COSTA RICA Waterfall in Rainforest 3

Spend your summer earning science credit and travel to rural Costa Rica for a unique community-style experience! The Sustainable Community-Building program is designed for students who want a summer adventure abroad without the uncertainty of a potentially cancelled program or prohibitive entry restrictions.

This unique program offers a blended learning experience; on-site, you will learn by living and working on an organic farm for two weeks. Upon returning stateside, you'll continue learning through a 3- or 4-credit course, taught virtually, while continuing to connect with your Costa Rican community and earning a digital badge in the API virtual workspace.

Experiential in its design, this program is in a safe, contained natural setting in a country known for its dedication to environmental issues and sustainable practices. We invite you to expand your horizons through living for two weeks on an organic farm in one of the world’s most environmentally progressive countries alongside a small group of similarly minded peers.

    • Earn credit for coursework in Biology, Community Health, Environmental Science, Human Nutrition, or Microbiology
    • Participate in a two-week on-site experience at one of Costa Rica's most established and respected working organic farms
    • Earn an API digital badge in Mindfulness
    • Continue working with and learning from your amazing Costa Rican Resident Directors even after you leave

What's Included?

  • Advising
  • Community-building activities and cultural resources in a digital learning workspace
  • API Mindfulness Badge
  • Access to API alumni network & API Ambassador Program
  • Career readiness materials and support, including how to reflect this experience on a resume and at job interviews
  • Live events featuring speakers, activities, networking and more
  • On-site excursions and group activities in Costa Rica
  • Locally sourced, organic food while on-site in Costa Rica
  • Post-program evaluation

Application Requirements

  • Open to high school graduates through college seniors (18+ years by program start date)
  • No prerequisites - open to all levels and majors!
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer Jun 14, 2021 - Aug 22, 2021

Pricing Additional Information

Virtual Learning: June 14 - August 22, 2021
Two-week on-site experience at one of Costa Rica's most established and respected working organic farms: June 14-June 25, 2021

Apr 30, 2021 May 10, 2021

Introductory Biology I

This course is a survey of the diversity of living organisms, human biology and ecology. The course will focus on the fundamental concepts of mammalian anatomy and physiology. At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to appreciate the various forms and diversity of plant and animal life, understand basic ecological principles, and understand the process of scientific inquiry.

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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Introduction to Environmental Science

An introduction to the causes of environmental problems as well as strategies for potential solutions from both a natural science and a social science perspective. Scientific understanding of the environment is emphasized. The course gives an overview of major environmental problems and scientific principles, with a focus on managing environmental problems and important natural resources.

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Human Nutrition

A study of food intake and utilization, nutrient sources, metabolism, and interactions. Human nutritional requirements and their relationship to various diseases are examined, as are facts and fiction about diets, "health foods," etc. Students learn about nutrition, the elements of a balanced diet, and modern food technology.

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Microbiology

A study of the anatomy, physiology, isolation, and identification of microorganisms concentrating primarily on the bacteria. The roles of various groups in nature, medicine, and industry are also studied. Immunology portion stresses the practical aspects in an individual isolation and identify setting.

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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Community Health

This course will provide a comprehensive working knowledge of community health. Students will gain an appreciation of the community health and public health fields and the implications of caring for individuals. Case studies and other applications will be analyzed and discussed that relate to today's preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, rehabilitative, and community health practices.

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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During the on-site experience in Costa Rica, students will be housed in cabins on the property. Linens will be provided.

Living on the farm, students will get to experience fresh, farm-to-table meals! Participants will taste the organic produce grown in the surrounding gardens along with additional provisions coming from truly local sources. Students will get a taste of Costa Rican dishes prepared by local Ticos who have been a part of the community for many years. All meals are vegetarian, and vegan and gluten-free options are available upon request. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included in the program fee.