Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.09
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date April 15, 2013
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University of Wisconsin-River Falls
ER-12: Sustainability Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Carol Rogers
Program Associate
Global Connections
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Does the institution offer a program that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive experience(s) offered by the institution:

he Costa Rica J Term program is built around the theme of Sustainability and Eco-Tourism. Costa Rica is the premier international model of a country focused on the preservation of natural resources for the sake of environmentally-based tourism, both for the study and intimate experience of tropical biodiversity, but also adventure recreation.

This study program is a broad mix of activities and travels. Students experience everything from snorkeling and diving (scuba certification necessary) on both the Caribbean and Pacific, as well as zipping along cables in the canopy of tropical forests, white water rafting, hiking in preserves and national parks and horseback riding. Also included are tours to coffee and banana plantation, visits to world-class birding, butterfly, and hummingbird sites, shopping in traditional arts and crafts markets, visits with traditional families and indigenous representatives and one-day excursions.

The Belize study adventure is unique, for nowhere else this close to home can students immerse themselves in such astonishing biological and cultural diversity. Hike the rainforest, canoe wild rivers, explore caves, climb Mayan temples, sail, snorkel, and scuba. Students will also explore the jungle and sea while experiencing wildlife, environmental, and cultural diversity. The group will be based at a jungle lodge for six days, venturing out to climb classic Mayan temples, float rivers, explore caves, hike jungle trails, and observe tropical wildlife unparalleled in the northern hemisphere. A day trip is planned to Guatemala to witness fabulous Tikal. All activities are led by experienced guides, educators, or researchers who teach students about Belize history, geology, flora and fauna, cultural traditions, and the remarkable conservation-first posture that guides Belize's approach to sustainable development.


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