For questions about this program, please contact:
Mary Roman Gunther
The winter programThe Economics of Biodiversityin Costa Rica runs for 12 days in January. The tentative dates for 2014 are January 7 18. The first two days will be spent in classes on campus at Salisbury University and the next 10 in Costa Rica. The program is designed to give students the opportunity to experience the vast biodiversity of Costa Rica and study firsthand the impacts of ecotourism. Costa Ricas incredibly diverse ecology makes it truly unique on our planet. Starting in Tortugueronesting ground of sea turtles we will begin to explore the many different habitats of Costa Rica. A visit to La Selva Biological Station will acquaint students with research happening in real time. In Monterverde students will experience the rain forest canopy via zip lines and hanging bridges. In Rincon de la Vieja National Park we will find an amazing collection of plants and animals and visit the Blue Lagoon. Before returning to the United States we will spend a day on the beaches of Guanacaste.
CLASSES:BIOL 105-901 Study of the Economics of Biodiversity in Costa Rica. This course is designed to helpall studentstoappreciate the biodiversity of the planet using Costa Rica as an example. The emphasis will be on the methods used to conserve biodiversity while developing the economy. We will examine the methods used on the ground in Costa Rica by visiting national parks, research, agricultural and cultural facilities. Students will develop an understanding of how complex conservation can be. Students will develop or sharpen their skills of scientific observation through guided activities and time on their own to observe. They will maintain a Journal, answering directed prompts as well as recording their own impressions of the days activities. In addition to science, the course will include large measures of language, culture, art, history, and a general appreciation for Costa Rica and her people. There will be assigned reading to be completed before traveling to Costa Rica and a paper due after we return from the field. The readings and paper assignment will be posted on the course website and discussed in country. There are no prerequisites for the course and it is open to all university students. BIOL 105 satisfies Generel Education group IV B. The course does not count towards the major or minor in Biology.
EXCURSIONS:Included in the program fee: boat excursion in Tortuguerro, admission to Tortuguerro National Park, Chocolate Tour in Sarapiqui, guided tour at La Selva Biological Station, kayaking on Lake Arenal, suspension bridge walk, zip-line tour, admission to Monteverde Reserve and the Hummingbird Garden and admission to Rincon de la Vieja National Park. As we travel between destinations we will make stops at places like a banana plantation and other opportunities as they arise.
HOST INSTITUTION:The program is a private tour designed byMs. MaryGunther from the SUDepartment of Biologyin conjunction with EF Customized Tours.Ms. Gunther is a former aviculturist at the Baltimore Aquarium with a particular concentration in seabirds. She is currently an adjunct faculty with the SU Biology Department.EF (Education First) isa world leader in international education. For more than four decades,the orgnization has worked to break down barriers of language, culture and geography. Today, with offices in more than 50 countries, the EF family of subsidiaries includes educational tours, high school cultural exchange, language schools and a one-year MBA program. Ms. Gunther has traveled with EF Tours to Costa Rica many times. This program is a result of the ongoing collaboration between Ms. Gunther and EF Tours.
HOUSING:All overnight stays will be in hotels with private bathrooms. We will spend the first night in San Jose, two nights in Tortuguero, one in Sarapiqui, one in Arenal, two each in Monterverde and Guanacaste. The names and websites of all hotels will be provided to students and their families before departure.
COST:Cost is estimated to be $2990. A final cost will be determined early fall 2013. The price includes tuition, airfare, transfers in country, all meals, housing, tour guide, bus driver, tips for the in country staff, admissions to all parks and excursions and insurance. A passport is required for this trip and must be valid for three months before departure which means you must have a valid passport by October 2013. This is the responsibility of the student and is not included in the program cost above.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:Theapplication deadline is October 1, 2013. It is strongly recommended that you make your application and deposit as soon as possible to guarantee your spot. The program will be limited to 25 students.After the first 25 students are admitted and have made their deposited, any additional applicants may be placed on a waiting list. In addition to the online application, interested students should submit the following directly to the email of the program director: