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Faculty-led Costa Rica: Health and Aging
Atenas, Costa Rica; Nicoya Penninsula, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Fall Travel Study
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Fall Travel Study 2021 05/29/2021 ** Rolling Admission 01/04/2022 01/14/2022
NOTE: This course will meet fall semester with the international travel component taking place Jan 4th -14th 2022

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Program Type:
Faculty-Led Travel Study
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Language of Instruction:
English, Foreign Language
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Housing Options:
Home-Stay, Hotel/Hostel, Other
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Minimum GPA:
2.5
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Class Standing:
Sophomore
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Areas of Study:
Social Work, Spanish
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UW-W Recommended program for:
Students who want an academic short term global experience with a class
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Language Prerequisites:
Spanish 321 and 322, or Spanish 320, others will be considered based on consent of the instructor
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Target Language:
Spanish
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Service-Learning:
Yes
Program Description:
Program Description:

Faculty-Led Costa Rica - Health and Aging

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The Program
This course will explore various aspects of health and aging, using Costa Rica as a case study. Costa Rica is home to one of the world’s five “Blue Zones”- regions of the world where people live much longer than average. Students in this travel study will have the opportunity to visit this Blue Zone (Nicoya Peninsula) and interact with elders and health leaders in the community. They will also have the unique opportunity to study a healthcare system that is considered one of the strongest in Latin America and consists of two complementary systems: the government-run universal healthcare system, known as the “Caja,” and the private system. Students will study both systems and will engage in site visits to both. We will also learn about traditional medicine, visiting an Indigenous community and an herb farm to learn from different types of traditional healers. This course is also an international community-based learning course and students will engage with elders in a variety of activities, both in the Blue Zone, as well as in a nursing home in Atenas, Costa Rica.
 
Location Costa Rica: San Jose, Atenas, Nicoya Penninsula
Duration January 4-14 2022
Eligibility 2.5 GPA, Spanish 321 and 322, or Spanish 320, others will be considered by consent of the instructor
Language English and Spanish
Course Selection 3 credits 491: SPANISH, PUBHLTH, SOCWORK
Application Deadline May 29, 2021
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Estimated Program Fee TBD
Program Fee Includes Airfare, housing, excursions, indicated group meals, CISI insurance, airport transfers
Program Fee Does Not Include Transportation to O'hare, non group meals, passports, recommended immunizations and incidentals
Tentative Itinerary Costa Rica Info Sheet.pdf

Faculty Contacts:
Dr. Parys: parysj@uww.edu
Dr. Rowe: rowej@uww.edu


Office of Global Experiences Contacts:                        
 204 McCutchan Hall 262 472 5759                                              
studyabroad@uww.edu       
                                                          
Global Experience Coordinator:
Dan Colleran 262 472 5757
collerad@uww.edu


 

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