Let your learning run wild, from the cloud forest to the sea.
Explore the natural wonders of Costa Rica, one of the world’s most unique, innovative, and wild countries. Travel to the rainforest, pristine beaches, dry forest, and wet and windy mountains. In spectacular settings, you’ll delve into two wildly different internship projects and embark on multiday field trips – all related to core coursework taught in our mountaintop classrooms. In your downtime, you’ll enjoy family meals at your homestay, hang out with friends in rural Monteverde, and meet local Costa Ricans who share your concern for the environment. Fall Gap Semester: Biodiversity Investigate Tropical Biodiversity in the world renown Monteverde Cloud Forest, as well as visits to tropical wet forest, tropical dry forest and coastal habitats with mangroves, beaches and rocky intertidal. Study the sources of tropical diversity, what maintains it and what is necessary to save it. Meet local and international biologists and conservationists who created the Monteverde Cloud Forest reserves and have spent their lives saving Costa Rica’s ecosystems and the amazing species they contain. Create an action plan to help while working with local conservation projects. Save the sea turtles! Work alongside biologists and field assistants on this wildlife conservation/internship project to help protect marine animals and their beach environment. After a few days of training and beach patrolling (day or night), you’ll be ready to get to work – monitoring and recording data on nesting turtles and their hatchlings. Capture the moments as they come out of the nest and run to the sea. Other duties deal with recycling, maintenance, composting, reforestation, and assisting researchers and field assistants with environmental education. Come away with a deeper understanding of the impacts we are having on this fragile species and their ecosystem. Spring Gap Semester: Sustainability Experience the gears that promise our sustainable future. From wind farms to internships with indigenous communities, get firsthand experience with the concrete methods Costa Rica is using to improve our world. Study tropical biodiversity in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, a world-renowned treasure chest of endemic species. Immersed in an indigenous community called the Bribri, you’ll discover a life like no other deep inside the Talamanca mountain range. Along with a traditional homestay, you’ll have the chance to live, eat and work alongside community members, helping with day-to-day chores while learning about the indigenous culture, beliefs, and traditions. Then switch gears, reach out, and teach English in the local school or community center.