Adios Costa Rica

Over the past two weeks I have had an amazing time learning about the supply chain of coffee and bananas, as well as Costa Rican culture. My groups topic was source, so we focused on where each step in the supply chain sourced what it needed (materials, labor, equipment, funding, etc.). The first step of…

Bananas For Bananas

Today we visited the Dole plantation. This was really exciting for me as I eat at least a banana a day when I am at home and at Pitt. While on this tour I saw how much time goes into getting my daily banana. Similar to coffee, both fruits have many more steps in getting…

Coffee for Costa Rica

Today we visited cafe 1820, which was unlike any other place we have visited on this trip. While at Cafe Britt they mentioned that most of the good coffee gets exported to other countries, leaving Costa Rica with no high quality coffee. Cafe 1820 sells 99% of its coffee to Costa Rica. They produce a…

Monkeying Around

Today we visited the cloud forest which was one of the most interesting places we have been on the trip so far. It amazed me how much natural beauty there was in the forest from the trees to the brightly colored birds and flowers. This natural beauty is possible mostly because of the quakers efforts…

Sustainability at Life Monteverde

Today we went to Life Monteverde where we went on a tour with Don Guillermo. This tour was really interesting and opened my eyes a lot to what it is like to run a farm. In the coffee harvest season they need more workers than they do in other seasons so a group of people…

Hola Monteverde!

Today we travelled from Heredia in the central valley of Costa Rica, to Monteverde which is in the Puntarenas Province. When preparing for this trip we learned that Costa Rica is very diverse in climate and landscapes based on the region you are in. When traveling from Heredia to Monteverde today I saw how true…

Hola San Jose

Today we were able to go into San Jose for a tour! As we were walking around, parts of it reminded me a lot of Pittsburgh. Both are cities that have parts that don’t feel like a city at all. Pittsburgh has so many neighborhoods and parks that sometimes when I am walking around I…

Tourism or Coffee

Today we visited two different coffee companies: Cafe Britt, and Doka Coffee. Both companies sell coffee, but one is a producer in the coffee supply chain, and the other is a roaster and a retailer. Doka Coffee grows all of its coffee on their farms. They then ship this out to companies who have ordered…

Tico’s History

Today we were able to learn a bit more about the history of Costa Rica as well as its traditions, typical food and games, and much more when guest speaker Dr. Laura Ramirez came to teach us. When learning about Costa Rica’s history and culture it was almost impossible not to compare it to American…

Welcome to Heredia!

In arriving to Costa Rica and meeting my host family I realized I did not know even close to enough Spanish to be able to understand anything they were saying to me. Once I got over that stark realization, and embraced my ability to charade what I need to say, I was able to take…

Sustainability YAY

Hola! Costa Rica’s outdoorsy-ness is what originally drew me to choosing this program. This can largely be traced back to their multiple different climates, and geographic settings. These beautiful scenes are still thriving due to Costa Rica’s many efforts to be a sustainable country. The focus they put on sustainability makes me view Costa Rica…

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…