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Faculty-Led Program Itinerary – Education

ATENAS & THE CENTRAL VALLEY   

Spend your first two days in the central valley of Costa Rica, home to 80% of the country’s population, surrounded by mountains and boasting fantastic vistas and a perfect climate. Visit an elementary school and meet with pedagogy students and their professor from a local University.

school kids

Days 1-2

Arrive Costa Rica

Program review with  guides

Meet with University  students

Visit a local school

Learning Opportunities:

  • Gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of other cultures and their environments
  • Cross-cultural engagement and communication
  • Learn about school systems in another country
  • Exchange of thoughts and ideas on education with Costa Rican University students.
  • Engage with students at an urban elementary school

PROVIDENCIA 

Spend two nights in the small community of Providencia. The highest points in the Costa Rican landscape are found in this mountain range as well as lush cloud forest, home to an astonishing array of biological diversity.

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Days 3-4

Coffee/Agriculture tour

Creamery Visit

Cloud Forest Nature Walk

Visit a local school

Learning Opportunities:

  • Production of coffee and agricultural practices
  • Sustainable community practices
  • Flora and fauna of the cloud forest
  • Engage with students at the local school

SARAPIQUI 

 From the hills, head down the mountain to the rainforest. Here tour a butterfly farm that exports butterflies worldwide, learn about Costa Rica history and view wildlife as you travel the Heroes Route by boat up to the Nicaraguan border, and learn about Indigenous customs and how knowledge was passed through oral tradition during a workshop at the  pre-Columbian ruins at the Alma Ata Archaeological Park.

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Day 5-6

Visit a butterfly farm

“Ruta de los Heroes” boat  excursion

Tour Alma Ata Archaelogical  Park

Learning Opportunities:

  • Compare & contrast ecosystems of the cloud forest and rainforest
  • Indigenous peoples culture and traditions
  • Sustainable business practices
  • History of the border region from the mid-1800s and impact of US mercenary William Walker

JAVILLOS AND ASIS HOME STAYS

At Asis Wildlife Rescue Center you will volunteer with rescued wild animals, from monkeys to peccaries, kinkajous, macaws and more! Stay with local families during your time here and spend a full day at the local school meeting and playing with the students as you work on a service project.

monkey

Days 6-7

Introduction to Asis Wildlife  Rescue Center

Evening with families

Visit to elementary school

Volunteer work at the Wildlife  Rescue Center

Learning Opportunities:

  • Service learning
  • Extended interaction with local families through the homestay
  • Engage with students at a local elementary school
  • Learn about attitudes towards wildlife & the effects of poaching

LA FORTUNA & ARENAL VOLCANO

Say good bye to your home stay families and head to La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano National Park. Visit a local elementary school and tour a local sustainable organic farm. Enjoy some time soaking in local hot springs.

volcano

Day 8

Nature hike in Volcano  National Park

Visit Juuari school

Don Juan’s Organic farm tour  and lunch

Soak in natural hot springs

Learning Opportunities:

  • Impact of volcanic activity on landscape, culture, and tourism
  • Engage with students at a local elementary school
  • Organic / sustainable farming, community development

ATENAS & THE CENTRAL VALLEY

End the trip right back where you started. This is the night to celebrate your accomplishments and reflect on your experiences and learnings.

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Day 9

Depart for home!

EcoTeach expeditions provide students the opportunity to:

  • Experience the excitement that comes with discovery
  • Elevate their interest and enthusiasm for learning about how the world works
  • Deepen their understanding of key concepts in content areas like science, social studies, and foreign language
  • Explore, question, observe and make sense of the world we share
  • Reflect on their own process of learning in unique, non-traditional settings
  •  Actively participate in inquiry activities using the skills and tools of science, social studies, and communication
  • Think about themselves as global learners and develop their identity as someone capable of contributing to what we know about our world