Soils, Crops & Water of Costa Rica
Spring Break 2017: March 08 - March 17, 2017
*Program prerequisites: All students are welcome to apply, preference given to students majoring in Agronomy or Environmental Science.
Program summary: We will visit locations throughout central and northwestern Costa Rica in order to observe tropical soils, tropical crops and their environmental impacts. At each site in-depth discussions will be led by a combination of Costa Rican experts and the ISU faculty. We will also visit one of Costa Rica's famous beaches and either go river rafting or complete a rain forest canopy tour.
Course: AGRON 496 or EnSci 496 (3 credits)
Group Leaders: Dr. Lee Burras email@example.com
Program fee: approximately $2,363.00 (includes: roundtrip airfare, bus to/from DSM airport, most meals, lodging, ground transportation, entrance fees, required international health and emergency insurance)
Out of pocket expenses: Some meals (~$30), incidentals ($150 approx), Passport if you don't already have one $135, Costa Rica departure tax $35, $10 CALS application fee, $105 study abroad center admin fee, souvenirs, etc.
There are scholarships available to apply for through the Agronomy Dept (contact group leader or 1126 Agron Hall), as well as the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (0018 Curtiss Hall, due NOVEMBER 1.)
Free passports are available for first time travelers who are in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding free passports.
Program goals: To allow ISU students to experience the culture and agriculture of Costa Rica.
By the end of the program students should: 1) have an understanding of tropical crop production; 2) understand how tropical soils affect crop production methods; 3) have a better understanding of the culture of Costa Rica.
Tentative Program Itinerary:
Proposed route and activities - loose integration of the past 5 years. All stops and hotels have been previously vetted and successfully/enjoyably used.
Wednesday, March 8: ISU to San Jose - Best Western Irazu Hotel, San Jose.
Thursday, March 9: Santa Maria de Dota Coffee Coop & highland fruit farm - Irazu Hotel
Friday, March 10: Highland horticulture and Rosa Finca dairy - El Tucano Resort, Santa Rosa
Saturday, March 11: Banana farming and processing in the Caribbean lowlands - El Tucano
Sunday, March 12: Volcano Arenal National Park near La Fortuna - El Tucano
Monday, March 13: Citrus production and Ultisol/Oxisol profiles near Los Chiles - El Tucano
Tuesday, March 14: Soils, water and irrigation in Guanacaste - Las Espuelas Hotel, Liberia
Wednesday, March 15: Rice plantation & processing mill; Playa Panama - Las Espuelas
Thursday, March 16: El Viejo sugarcane plantation & processing plant; Mango production near Orotina and return to San Jose - Irazu Hotel
Friday, March 17: San Jose to ISU
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.