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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Cost:: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 01/15/2019
01/25/2019 05/15/2019 06/01/2019
NOTE: The group will arrive on 5/15/19 and depart on 6/1/19.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Program Type: Experiential
Housing Type: Homestay Language of Instruction: English
Direct/Exchange/SNC: Faculty-led
Program Description:
Costa Rica
Location Icon#SNCadventures await this summer in Costa Rica! As part of PEAC 110: Global Community Engagement with Dr. Doughty, you will complete an international service project, engage with local community members, and explore cultural similarities and differences between U.S. culture and Costa Rican culture. There's no foreign language requirement for this program, as the course is taught in English. The course is open to all SNC students. Students who successfully complete the course will satisfy the beyond borders (C-BB) core requirement and an elective for the peace and justice minor.

View a draft itinerary for the course (Draft_Itinerary.pdf).

If you are considering the Peace Corps as a post-graduate option, this is the perfect course for you. Dr. Doughty is a returned Peace Corps volunteer (Ukraine, 2005-2007). As part of the course, we hope to introduce students to the Peace Corps in Costa Rica.

Orientation IconYou are required to attend the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Center for Global Engagement during the Spring 2019 term. Please see the Events page for details.

Upon your arrival in San Jose, you will have an extensive on-site orientation, which includes a walking tour of San Jose and a group meal at Doka Coffee Estate

Academics IconPEAC 110: Global Community Engagement is a 4-credit service-learning course taught in English. During this two-week course, you will partner with a local community-based organization to complete a service project. As part of the course, you will explore topics such as service, social justice, global citizenship, leadership, and identity development. Traditional class sessions will take place at Universidad VERITAS. A weekend group excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park and visits to Costa Rican sites will supplement service work, complement class activities, and help participants to develop a stronger understanding of Costa Rican culture.      
By the end of the Global Seminar, you will: 
  • articulate a clearer philosophy of service informed by and situated in local (St. Norbert College) and global (Costa Rica) contexts.
  • better understand and actively practice fair trade learning (i.e., ethical global service-learning).
  • better understand social issues affecting Costa Rican communities and identify concrete strategies for continuing to engage with these issues as St. Norbert College students. 
  • increase awareness of self and identify opportunities at St. Norbert College that will facilitate intellectual, spiritual, and personal development.
  • develop a stronger bond with the mission and fellow students of St. Norbert College.
The service project will be confirmed after the application deadline. Examples of past service projects include:
  • Renovating a local park and hosting recycling or gardening workshops for public school children
  • Updating the outdoor space at a center for disabilities to include an organic garden, composting system, and walkway, and instructing the community how to use these services
  • Assisting in the creation and implementation of health campaigns targeting medical conditions that face the San José community
Housing IconYou will be placed with a host family in San José, Costa Rica, with one or two other St. Norbert College students. Your host family will provide you with breakfast and dinner. Lunch will be on your own.

Travel Doc IconA visa is official permission, granted by the authorities of the country where you wish to study or visit, which allows you to enter and remain in that country for a specific purpose and for a designated period of time. A student visa is not required for this Global Seminar. However, all visitors to Costa Rica are expected to pay an airport exit tax upon departure. This tax can be paid at the airport upon departure and is approximately $30. 

Contact IconFor more information, please contact the faculty director, Dr. Jeremy Doughty (Director of Study Abroad & Off-Campus Programs) or the program assistant, Alaina Morales (Advisor for Study Abroad & Off-Campus Programs). 
Disclaimer: Information subject to change.

This program is currently not accepting applications.