This study abroad program will explore agricultural systems, natural resources, and resource management in Costa Rica through interactions with farmers who have a history with ISU course. Activities include visits to variety of farms including coffee, highland fruits, organic vegetables, sugarcane, pineapple, and chocolate production.
To learn about the soils, crops, environment of Costa Rica while gaining an appreciation of and respect for Costa Rican culture, the Spanish language and Costa Rica nationalism.
At the end of the program, students will:
- Appreciate and understand the culture of Costa Rica at least well enough to contrast and compare major aspects to the USA
- Recognize the value and importance of Spanish; be able to use a few basic words/phrases in conversation
- Know the major soils, crops and cropping systems of Costa Rica and be able to compare and contrast those with Iowa and the central USA
- Understand how climactic and geologic features impact the agriculture and environment of Costa Rica