Author Archives: Steve

A peaceful and relaxing day at Mama Llena

With power and Internet out until about 8:30 pm, we’ve all had unplugged day. Many spent their time swimming, finishing journals and personal reflections, relaxing, playing cards, etc. I (Steve) haven’t been unable to get more student work up on the website. … Continue reading

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Mama Llena

We arrived at Mama Llena just in time for dinner on Sunday after traveling for almost 10 hours. But before we got our well deserved dinner, we had to unload our suitcase and roll them up to our house. We are all … Continue reading

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Notes from Cotito

Hey it’s Lizzie, Sam and Schuyler! While we are now at Mama Llena for the course wrap-up, we wanted to share a bit more about our time at Cotito. We arrived on March 1st and soaked up the beauty of … Continue reading

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There is a new tab – Student Work

See the new tab – Student Work. Note this is a sample and that not all student projects are digitally friendly. We are still updating it. 

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Copa Airlines flight information for March 8 return home

I just checked the Copa Airlines website and the flight information/schedule remains the same as posted at the beginning of the course.  Steve Copa Airlines      • March 8 depart Panama City 

12:34 a
m, arrive Boston 

 

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We’re at Mama Llena now

After a long bus ride yesterday, we arrived at about 7 pm last night. They had dinner waiting for us. Some went swimming after dinner and many watched “The School of Rock” before going to bed .It’s 8:30 in the … Continue reading

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New Photos from Cotito

  It was nice to be off the grid at Cotito, but we couldn’t post anything from our stay there from that location. Now, back in Guadalupe, we can post photos.  See photos of both groups stay at Cotito in 2017 … Continue reading

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In the cloud forest

Hello! It’s Sarah Stockdale writing a quick blog post to update those at home on the goings on in Panama. The whole group has arrived safely at Los Quetzales, Cerro Punto, where we’re all enjoying cooling off in the cooler … Continue reading

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And Now We’re One

Look in Photos 2017 tab for added photo albums.  We have a lot more updates  and photos, but we’re very busy in transition. We have a long travel day today. Both groups are doing well and now we’re one. In … Continue reading

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Achotines – project writeup & presentation

Hey everyone, it’s Andrius and Sara writing to you after a very full work day. Each group had to complete their papers and presentations before our afternoon activities. Andrius’s group woke up at 7:00 to get an early start, and … Continue reading

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Link added to student Panama course instagram

See it on the righthand sidebar

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Achotines– Projects and More

2/18/17 Hello Old Chaps, It’s Hope, Sylvia, Liam, and Sara here describing another intrepid adventure from Achotines Panama. We write to you after a long hard day working on our research projects in the beating sun. Yesterday morning we all … Continue reading

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Ben Blaustein now has an album

See Ben’s, Max’s and Sarah’s photos under student photo albums tab.

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There are new photos

Click on 2017 photos for new Achotines photos and and student photo albums for Sarah Stockdale photos. More photos will be added tonight, and hopefully we’ll have a student blog entry as well. 

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Touring the Tuna Laboratory at Achotines

2/16/17 Hi, Liam and Sylvia here with an update about our tour of the tuna laboratory at Achotines! Today we visited the yellow-fin tuna culture labs at the Achotines Field Station. Achotines is surrounded by various fish communities, and therefore … Continue reading

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Phoenix – Pedasi –> Achotines

  Hello everyone! It’s Ben, Hope and Sarah Stockdale from group Phoenix, here to update you on our adventures in Panama! Monday morning we kicked off the day at Buena Vida Language School,  where we learned about traditional Panamanian dance … Continue reading

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Project finish & writeup

This will be a brief post. All is well. Students focused on project write-up and wrap up of the forest structure project. This is a continuing comparative project as we will sampling in the same way the other forests we … Continue reading

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Studies: Frogs, Spiders(2), Soils, Forest Structure (& Tree Climbing too)

Hey, Rory and Lizzie are writing to ya’ll today. In the morning we split into two groups of five; one group studying soil and the other made a biodiversity index of different plants in the rain forest. The soil group … Continue reading

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Soropta Canal trip and start of projects

Greetings from ITEC! And hello from Austin and Schuyler! Today the group set off early in the morning to visit the old Panama Canal built by the Snyder Brothers who owned and operated the United Fruit Company. After a 10 … Continue reading

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Rainforest and reef – Gryphon

2/10/17 Sam and Malik here, and we are reporting on Group Gryphon’s first two days at ITEC (Institute for Tropical Ecology, and Conservation). Following an early morning flight on Wednesday that gave us beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, our group … Continue reading

