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Adios Cerro Punta

Hi everyone, Sophie here. This is our last night here at Cerro Punta. Today group Pegasus spent the morning walking around Guadalupe. In groups of two or three we explored the town and asked the people we passed on the … Continue reading

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Update from Gracie and Charlotte

¡Hola todos! It’s Gracie and Charlotte, back by popular demand. We’re coming up on our final night in Guadalupe/Volcán. This homestay experience is definitely different from Pedasí, but it’s been just as fun and welcoming. Our host family consists of … Continue reading

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Update from Sam in Guadalupe group

(Internet slow…photos coming soon.) ¡Hola, Sam está aquí! Ahora estamos viviendo en Guadalupe con familias locales y estamos asistiendo a una escuela con una profesora que se llama “Luz”. Guadalupe tiene muchos granjeros y vendedores y también la topografía es … Continue reading

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Update from Cotito group

Ben shared the following about what they have been up to in Cotito: “Today we are in the midst of our independent projects. We got here the first day and explored the hot springs which were beautiful! Yesterday we got … Continue reading

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Settling in

A brief entry…more soon… This morning all of us came down from the cabañas up in the cloud forest and divided up into the groups for the second half of the course.  Everyone is now settling in to their newest … Continue reading

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Greetings from Sara, Andrius, and Liam of Group Phoenix! Saturday was a packed day! After we finished our dance class, we went to the Maribé school to help paint the new playground. This was a project spearheaded by the Waved … Continue reading

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The latest from Pedasí

Hi Everyone! Hope you’re enjoying the snow! It’s Charlotte and Gracie (of group phoenix) writing to you from outside the Buena Vida Language School in Pedasí. We just finished a delicious lunch that was well needed after a vigorous couple … Continue reading

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Pedasí homestays

Our time in Pedasí is off to a great start. Today is day two of language classes. When we arrived in at the Buena Vida language school we were greeting by Dania, who runs the language school, and the homestay … Continue reading

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La Enea

We arrived in La Enea, a small town on the Azuero Penninsula, to a lovely welcoming including a whole bunch a excited local children, our new host moms, and the mayor of La Enea, who is one of the homestay … Continue reading

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Welcome to our new son! (Alex – Pedasí)

The homestays thus far have been unbelievable, but the contrast of different people’s experiences with such is very notable. Since my host parents do not have children, I knew from the start that my experience would be different from the … Continue reading

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Our Pedasí hosts

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What a pleasure to be welcomed into the homes of our families here in Pedasí! Here are some first impressions: Jamie: After nervously awaiting the arrival of my homestay family, they welcomed me with open arms. I’ve been able to … Continue reading

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Arrived in ITEC! (Atenas group)

The “Atenas” group has made it to ITEC! They took a bus from the Cerro Punta highlands to the port town of Almirante. From there they boarded boat taxis which took them to Isla Colón in the archipelago of Bocas … Continue reading

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Viajando a Azuero

Last night, the Pedasí group spent their first night with their homestay families! This morning the patio of Buena Vida Language School filled with lively voices of students excitedly sharing about their first moments with the families, delicious meals, basketball … Continue reading

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Los Leones, Los Tigres, y LOS PERROS, ¡Caramba! (Atenas – Jenn Baatz)

Si tiene alergia a los perros, no venga a Costa Rica. En Costa Rica hay muchos perros por todos lados. Me gustan los dos perritos en mi familia anfitriona, pero hay un otro perro y creo que él quiere matarme. … Continue reading

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Pura Vida (Atenas- Emma Rose)

While cooking pollo y verduras a friend of mine from csw turned to me and began a story with “mi mama.” Laughter of fluent Spanish speakers and even some csw students inflated the room, because while “mamá” means mom, “mama” … Continue reading

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Convergence in the cloud forest

Both groups are now tucked into the cabins in the cloud forest of Los Quetzales. The group from Atenas managed to wrest themselves out of bed by 5 am, and journey by bus along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica … Continue reading

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Reaching out with love

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Today we are gathering again at our lovely Spanish school at Isabel’s House – such a grounding and welcoming place. The teachers are so warm and full of delight. This afternoon we have art and music classes. We will be … Continue reading

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Buenos días! (Atenas)

Our second full day is off to a great start. We began the morning with students in their Spanish classes saying hello via a Skype call to the group in Panama City! The group in Panama was getting ready to … Continue reading

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First day of Spanish Classes! (Atenas)

This morning we all converged at La Casa de Isabel — our Spanish School! Here’s most of our group just after they arrived after their first night with their homestay families. Seems like most got a good sleep last night … Continue reading

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On to Miami…

Hello! Neotropics course 2013 is in transit! The Atenas group will soon be boarding our flight to Miami. Looking forward to being in touch when we arrive in Atenas late afternoon. Here is one of the phones will have during … Continue reading

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Los Quetzales

We made it to Cerro Punta. As I type, half of the group is being transported up the mountainside to their cabins and the rest of us will soon follow. Our journey here went pretty smoothly, despite a little boat … Continue reading

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Last day in ITEC

Hello! Check out the new entries on the student blog. Today is our last full day at ITEC. Tonight we have the group science project presentations. Tomorrow we leave around 7am to take the boats from Isla Colon to Almirante. … Continue reading

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Contact numbers and Student blog

Here are our cell phone numbers if you need to call: Dial: 011-507 and then… Steve: 64295365 Juan: 69293353 Amber: 69293354 Check out some new student blog entries: Student blog

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ITEC adventures

Hello again! All is going well. I am in town for the part of the day with the several students who are conducting interviews for their project about the use of plant-based/home remedies and modern medicine. Yesterday morning it was … Continue reading

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Settling in to ITEC

We’ve arrived! In the last couple days we have been settling into the ITEC field station, and becoming oriented to the area by hiking through primary lowland rainforest, snorkeling in a cove with coral reef and mangrove, and we will … Continue reading

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La Despedida y Vamos a Panama

I (Steve) added some photos at the last minute: despedida I am sitting on the porch of Isabel’s house after a delightful evening with our Spanish teachers and our families. We had a festive graduation ceremony to mark the completion … Continue reading

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“En armonía con su salud y la Naturaleza”

Click for photos of San Isidro coffee farm: San Isidro coffee farm See a video of our visit “En armonía con su salud y la Naturaleza” Yesterday we had a special treat. As part of our focus on land use … Continue reading

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Arrival in Atenas and Reflections on Santa Rosa

We’ve arrived in Atenas! Each student spent the first evening with his or her host family. It feels a little strange to be spread out now after 4 days dormitory bunk style living! Meeting up with the families at the … Continue reading

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Adios y gracias a las familias en Costa Rica…

We said our goodbyes to our families in Atenas, throwing a festive dinner party for all, complete with BBQ marinated meats served on a tortilla with delicious rice with grated carrot, fresh salad and pico de gallo of chopped tomatoes … Continue reading

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Slippery when wet

We made it back to Atenas, and back to the now more familiar homestays and ¨tranquilo¨of this town after time in un ¨bosque lluvioso.¨ Our weekend trip marked our entry into the Science portion as we began to explore, observe … Continue reading

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A full day…or has it already been a week?

What a full first day!  We are all doing well. By course standards we are right on schedule with all the spurts and starts and attention to multiple details that are demanded in orienting a group to a new place.  We … Continue reading

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We have arrived in Atenas!

We had a safe and easy flight into San Jose. At the airport we met up with Maruja, one of the host parents, and her husband who helped us pile all our luggage and our slightly travel weary yet eager … Continue reading

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