Travel with us to beautiful Costa Rica and Nicaragua and explore the principles of “Sustainability Through Community.” Learn from inspiring people and organizations demonstrating the best practices in conservation and environmental management. Participate in sea turtle conservation, build a solar power system, and live at a sustainable eco-lodge/farm. Go beyond study abroad in Central America with CELL!
Current Central America Programs
- Program Dates: This semester program is currently a custom program built around your group’s attendance dates.
- Length: 12 weeks
- Credits: 15 credits through Lesley University or one of CELL’s direct credit partners
- Cost: $14,900 USD, plus airfare from your hometown
- Courses: contact CELL for a full syllabus. Click here for course descriptions.
- Language, History, and Culture of Costa Rica and Nicaragua (LINTD 2003)
- Sustainability: Secrets of Simplicity (LINTD 3699)
- Human Ecology: Humans and Their Environment (LINTD 3700)
- Service-Learning: Sustainability Through Community (LINTD 3707)
- Crossroads Thinking Skills for the 21st Century (LINTD 4003)
Are you interested in learning the principles of sustainability though community from some of the most inspiring development organizations in Central America? If so, come join us for a life-changing adventure. What will you do? A lot! A sample of a few activities:
- Live, study and work alongside inspiring, passionate people who have committed their lives to making our planet a more environmentally sustainable, socially just, and healthier and happier place to live
- Learn Spanish while in class and while visiting with your Central American host family during homestay portions of the program (no previous Spanish language study needed)
- Learn the principles of sustainable community development while building a solar collector or drip irrigation system or simple biodigester or solar oven
- Learn about unique issues communities are facing and how they are working together to resolve them
- Learn about tropical ecology and how we can design sustainable human systems patterned after nature as architect
- Hike to the top of a volcano or through a tropical rain forest or to the top of a mountain to observe bird migrations
- Swim in the beautiful, warm waters of the Atlantic and/or Pacific
- Come open your heart and mind to being changed forever.