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Gryphon, ITEC & Phoenix, Pedasí both settling in

The Phoenix group settled into their homestays in Pedasí today at about 3 pm. They’ll meet tomorrow morning at 8 am at the Azuero Project to do work with them, and they will have language classes after lunch.  Group Gryphon … Continue reading

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We’ve arrived safely in Bocas del Toro

Gryphon group is enjoying a breakfast in town, and we’ll be going to our field station site in about an hour. Internet will be limited, but we’ll post if we can. Our cell should work but reception can be spotty 

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La Adventura Comienza

Blog Entry: February 8th, 2017 Hello from Sylvia, Liam, and Marisa! We arrived in Panama City yesterday at about 2:00. We made it to the Magnolia Inn at about 3:30, and got a lunch-dinner at a local buffet-style restaurant! The … Continue reading

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Panama leader phone numbers are posted (under ’17 Group Info)

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We’ve arrived safely and are in the Magnolia Inn

Plane flight was smooth. Everyone is getting settled into their rooms and we’ll post an update later. We’re about to go out for dinner

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See additions to ’17 Group Info tab & Sidebar “Important Links”

On the sidebar to the right, we’ve added links to most of the major sites where we’ll be staying or are hosting us in some fashion. In the ’17 Group Info tab on www.cswoffcampus.net, see the list for the Gryphon and Phoenix … Continue reading

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Flight information for 2017 Panama Course (updated 2-4-17)

The following is the flight information for travel to and from Boston and Panama. We are fortunate to have the only direct Boston to Panama flight. This saves much travel time and, very importantly, it means that we don’t have to … Continue reading

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Despedida (farewell party for end of 2015 course)

Tonight we had our despedida or farewell party. All the families attended in one fashion or another and there were many kids playing around the ground of the school. It was potluck and there was plenty of food for all. … Continue reading

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Entering final days in Pedasí

We’re now in the final few days of the course.  The final day of classes was today, and they’ll have an oral final evaluation on Monday. Today, as every day, for classes,  their was a rotation of groups among three … Continue reading

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Back from Achotines

Hello World! This is Emma, Rayna and Naty and we’re here to give you the best blog post ever! Tuesday afternoon, nine of us left Pedasí to stay at Achotines Research Facility, where tuna are studied in detail. Did you … Continue reading

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Settling in at Pedasí

Today was a fairly low-key day. Spanish classes ran from 8 am to noon. After lunch and a siesta we meet in the Gazebo in the park at 3 pm and played a game, led by Sophie & Jacob, that … Continue reading

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Ísla Iguana

As today was Sunday students spent the morning with their homestay families. We ate lunch together at the school, and then headed out to catch boats for Ísla Iguana. We had four boats for our group, and it took about … Continue reading

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Hello from Josh, Jacob, and Lena!

We are sitting at La Pandería in Pedasí snacking on some pastries. It’s a short walk from all of our houses and the Buena Vida Language School, at which we attend classes (completely in Spanish) from 8-12 during the week. … Continue reading

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Links to photos & student work

• Link to course Cerro Punta photos • Link to new set of Joe Hille course photos: Joe Hille 2 and Cerro Punta Fútbol • Link to sequence of playing cards with Laura • Link to Josh Glass video of ITEC projects: student … Continue reading

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First meeting a member of their host family

• Photos of students first meeting a family member: Students & host family member • Link to ITEC photos you might not have seen: Projects & Soropta Canal

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On the Road to Pedasí

We’re in the bus a little north of Chitré. We can a little bit of an internet connection using a smart phone as a “hotspot.” There is plenty of things to tell about Cerro Punta (but that will have what … Continue reading

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Cerro Punta – Getting into the community

It’s been a long rich day. We have to get up early tomorrow, so I’ll just show some parts of the day in photos. Steve

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Living in the cloud forest

We’re all doing fine, but we are busy. We had two hikes today, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. We split the group in two each time. Abel, an animated and very knowledgeable, guide whom we’ve worked … Continue reading

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Final day at ITEC & travel day tomorrow

While some students were apprehensive (and excited) about being in rainforest field station with no a generator for electricity (for part of the day) and no hot water, I think all really enjoyed being there. And, as we said, at the … Continue reading

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Project writeup and presentation

Today students made a strong push to finish the bulk of the data analysis and writeup. We had presentations at 4 pm. They are having a check for both science and language journals before we move on to the the next … Continue reading

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Projects & perspiration

¡Hola padres y madres! Sophie and Dean here, coming at you live from the ITEC palace. We haven’t seen any of the other blog posts yet, but assure you that this one will be the funniest. Today we continued to … Continue reading

