Final Reflection

Growing up in a family with five kids, travel was never easy or common. The furthest I had ventured outside of Pennsylvania was New York City. Then I found this Plus-3 program which would allow me to earn three credits outside of the country. I knew I had to be a part of it. With…

¡Al Fin!

Hola, amigos! The day that we all dreaded from the start has finally arrived. Tomorrow morning, we board the bus and head back to the good ole’ United States. Though, I am excited to see my family and friends and tell them all about the trip, leaving all these great memories behind will not be…

Cooperation is Key!

Hola, amigos! We are now staying in Santa Maria de Dota. Despite rumors of the hotel being rustic, it is fairly nice! We left Heredia this morning to visit our last coffee plantation of the trip, sadly. Named Coopedota, it is very interesting because it is the first business cooperation that we have seen. Now,…

Coffee + Costa Rica = :) Happy Economy

Hola, amigos! It is officially the last week of the plus3 Costa Rica trip, and I am devastated. I plan on making the most of these last few days. Luckily for me, we started the week by going on two unique site visits, beginning at a Starbuck’s owned coffee farm and ending with a roaster…

Tico-friendly: Sustainability (Day Ocho)

Hola, amigos! Sadly, today was our last day in Monteverde. Looking back on it, these three days have been the most fun all trip, and we learned so much in the process. Early this morning, we woke up to have breakfast and then, traveled to Monteverde’s largest coffee plantation, Life Monteverde. Here, we toured the…

Quake it ’til ya Make it! (Day Siete)

Hola, amigos! Monteverde has been amazing so far. The cloud forest has truly lived up to my expectations, and I continue to learn more and more each day. I attribute some of this understanding to the extra free time, which has given me time to reflect and think about what I’ve learned. Specifically, the impact…

A Change of Perspective (Day Seis)

Hola, amigos! We are now in Monteverde, a resort very high up in the mountains. The vegetation is beautiful, and the views are breathtaking. It took us four hours to get here, but the drive was very peaceful… and interesting! I say the drive is interesting because it is the farthest we have been outside…

Technology: A Double-Edged Sword (Day Cinco)

Hola, amigos! Today, the theme was technology, and it was a very interesting, hands-on day! We took a tour of a highly-specialized University called “Veritas,” which gives Costa Ricans and international students alike the ability to learn the arts: Fashion, environmental science, biology, computer science, etc. Most importantly, they offer majors in 3D modeling, design,…

Café Britt (Day Cuatro)

Hola, amigos! Today, we visited two coffee plantations, and they were amazing. I must be honest; I did not expect it to be that interesting, but I learned so much information in such a fun way. The first plantation was called “Doka,” and they are a family-owned business that’s been around for over 50 years….

¿Por què?

Hola, mis amigos. Today was our third day in Heredia. As I interact with my host family, her friends and family, and other local Ticos, I have been able to understand much about their culture and their mannerisms. Things are done much differently here than in the United States. This lead me to think about…

¡Estamos aqui! (Day Uno)

Heredia, Costa Rica is more amazing than I ever could have imagined! I suppose I didn’t know what to expect, since this is my first time outside of the country; but I do know that it has surpassed my dreamed expectations in many ways. To begin, my hostess, or “abuelita zaneida” as we were instructed…

La sostenibilidad en Costa Rica: El segundo en el mundo

When I heard that Costa Rica was leading the Latin American pack in sustainability, I was not at all surprised. After researching Costa Rican politicians, I noticed a trend in their platforms; their initiatives put both economic and environmental sustainability first. Even still, when I heard that Costa Rica was #2 overall in sustainability in…

Meet Plus3 Costa Rica 2017!

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 20 College of Business Administration and Swanson School of Engineering students from May 6 – May 20. In addition to numerous cultural experiences, the trip will include visits to…