Meet Plus3 Costa Rica 2018!

Welcome to the Costa Rica Plus3 Study Abroad Program!

Professor Ryan Teeter and Laura Caroll, Academic Advisor, are traveling to the Costa Rican Central Valley, Monteverde, and Tarrazu with 24 College of Business Administration and Swanson School of Engineering students from May 5 – May 19. In addition to numerous cultural experiences, the trip will include visits to Cafe Britt, Cafe 1820, Life Monteverde, and Coopedota.

In 2018 students will explore globalization in Costa Rica through the Coffee industry

The second-most sought-after commodity in the world, coffee moves through a complex global web on its way to consumption. Your trip to Costa Rica will give you a firsthand look at both large-scale and small-scale coffee growing, processing, and exportation. Background on Costa Rica’s history and politics will give you a base to use in company visits exploring engineering practices and environmental impacts as well as international marketing. Q&A sessions with company executives and representatives will allow you to dig deeper into business and engineering practices and to better understand the interdependencies in the global market.

  • Company visits included Doka Estate, Starbucks’ Hacienda Alsacia, Cafe Britt, Cafe 1820, Life Monteverde, and Coopedota
  • Cultural activities included a trip to Monteverde (cloud forests and coffee plantations), La Paz Waterfalls, and activities with local Costa Rican students
  • Locations will include Heredia, Monteverde, and Tarrazu

Meet the Plus3 Costa Rica Student Bloggers:

2018 Participants:

Evan Bennis | Rachel Blum | Shaeleah Buntain | Mary Cumpston | Sara D’Andrea | Anaya Espadas | Ailish Fallon | Solomon Fenton | Adam Foster | Salvatore Gummo | Julia Jones | Ethan Miller | Phillip Missan | David Muscarella | Christopher Pierre | Jack Protivnak | Matthew Restrepo | Mason Roadcap | Teresa Roth | Sydney Ruble | Kayla Ruslavage | Kathryn Specht | Taylor Stein | Ethan Wolf

See all the Plus3 Costa Rica blogs by clicking here.

Meet the Program Staff:


Dr. Ryan Teeter

Clinical Assistant Professor of Accounting
College of Business Administration
236 Mervis Hall
Phone: 412-624-8310

Laura Caroll

Laura Caroll

Academic Advisor
College of Business Administration
Tafel Center for Student Success
2600 Sennott Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-624-8148

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