Costa Rica: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Sustainability

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Costa Rica: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Sustainability

Please visit our website for more information. Hike, paddle, and zip-line through Costa Rica’s diverse regions and ecosystems, and witness firsthand the country’s environmental sustainability efforts. Spend time in nature reserves and national parks, kayak in the Golfo Dulce, and witness the beauty of Costa Rica’s coastline. Visit rain forests and learn about Costa Rica’s tropical birds, indigenous animals, and plants. Study a local community’s ongoing conservation initiatives related to sea turtles. Visit a farm engaged in sustainable agriculture practices. An experienced Costa Rican naturalist accompanies your group throughout the program. Gain new and unique perspectives on Costa Rica’s culture and communities while living for two weeks with a host family. Work alongside host family members and other local residents on a community service learning project that focuses on rural development and ecological sustainability. Practice your Spanish through daily interactions with your host family. Enjoy nature hikes, meals of gallo pinto, and cultural exchange activities with host family members and your Experiment group. Throughout this high school summer abroad program, you and your group will participate in outdoor, experiential activities, including hiking, horseback riding, and tubing. The program begins and ends in the country’s capital, San José where you can learn more about Costa Rican history and culture with visits to museums and San José Central market. Orientation: San José, 2–3 days Homestay: Pejivaye, 12–14 days Other Accommodations: Hotels, lodges, cabins

Subjects

  • Spanish
  • Community Service
  • Environmental Management

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Trace the historical and cultural influences of Spain’s different religious and ethnic communities while traveling from Madrid to Spain’s southern coast, then to Basque country in the north and ultimately to Catalonia. Learn about the coexistence of Christians, Jews, and Muslims from historical perspectives, and discuss the conditions necessary to fostering a tolerant, multicultural society in Spain today. Consider key issues presently being debated across Spain, such as those related to immigration, environmental conservation, community development, peace, and human rights.

Your high school summer abroad in Spain commences with an immersive orientation in Madrid and Toledo. Visit famous sites and museums throughout the capital, including the Prado museum and the Bourbon district. Explore Madrid’s diverse neighborhoods, meet with Spanish youth at a Jewish community center, and study Spanish language and practice it with locals. Alongside a group of Spanish youth, visit famous sites and museums throughout Toledo, including the Catedral Primada Santa María de Toledo. Become better acquainted with the historical and cultural influences important in laying the groundwork for multiculturalism and tolerance in Spain.

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