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Biology, Beaches and Bananas

Feb. 17, 2015 Day 7 in Panama Day 5 in ITEC Today was the hottest day so far, well into the 90s with no rain (finally). In the morning we went our separate ways and worked on our projects. Some … Continue reading

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List of Projects at ITEC

Today was a major workday for getting the projects started in earnest. There are a wide variety of projects, and they take advantage of several major ecosystems nearby. While there might be some slight adjustments, below is a very quick, … Continue reading

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Sea Pearls, Poison Dart Frogs and more

Molly’s day: In the reefy morning, it was impossible to collect any data because the water was so murky. Lucky for us it cleared up in the afternoon, and all the reef project-doers were able to gather some data. There … Continue reading

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CSW Cavemen

Joey and Naomi recount the Panama expedition’s cave experience earlier today. Continue reading

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Hoy nosotros…

Hoy nosotros… Just kidding. Although this is only our second day at the ITEC research station, we have already seen so much! After some shockingly cold showers and a delicious breakfast this morning, we split up into two groups to … Continue reading

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ITEC Day 1

We were up before 4 am to catch a 6:30 air Panama flight to Bocas del Toro. It was raining somewhat when we got there. After spending a half hour in town the rain had abated somewhat and we took … Continue reading

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Casco Viejo & Panama Canal

We had a full day today. We went to visit the Miraflores Locks today and watched a couple of ships go from the Pacific Ocean, raising them 1/2 the way up to the 85 feet above sea level of Lake … Continue reading

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First night in Panama

After settling into the Magnolia Inn we went out to eat at Purdue Pizza. too too much to right now. We’re all going to sleep soon to get ready for a full day tomorrow.             … Continue reading

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Were In Panama City

We arrived safely and have settled in somewhat to the Magnolia Inn. We’re going out to eat.  It’s 86º F.  We’ll have a another post later with some photos.

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Note on 2013 blogs

The 2013 blog is up to give flavor for the course. The last things to happen in the course appear closest to the top. If you want to follow the course front he beginning, you will need to first scroll down … Continue reading

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Emberá Drua

We visited an Emberá community in Chagres National Park. In total it took about 2 hours to get there by bus and boat. The boatman displayed considerable skill in getting us up the river. The weather was great all day … Continue reading

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All Together Now

This afternoon at about 4 pm both groups arrived at the Soberania Lodge in Gamboa within 10 minutes of each other. The Pedasí group traveled from La Enea (~ 5 hour bus ride with stops). The other group had a … Continue reading

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We’re at Gamboa (at the junction of the Lake Gatún and the Rio Chagres)

We arrived safely in Gamboa. Things went smoothly in our boat ride from ITEC to Boca del Drago, then by a bus to the town of Bocas del Toro—and then we arrived at the airport. Our flight was delayed by … Continue reading

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Beachfront Birthday

We’re all at Yarisnori restaurant to celebrate Sarah’s birthday. Our bare feet on the sand floor, the setting sun, the gentle ocean breezes, with the ocean 75 feet away are a stark contrast to what we are hearing about the … Continue reading

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Pedasi group has arrived in La Enea

I talked with Amber and she told me that the group had spent the morning at Isla Iguana (a little piece of paradise) and that they had arrived in La Enea and that all students were in their new homestays. … Continue reading

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ITEC projects and Student Photo Albums

Julia and Andre have some albums up for some of their photos during the course. Check them out buy clicking on the links above. Student projects have begun. Lydia is working with Leaf-Cutter Ants and the defoliation of Pete’s Yucca … Continue reading

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ITEC — Into the Forest and the Sea

Our journey Saturday from Cerro Punta down the Pacific slope to David, back up the Pacific slope along a lower pass (~4,000’) down to the Atlantic slope to Almirante all went smoothly. At the actual continental divide we could see … Continue reading

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Some photos from ITEC (Pedasi group)

Click the ITEC Grupo 1 for a few earlier photos from the Pedasi track.

