In this Winter Term service-learning Costa Rica course students will engage in several service projects, including: helping in community schools, working on a farm reserve, helping village families in Sierrepe and much, much more! Goals of the course include increasing environmental awareness and an understanding of the complexities of sustainability, developing a habit of mind that considers the commons (nature, community and culture) when making decisions and solving problems, and providing students with an opportunity to take the road less traveled with an end gain of a transformation of self. 


4 sh


Acceptance into program and completion of GBL 168.

Course Types

Society; Experiential Learning Requirement; Latin America Studies Elective


Offered winter.


Spanish language skills will be helpful. Students are encouraged to take Spanish classes at Elon prior to the course in January. Counts as an elective for the Latin American Studies minor.

It should be noted that this is a physically demanding course that takes place in a remote place with potentially challenging conditions. Although no prior experience or training is necessary, students will be expected to hike, kayak, walk and generally be outdoors. It is important that students be in good health and physically fit.

This is an approved service-learning course. 

Application, acceptance and additional travel fee required. 

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