UC Davis Summer Abroad


StatusNot Offered in 2018

Costa Rican Communities

San Jose, Costa Rica

Arrive Date: July 1, 2017   End Date: July 29, 2017

Program Overview

Costa Rica is described as the Switzerland of Central America due to its long democratic history and magnificent terrain. It has emerged as a pioneer of progressive social policies that protect the rights of women and children. In the past decade, it has also become a favorite destination for ecotourism. Less known is its ethnic and racial diversity. The program will explore the impact of transnational migrations on community development and racial/ethnic identity formations. Through instruction and field trips to indigenous, Afro-Caribbean and other immigrant communities, the program will offer you an opportunity to study complex identity formations in a global context.

The home base of the program will be in San Jose, the capital city of the country, where students will attend classes at Catholic University of Costa Rica. In addition, we will be participating in community volunteer activities geared towards maintaining an ecological balance, despite heavy tourism. In Puerto Viejo de Limon, we will be collaborating on the beach clean-up, which is a new effort created to promote recycling and ecological awareness. In Boruca we will be working with a non-profit that promotes sustainability for the indigenous people of the area. We will learn about permaculture and assist in reforestation efforts.

InstructorYvette Flores

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment:  30

Program Coordinator:  Kendall Quisenberry


Chicano/a Studies (CHI) 125S. Latino Families in the Age of Globalization: Migration and Transculturation (4 units)

Chicano/a Studies (CHI) 198. Directed Group Study (4 units) Pass/No Pass grading only.

Graduate units are available for this program (CHI 298 and CHI 299).

Program Highlights 
  • Learn about the impact of transnational migration to Costa Rica from Central American neighbors and South American countries experiencing social and political strife.
  • Experience the biodiversity of Costa Rica through field trips to the South Pacific Coast and the Caribbean.
  • Learn about the ethnic and racial diversity of the country by staying in an indigenous village alongside local Ticos.
  • Participate first hand in the life of aboriginal communities by learning their crafts, meeting the youth, and playing sports.
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