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This our last night. All reported that the mini homestays went very well. In the afternoon, both farm practices and issues surrounding hydroelectric projects were discussed with Ana, Luis and others. After that students had free time: some rode some … Continue reading

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The cloud forest and farms (Atenas)

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind with both groups intersecting, and there has been a rich, albeit brief exchange between the two groups. The Atenas group settled in for 2 days and stayed in  fantastic cabins in the forest. … Continue reading

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Pedasí group is in Pedasí

The Pedasí group left about 8:20 this morning and arrived with time to spare before entering their homestays. Last night they gave presentations of their independent initiatives and had a farewell dinner in a local restaurant. I’m sure you’ll get … Continue reading

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We’ve Arrived in Cerro Punta

We left ITEC at about 8 this morning. We took two boats to the port of Almirante, and then boarded a bus for Cerro Punta. After following the coast for a while we cut over to cross over the continental … Continue reading

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Karl

We have no Internet at the Field station. We learned of Karl Fisher’s passing in the morning, and after lunch we circled up and told the students of Kar’ls death. We had a long moment of silence interrupted only by the … Continue reading

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Projects

  I will give you a very brief overview of student projects: Liam, Jasper and Alex are looking at the Golden Orb spider. Often, nearby the large females are much smaller males as well as another small species of  “clepto”-parasitic … Continue reading

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Itec

Hola Familias! We’ve been having some busy days here at Itec. The weather has been great everyday, except today where it has been raining all day. It’s a nice refreshing rain though. Everyone has been working on their science projects … Continue reading

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A Yarisnori Ending

This night was a truly amazing way to end a fantastic afternoon in downtown Bocas del Toro.  We are at Yarisnori Restaurant right behind the waves breaking over the coral reefs we snorkeled a few days ago.  The sound of … Continue reading

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Day 3 at ITEC (Pedasí)

  We still have very limited internet, and uploading photos can be lengthy  Yesterday afternoon, after lunch, the students had Spanish with Izzy. After a short break went out into the area around the ITEC field station, including the forest, … Continue reading

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Days 1 and 2 at ITEC (Pedasi)

The travel from Panama City went very smoothly (which is not always the case in Central America). The Air Panama flight left on time and arrived slightly early. We moved quickly from the airport in Bocas del Toro to waiting … Continue reading

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Around the Canal Zone

Hello parents and other folks stuck in the cold! Hope your valentines day went well, ours did! We traveled by boat on the canal and saw it in action with oil tankers and other giant ships. We also saw animals … Continue reading

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Lake Gatún and more

Hi all, We had a good day, and we saw many monkeys, big ships and birds. The group is having a pizza dinner in the “Casco Antiguo”— the oldest section of Panama. I’l post some photos and more description but … Continue reading

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We’re all settled in at the Magonlia Inn (Pedasi)

It’s been a long travel day, but all went fairly smoothly. We’re scheduled to have an early breakfast and then leave at 8:00 am for a tour of lake Gatún in the morning. Lake Gatún is the large manmade lake( … Continue reading

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Were in Dallas-Fort Worth Airport (Pedasí track)

All is well. We’re waiting to board out flight to Panama City. It leaves at 3:30 pm CST. The time in Panama is the same as in Massachusetts. We are scheduled to arrive at 9:00. We will publish Panama cell … Continue reading

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Were in the San José airport

Hi we’re in the San Jose airport. We through security and waiting at the gate. The flight is on time and we should be boarding in about 1/2 hour. See Itinerary below. Lv San Jose, CR, USAir #1706, 3:35pm Ar … Continue reading

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Expectations for students for Thursday and Friday

We do not expect students to go to school on Thursday. We encourage them to sleep in and to try to get some rest. Students may come in during the afternoon if they wish, but we ask that they be … Continue reading

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Last full day in Panama

All is well and we’ll be on our way home tomorrow. It’s been a long time since we’ve had any extended access to internet. When I glance through the topics of the long list of unread emails, I realize it’s … Continue reading

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The Cloud Forest

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a chance to blog, I have a very short time to do so now. I am pleased to see the the student entries, see http://blogaboutmonkeys.blogspot.com/ and http://wfreedberg.tumblr.com/. Read them to get more … Continue reading

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Last day in Atenas

Click for Photos of UTN and more: UTN (Unversidad Tecnica Nacional) This is our last day in Atenas. I’m going to the airport shortly to pick up Carra Cheslin. We’re excited to have Carra join us as a teaching intern … Continue reading

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Last Days in Atenas & Panama

We are nearing the end of our time in Atenas. Yesterday we had Spanish classes in the morning, and in the afternoon, three groups of students collected continued initiatives to find out more about recycling in Atenas. One group polished … Continue reading

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Fiestas in Sabana Larga & Poas visit

On Saturday evening we went to the “Fiestas de Sabana Larga,” Click on Fiestas to see photos. This a four day event. There was abundant food, dancing, and mingling with locals. We went on the first day that they had rodeo … Continue reading

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Free Day – San Jose, Carara Ntl. Park, and homestay families

