Educational Experiences

"Affordable prices, stress-free planning, personalized itineraries, & memorable experiences"

At CARES21 we believe in the importance of international education. There are numerous hands-on educational opportunities available to students and professors outside the walls of a traditional classroom. Concepts such as intercultural communication, engaging with other cultures, wrestling with real-life problems, and collaborating cross-culturally that are most effectively learned while immersed in the culture. At CARES21, we provide students with authentic experiences to utilize the knowledge they gain in

the classroom and transform it to applicable solutions in the real-world. We want students to not only have a memorable experience here in Costa Rica, but for their time here to challenge them to engage more in their local or even global community. For that reason, we are dedicated to offering affordable and personalized courses to universities and students. Our  rates for educational experiences are the lowest in Costa Rica, and with our extensive connections around the country, we are able to provide your students with a unique and memorable trip. Check out our list below of possible trip offerings and contact us to schedule your trip to Costa Rica.

 

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Sea Turtles, Sloths and Sustainability 

Whether you want to spot a furry sloth hanging from a tree or a majestic sea turtle laying her eggs at dawn, this multi-disciplinary trip can enrich courses in a numbers of academic areas. Using the principles of sustainability and conservation as our guide, you can  study sea turtles and sloths as living case-studies. Environmental science and biology lends itself well to the study of turtle migration habits, and turtle nesting on both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts. We will also investigate the degradation of sloths natural habitats due to tourism and development. Liberal arts faculty may choose to tackle the same issues but through a social perspective. Students will discuss conservation and community concerns, as well as methods of  utilizing social and community support. By working with communities, students can collaborate with locals to find sustainable solutions. 

Local Excursions
Watershed Protection and Community Impact

Costa Rica is home to one of the dirtiest rivers in Central America, the Tarcoles River. This river runs through the heart of the Costa Rican valley, affecting small towns, farms, schools and large communities. Partner with local high schools to take water samples, examine macro-invertebrates, evaluate the water quality and work towards sustainable solutions within the community. Other projects include organizing community meetings, educational initiatives, communicating with local governments, and publicizing the issues and solutions. This multi-disciplinary course can include fascinating projects for biology majors, environmental science majors, communication majors, public policy majors, and art and design majors. Be a part of making a local community impact!

Volcanology and Development

Why does the majority of the world live close to active volcanoes? Come and see why first hand. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the geological and geophysical phenomena of volcanoes up-close and personal, as well as the history of development and agriculture around the volcanoes. Discuss the impact of eruptions and how they have altered towns and cities over the years. Observe the ecological diversity in the surrounding valleys and have the opportunity to visit five active volcanoes: Arenal, Poas, Turriabla, Irazu, and Rincón de la Vieja.

Birds and Biodiverisity in the Cloud Rainforest

Costa Rica is known as one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world. With exotic plant and animal species on the continental divide, tropical rainforests,

and volcanoes; Costa Rica is a biologists dream. In fact thousands of  species remain unclassified even today. Students will go on birding and jungle hikes, investigate 

native species within our jungles and discuss principles of scientific discovery and environmental protection. Travel up to the high altitude cloud rainforest, and

discover the countless ecological resources available at our fingertips.

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Tropical Agriculture and Sustainable Practices

Come down and work with our staff at CARES21 on our organic agriculture and in our composted gardens. Get your fingers dirty! Learn first-hand about various organic gardening techniques and tools for creating sustainable practices in daily life. Students will go to various coffee and dairy farms to compare practices, weigh benefits and costs as well as talk with local experts. The culminating experience involves collaboration with local communities through the sharing of methods and approaches and the establishment of organic gardens in local schools and communities.

Grecia
Nica-Tica: Immigration Issues in Costa Rica

It is estimated that there are 1 out of 4 Nicaraguans living in Costa Rica is an immigrant. Immigration (legal and illegal) is a pressing political, economic, and social issue facing Costa Rica. Many of Costa Rica's main exports (coffee, bananas, pineapple, etc) rely upon the workforce of Nicaraguan immigrants, who have little to no protection from major corporations. Come learn, research, and explore first-hand the struggles facing Nicaraguan immigrants. Visit the border, compare US and Costa Rican policies, and hear various perspectives from Nicaraguan workers.

The Rise and Impact of Eco-Tourism

Since ’92, International tourism and development efforts at local, regional

and national levels have focused on tourism as a means to sustainable development. Sustainable tourism development requires innovation on a conceptual, process and product level. Costa Rica is not only known for its coffee, but for its booming tourism industry. Specifically in recent years, the

eco-tourism industry has grown. Students will examine the benefits and downfalls of ecotourism in Costa Rica through visiting various tourist spots, and experiences with locals in the country, and talking with business professionals.

Street Art, Architecture, & Tico Art

Come examine the various influences of Costa Rican Art. Walk the streets of the city and discuss the various social issues displayed  in street murals and art. Talk and connect with local and national artists to understand the stories behind their work. Visit theaters and cathedrals to examine the beautiful architecture. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with high school art students to showcase and participate in community art projects that portray social issues.

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