Costa Rica Plus3, WOO!

The past two weeks in Costa Rica have been an eye-opening experience. I have learned the intricacies of the coffee industry and developed an appreciation for its layered complexity. We have also dabbled in the supply chain of bananas at Dole and this has expanded my analysis of the production process itself. My group has…

Bananas grow on HERBS

I loved visiting Dole today to witness the supply chain of bananas! Experiencing a different process that is so important to Latin America and especially Costa Rica was extremely interesting and engaging. The company that we visited, Dole, produces about 30 million cartons of bananas in Costa Rica a year, out of the 128 million…

More Elements of the Costa Rican Coffee Industry

Visiting both ICAFE and Café 1820 was a different and enjoyable experience today since we were able to see the coffee industry through an alternate lens. At ICAFE we toured the laboratory and innovation aspects of coffee and then at Café 1820, we saw a real coffee production process for a locally consumed product. ICAFE…

Into the Jungle!

We toured the cloud forest today and saw a variety of unique insects, animals, and birds. According to our tour guide, we were very lucky to see the Quetzal bird. This is the national bird of Guatemala, but many people travel to the mountains of Costa Rica for an easier view. (I can understand why,…

Appreciating Coffee and Nature

At Café Monteverde, we learned about sustainability practices, toured the coffee farm, and served a local community school. The tropical forests that are native to Costa Rica provide many benefits for their economy and to society as a whole. This land is rich in biodiversity and conservation efforts began without an intention of tourism. Unlike…

Around and Around into the Clouds

We left Heredia early this morning and had a bumpy ride up to the top of Monteverde. The scenery was so interesting as we reached the coast and then headed up the mountain. Along the Pacific coast, there were houses, tourist stops, and little hotels. These residents had modest homes, and many extended their living…

Walking through San Jose!

San Jose’s train line was built originally to transport coffee and bananas to the Caribbean coast. Today, there are coffee plants in multiple areas of San Jose, symbolizing the importance of this good for their economy. When the railroad was being built, the building conditions were unbearable for most individuals including Italians, and others of…

Day 3: The Finest Costa Rican Coffee and Chocolate!

Visiting both Doka and Café Britt today was an amazing experience. The tours showed us the behind the scenes supply chain of coffee. We learned at Café Britt that although they can sell to local ticos, the majority of their market is outside of Costa Rica. The type of coffee that Café Britt produces is…

Day 2: Salsa, Painting, and More!

Today we explored the creative, cultural, and historical aspects of Costa Rica! We met at the University in the morning for our guest lecturer, Dr. Laura Ramirez. She discussed the history, traditions, food and games that are native to this country. We participated in interactive stories and ended with painting an ox cart wheel on…

Day 1: Touring the Town

We are finally here! After a long day of travel, we landed in Costa Rica and started our day bright and early this morning. The humidity and heat took me by surprise, but I quickly was amazed at the lifestyle in Costa Rica. I did not have a vivid image of what I expected within…

Sustainability in Costa Rica!

Hi! My name is Ainsley MacIsaac and I am traveling to Costa Rica in the Pitt Plus3 Study Abroad Program. I cannot wait to experience first-hand the supply chain and business industries that reside in Costa Rica. Although this nation is small, Costa Rica is a leader in sustainability initiatives as its terrain is filled…

Meet Plus3 Costa Rica 2019!

Welcome to the Costa Rica Plus3 Study Abroad Program! Professor Ryan Teeter and Brandi Gongaware, Admissions and Recruiting Coordinator, are traveling to the Costa Rica Central Valley, Monteverde, and Tarrazu with 24 College of Business Administration and Swanson School of Engineering students from May 4th-May 18th. In addition to numerous cultural experiences, the trip will…