First some photos. Click the images below to see more photos from a “nice afternoon” and  “Futball Cinco”. Yesterday lunch through the afternoon was very relaxed and pleasant. As Juan said “we arrived promptly on US time, but left on … Continue reading

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February 18 quick update

I am at an internet cafe and I don’t have a way to upload any photos. Yesterday after Spanish classes in the morning, we regathered at 3 pm to further develop the mini-social sciene project we began earlier in the … Continue reading

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Spanish & dance classes & local forest visit

Click her for photos of dance class and Rio Grande watershed: Dance/Watershed Click for a short (2 min) dance clip: Dance class 2-15 Internet has been unavailable in the evenings, so we are largely confined to morning posts. Yesterday morning … Continue reading

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Day 2 in Atenas

Click to see photos of day 2 in Atenas We arrived at Isabel’s Language School at 8:00 am. The group was divided into 4 classes. After some orientation in the school, students took a tour of the town and learned … Continue reading

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Homestay Entry

Here are some photos of students meeting their homestay parents and entering into their homestays (Homestay Day1). We’re in classes now everyone is fine.

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Our last afternoon & evening in Santa Rosa

Feb 12 (Click for photos) At about about 5:00 pm we went loaded up our picnic supper and traveled to the top of a steep hill adjacent to “La Casona.” There is a monument at the top of this strategically … Continue reading

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Rain in the Dry Season

In the dry season any rain is welcome. It refreshes the whole ecosystem. Many of the plant and animals living in this area have to endure the tight bottleneck of very little rain for several months. Rain is plentiful the … Continue reading

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Update from Volcán Rincón de la Vieja

Hello this will be necessity a short entry.  We had a full day in our excursion to Volcán Rincón de la Vieja, and we didn’t return until 5:45 for an immediate supper. The generator at the station failed immediately at … Continue reading

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Student Voices Tab & Page added

This site is evolving with, and I’ve added a new page & tab which will “post” student contributions, which may be taken from a separate blog they have created. We support the students in having a separate blog with more … Continue reading

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Student Photos Santa Rosa I

Here are some student bird and animal photos from today (Student Photos Santa Rosa I). Amelia, Niko, and Jesse contributed. We will post photos of the group tomorrow, but it won’t be until the evening as we have a full … Continue reading

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CSW YouTube channel created by Jesse Phillips

Jesse Phillips has created a YouTube channel for the course, and he has posted a 30 second video of white-faced monkeys we saw around the field station. See it at  http://www.youtube.com/user/cswoffcampus

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The rest of the day…

To to get an excellent summation of the day, check out Will Freedberg’s blog at http://wfreedberg.tumblr.com/ Will’s blog is part of his Capstone. You can go to his site directly or link to it from this site. After supper, we gathered … Continue reading

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It’s siesta time at Santa Rosa

We got in last night at about 8:30 pm local time. It didn’t take long to get settled into the dorms at the Research Center/Park Headquarters. We got up for a 7:30 breakfast, and then went out for an orientation … Continue reading

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Course Itinerary

We have posted a day-t0-day course itinerary. You can access it by hitting the “Course Itinerary” tab above or the right. While there will be some modifications as we go along, it should give you a good idea of what … Continue reading

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Travel information for February 9

Travel information first few days Please arrive at the Airport (terminal B) at 6:00 a.m. (Note that that this information is also contained in “Travel Dates and Destinations.”) Dates and Destinations 2/9/11 Wednesday
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Carra Cheslin CSW ’07 is joining the group as a teaching intern

We’re pleased to announce that Carra Cheslin CSW ’07 will be joining our group as a teaching intern for the Panama portion of the Course. Carra was a student on the 2007 CSW integrated Science and Language course in Costa … Continue reading

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Parent Informational Meeting Tuesday January 11, 7:15 pm

There will be an informational meeting geared to parents on Tuesday, January 11 at 7:15. The meeting will be be held in Bio 1 in the Garthwaite Bldg. Bio 1 is the first classroom of the right as you walk … Continue reading

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We’re in the Tocumen Airport in Panama City

Our morning has gone smoothly. We loaded our bus at the Los Quetzales hotel at about 5:00 am and then got underway about 5:20. We arrived at the airport in David in plenty of time. Our flight  from  David to … Continue reading

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Late Wednesday post from Los Quetzales

We’ve had our 12th consecutive full day of activities. We just finished with some student presentations of individual projects involving combining drawing and photographing birds and comparing night and day reef life. The cloud forest was spectacular and now we’re … Continue reading

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Some Photos From ITEC

Click on ITEC or go to albums on right hand side to see some photos.  We have many. many more. We aren’t at the facilities where we can post easily.

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