In May, PAI-EARTH completed their most recent short course programs, which was focused on teaching sustainability in the tropics. Along with Texas Technical University, EARTH searched for ways to improve conservation and knowledge of surroundings.
Focuses of study during this lesson included:
- Wet Coast Challenges in the Tropics
- Natural Resources Administration
- Amiable Practices with the Environment
- Rural Development
- Latin American Culture
- Ecoturism and Socio-Economic Impact
Students enjoyed sessions in classes and in fields as part of the educational activities. They traveled around to the different academic farms, visited the paper production project, attended videoconferences, and visited the Chiquita Company.
Outside of class, students had the opportunity to visit wonderful tourist sites such as La Fortuna, the Scientific Tropical Center in Monteverde, the Tropical Rain Forest, and Arenal Volcano.
Students were able to experience cultural diversity by working with EARTH students to support projects that benefited schools in the local communities. Students also participated in a typical food exchange activity, which is considered an important cultural event full of music and traditional dances from Guanacaste, a city near EARTH.