Over J-term 2020, Dr. Lara Martin Lengel, School of Media and Communications, and I took 14 students to Costa Rica for a study abroad experience, under the auspices of a cross-listed course, HIST 4950/COMM 4060/HONS 4900, Cultural Studies in Costa Rica. After landing in San Jose, the capital, the group spent four days at the Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center in Turrúcares, in Costa Rica’s Central Valley.
There, the students cared for animals including parrots, macaws, howler and spider monkeys, sloths, and kinkajous. We learned about the local flora and fauna from the Center staff, including Dr. Andreas Perez, the Center veterinarian. While at the Center, the group took day trips to Manuel Antonio National Park, and Volcan Irázu, Costa Rica’s highest volcano. A highlight of the Irázu trip was playing soccer on the side of the volcano. Continue reading