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Summer Cross-cultural Program

Costa Rica

Cross-cultural seminar: Summer 2007

Imagine yourself traveling into the remote north-eastern region of Costa Rica by river-boat and opening your world to this impoverished community. See how an independent missionary runs her integrated and self-sustaining farm and outreach along the Nicaraguan border. Can you handle that? What about hiking and sleeping in the rainforest with an option to rappel down a 120-foot waterfall? Take the challenge, and you won’t be disappointed by the incredible beauty of La Casa de Piedra.

During this 3-week cross-cultural seminar, you will experience the diversity of 12 different ecosystems, be exposed to a variety of peoples, and encounter a new way of looking at life. We’ll examine Costa Rica’s catch phrase “Pura Vida” while learning about the country’s renewable energy systems, biodiversity, ecotourism, missions, history, healthcare, and maybe get in a little surfing, all while living and practicing Spanish with your own Tico family.

The first 5 days will be spent in the impoverished river community of Sarapiqui, where you will learn about the local people and culture and the work of missionary Ana Moshinek*. We’ll help her with service projects and outreach activities and participate in her church on Sunday. The following 2 weeks we will live with families and study Spanish and Costa Rican culture in San Isidro del General, a city in the Southern Pacific region. Interspersed will be 1-2 day field-trips to the rainforest, a banana plantation, a coffee-plantation, the beach, and a variety of other places to help you experience the life and world of Ticos up close and personal. Finally we will return to the capitol San Jose for a brief look at urban life in Costa Rica.

*For those interested in missions and a summer-long experience, Ana’s missions school has a 10-week summer program, beginning soon after our seminar ends.

*Estimated Cost: $2,900

Semester Leaders: Laura Yoder and Naomi Gorton

Dates: May 2007

Enrollment: 18 Students

Course Credits: 3 semester hours


*Due to fluctuating airfare and exchange rates, EMU reserves the right to adjust the cost of the seminar up to the date of the trip deposit.