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Education in Costa Rica (SLS 2940)

ESTIMATED PROGRAM FEES BREAKDOWN:

Program Fee: $1,500
Scholarship: $750

Click on the Costa Rica Education Estimated Fees Breakdown form for details. Note that the information is subject to change.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW :

Costa Rica with its rich cultural history, biodiversity, and abundant natural resources will provide a unique opportunity for students interested in education to go beyond the classroom and immerse themselves in a developing community through volunteer activities and intercultural experiences. Participating in this service learning opportunity you will work side by side with local schools in the host country. We have collaborated with the Universidad Tecnica Nacional de Costa Rica to make sure your contributions are meaningful and sustainable. Through hands-on work and deep exposure to the local culture, students learn vital collaboration and problem-solving skills, and will return home feeling inspired to make a difference.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course gives the student the opportunity to grow academically, pre-professionally, personally and civically through participation in a service-learning experience. Students meet real needs in the community by applying knowledge from their courses. Students complete 20 hours of service credit, complete written reflections, and meet regularly with an assigned faculty member. This course may be repeated for a maximum of four credits, but grade forgiveness cannot be applied.

Overview of Service Learning project:

Education is very important to Costa Ricans. To demonstrate this point, even in the smallest and most remote towns you will find a school. Even if that school has only three students, there will be a paid teacher working in that school. Additionally, there is currently a 97.8% literacy rate in Costa Rica. Students enrolled in this course will contribute on an educational level in the schools in Ciudad Quesada Costa Rica. Ciudad Quesada is located about 45 minutes from La Fortuna, a very popular tourist destination. Many people work or aspire to work there. They understand that speaking English is a necessity to find a good paying job in the tourism industry. We will be visiting schools and their English classes, making connections with the students, and playing the part of English teacher for a week. This will not only be helping the students, but it will be a big learning opportunity for the teacher as well.

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU APPLY:

This program will utilize homestays to offer students cultural exchange opportunities. This type of accommodation offers a deeper understanding of the everyday life of the locals; you will live with a host family allowing you to improve your language skills. Homestay families also provide a good support system for international students who are far from home. Friendships are often build between hosts and students that last a lifetime.

DATES:

March 10-17, 2018

Program Leader Contact:

Leader:

Name: Professor Joseph Menig
Phone: 407-582-1048
Room: West Campus, 3-142
Email: jmenig@valenciacollege.edu

HOW TO APPLY:

Apply to the Education in Costa Rica - SLS 2940 study abroad program. You will need to log into Atlas.

WAITLIST - Apply to the Sustainability in Costa Rica SLS 2940 (1 credit) study abroad program. You will need to log into Atlas.


 

Sustainability in Costa Rica (SLS 2940)

ESTIMATED PROGRAM FEES BREAKDOWN:

Program Fee: $1,900
Scholarship: $950

Click on the Costa Rica Sustainability Estimated Fees Breakdown form for details. Note that the information is subject to change.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW :

Costa Rica with its rich cultural history, biodiversity, and abundant natural resources will provide a unique opportunity for students to go beyond the classroom and immerse themselves in a developing community through volunteer activities and intercultural experiences. As a participant of the Sustainable Living Immersion at Rancho Margot (a self-sufficient and sustainable ranch), you will have an opportunity to re-establish a strong connection to the natural world, to explore an alternative method of development that operates as a closed-loop system and to develop a model of sustainability that you can apply to your own life.

Sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual or society use of the earth natural resources and personal resources. Practitioners of sustainable living often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption and diet. Proponents of sustainable living aim to conduct their lives in ways that are consistent with sustainability, in natural balance and respectful of humanity's symbiotic relationship with the earth's natural ecology and cycles.

Through hands-on work and deep exposure to the local culture, students learn vital collaboration and problem-solving skills. And, return home feeling inspired to make a difference.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course gives the student the opportunity to grow academically, pre-professionally, personally and civically through participation in a service-learning experience. Students meet real needs in the community by applying knowledge from their courses. Students complete 20 hours of service credit, complete written reflections, and meet regularly with an assigned faculty member. This course may be repeated for a maximum of four credits, but grade forgiveness cannot be applied.

Overview of Service Learning project:

Sustainable Living Immersion is an introduction to the concepts of sustainable living in various aspects of your own live including relationships to food, energy, waste management, responsible production and overall consumption. Participants will be engaged in the farm activities in which all members play a part, and all these parts are vital to the complete circle of life that is Rancho Margot. This is a six-day program focused on a basic understanding of food and sustainable living and will include a daily Service Learning Component and workshops.

Service Learning Component Areas: Participants will rotate areas according to the Ranch’s routine that includes the vegetable gardens and production areas (milk, dairy, soap making).

Workshops include:
Gardening: making beds, seed bed, green house, harvesting
Compost/lombricopost/microorganisms
Medicinal plants and preparation of repellents
Yoga and Mindful Meditation

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU APPLY:

The accommodations for this program is Bunkhouse style (bunkbeds, 2 persons per room with shared bathrooms on the ranch.

This program will utilize homestays to offer students cultural exchange opportunities.

 

FUNDING INFORMATION:

  1. The program will receive partial funding by Valencia's Student Development Office (SDO), the Valencia Foundation, and the SAGE Office which will be contributing a percentage towards the cost of participation for a limited number of students accepted into the program.
  2. Eligible students can use their financial aid to cover the additional program costs (airfare, accommodations, meals, etc.) as long as the course satisfies your degree requirements. Complete a MY EDUCATION PLAN or meet with an Academic Advisor for details. It is important that this course count towards your degree or certificate program; otherwise your financial aid payment may be reduced.

 

DATES:

March 10-17, 2018

Program Leader Contact:

Leader:

Name: Professor Joy Benjamin-Fieulleteau
Phone: 407-582-1495
Room: West Campus, SSB 173C
Email: jbenjaminfieullet@valenciacollege.edu

HOW TO APPLY:

Apply to the Education in Costa Rica - SLS 2940 study abroad program. You will need to log into Atlas.

WAITLIST - Apply to the Sustainability in Costa Rica SLS 2940 (1 credit) study abroad program. You will need to log into Atlas.

 

IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES:

Deadlines:

Application Deadline: October 6, 2017
Deposit Deadline: November 11, 2017
Final Payment (if applicable): N/A

Pre-departure Meetings:

Meeting 1: 1/12/18, TBD, location TBD
Meeting 2: 02/02/18, TBD, location TBD
Meeting 3: 03/02/2018, TBD, location TBD

Re-entry Meetings:

Meeting 1: 3/23/18, (10am to 1pm), location TBD
Meeting 2: 4/20/18 (10am to 1pm), location TBD

Please note that all orientation sessions are mandatory. The number of predeparture and re-entry meetings will depend upon your program.

SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY:

  • Apply by the application deadline
  • Be a degree-seeking student with Valencia College
  • Completed one semester within last year
  • Completed 12 college-level credits
  • Be at least 18 years’ old on day of departure
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 at application deadline

 

COURSE PREREQUISITES:

N/A

COST INCLUDES:

  • TBD

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Course materials
  • Course tuition and fees
  • Airport departure fees and taxes
  • Luggage transport/storage fees
  • Clothing, souvenirs, and personal expenses
  • Passport application (if needed)
  • Visa (not required for U.S. citizens)
  • Immunizations in Costa Rica
  • Spending money
  • Tips

PROGRAM PHOTOS & DESTINATION INFORMATION:

DISCLAIMER:

Please note that the program may be altered or canceled at any time at the discretion of Valencia College, and in many circumstances airfare or other transportation costs incurred by the student may not be refundable. Dates and prices are subject to change without notice.

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