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*WKU Faculty Led: Costa Rica: The Jewel of Central America
La Fortuna, Costa Rica; Quepos, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica; Santa Elena, Costa Rica; Tenoria, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Cost: Summer
Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 04/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Good Academic Standing with WKU Program Catagory: WKU Faculty Led
Faculty Leader:
Bartlett, Luke, Ramsing, Ron Colonnade Credit: No
Program Description:

This 12-day adventure features opportunities Costa Rica: Ramsingto traverse rainforests, work with local community members, and participate in conservation and environmental studies while discovering the magnificent natural beauty of Costa Rica.  Students will be afforded the opportunity to explore the natural environment and community health of Costa Rica through various immersion opportunities rooted in service learning. Special emphasis will be placed on developing a service and outdoor ethic within an environmental world view. In addition, students will learn and practice a variety of outdoor skills ( hiking, biking, and birding), interpersonal communication development opportunities, problem solving opportunities, all the while developing a cross-cultural awareness with preplanned service projects.
REC 482/482G (3 credits)

  • Develop an appreciation for and an understanding of the historical, sociological, and ecological character of Costa Rica;
  • Have a firm understanding, through immersion in the local economy, of the cultural similarities and differences of a global society;
  • Develop and build an appreciation for and an understanding of the diverse geographical character of Costa Rica;
  • Discuss the influence of the diversity of natural wonders of Costa Rica and ensuing influence on ecotourism and community development;
  • Explain and discuss the various natural resource management challenges facing private recreation operators and government planners in highly traveled areas such as Manuel Antonio National Park;
  • Demonstrate group and personal leadership skills that include effective communication, judgment, decision-making, tolerance, inclusion, and risk management;
  • Develop an appreciation for the strong contribution of service projects to local people, communities, and the environment;
  • Recognize the various methods of instruction for learning;
  • Have a basic understanding of conversational Spanish; and
  • Discuss and articulate your role in a global society through community and environmental service in the host county.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students in good standing.
  • Permission of instructor(s) is required.
  • Current WKU student eligible to register for WKU courses may apply. Students from outside WKU may participate as visiting students.
  • Students must be 18 years of age or older at time of departure (parent/guardian permission for anyone under 18 at time of departure).
  • Students must possess passport valid for at least six (6) months after return date.
  • Students must be free of active disciplinary sanctions as verified by Judicial Affairs.
  • Students must complete all pre-departure orientations.
  • Full payment prior to departure is required.
  • Students must complete the Study Abroad & Global Learning application process prior to being registered in this course.  We suggest you start this application process immediately and respond to all emails promptly.
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