Student Spotlight: Study Abroad in Costa Rica

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July 9, 2013
Arenal Volcano

The Comparative Global Health Program that ran for the first time in Summer session I 2013 was a combination of lectures and site visits in Athens and Costa Rica. Each learning unit on food security was approached from an environmental health and public health stand point and all topics of food security were be addressed from the perspective of two demographic worlds. While in Athens, students visited the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to demonstrate each step in the food security and inspection system in the U.S., a local dairy, chicken processing plant, conventional and naturally grown berry farms, a winery, an organic CSA, the farmer's market, and local sustainable farms. Following two weeks in Athens, students spent two weeks in three areas of Costa Rica to compare similar industries.

Throughout the course, students tried local foods, ate at new restaurants, and had fun activities as well including ziplining, horseback riding, white water rafting, and a trip to the hot springs generated by an active volcano.