Based in the beautiful and rare cloud forest habitat of Monteverde, this CIEE-sponsored program provides students with the opportunity to gain an inside-view of sustainability and environmental conservation in tropical Costa Rica. Program features include field trips and excursions to protected areas, conservation-related internships with local organizations, and homestays with Costa Rican families. Topics of study include agricultural sustainability, food systems, green energy, natural resource management, and environmental economics.

Faculty Adviser:

Professor Heidi Dobson (Biology Department)

Fields of study:

Environmental studies, sustainability (including food systems, agriculture, alternative energy), Spanish language.

Eligibility:

Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement); at least three college-level courses in the natural sciences, environmental studies, sustainability, or agriculture.

Language Prerequisite:

None required; previous background in Spanish strongly recommended.

Credits:

17 semester credits - Required Courses:
Tropical Conservation Biology & Policy (4 credits)
Costa Rican Natural History (2 credits)
Sustainability: Environment, Economy, & Society (4 credits)
Conservation and Sustainability Internship (3 credits)
Spanish Language (4 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 CIEE credit = 1 Whitman credit

Internships:

All participants engage in a month-long internship for credit with an NGO, business, or farm. Students undertake a project in environmental education, farming, natural resource management, ecotourism, environmental art, or green energy.

Housing:

Homestays with local families throughout the semester. Families are within walking distance of the CIEE Center. During field trips accommodations are typically simple hotels or field stations.

Meals:

Meals are taken with host families. During travels meals are taken at the hotel or field station.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring

Calendar:

Late August – Early December; Early February – Mid May

Scholarships:

CIEE General Scholarship and Grant Information

Program Link:

CIEE: Monteverde Sustainability and Environmental Studies