How to Become a Tico in 2 Weeks

I simply can’t believe that the two weeks is finally coming to a close. The time flew by so fast, yet I feel like I’ve been here forever. I came into this program with the main goal of obviously learning about coffee and bananas and pineapple, however I also wanted to make new friends and…

Is It Fajita?

Today we visited Coopedota Café located in Santa María de Dota. We were given a tour of the plantation, a lesson on how to make the perfect cup of coffee, and were able to trust some ourselves after the tour. Coopedota is a cooperative meaning that they have many people in partnership with their company….

An A-Peeling Day At The Banana Plantation

Today we went to two different plantations; one grows and exports bananas and the other does the same with pineapple. These two plantations were extremely different from the coffee. First, we visited the banana plantation that was run by a local family. Here, their plot of land with bananas and plantains was very small compared…

Hanging in Arenal

Today we visited Misticos Hanging Bridges Park located in Arenal. Immediately, I saw a difference between this hike and the other located in the cloud forest of Monteverde. Today we saw lots of animals that we did not see in Monteverde such as spider monkeys, poison dart frogs, and my favorite, a wild cat that…

Swinging Into Life Monteverde

Today we visited the Life Monteverde farm where Don Guillermo showed us what the life of a Tico farmers could look like. When we first split into our groups, we all were assigned a challenge to complete. My group was the talk to the volunteers on the farm in order to get a better grasp…

Praise Pav

Today we visited the cloud forest reserve located in Monteverde. We had a tour guide that lead us through the reserve to show us the wildlife, nature, and speak on sustainability. During the hike, our guide made sure that we knew how important to forests were for oxygen and water production. It also helps in…

Monkeying Around in Monteverde

Today we left Heredia in the Central Valley and headed to Monteverde close to the pacific coast. Coming to Costa Rica, I had two expectation: we would see a city style like San José and Heredia, and then we would see the beautiful mountains and nature. While those two expectations were met, I didn’t even…

Roasting at Café Britt

Today we took the quick 15 minute drive to Café Britt located in Heredia. We were recapped on the whole coffee growing process that we learning yesterday while at the plantation. Café Britt was not at all what I expected. It was very high end and well marketed. When I learned that locals don’t really…

Brew-ti-ful Day in Alajuela

Today we visited the Doka Coffee Plantation in Alajuela. It was so cool to see the coffee plants and the factory. My expectation going into this visit was an elaborate factory with a bunch of machines and workers being out to work constantly. Immediately I realized that I was wrong. In the beginning of our…

Heredia Thus Far

After being in Heredia for the last day and a half, I have started to understand the culture of it here a little bit. To be completely honest, I expected the city to look exactly as it does. I took many years of Spanish in high school and we watched a lot of videos that…

¡Me encanta café!

¡Hola amigos! My name is Kira Erickson and I am currently enrolled in the Business school as a finance major. With very little time until our Costa Rica trip approaches, I am getting more thrilled for the adventure that awaits. Although it is well known that Costa Rica is an incredibly beautiful country, what is…