Pura Vida!

Over the past two weeks, we’ve visited various coffee plantations and a banana plantation. I’ve learned so much from these visits and had a wonderful time learning more about the Costa Rican culture from the homestay families. From these visits, we focused on the supply chain and how each step in the chain affects the…

Let’s Go Bananas

Throughout the whole first week, we mainly focused on the supply chain of coffee. Today, we got to learn the supply chain of bananas. Both are similar in that they both are complicated, but at different steps of the supply chain. For coffee, sourcing the coffee cherries into coffee beans is very long process: each…

ICAFE Leading the Way

Coffee farmers are constantly having to deal with fugus, rust, and other diseases in their plants and crops. Some of these problems, they can solve by using chemicals. Large producers of coffee may not want help dealing with these problems for several reasons: solutions can be a long process, problems may be too big to…

Quite the Quaker

A group of Quaker families were looking to move to a place where they didn’t have to serve in an army, if possible. That is, because they lived in Alabama originally, and if drafted, were required to serve in the American army in the Korean war. These families eventually found a place in Costa Rica…

Living Life at Life Monteverde

Have you ever wondered what being a farmer is like? Sometimes, it’s interesting to see the different lifestyles of individuals with various kinds of careers. Today, at Café Monteverde, I got some insight as to the lifestyle of a Tico farmer. Don Guillermo, a Tico farmer, told us about how he has one foot in…

Moving to Monteverde

Today was a prime day to catch up on our sleep because we had a four hour bus ride to Monteverde, up in the mountains of Costa Rica. It was quite a beautiful scenery , especially towards the higher parts of the mountains. Close by, you could see all the green trees and stunning landscapes….

City of San Jose

It’s crazy to see the difference in lifestyles between cities just 30 minutes away from each other! It might be closer to an hour, depending on the traffic. We went into San Jose today by train and had a tour of San Jose. San Jose is a lot busier than Heredia and the streets are…

Café et Chocolate

I don’t know if the reason I am so energic right now is because of all the coffee I’ve tasted today or all the chocolate covered coffee beans I’ve had. I sampled a lot of each one: first at Doka, and then at Café Britt . Doka is a coffee farm that grows and sells…

Tradiciones de Costa Rica

Most people usually associate countries with only having one main type of culture, but in reality, there is a diverse range of cultures within a country. I learned more about this today from Dr. Ramirez, our guest lecturer for the day. From her presentation, it was interesting to learn that even in the seven main…

Explorador Heredia

Hola! Mi nombre es Jasmine Matson. Dónde está el baño? Estoy lleno, mucho gracias! These are just some common phases I picked up during our survival spanish class taught by Mr. Teeter. As you can see, I am nowhere close to being able to carry on a complete conversation with a local yet. Hopefully, with…

Sustainability in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is considered as one of the world’s global leader in sustainability. The main initiatives in sustainability made by the Costa Rican government are focused on the implementation of conservation. The two main initiatives that the government policies concentrate on are ecotourism and biodiversity. Sustainable tourism is geared towards protecting a country’s natural resources,…

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…