Final Days in Costa Rica

After my 2 weeks here in Costa Rica I have learned a plethora amount of information relating to the design process for each step of the supply chain process. Firstly, I will discuss my experience with the first step starting at the farm. At the farm one may not expect marketing to be a useful…

The Work on Differing Plantations

Today we visited both a banana and a pineapple plantation which made today the first day that we visited a plantation that did not grow or relate to the production and selling of coffee. After today it has become clear to me that coffee has to be protected much more than fruits like bananas and…

The Adaption of Tourism in Arenal

Today we visited the rainforest in Arenal and took a hike through it and across a plethora of hanging bridges. The rainforest here in Arenal has many similarities to the cloud forest we visited previously in Monteverde along with having some distinct differences. Firstly, to discuss the similarities both the cloud forest and rain forest…

The Life and Motivations of a Tico Farmer

Today we visited Life Monteverde which is a coffee plantation right outside of the border of Monteverde. Here we participated in a tour with Don Guillermo, the same man who presented about sustainability yesterday. Here on the Life Monteverde plantation we learned about the lives of the farmers along with the coffee pickers and the…

First Day in Monteverde

Today we took the 3 hour drive up a mountain to Monteverde which differs from Heredia in many ways. Firstly, Monteverde is not a big city like Heredia this is largely due to the fact that it is not easy to create cities this high in the mountains due to the very steep landscape as…

Cafe Britt Visit

Today we visited Cafe Britt’s headquarters which is a very popular and known coffee here in Costa Rica. Cafe Britt is the the part of the supply chain which roasts the coffee and then sells under the Cafe Britt name. Unlike the Doka Estate which mainly focuses on the growing of the coffee, but then…

Doka Plantation Visit

Today we visited the Doka Estate Coffee Plantation and learned about the process that is taken to harvest the coffee plants and the processing of the coffee fruit. Firstly we learned about how the coffee is collected, which is all by hand. During the season when the coffee berries are ripe, starting in October, pickers…

Final Summary Reflection Blog: Thank You South Korea!

South Korea has been a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will remember and cherish for the rest of my life. Being able to travel around the world to develop academically and culturally has given me a new perspective on life. The areas of my life that have been affected include advancements in my…

The Eagle Has Landed: Travel Day Back to the USA: May 18th

With a whole four hours of sleep, my roommate and I were on our way to our final hotel breakfast in South Korea. When we arrived, we filled our plate only with the essentials. These essentials included scrambled eggs, fried rice, potato wedges, and a cup of water. After breakfast, I went back up to…

Final Day in South Korea: May 17th

Yesterday marked the final day for all the site visits and cultural visits for the Plus 3 Korea Program. Because there were no places to visit today, unstructured free time was abundant. As it usually goes, my roommate and I took this time to sleep in and relax. Once one o’clock came around, we got…

Learning About Korean Politics and Possible Reunification: May 16th

After spending some time in Busan can genuinely say that Busan is not Seoul. Busan is unique due to its strategic shipping location near the Pacific Ocean and due to its population. While Seoul has around ten million residences, Busan only had three million. What I was able to see is that Busan wants to…

Shipping Yards, Site Visits, and Shopping While in Busan: May 15th

Today started like any other day. We woke up and got breakfast and reported to the lobby for our first site visit of the day. Having researched the companies for today’s visit, I was very excited to explore and ask questions about their facilities. The first company that we were scheduled to visit was Trainor….

From Busan to the Beach: May 14th

May 14th marks another travel day for our trip to Korea. The stay at our previous hotel was sadly short-lived. Once breakfast was finished, we boarded the bus and were on our way to the first site visit for the day. We arrived in just under one and a half hours and entered the Hyundai…

Shipping Ships and Ship Parts Across the World: May 13th

Today was the second travel day, and the bus set its course for Busan. Busan is a famous shipping area and shipbuilding area for many companies. After eating our daily breakfast, we boarded the bus and headed towards Busan for our first site visit for the day. During the day we had two site visits…

The History of the Silla Kingdom: May 12th

Today was our first full day in Gyeongju, home of the ancient Silla Kingdom. The plan for today is to have a full day tour of the kingdom and some of the sites that represent Korea’s history. When we were all finished eating our breakfast we got on the bus and went to some of…

Travel day two trip to Gyeongju: May 11th

The journey across South Korea is not as bad as you think. Today marked our first travel day outside of the city of Seoul. The group got up, ate breakfast, and boarded the bus at around nine o’clock. Once everyone was on the bus, we were on our way. The trip was set to take…

A Country Divided By War: May 10th Visit to the DMZ.

The cease-fire agreement between North and South Korea is still in effect. This essentially means that the North Koreans and the South Koreans are still at war with one another. Right in the middle of this war lies the DMZ or the Demilitarized Zone. The DMZ acts as a border between the two separate countries…

Google? NAVER heard of it: May 9th Site Visit.

Truly thankful for the later wakeup call today and the extra needed sleep. The itinerary for today is to visit NAVER, also known as the Google of Korea. Their headquarters were located around an hour away from our hotel. When we arrived, we were all greeted by an all-glass building which utilized green energy for…

The Miracle of the Han River: Visiting Seoul City Hall May 8th

Today started too early for my liking. We woke up at six o’clock in the morning and had to get ready for another site visit and eat breakfast before seven thirty. When we all were in the lobby, we boarded the bus for Samsung Biologics. The bus ride was very long and allowed me to…

Korea’s Pastime: Trip to Gangnam May 7th

The second day in Korea has an immediate start. I was able to sleep throughout the night without waking up! This new-found energy was much needed. To start the day, my roommate Jordan and I got ready and made our way down to breakfast. Being that we were visiting a local university, the dress code…