Thomas Angelo Honors Scholarship Reflection

This scholarship played an important role in allowing for me to become fully engaged in my studies and the culture of Costa Rica while abroad. This was an amazing opportunity that played an important role in my growth as a student and as a person. Without this scholarship, I would not have been able to…

That’s a Wrap!

Throughout the short time span of two weeks, it is incredible how much information I have gained pertaining to the coffee industry and sustainability. Prior to arriving, I realized that Costa Rica had a strong focus on preservation of the environment, but after visiting and speaking with companies I have come to realize the incredible…

Coopadota as a Cooperative

Today we visited the company Coopadota which is a cooperative company that focuses on the production, roasting, and selling of high quality coffee. A cooperative refers to the idea of smaller groups working together to reach a larger common goal. In comparison to a traditional company, a cooperative is beneficial in areas of insight as…

The Best Coffee is Your Favorite

Economic growth and development of Costa Rica in the past two centuries in part, was due to the affects that coffee trade has had on the country. Although Costa Ricans still sometimes struggle to receive funds for physical and organizational structures, the country has seen a lot of improvement in roads, bridges, and railways. The…

Impact of Foreigners

Early this morning we departed for our last adventure in Monteverde, a hike through the cloud forest. It was fascinating to see the immense amount of biodiversity that Costa Rica is home to. A few days ago we had a discussion about the Quakers who arrived in Costa Rica from Alabama in 1951 with a…

A Sustainable Family

Today we had the opportunity to visit Life Monteverde. It is a family run farm that is smaller than the previous cooperate scale plantations we have seen. Life is an acronym that stands for “low impact for earth” which is something that this family strives to promote in every way they are able. We were…

Monteverde: A Green Focus

Today we left Heredia and our homestays embarking on a new excursion to Monteverde. After a long journey full of twists and turns, car sickness, and fear of falling off of a cliff we finally reached our beautiful destination. The trip was definitely worth it to enjoy the stunning nature and incredible amount of biodiversity….

200m East of La Catedral

Today we took a walking tour of San José, and had the opportunity to visit the national museum of Costa Rica and El museo de oro. We traveled to the city by train. One in which was built because of the growing need for transportation as the coffee and banana trade increased. The development of…

Café, Café, y Más Café

Today we visited the two companies Doka and Britt, both of which contribute to the supply chain of coffee in Costa Rica. However, their contributions lie within different components of the coffee process. Doka is a coffee bean producer that does a minimal amount of roasting, whereas Britt roasts coffee along with competing in other…

Costa Rica Economy – Why things are

After reading an overview of the topic our guest lecturer Dr. Juan Diego Sánchez Sánchez was going to speak about, I was really looking forward to it. I found it incredibly interesting to learn about the economical approaches that the economy in Costa Rica has been utilizing. The ideologies applied to the Costa Rican economic…

First Day en La Ciudad de las Flores

After two long and horrifically boring plane rides, it was a relief to finally be on the bus headed to meet our families. It was very nerve-racking sitting as we waited for our name to be called to go meet our host family. The nerves turned to excitement as I was greeted by my host…

Environmental Sustainability in Costa Rica

Sustainability, by definition, is the ability to continue doing something indefinitely. The key word here being indefinitely. When discussing this word in relation the environment, it is easy to see that what we do now affects us in the future, and that we should focus on sustainability as our actions can have an impact. Costa…

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…