Programs’ Descriptions

Entrepreneurship & Foreign Investment in Costa Rica

This program approaches the following topics and areas of interest:

  • Entrepreneurship, visiting and interacting with local entrepreneurs and theirs businesses. Participants learn about being an entrepreneur and the innovative products/services they are promoting/selling nationally or internationally.
  • Impact of foreign investment in different regions and business contexts. Visits to international companies. Listening to their experiences and interacting with foreign investors.
  • Small & medium companies in Costa Rica: profiles, challenges, advantages, and growth.
  • Ecotourism and rural tourism: a sustainable way of local development. Learning about the concept and living the experience.
  • The role of governmental institutions in the international promotion of the country and the support of local entrepreneurs. Visiting the headquarters of the main governmental institutions.

The regions and locations this program takes place in involve: San José, Heredia, Manuel Antonio, Tortuguero, Free Trade Zone in Alajuela, Aguas Claras, Miravalles Volcano, Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, Tamarindo.

Doing Business in Latin America: the Costa Rican case

This program approaches the following topics and areas of interest:

  • Costa Rica’s economy and competitiveness in the global market.
  • Ecotourism: the economic activity that launched Costa Rica to the hall of fame.
  • Tropical fruits and coffee: why Costa Rica became one of the top countries selling these products.
  • Entrepreneurship, visit local entrepreneurs and theirs businesses: Why are these businesses important for the local and global economy?.
  • Impact of foreign investment in different regions and business contexts of Costa Rica. Visiting international companies, learning why Costa Rica needs this type of investment. .
  • Small & medium companies in Costa Rica: How big is the percentage that represents this sector and why? Does it make the local economy more efficient?.
  • The role of free-trade zones in Costa Rica’s economy.
  • Business Spanish, learning about and discussing business topics in Spanish.

The regions and locations this program takes place in involve: San José, Heredia, La Fortuna, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, Liberia, Pérez Zeledón, Ciudad Quesada.

Environmental Sustainability & Tourism in Costa Rica

This program approaches the following topics and areas of interest:

  • Sustainable tourism in Costa Rica.
  • Adventure: discovering Costa Rica’s true essence.
  • Rural community tourism: fostering innovative and entrepreneurial ideas.
  • The hospitality sector in the woods of Costa Rica.
  • Hot Springs, a luxurious style integrating sustainable principles and practices.
  • The business tourism sector.
  • The tourism industry in the city.
  • The tourism board of Costa Rica, their perspective and national projects.
  • A cultural glimpse of Costa Rica’s folkloric music and dances.
  • Sand, sun and sea: what is it about the warm water of the tropics that inspires business investors and visitors to come?.
  • Protected areas of Costa Rica, preserving our biodiversity.

The regions and locations this program takes place in involve: San Jose downtown & Escazú, San Carlos, Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, Limón, Puerto Jiménez, Uvita, Bahia Drake, Corcovado.

Botany & Horticulture: Alternative Practices to Improve Agricultural Products

This program approaches the following topics and areas of interest:

  • Economic development and agriculture in tropical countries: a resources perspective.
  • Organic farming production: alternatives and biodiversity.
  • Biological interaction found in tropical farming.
  • Soil and crop adaptation.
  • Climate and soil interactions with crops.
  • Monoculture, permaculture, and sustainable farming.
  • Monoculture and social relationship effect.
  • Agricultural education as a development tool.
  • New development alternatives for the tropics.
  • Non-traditional agriculture.
  • Soils and climate in low lands.
  • Alternative crops & importance of non-traditional agriculture.
  • Agricultural friendly practices & principles of sustainable agriculture.
  • Development perspectives on the social basis.
  • Climate change and its effects on the agriculture, a perspective for the future.

The regions and locations this program takes place in involve: San Vicente, Ciudad Quesada, Santa Clara, Los Angeles, Muelle and Manuel Antonio.

Marine Sciences: The most diverse ecosystem in the world

This program approaches the following topics and areas of interest:

  • Costa Rica’s geography: our volcanic and tectonic origin. A glance to our creation.
  • Geography and geology of our seabed: in the edge of the continental platform.
  • Costa Rica’s marine biology: diversity, threatened ecosystems and challenges .
  • Oceanography; caribbean and pacific contexts.
  • Protected areas in Costa Rica and its relevance to the marine life.
  • Marine ecosystems, flora and fauna.
  • The Lion Fish in the Caribbean: characteristics & origin, impact & control program.
  • The venom present in the Lion Fish: a present research.
  • Mangroves: importance, types and current threats.
  • Marine energy: a Costa Rican government project.
  • Marine conservation programs in the Nicoya’s Gulf, pacific coast.
  • The processing of the marine resources for the local and international economy.
  • Current environmental pressure in the Nicoya’s Gulf ecosystem.
  • Aquaculture oysters & red snapper projects, side projects to avoid extensive fishing.
  • An artificial coral reef: reason for existing, impact and uses.
  • The world of the turtles: why are they important in Costa Rica?.

The regions and locations this program takes place in involve:

  • Caribbean zone: Puerto Viejo, Cahuita, Manzanillo.
  • Pacific zone: Puntarenas, Isla Venado, Comunidad Islita, Punta cuchillo, Tambor and Montezuma.
  • San Jose and Alajuela are visited only for lodging.

Photography in the Tropics

This program approaches the following topics and areas of interest:

  • Photography in the Costa Rican context/environment.
  • Composition: meaning, importance and how to use it.
  • Looking vs seeing; applying better composition techniques.
  • Composing landscape photography.
  • Working with perspective and symmetry.
  • Working with light: direction, texture and negative space.
  • Light as a subject.
  • Analyzing lines & guiding viewer’s eyes.
  • Why is exposure important? Understanding it, controlling it and learning how to develop an exposure strategy.
  • Performing manual light balance.
  • Shooting in low light situations, golden hour and night photography – Understanding ISO.
  • Arranging elements into lines and shapes.
  • Depth of field: achieving visual effects.
  • Exploring camera modes: how to shoot sharp images.
  • Controlling shutter speed: controlling motion.
  • Silhouette photography and fill flash.
  • Aperture and depth of field.

The regions and locations this program takes place in involve: San Gerardo de Dota, Rivas, Chirripó (highest peak in Costa Rica), Boruca, Bahía Ballena. Alajuela is visited only for lodging.

Sociology: Dynamic Perspective within the Central American Context

This program approaches the following topics and areas of interest:

  • An Introduction to the history and current trends of the Costa Rican society.
  • Housing and human settlements.
  • Family configurations.
  • Religion.
  • Sociology of education and health.
  • Major social fights of last decade.
  • The environmental dimension of sociology.
  • Costa Rica’s society within the Central American context: social and cultural differences and similarities.
  • Costa Rican government – political parties and ideological tendencies: social acceptance and movements.
  • Political tendencies and its influence in Latin America.
  • Rural and urban sociology in Costa Rica.
  • Rural to urban migration (domestic and foreign cases)
  • Social urban dynamics: individuality- community.
  • Gender, entrepreneurship and geographic development.
  • Local economy and tourism.
  • Sociology of development and geographic development.
  • Indigenous communities of Costa Rica.

The regions and locations this program takes place in involve:

  • Palmichal de Acosta.
  • North Region: Ciudad Quesada, Santa Clara, Los Angeles, Muelle.
  • Caribbean zone: Yorkin, Manzanillo, and Puerto Viejo.

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