Students spend spring break off the grid in a Costa Rican rainforest

Fourteen Dominican students, led by Gigi Gokcek, associate professor of political science and international studies, and Amy Young, adjunct professor of physical sciences, spent spring break living off the grid in the middle of the Costa Rican rainforest.

For one week the undergraduates from a wide range of majors were fully immersed in sustainable living at the Rancho Margot permaculture farm. Students learned about agroecology and energy production from its owner Juan Sostheim. They engaged in a variety of daily activities, including digging flat beds, planting vegetables, harvesting, and making cheese, soap, and insect repellent. They also hiked to local water intakes and searched for micro-organisms.

It was not all work. The students enjoyed and took part in daily yoga sessions, played soccer with the local residents, kayaked at Lake Arenal near the volcano, and eased their muscles in the hot springs.

Fostering an appreciation of cultural diversity and global interdependence is a fundamental part of The Dominican Experience. Indeed, there is no better way to develop a rich understanding of different cultural perspectives than by spending time living, learning, and working in a foreign country.

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Dominican offers a range of global experiences through the Global Education Office, from faculty led classroom experiences in locations around the globe to semester- or year-long exchange programs with established global partners, including universities in Thailand, Greece, France, London, Oxford, The Netherlands, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Ireland, and Sweden.


March 16, 2017