Next Offering is Fall Term 2018 - There are two components to this 3-credit course - a fall term online introduction to Costa Rica, Adventure Tourism, and tropical ecology (about 1-cr of work) and a later fall excursion about 10-days exploring the back country of Costa Rica. For students interested in a 3-credit experience that can be used in your academic program (with program approval, like Natural Resources (NR), Tourism Recreation, and Adventure Leadership (TRAL), Enviromental Sciences (ENSC)), take both components. If you are interested only in the excursion piece, degree of acceptance into your academic program should be discussed with your advisor.
Learning outcomes: at the end of the experience, you will be able to
Discuss the ecosystems of Costa Rica.
Safely explore exotic terrain by foot and water, learning proper backcountry travel techniques.
Demonstrate appreciation of the Costa Rican culture.
Explore the relationships between human cultures and the natural resource.
Develop an appreciation of cultural differences with respect to natural resource use.
Formulate an educated global world view of human-nature interactions and natural resource use, with your self-view being informed by this global view.
Gain an understanding of ecotourism/green tourism/nature-based tourism/adventure tourism– its ideologies, practices, and pitfalls.
Develop an understanding of the natural history and ecology of Costa Rica, especially tropical rainforests.
Gain a better awareness of ourselves and our own culture through exposure to “otherness.”
Increase ability to effectively communicate as a member of a learning cohort.
Increase problem solving, collaboration, and conflict resolution skills.
Increase knowledge of leadership models as they relate to adventure based expeditionary learning.
Increase awareness of personal leadership ability.
Identify growth areas that can contribute to personal leadership ability.
Demonstrate the ability to function effectively in a different cultural environment.
Fall Term NR499 or TRAL 499 3 credits (as an Ecampus course)