One Last Pura Vida

The past couple weeks in Costa Rica have opened my eyes to many new ideas including culture, the coffee industry, and sustainability. Prior to this trip, I had almost no knowledge of the coffee and banana industries. These tours have helped me immensely to understand how much planning and strategy goes into growing these crops….

Among the Banana Herbs

Our final site visit of the trip took us to one of the Dole Banana Plantations. The tour included all the steps in the process conducted on the plantation. First, we learned about the growing process on the farm itself, including how the plant grows, the bagging of the fruit to protect it from bruising…

Innovation at ICAFE

One of our last coffee tours during this trip was today at ICAFE. ICAFE, or Institudio del Cafe de Costa Rica, is the regulatory agency for the coffee industry in Costa Rica. Their responsibilities include oversight of coffee production, environmental impacts of the industry, promotion of the Costa Rican premium brand, as well as research….

The Effects of Tourism in Monteverde

Today, we concluded our visit to Monteverde, one of the popular locations of the growing ecotourism industry in Costa Rica. The economic well-being of Monteverde is becoming more and more reliant upon tourism, which the Quakers and Ticos have partnered together on. Their work has led to the preservation and restoration of the rainforest in…

Building a Sustainable Future at Life Monteverde

One of the key aspects of the lifestyle in Monteverde is conservation. Life Monteverde, the coffee farm we visited today, is no exception to this. Our tour focused on sustainability, including conservation of nature and its relation to the community and employees. The majority of the tour focused on the conservation of nature. We saw…

Welcome to the Rainforest

Since arriving to Costa Rica on Saturday, I have been lucky enough to embrace the lifestyle in the Central Valley of Costa Rica. Today, however, we ventured beyond the city that I was just starting to feel comfortable in to explore the beautiful rainforest of Monteverde. On the long, and somewhat terrifying, bus ride up…

Bienvenido a San Jose!

Our tour of San Jose began with a train trip into the city center. The railroad through San Jose and neighboring cities was originally constructed to bring coffee and banana crops to the ports from the mountains. However, the railroad now serves as public transportation during peak rush hour solely for those who live in…

On a Caffeine Kick

Our Costa Rican adventure continued today with tours of a coffee farm, Doka Coffee, and a coffee roaster/seller, Cafe Britt. These two share the common ground of the coffee trade, but have vastly different business operations as they are involved in different steps of the supply chain. The first stop, Doka Coffee, also happens to…

Costa Rican Culture: Oxcarts, Salsa, and more!

Today we focused on learning more about the history and culture of Costa Rica. Our day began with a short history lesson with Dr. Laura Ramirez, who provided us with a refresher on the origins of the Costa Rican people that we initially learned about in the pre-departure meetings. After providing us with a brief…

My New Home in Heredia

We kicked off our Costa Rican journey today with a walking tour of some of the main attractions in Heredia, including lunch at an amazing restaurant. When my roommates and I left the house this morning to walk to ULatina, the first aspect of Heredia that caught my eye was the mountains off in the…

Hola to Costa Rica and Sustainability!

Upon receiving the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica, I did a quick google search of the country, since I knew little about it other than where it was located on a map. Costa Rica’s sustainable efforts instantly caught my eye, particularly their effort to be the first carbon neutral country by 2021. The country…

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…