Program overview: This program provides an introduction to production of a wide variety of tropical crops (coffee, banana, pineapple, mango, sugar cane, cut flowers, vegetables, papaya, etc.) from the perspective of Costa Rica. The class also explores Costa Rican ecology, history, and culture. Close cooperation with University of Costa Rica faculty allow many unique opportunities during the class visit.
Course: Plant Pathology/Entomology/Horticulture 511 (3 credits), students will meet throughout the spring 2017 semester on campus. The travel dates to Costa Rica are: March 8 - 17, 2017.
Group leaders: Mark Gleason, email@example.com ; Erin Hodgson, firstname.lastname@example.org ; Donald Lewis, email@example.com ; Barb Clawson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Program fee: $2,405.00 (includes: RT airfare, ground transportation, housing, entrance fees and many meals, CISI required emergency insurance). Out of pocket expenses will vary depending on if you already have a passport and your personal spending habits. Suggested out of pocket expenses include t $150/ for incidentals, $50 for meals on your own, US passport ($135). If you are a CALS student and a first time traveler without a passport, contact email@example.com for information on how to get the cost of your passport reimbursed.
Other fees: There is a $105 study abroad administration fee from the Study Abroad Center in 3224 MU, and a $10 application fee.
Program prerequisites: Understanding of general biology/agronomy/horticulture preferred. Preference will be given to graduate students and upper-level (junior/senior) undergraduate
Additional skills and requirements: Ability to tolerate stresses of group travel in the tropics; e.g., lengthy bus rides on curving mountain roads, tropical heat and humidity, strenuous walks and ability to carry own belongings, "togetherness" of group travel, being without wifi for several hours or even days.
Wednesday, March 8 Depart Bessey Hall loading dock (5:30 am)
Depart Des Moines airport (8:15 am) AA1777
Arrive San Jose (6:40 pm) AA511
Thursday, March 9 In-field study of Organic Vegetable Production
Visit University of Costa Rica, Agronomy Department
Dinner with UCR Faculty and Students
Friday, March 10 In-field study of greenhouse cuttings production for international market
Tour Else Kientzler Botanical Garden
In-field study Dracaena propagation, production and marketing
Saturday, March 11 In-field study of coffee production
Tour Farmers Market
Tour of composting and vermiculture facility
Sunday March 12 Visit beach and marine biology at Playa Hermosa
Monday, March 13 Lecture and Lab Tour at CICAFE Coffee Research Center
Tour sugar cane processing plant
Tuesday, March 14 In-field study of orange production and processing
In-field study of papaya production and processing
In-field study of leatherleaf fern production
Wednesday, March 15 In-field study of melon production and processing
In-field study of mango production and processing
In-field study of rice production
Thursday, March 16 Sightsee at Braulio Carrillo (cloud forest) Nat'l Park
Lecture and Lab Tour at CORBANA (banana research facility)
In-field study of banana production and processing
In-field study of pineapple production, harvesting and packaging
Dinner with UCR Students
Friday, March 17 Depart San Jose hotel (4:00 am)
Depart San Jose airport (6:40 am) AA871
Arrive Des Moines (7:49 pm) AA3095
Arrive Ames (9:00 pm)
Important Note Regarding Missing classes: Please note that participation on some travel courses require you to be away from campus for some school days. The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences tries to minimize the number of days missed for this purpose, but in some events, the inflexibility of the travel schedule prevents us from working completely within our breaks. Should you choose to enroll in a travel course that requires missing some class(es) on campus, you will need to contact your instructor directly to inquire whether or not arrangements can be made to make up this class work and/or exams. The CALS Study Abroad office can provide you with a letter explaining the dates of the trip. However, it is your responsibility to contact the instructor to determine the potential impact on your grade before signing up for a Study Abroad program. The instructor is responsible for determining the impact of any absence from class.
For further information regarding this program, please contact the group leaders, or email firstname.lastname@example.org , or come into 18 Curtiss Hall or click here