Exploring Costa Rica's Rich Biodiversity
Covering only 0.03% of the planet’s surface, Costa Rica is home to more than 6% of all known species. Recognizing this rich biodiversity as a key natural resource, Costa Ricans have made their country into the poster child of ecotourism, with its extensive national parks, sustainable agriculture, and renewable energy. The focus of our trip will be learning about some of the incredible organisms that inhabit Costa Rica, while investigating their conservation. We will spend much of our time in the cloud forest around Monteverde, visiting agricultural projects, a butterfly garden, and most importantly, investigating the area’s extensive wildlife. An overnight excursion to Tirimbina Biological Station will allow us to visit an organic banana plantation, take a dip in volcanic hot springs, and set out in search of even more of Costa Rica’s famous biodiversity. Finally, we will spend 3 nights on the beach at Playa Grande with an opportunity to snorkel and, if we’re lucky, spot a nesting sea turtle with a conservation group there.
Students will enroll in JAN 414 A for Interim. This course will focus on ecology and conservation biology in Costa Rica. Students will learn about responsible tourism, food sovereignty, and sustainability practices while participating in nature walks/forest hikes, field trips to agricultural projects and trail improvement work. As a final project, students will create a photo and essay book about biodiversity and conservation efforts in Costa Rica.
Students will stay with host families in Monteverde or at the research station on site.
Program fee: $4,316
This cost includes international airfare, lodging, transportation to and from the airport, on-site transportation, some group meals, fees/tickets for pre-arranged activities, and international insurance coverage.
Local transportation and miscellaneous admissions: $50
Passport: $150 (all students must have a valid passport to participate)
Wofford Travel Grants
The Wofford College Travel Grants provide assistance to students who are participating in an Interim Travel/Study program. Financial need and academic merit are the principle considerations in awarding these grants. Please note that an application for a Wofford Travel Grant does not substitute for the Travel/Study project application for Interim.
To be eligible to apply for a Travel Grant, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (except first-year students applying in the fall) and be in good social and academic standing with the College. Awards range from $500 - $1,500. The number of awards granted will depend upon the number of applicants as well as available funds. The award is directly applied to the applicant's program fees. To apply, complete the online Wofford College Travel Grant application
For More Information
Contact Dr. Geoff Mitchell