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Costa Rica: Communities, Conservation & Development

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Course Location:
Costa Rica
Program Dates:
Spring 2016
Travel Dates: 3/4/2016-3/13/2016
ENVS 150/ NR 185/ PRT 188 - 3 credits
David Kestenbaum & Walter Kuentzel
The program fee is $1794. Airfare is additional. Tuition is included in your spring course load, unless you register for more than 18 credits.
No Prerequisites specified

This course introduces students to service learning in the context of rural communities and sustainable ecotourism development. We will travel to Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, one of the most biodiverse locations on the planet and home to Corcovado National Park. The course will 1.) explore the challenges of community development in remote areas surrounding protected park areas, 2.) be introduced to methods of participatory community research, and 3.) engage in community service projects in partnership with community hosts.