Students to Study in Costa Rica, Focusing on Relationships Between Nature and Tourism
Madison, NJ – (January 9, 2008) Visits to cloud forests, tropical forests and environmentally friendly tourist destinations are on the itinerary for FDU students majoring in hotel, restaurant and tourism management and biology. In January they will travel to Costa Rica to examine sustainable tourism development and environmental issues.
Starting in San Jose, there are scheduled meetings with Costa Rican officials responsible for tourism sustainability and nature tourism. FDU students will also meet with officials from the Costa Rican Tourism Ministry. A special session will be held on the impact a “naturalist guide” has on tourists’ perception of nature sites.
To experience nature and tourism, there will be a night walk in Monte Verde’s Refugio de Vida Silvestre as well as a visit to the Monteverde Preserve to assess biodiversity and the Preserve as a tourism attraction. A trip to the Tamarindo Estuary will take students through the mangrove swamp to observe birds, crocodiles, iguanas and monkeys in their natural habitat. Seasonal dry forest analysis will be taken in the Santa Rosa Forest along with the opportunity to observe nighttime nesting of turtles.
A visit to the Universidad de Costa Rica’s tourism school in Liberia will give students interaction with Costa Rican students and a discussion at the Edificar Construction Company will focus on different environmental perspectives when building resorts in Costa Rica.
For the first time, two FDU colleges, Becton College of Arts and Sciences and Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies, will sponsor a joint study-abroad course. Students enrolled in tropical forest biology will travel with students in sustainable tourism development.