacific: Marino Ballena National Park, Uvita Beach; San Gerardo de Dota: Los Quetzales National Park, Las Vueltas Reserve; San José de Costa Rica: Sarchí, Downtown San José.
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!
WHO ARE YOU GOING WITH?
Carlos Roberto Chavarria is a Forest Engineer with a master’s degree in Natural Tourism Management, specialized in protected areas management, development of economic activities based on the sustainable use of natural resources, agro-ecotourism, and sustainable tourism. He is one of the founders of “Reserva Biológica Tirimbina,” where he developed a model of financial sustainability that generates resources for the development of Environmental Education and Scientific Research programs. He has also developed a variety of activities on biological corridors’ management in Costa Rica and has worked with Coffee Farmers Cooperatives for the implementation of better environmental practices.
Professor Chavarria has contributed as a tutor in the Organization of American States’ Agro-ecotourism Program and has offered courses about Sustainability, Ecotourism and Climate Change for Ball State University, Indiana, Johnson & Wales University, Rhode Island, Purdue University, Indiana, Florida International University, and others. He collaborates with the Society for Conservation Biology, American Section’s Board of Directors since 2010. In 2012, he established Costa Rica Rainforest Experience, an organization dedicated to Academic and Educational Tourism. Since then, he has been developing programs in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama, connecting institutions dedicated to conservation and education with these countries’ culture, traditions, and scenic beauty.
How do we secure our spot and keep it? It works on a first-come, first-served basis!
Follow these instructions:
Current Honors Students interested in securing a spot for a 2020 study abroad program:
- Get clearance from your Honors advisor. For STEM students, your advisors are Brenda Luna (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Patric Hambleton (email@example.com.) Non-STEM students must see Grisel d’Elena (firstname.lastname@example.org.) 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!
- Once you’ve been cleared, email Luli (email@example.com) to schedule a registration appointment, specifying your PID and program of choice
- On the date of your appointment, 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
- The registration process includes a group contract-signing session and online application. Calculate around 2 hours for the whole process
- You will be officially registered once you complete all 3 steps (registration & payment, online application, and contract-signing)
Newly Admitted Students interested in securing a spot for a 2020 study abroad program:
- Email Luli (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule a registration appointment, including your Panther ID number and program of choice
- Follow the instructions on the third bullet above
- Make sure together with the $350 you bring to the session a copy of the unofficial transcripts from the institution you are coming from and a copy of the Honors letter/email of acceptance
- You can register for study abroad only once you get your first FIU GPA, assuming there are still spots available. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until the 2021 registration opens in April
- 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
- The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) charges a non-refundable $195 administrative fee. It will be posted along with your second payment and they can be paid together
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, 2020
After you’ve secured your spot at DM 233, make your 3 payments at Student Financials (SASC Building 1st Floor.) In order to make sure the payment goes towards the program and NOT to cover other balance you may have, we strongly recommend you pay in person. Make sure to tell the cashier you are paying your Honors Study Abroad program, and which one is it (E.g. Honors Japan program, Honors UK program, etc.) The charges will be posted to your my.fiu.edu account approximately 21 days prior to the deadline or earlier.
NOTE: LATE FEES APPLY.