Want to know more about the students’ experiences over spring break on the UGA Tropical Reforestation Study Abroad? Check out this video featuring interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of the group’s work and play at UGACR.
To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of UGA Costa Rica (UGACR), we gathered members of the UGACR community in San Luis de Monteverde to tell us what they like about UGACR!
Blog post and video contribution by UGACR Photojournalism Intern Bilan Haji-Mohamed
An ancient Chinese proverb dictates, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” My scenic journey was actually closer to 2,100 miles but nevertheless, come along as I take the first step to trade in life in the concrete jungle for one a little bit more…pure.
With approximately 470 million speakers worldwide, or 6.7% of the world’s population, Spanish is the second most popular language in the world after Mandarin Chinese according to a study done by the Spanish language nonprofit Instituto Cervantes. Though the more formal, classroom Spanish is understood throughout the entire country, Costa Rica is known for its distinct colloquialisms, the most famous of which being Pura Vida.
On Friday, students, professors, and interns valiantly took to the Citrus-O-Rama challenge. Six juicy plates of sliced limones oozed piquant and tangy scents, taunting onlookers to take a bite. After dealing with the initial shock to the taste buds and undoing pinched and puckered faces, “contestants” flipped over cards that revealed which sour (and one sweet!) fruit they had ingested. The represented limones included: limón mandarina, limón dulce, limón mecino, limón naranja, and limón criollo.
Watch this clip of participants tasting the limones while attempting to show no reaction to the sour explosion happening in their mouths. What good sports! Felicitaciones!
Blog post and video contribution by Alex Fylypovych, UGA Costa Rica Photojournalism Intern
Students studying Spanish 1001 had the chance to choose between taking a traditional final and working on a project together to demonstrate their new skills. They put together Por amor al dinero, a short story about love and money. Because, after all, language acquisition is about more than just taking tests.
The EPA’s Campus RainWorks Challenge invites students to design plans for the management of storm water on their campuses. UGA students studying here this fall have analyzed the sites around campus and planned new and exciting additions to our stormwater management system.
Soon, we will have a video complete with the students’ final designs as part of their submission to the contest, but for now, take at sneak peak at what they’ve been up to!
One of the friendly faces you are certain to see on a stay at UGA Costa Rica is the face of a Resident Naturalist. Our naturalists do everything from checking guests into their rooms and planning activities, to leading hikes, tours and dance lessons. Watch this video to see our naturalists in action!
As part of the carbon offset program at UGACR, students have the chance to offset the carbon costs of their travel to and around Costa Rica by planting trees that will restore the rainforest habitat. It can sound intimidating, but this week students picked up shovels and got their hands dirty. Trees are always planted in the rainy season, but that doesn’t mean there’s not work to be done now! We weeded flower beds and prepared bags of dirt to be used for the seedlings.
If you’d like to know more about the carbon offset program or even crunch the math, go here. And check out this great video about the program made by John D. Kim last year.