COMM to COSTA RICA
Our next COMM to Costa Rica trip begins:
COMM to Costa Rica 2018
Students enrolled in Intercultural Communication (COMM335) and students enrolled in Tourism Communication (COMM485) took part in an adventure of a lifetime. We traveled to the beautiful country of Costa Rica. We visited tourism sites, interacted with Ticos, and reflected on intercultural interactions to help apply course concepts to real life. We participated in eco-tourism, sustainable-tourism, and cultural tourism. And overall, we were very Pura Vida.
COMM to Costa Rica 2019
Students enrolled in Framing Pura Vida (COMM289) will travel to the beautiful country of Costa Rica over Spring Break. You will experience the Pura Vida lifestyle first-hand. Additionally, you’ll gain hands-on knowledge as you witness the course concepts come to life in real application. This is a high-impact course, which will impact the rest of your life. You’ll understand Pura Vida; you’ll become Pura Vida.
Why Costa Rica?
“This was the most incredible and epiphany-filled journey I have ever been on.”
“Costa Rica was an absolute dream. The people blew my expectations out of the water. They were more than just welcoming, they were kind and caring and so loving of our entire group.”
Going on this trip has been my best decision in college by far.
I was also pleasantly surprised with the hotels. The staff was so incredibly welcoming, accommodating and loving to us and the actual rooms themselves were pretty nice.
COMM to Costa Rica gave me an incredible opportunity to travel and learn about a new culture, while also making friends with people I otherwise never would have met. I will forever value the experiences I had during our trip and the knowledge that I gained from the class component of 485 as well.
Costa Rica is truly an incredible experience!
Certain views, especially on the bus ride up to La Fortuna, were so gorgeous that I really had a hard time believing that people actually get to live here and see such a wonderful sight every time they go to the store. NOTE TO TARVIN: YOU’RE FOREVER THE BEST PROFESSOR AT TAMU. A LEGEND. Thanks for being so relatable, caring, and cool.
For future travelers, here are some expectations you might have. I will confirm or deny their validity:
Costa Rican food is probably like Mexican food.
True and false. Sure, there is rice, beans, and chicken. I suppose that is like Mexican food, but it is NOT This was an expectation I did not even realize I had; I expected spicy, flavorful food. Most of the food is pretty bland, and salt and pepper have to be requested (they don’t just sit on the table in most places). Expect some really incredible, exotic fruit, though.
Costa Rica is lush and wet.
It rained a few days while we were there, even though it was not the rainy season. Everything was lush and green. It was beautiful.
I thought sloths were going to be like squirrels or raccoons, but during the entire trip I only saw one from a distance. Same thing for monkeys, until we went to Manuel Antonio! There were a lot of monkeys there. Still no sloths, though.
My showers will be lukewarm at best.
False. I had perfectly hot showers every night, except for one night.
Why Study Abroad?
Depart Houston and arrive in San Jose!
Walking tour of San Jose.
Bus trip over the beautiful mountains to the North.
Visit small towns along the way (including Sarchi, Grecia, and Zarcero).
Arrive in La Fortuna.
Visit the Green Forest School in the morning (K-11).
Visit the Universidad Tecnica Nacional in the afternoon.
Relax and enjoy the Hot Springs in the evening!
Hike through the rain forest to the Lava Flows on Arenal Volcano.
Bus ride around Arenal Lake and up the mountain to Monteverde.
Night hike through the Cloud Forest!
Witness the Southern Cross (the Southern Hemisphere’s version of the Northern Lights).
Hike through the beautiful Santa Elena Cloud Forest.
Be on the lookout for the rare, beautiful Quetzal bird.
Participate in Sustainable Tourism by planting trees in the reserve.
Arrive in Jaco region (Playa Hermosa)
Enjoy the peaceful Aerial Tram through the Rainforest.
Have fun on the Crocodile & Bird Boat Tour down the Tarcoles River.
Visit Manuel Antonio National Park (the most beautiful beach). Watch out for the monkeys, raccoons, and iguanas trying to steal lunch.
Enjoy appetizers at El Avion restaurant.
Return to San Jose for end-of-trip celebrations.
Paint your very own Oxcart wheel! (Oxcarts are the national symbol for the country due to the importance of coffee exports).
Coffee Tours at Britt Coffee (mmm, it’s delicious).
Costa Rican folklore evening and fun dinner at Mirador Tiquicia.
Leave San Jose and arrive back in Houston