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San Jose, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a land of contrast: banana plantations, flaming volcanoes, misty black sand beaches, and a thriving modern capitalist economy. A remarkably stable country, both politically and economically, Costa Rica offers an opportunity for students to become immersed in a Central American culture where democracy, economic development, and concern for the environment are a permanent part of the landscape. Students stay in the capital city of San José and have ample opportunity to visit the country’s many attractions.
Projects are typically centered on issues in environmental conservation, sustainable development, and community development. Students work with government agencies, selected museums, and private organizations dedicated to these issues. Through project work students become familiar with the land and with the challenges involved in maintaining a clean environment in spite of pressures to develop the economy.
Prior knowledge of Spanish language is not required for participation. All students, however, must complete a two-week intensive language program on site. Those who already have Spanish skills will greatly improve them.
Public transportation and environment - Assessing the efficiency, cost, and environmental impact of using bio-diesel in public transportation buses in San Jose Fire safety and communication - Producing a digital on-call-help dispatcher guide to facilitate emergency firefighting services in Santo Domingo Marine conservation - Creating communication materials for local and national audiences on marine turtle conservation throughout Costa Rica