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Costa Rica

Bravery and biodiversity in the heart of Central America

Our term in Costa Rica gave students the opportunity to practice their Spanish in day-to-day life, while highlighting conservation awareness in one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. Our host school, the University of Georgia Costa Rica, provided the perfect launchpad for our educational adventures: comprised of state-of-the-art academic buildings nestled among miles of hiking trails, a wet laboratory, botanical garden, horse stables, and an organic farming operation, it offered a taste of the vast ecological diversity we had yet to encounter.

During our term in Costa Rica, THINK Global students traded their classrooms for thirty days living and learning in the rainforests, villages, and coasts that make up this ecological wonderland. The adventure began high up in the trees of the Monteverde cloud forest, where they took in sweeping views of lush greenery and rainbows. We next moved on to La Fortuna, where we gained a feel for the natural world surrounding us through hikes, horseback riding, and a visit to a cheese farm.  

Oskar K. '18

on his Costa Rica highlight:

“The moment when, after walking for about an hour in the dark, you find a beautiful frog just chillin’ on the bamboo."

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From there we headed to the El Zota Biological Field Station, which spans 2,400 acres of protected land and is one of the largest of its kind in Costa Rica. Here, we saw numerous endangered or threatened faunal species and marveled at the vast array of mammals, birds, and reptiles that inhabit the towering forests. We next strapped on life vests, cracked our knuckles, and white water rafted down the Pacuare River — considered by some to be one of the five best rafting rivers in the world. After drying off and letting our adrenaline run its course, we headed to La Amistad National Park, where we met with members of Costa Rica’s indigenous population and had the privilege of learning about their way of life. Our tour of Costa Rica concluded with a visit to Drake Bay, where we snorkeled, collected marine data, and swam with wild dolphins.

John snaps a shot of Costa Rica's stunning countryside (Orosi)

Activities

•Ziplining in the Monteverde cloud forest
Volcanic hot springs at Arenal
•Geological hiking and horseback riding in La Fortuna
•Biology research and primate observation at El Zota Biological Field Station
Home stay and service learning in Orosi
•Farm visit and cheese making
•Dancing and cooking lessons
•White-water rafting down the Pacuare River
•Cultural discussions with the indigenous peoples of La Amistad National Park
Coffee brewing at a local finca
•Scientific research at the Las Cruces Biological Station
•Snorkeling and marine data collection at Drake Bay
•History lessons at the Ruins of Ujarrás
•Geology lessons at Arenal National Park

More on Costa Rica

See student and faculty writing and media from our term of rugged beauty and biodiversity in Costa Rica.

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