Costa Rica

Instructor Name: 
Jenna Padbury
Course Description: 

This Capstone provides an opportunity to learn about Costa Rica and immerse yourself in the culture. The course includes a 2 week service-learning experience in the city of Turrialba, Costa Rica. In Turrialba, you will conduct daily service in a community-based setting such as a school, national park, or social service organization. Evenings will be spent studying Spanish and learning about social, political, economic and environmental issues in Costa Rica. Educational field trips to other parts of Costa Rica will be scheduled during the weekends. Please contact Jenna Padbury,, for more information.

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Course Goals

By the end of this course, students will:

  • Deepen their understanding of Costa Rican culture, history, and current affairs; 
  • Enhance their appreciation for human diversity through travel and service in a cross-cultural setting;
  • Explore concepts of international development; and
  • Examine the ethical dimensions of tourism and service in a cross-cultural setting. 

This Capstone is open to PSU juniors and seniors in all majors. Spanish language skills are preferred but not required.

Project Description: 

In your service groups, you will determine a final product that will provide a direct benefit to your community partners in Costa Rica. Final products will vary depending on the service site.