A view across San Ramon, Costa Rica

Costa Rica: CCAPS Pura Vida Tour

  1. Program Details

    We gather as an interdisciplinary group to explore every corner of San Ramon and Palmares, a blue collar regional center in Alejuela province, to pursue our academic interests by day, share our learning at night, and together take in the cultural immersion that is uniquely Costa Rica: the rain forest, salsa dancing, coffee and Manuel San Antonio Park on the Pacific coast. Pura vida!

    This program is administered by College of Continuing & Professional Studies. Applications are processed by the Learning Abroad Center.

    Location San Ramón, Costa Rica
    Term Winter Break
    Housing Hostel, Hotel
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor College of Continuing and Professional Studies

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.5
    Student Type UofM Students, Non UofM Students
    Student Year Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Graduate Students
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. About Costa Rica: CCAPS Pura Vida Tour

    Our college is a family of unique applied programs and students, ranging from construction management, health related fields, information technology, biological sciences and language interpreting and translation. We gather no more than 25 students into an interdisciplinary group to explore every corner of San Ramon and Palmares, a blue collar regional center in Alejuela province, to pursue our academic interests by day, share our learning at night, and together take in the cultural immersion that is uniquely Costa Rica: the rain forest, salsa dancing, coffee and Manuel San Antonio Park on the Pacific coast. Pura vida!

    Formerly known as the Construction and Facility Management Pura Vida tour since 2013, the program incorporated Integrated Behavioral Health students in 2016, and is now a college-wide program of the College of Continuing and Professional Studies (CCAPS), integrating their varied disciplines into a unique cultural immersion. For example, all undergraduate programs will to work on a common project that is selected to impact all disciplines in some way. Graduate students will generally develop their own site visit programs with help from our local program hosts. The program will include 2 program leaders, selected depending on total enrollment from each of the study areas.

    Housing & Meals

    Accommodation: Hostel Sabana, San Ramon Meals: mostly all inclusive featuring local cooking except during transport, one night out per week on the town on your own (a break for the cook!), and weekend meals at our ocean retreat! Note: the Hostel stay is "dry" (no alcohol).

    Application Deadline

    October 31, 2020

    Program Dates

    January 3-17, 2021

    Academics

    CMGT 4193

    Construction Management Directed Study: For students not enrolled in CMGT 4861 Capstone, this course content will support the project based coursework described in CMGT 4861, but will not enable credit as a Capstone project.

    CMGT 4861

    Construction Project Management Capstone: Using a local project for a community group in need, the CM students organize themselves as a company, preparing a schematic design (in metric), a cost estimate in colones, a construction schedule, construction work plan, and a comprehensive written proposal in English and Spanish, and an oral presentation to the Board of the client site, preferably in Spanish.

    HSM 4193

    Health Services Management Directed Study. Project developed around the study abroad location. Topic arranged with and supervised by Health Services Management faculty member. Must be admitted to HSM major, minor, or certificate and have department consent.

    IBH 6910

    This is a directed study program that encourages cultural exploration, and offers a number of immersion opportunities. This is also a community engagement experience, pending availability. Community engagement opportunities will be available at local human service agencies.

    TRIN 5993

    In this Costa Rica-based course, Spanish-English students will improve their interpreting and/or translation skills and performance through intensive participation in a variety of intercultural exchanges in support of course goals. Students will plot out with the directed study adviser the specific goals and assessment tools in order to derive maximum benefit from this unique experience. Students will register for at least one credit.

    INET 4193

    Information Technology Infrastructure directed study.  Project developed around the study abroad location.  Topic arranged with and supervised by INET faculty member. Must be admitted to INET major, minor, or certificate and have department consent. 

    Program Leader

    Peter Hilger

    An Architect by training, a builder by passion and a teacher at heart, Mr. Hilger is a Morse Distinguished Teacher and Faculty Director in the Construction Management program, and developed and led this study abroad opportunity since 2013. He mentors and engages students in all disciplines to experience a solid cultural experience, and most especially on his notorious morning walks around town!

    Ann Becher-Ingwalson

    Ann Becher-Ingwalson is curious and passionate about her work. She has a doctorate in clinical psychology and is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and licensed professional clinical counselor. She is the faculty responsible for the HSM Directed Study course, and will engage those students toward a meaningful experience. She loves an adventure and a daily laugh, but perhaps not Peter's infamous puns!

    Anthony Scott

    Tony Scott has been an academic adviser with the College of Continuing and Professional Studies since 2009. His undergraduate and graduate degrees are from the University of Minnesota in Child Psychology, Youth Studies, and African-American Studies; and he has a Master of Business Administration. He participated as co-leader in 2018.  

    Jane Delahanty

    Now the Academic Adviser for Health Services Management, Jane studied abroad in Mexico while in college and later lived and worked there for two years, leaving her conversationally proficient in Spanish. Jane co-lead the 2018 and 2019 Costa Rica trips where she enthusiastically joined Peter’s 6:00 a.m. daily walking tours. Join the walks too - it’s part of the fun!

    Excursions

    In addition to working in San Ramon, trips to communities within the San Ramon/Palmares/Alejuela region to visit sites to observe and ask questions of local practitioners is expected. A weekend break to the famed Costa Rican beach of Manuel Antonio State Park is planned, along with a local zip line forest canopy tour, a rafting excursion on the Rio Balsa, a visit to a working farm with a traditional lunch, a tour of a traditional sugar processing facility, and a tour of a artisnal coffee processing facility. The famed Palmares Horse Festival is also available for a visit during our stay. And for those itinerant walkers, there is Peter Hilger's daily morning Walking Club, touring the city and surrounding valleys before breakfast!

    Program Fee

    The program fee generally includes all local room and board expenses (except a few meals), orientation and international health insurance, as well as the field trips and the weekend trip to the beach. It excludes airfare, personal items, and any special pay-based activities at the beach (deep sea fishing, catamaran cruise, etc.). Check with the program leader for the exact program fee and what is included.

    More Information

    A. Peter Hilger, AIA, Program Co-Leader aphilger@umn.edu

     

     

  3. Prepare

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information: 

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term Winter Break 2020
    Program Name Costa Rica: CCAPS Pura Vida Tour
    Country Costa Rica

     The application deadline for this program is October 15, 2019.

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    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system.

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