Managing my Feelings about the Trip being Over

The first step in the supply chain is the supplier’s supplier, and in the case of coffee, coffee farms. An example of this is Doka Estates. At this plantation, the coffee beans are grown, sorted, pealed, dried, and stored. At this company, management must make decisions concerning both their employees and the pickers, who are…

Let’s Do(ta) This!

Today we toured Coopedota, which is a cooperative made up of small coffee farmers. The cooperative is made up of 900 families; all are considered owners. Annually, an assembly is held with all owners to make big decisions. At this assembly, a small council of 15 people is created from the votes of the 900…

Fun(gi) at ICAFE

Today we visited ICAFE, which is an institute that mainly focuses on the research of preventing diseases that affect coffee plants. In the lab, scientists replicate the environment that the plants will grow in. This includes temperature and also factors in that most diseases are prevalent during the rainy season. The majority of diseases come…

Hearing the Howler Monkeys Howl

In the 1950s, Quakers from Alabama traveled to Costa Rica to start a new life away from war and conflict. Some of the group settled in Monteverde, where we spent the better part of the last three days. While the focus is still on Costa Rican culture and what it has to offer, I can…

Putting the “green” in Monteverde

Today we visited Life Monteverde, whose main goal is to educate about sustainable farming. To start the day, we heard a lecture from Don Guillermo who is a Tico farmer involved with Life Monteverde. He described the past and present of the small family run company. A cooperative was formed in 1971 with other families…

Puppy Pursuit

When we first arrived in Costa Rica, we were exposed to the more urban side. This included being able to visit the large mall, weave through bustling traffic and cross train tracks on our way to the university every morning. This became my standard for what Costa Rica is like; however, as we drove away…

No Way San Jose

San Jose was shaped by the trade of coffee and bananas. Because of its heavy reliance on farming and agriculture, the communities in Costa Rica are based on rural ideals. Even though the region’s priorities have changed since its start, the system remains the same. Addresses are hardly used, and streets do not have names,…

Hecho en Costa Rica

In the supply chain, Doka Estate is known as the supplier’s supplier. At this plantation, the coffee beans are grown, sorted, pealed, dried, and stored. They have perfected techniques in order to ensure that their coffee beans grow up to be the best they can be. This includes placing two plants together to save space,…

Asking Why in Costa Rica

Throughout the predeparture meetings and reading the Costa Rican Culture Smart book, we have learned a lot about what to expect from Costa Rican culture. It is easy to just accept these notions of normality, but we are presented with the question of “why”. Today in a lecture from Dr. José Sánchez, we were given…

What an HereDIA!

It is impossible to not develop expectations when planning a trip, whether you know a lot about your destination or not. I have a background in Spanish from high school classes, and from that I often learned about the culture in Spanish speaking countries. With this background, my expectations were generally met during the tour…

Learning About Sustainability in Costa Rica

Without much knowledge about Costa Rica, I often assume that it is similar to the United States in most ways. This is not true, though, especially in terms of sustainability. In 2013, Costa Rica was number 2 regarding the World Energy Council’s environmental sustainability ranking, whereas the United States was 87th. It is hard for…

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…