Faculty-Led Study Abroad

Costa Rica Study Abroad 1

It is critical that counselors are well-prepared to advance learning and development, informed by a strong commitment and paradigmatic orientation to social justice.  Through our faculty-led study abroad programs, students learn about and reflect on issues of community and cultural development, international and cross-cultural issues, sustainability (environmental, social, political, and economic), community development and human service, and human rights and citizenship education.  Learn more about our recent study abroad course below.

Cultivating Global Mindedness

Costa Rica | Winter 2019

This program featured a partnership with the U.N-Mandated University for Peace (UPEACE), located in San Jose, Costa Rica.  UPEACE was established in December 1980 as a Treaty Organization by the UN General Assembly.  UPeace's Mission is: “to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations.”

Faculty Program Leaders:

  • Dr. Jason Laker
  • Dr. Dolores Mena

This course utilized inquiry-based and seminar-style learning experiences.  In addition to the program leaders, students had opportunities to learn from distinguished international and local guest speakers and facilitators in classroom settings at the UPEACE campus and on guided tours and site visits.

Other program years in Costa Rica included: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2105, and 2018. Check out some of the pictures below.  

Costa Rica Winter 2019: 

Class at the University for Peace

Class at the University for Peace 

School in La Carpio

School in La Carpio

Monteverde Cloud Forrest Reserve

Monteverde Cloud Forrest Reserve

Upeace Outdoor Group Activity

UPeace Outdoor Group Activity

Tarcoles Sustainable Fishing Village

Tarcoles Sustainable Fishing Village

Costa Rica Winter 2018:

Costa Rica 2018 Group Picture in La Carpio

La Carpio

CR 2018 Spice Farm

Spice Farm 

Costa Rica 2018 Downtown Saj Jose, Costa Rica

Downtown San Jose, Costa Rica

 CR 2018

University for Peace (UPeace) Monument

Cr 2018Nacientes Palmichal

Costa Rica Winter 2015:

CR 2015University for Peace (UPeace) Monument

CR 2015Nacientes Palmichal

Costa Rica Winter 2014:

Costa Rica 2014

Butterfly Farm

Costa Rica 2014

Painting Homes with the Kids in La Carpio

Costa Rica 2014 

La Carpio - Picture with Kids and Painted Trash Dispensary

Costa Rica 2014

University for Peace (UPeace) Monument 

Costa Rica Winter 2013:

CR 2013University of Costa Rica

CR 2013 Nacientes  Palmichal

CR 2013Cloud Forest School

Costa Rica Winter 2012:

CR 2012Coffee Farm

CR 2012 Upeace Classroom

University for Peace (UPeace) Classroom

Cr 2012

Nacientes Palmichal

CR 2012 Poas Volcano

Poas Volcano