Leaving the Pure Life…for now

Over the past two weeks I have become an expert on the coffee industry in Costa Rica, and the environmental, social, and economically sustainable practices they use to efficiently run each company. Before we arrived in Costa Rica, I was somewhat aware of the commitment Costa Rica has to the environment. However, I did not…

Cooperation Over Competition

Today we took a two-hour bus ride to a region of Costa Rica known as Terrazú to visit a coffee producer known as Coopedota. Coopedota is unlike any of the producers we have previously visited because there is not one singular owner or family that controls all of the coffee bean production. Instead, the company…

Tasting the Difference

Over the past two centuries, the coffee industry and the production of various fruits has played a major role in the economic success of Costa Rica. Although these crops have brought great business to the country, Ticos themselves have been missing out on some of the rich, gourmet quality products. At each of the plantations…

How Ecotourism Has Excelled

On our tour of the cloud forest yesterday we witnessed many animals in their natural habitat such as, tarantulas, millipedes, quetzals, and mostly other birds. The only reason we were able to explore the home of these animals is because of the collaboration of the Quakers – such as Don Ricardo’s father, Wolf – and…

A Day in the Life of Guillermo

Today, we were fortunate enough to visit Life Monteverde. Life Monteverde is a small family owned coffee bean plantation, with many other crops such as potatoes, basil, corn, tomatoes, and lettuce, as well as livestock. This farm is unlike any other, as Life (in Life Monteverde) actually stands for Low Impact For Earth. The main…

Same Country, New Terrain

  The scenery we drove through today is drastically different from that of the Central Valley. The Central Valley is extremely busy. There is always traffic, noise, and people running around. In Heredia there are sodas and convenience stores within a matter of a few meters, shops and establish restaurants very close by, and most…

San José Built on Bananas and Café

  Many people would agree that San José is built upon the two main resources they produce: bananas and coffee. When we visited San José for a walking tour today it was evident that the trading and exporting of these two industries influenced the growth of Costa Rica as a whole. In fact, the form…

A Day Full of Café

This morning we were given tours of two companies that serve as primary producers to coffee beans, the Doka Estate, and Café Britt. Although the two companies produce coffee beans out of Costa Rica, they are not necessarily considered competitors. The Doka Estate harvests thousands of coffee beans annually and they produce some products for…

3 Why’s of the Costa Rican Economy

This morning, we made our way to the ULatina campus, where Dr. Juan Diego Sanchez lectured us on the Costa Rican Legal and Economic Analysis. Throughout the presentation, we were asked to think of three “why” questions surrounding the Costa Rican system of government. How can the Costa Rican economy benefit from the elements of…

Home Sweet Heredia

Upon arrival to Costa Rica, we picked up our luggage, sailed through customs, boarded a large coach bus, and were off to meet our host families at the gates of the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. It was extremely intimidating seeing that we had no idea what to expect. We pulled up to the university,…

From the Classroom, To the City, To Heredia

According to the Tico Times, Costa Rica has held a steady spot at No. 2, in the World Energy Council’s global “environmental sustainability” ranking.  Sustainability may be defined as the ability to continue doing something indefinitely; meaning, that a company, or a nation in this case, is able to produce goods and services without depreciating…

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…