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Costa Rica: Communities, Conservation & Development

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Course Location:
Costa Rica
Program Dates:
Spring 2015
Travel Dates: Februaruy 28, 2015 - March 8, 2015
ENVS 150/ NR 185/ PRT 188 - 3 credits
David Kestenbaum & Walter Kuentzel
Program fee is set at $1729. Airfare is additional. Tuition is part of your spring course load unless you go over 18 credits. Students are responsible for obtaining the appropriate vaccinations, including any associated costs.
No Prerequisites specified
No syllabus provided, please contact instructor

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.