Field Studies in Recreation in Costa Rica 2012
Dates: May 13 to 31, 2012
Estimated cost: $2050 program fee plus airfare (est. $800) and tuition for 3 credits (cost varies based on residency)
Course: REC 276 International Field Studies
Application requirements & deadline:
Contact Dr. Ferguson directly for application deadline and application requirements
Earns credit for IKE
The course will be held in Atenas, Costa Rica and will focus primarily on working with residents of a local nursing home and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities in two sites: A "Casa de Ancianos" or assisted living/nursing home facility and a training center for people with intellectual disabilites. Students will work in small teams.
HAVE FANTASTIC CULTURAL EXPERIENCES
On weekends we will visit cultural attractions and national parks.
STAY WITH A COSTA RICAN FAMILY
Students will stay with Costa Rican families in Atenas. You will be treated
as a member of the family while enjoying authentic Costa Rican food prepared
at home, develop a lasting friendship with very warm people and have an
experience you will never forget!
SCHOLARSHIP & FINANCIAL AID
PSU provides a stipend to all PSU students who participate in study abroad
programs to help offset some of the program cost. Students may also be eligible to use
their financial aid for this program as well.
This program will carry 3 credits for field study. Rec majors are required
to have 100 hours at least of documented field work prior to doing their
internship. This course will provide approximately 75 of those hours for
our work. These credits can be counted toward the field
work credit or as an elective toward graduation.
SPANISH LANGUAGE IS NOT REQUIRED
Sure, any knowledge of Spanish will be helpful, even if it was just that
semester you took in high school. But it is not required that you have any
proficiency in Spanish to participate in this program.
MAJOR OR MINOR
All majors are invited to participate in this program as it will be richly
rewarding for all. Particularly good majors are those in the College of
Education like therapeutic recreation, rec admin, physical education,
special education, social work, counseling/psychology, elementary or
secondary education and possibly others. Other good majors are Spanish,
early childhood development, nursing and the like.
Faculty leader contact information:
Dr. Dan Ferguson
Payment Schedule for Program Fee:
January 23, 2012 - $350
February 24, 2012 - $350
March 16, 2012 - $350
March 30, 2012 - $350
April 12, 2012 - $350
April 27, 2012 - $350
Total Amount that must be paid by 4/27 - $2050
Plane tickets will be purchased the week of March 5th.
Tuition must be paid by one week before departure at the latest.
Some aspects of the program must be paid for before the program begins. If you drop out of the program after some of your deposit has already been committeed, those moneies are non-refundable, but it may be possible to receive some type of refund of the remaining monies. If you drop out o have to leave the program for any reason after the first day of the program it will be impossible to provide any refund of the program fee. Airfare, tuition and other costs not included in the program fee are not the responsibility of the study abroad program. You will need to seek restitution from the source of your expenditure, such as the airline or Global Crossroad.
All students are encouraged to purchase trip cancellation insurance (link here) to protect their investment.