Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Costa Rica
Biology, Conservation and Sustainability for High School Students
2014 Program Dates:
Sunday, July 6 - Saturday, July 26, 2014
Language of Instruction:
For students completing 9th-12th grade and are 16 years of age or older by June 2014.
A passport is required. US and EU citizens do not require a visa.
The application period for Summer 2015 opens in December.
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Brown University, in partnership with the Monteverde Institute, is excited to offer a unique international environmental leadership program in Costa Rica. This 3-week pre-college program introduces students to the theory and practice of conservation and sustainability in Costa Rica. Students study and explore some of the most biodiverse regions in the world and meet with local leaders working to preserve these ecosystems and the human and non-human communities that live there.
Focus of study:
- Methods of tropical field ecology and conservation
- Marine biology and conservation in relation to fishing and coastal development
- The impacts of tourism and development on local culture
- Sustainable food production and consumption
- Leadership skills for sustainable communities
Students will enroll in BELL: Costa Rica (CRN: 10612)
- Observe wildlife and explore a wide variety of tropical ecosystems
- Conduct field experiments in tropical dry forests
- Snorkel a shallow-water coral reef
- Experience Costa Rican life during a homestay with a local family
- Explore and develop your leadership style
- Develop your abilities to work collaboratively to solve environmental problems
- Apply your learning by designing an action plan to tackle environmental issues at home