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UNCP Students Explore Costa Rica (2015)

Costa Rica School Children and UNCP Group

This summer, Dr. Jane Haladay (American Indian Studies) joined Dr. Debby Hanmer (Biology), along with eight undergraduate and graduate students on a 14-day study abroad course, The Natural History & Indigenous Ecologies of Costa Rica (BIO 3025-001/AISS 2000-400).  During daily field trips and excursions to rainforests, organic farms and sustainable coffee plantations, the students studied Costa Rica’s diverse biological ecosystems, environmental conservation ethic, and the impact of eco-tourism on communities.  The students also learned about the histories, cultures, and languages of the indigenous peoples in Costa Rica.  The class’s community service project included a visit to the Maleku Indigenous Reserve, where UNCP students provided school supplies and a soccer ball to the school children and visited with tribal members about Maleku history and culture.  This study abroad course to Costa Rica is offered through the Biology and American Indian Studies departments during the summer in odd years.

Tropic rainforest of Costa Rica

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Costa Rica volcano Dr. Debby Hanmer in Costa Rica

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