Pre-College Programs
Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Costa Rica

Costa Rica: For Accepted Students

Contact Numbers

Students should bring a copy of these emergency phone numbers while they are traveling as well as leaving a copy with their parents/guardians.

Marian Thorpe – On-Site Director
Cell: 401-323-7965 (Active on July 12)

Rosario Navarro – Director, International Programs, Brown University

Emergency phone numbers in Costa Rica
911 – Main Emergency
1117 – Police
1128 – Ambulance
1118 – Fire

Brown University Department of Public Safety
(001) 401-863-4111 – Emergencies (when calling from Costa Rica)
(001) 401-863-3322 – General inquiries (when calling from Costa Rica)

Congratulations on your acceptance!

We are looking forward to your participation in this unique and engaging program. We have compiled some important information for you; please review this carefully with your family and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions at

Program and Travel Information

Forms for all Accepted
Pre-College Students »

For your referenceStudent Code of Conduct

Send all documents to:
Attn: Global Programs
Brown University
School of Professional Studies
200 Dyer St./Box T
Providence, RI 02912

Pre-Departure Orientation

A web conference program orientation will be announced.

Additional information on how to access will be emailed prior to the web conference.

Booking Your Flights

Sunday, July 12, 2015 – Arrive in Liberia Daniel Oduber Quirós (LIR) International Airport (arrive by 11am and 3pm)
Saturday, July 25, 2015– Depart from Liberia Daniel Oduber Quirós (LIR) International Airport (depart between 1pm and 6pm)

Once your flight is booked, submit your itinerary and emergency contact(s) to:

If you are having trouble identifying flights within the arrival/departure windows as stated above, please contact us at (401) 863-7900 or email prior to purchasing your ticket to ensure that your arrival/departure can be accommodated by the on-site staff.

Please note that if you are arriving/departing outside of the program dates, we cannot provide accommodations pre/post program.

Airport Pick-up and Transfer

Course Materials List

Students are not required to purchase any course textbooks. All material will be provided on-site and/or available on-line. More information on how to access materials on-line will be provided before your departure.

Packing List

We will stay in several different locations over the course of the program, so be very conservative in packing: bring only what you really need, and leave the rest at home. In addition, some sites are accessible only by foot, so you must be able to carry your own luggage without assistance.

When packing, keep in mind that approximately 75% of our activities will take place in buggy outdoor settings where you’ll want waterproof hiking boots, long pants, and long and short-sleeve layers than can get wet and dirty. The other 25% of the time will include a day of snorkeling and several days in the town of Santa Elena in Monteverde, which has rapidly changing—and often cool—windy weather.

Students’ clothes will be laundered approximately once per week. Consider labeling your clothes so that they don’t get lost when washed with other students’ items.

Required items:

Optional items:

What Not to Bring

Students should NOT bring laptops or valuable electronics. Belongings will be exposed to high temperatures and high humidity. Computers will be available to students on site when required for coursework.

CELL Phones and Communication with Families

We recommend that students carry a cell phone that can be used during travel to/from Costa Rica. The BELL program phone has a U.S. number, so families do not need an international calling plan to reach us in Costa Rica.

Families may contact us at any time during the program in the event of an emergency using the U.S. number as well.

We will send an email to parents confirming that the full group has arrived in Costa Rica. We will also send email updates from the group throughout the program. Students will have access to email on several occasions throughout the course.

While cell phones are helpful when you’re traveling to and from Costa Rica, they are NOT required during the program. Letting go of the frequent connection to phone, internet and social media helps us form a community and adjust to a new environment and culture more quickly; we will therefore ask students who do have phones to limit their use. Cell phone reception in the field is limited.

Students who would like to make and receive international calls during the program will need an international plan and should check with their service provider to ensure that their phones will function in Costa Rica.

HTH Insurance

Each student participating in a Pre-College Global Program is automatically enrolled in HTH Worldwide during the length of the program. HTH Worldwide provides insurance coverage for accident and sickness, and also emergency assistance services. Students will be emailed instructions on how to log into the HTH Worldwide site for coverage and benefit information prior to departure.