2017 Travel to Costa Rica

Travel to Costa Rica, discover your leadership style, and earn academic credit through Western Extended Studies!

~~Room 118 in the Bortick Business Building~~

Special Topics: Cross Cultural Leadership: Costa Rica (BUAD 397)  May 8-21, 2017 + 5 pre-departure classes occurring throughout Spring 2017


Scholarships ranging from $250-$1,000!!!

By registering early with a deposit of $250 by December 15th     you will be automatically considered for merit and financial need based scholarships. There are a limited amount of scholarships. First come first serve, so don’t delay!
Scholarships ranging from $250-$1,000:
GPA of 3.0-3.5: $250.00
GPA of 3.5 or above: $500.00
Financial need (FAFSA verification required): $500.00
Students CAN qualify for both financial need and merit based scholarships: up to $1,000
If you believe that you will qualify for financial need, please let the instructor know so it be can verified with the Financial Aid Office.
TRIP COST: $3,425 for 3 BUAD 397 credits.  This price is based on 8 to 11 registered students.   If  12 or more students register for the trip, the price drops to $3,275 so SPREAD THE WORD and INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!!!! 


Join Chelsea Dalporto-McDowell, Director of Career Success, in the exploration of the culture and landscape of Costa Rica for 14 days. This course focuses on developing students’ leadership styles in a cross cultural environment through participating in community service projects, team treks in the Costa Rican jungle, and visits to local eco-tourism businesses. First, the class starts with exploring leadership styles within team dynamics and cross cultural competency in the classroom, which students put into practice and reflect upon within group discussions once in Costa Rica. In addition, each student selects an individual learning plan, becoming an expert on their chosen topic, and leads discussions while in Costa Rica. Topic areas are not limited to but may include: eco-tourism, sustainability, community development, volunteerism, economics, environment, business, history and culture, politics etc...


...lead others and yourself!
…communicate, resolve conflict, and make decisions with a team in a cross cultural environment.

…recognize complex interactions between sustainable tourism, economic growth, and community.
…transfer your leadership style into your personal and professional life.


All in-country cost: food, accommodation, transport, trekking fees, activities, etc.
Exploration and study of local business operations – Coffee Farm and Chocolate Tour
Comprehensive group travel insurance (excluding flight cancelation/interruption)
24-hour back-up & emergency services provided by Unearthed
Group equipment/medical kit/satellite communication
Travel preparation materials
3 academic credits and University costs
Unearthed Expedition Journal


Not Included:
Passports & visa fees
Individual gear needs
Personal spending money, souvenirs, etc.


The below is the in country schedule. San Jose will be our hub to fly in and out of.  In Country Tentative Schedule:
May 8 Arrive San José - Free Afternoon
May 9 San José - Coffee Farm Tour (Espiritu Santo) - La Fortuna
May 10 La Fortuna/Arenal - Team Trek
May 11 Arenal - Team trek
May 12 Monteverde - Exploration / RnR
May 13 Monteverde  - Exploration / RnR
May 14 Monteverde - San Jose
May 15 San Jose - Community Project 
May 16 San Jose - Community Project
May 17 La Iguana Chocolate - Puntarenas
May 18 Puntarenas - Manuel Antonio
May 19 Manuel Antonio
May 20 San Jose

Sign up now!  
Complete the attached registration form and submit to the Extended Studies office. 

For more information contact:
Chelsea Dalporto-McDowell, M.Ed.
Director of Career Success and Lecturer in the School of Business

For registration information please contact Extended Studies in Taylor Hall 303 at 970.943.2885 or extendedstudies@western.edu