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  • Livin' La Pura Vida

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    Studying abroad in Costa Rica gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in an entirely new culture. The Ticos, what the Costa Ricans refer to themselves as, live by the motto "Pura Vida", or Pure Life. Staying with a Tico family for a month allowed me to…

  • Credit: Harry Liu
  • Major: Undecided
  • Tags: Costa Rica, Duke in Costa Rica
  • Rooftops of San Jose

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    One of the highlights of my time in Costa Rica was receiving a bird's eye view of the city of San Jose. This picture highlights the differences between my view of Costa Rica and the view out the window of my dorm at Duke. At the beginning…

  • Credit: Anna Balas
  • Major: Environmental Science and Policy
  • Tags: Costa Rica, Duke in Costa Rica
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Pura Vida Mae

    Dear Global Education Office:

    The Duke in Costa Rica program is one of the highlights of my time at Duke.  It was incredibly formative for my international perspective, especially of a region (Latin America) that is not studied much in a traditional American school curriculum.  Furthermore, my host…

  • Credit: William Rooney
  • Major: Economics and Philosophy (Spanish minor)
  • Tags: Costa Rica, Duke in Costa Rica
  • Family reunion in Costa Rica

  • Family reunion in Costa Rica

    Dear Global Education Office:

    Like most students, I began my trip to Costa Rica full of racing thoughts and hopes, still lacking any idea of what to expect. I could never have imagined that this trip would turn out the way it did. The connections formed…

  • Credit: Dayton Grogan
  • Major: Neuroscience
  • Tags: Costa Rica, Duke in Costa Rica
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    Part of my summer experience at Costa Rica involved introductory hikes to each new site we visited. This picture was taken in the Cloud Forest at Monteverde Research Station. While there, we learned all about the ecology of the rain forest. The tree I am standing beside…

  • Credit: Jordan Gulli
  • Major: Program II-Astrobiology
  • Tags: Costa Rica, OTS, OTS in Costa Rica, summer
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    The Tropical Biology Spring 2012 is a life changing experience. I've being able to visit wonderful places. I've grown as a person and as a biologist, learning all that I can from each experience.

    This picture was taken in "El Paramo", Cerro de la Muerte, Costa Rica.…

  • Credit: Angela M. Alicea-Serrano
  • Major: Biology
  • Tags: Costa Rica, OTS
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    Hola from Costa Rica! We have one week remaining in the Duke/Organization for Tropical Studies Global Health program. Over the past 13 weeks, I have learned about the biological and sociocultural basis behind tropical diseases, the socioeconomic factors that affect global health, the benefits of well-managed ecosystems…

  • Credit: Nikhilesh Raju
  • Major: Environmental Sciences and Biology
  • Tags: Costa Rica, OTS, OTS in Costa Rica
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Blue Jeans, Dart Frogs (La Selva, Costa Rica)
     

    Dear Global Education Office:
     

    These brightly-colored dart frogs are representative of the innumerable surprises you can find in the majestic primary forests of La Selva, an OTS biological station in northern Costa Rica. This station is one of the many destinations…

  • Credit: Meghan Howard
  • Major: Anthropology
  • Tags: Costa Rica, OTS
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Office of Study Abroad:

    My semester abroad in Costa Rica was one of the most challenging and outstanding experiences of my life. It was a time of not only learning about Costa Rica, tropical biology, and environmental policy, but it was a time of overall personal growth allowing me to…

  • Credit: Merrie Mosedale
  • Major: NULL
  • Tags: Costa Rica, OTS, OTS in Costa Rica
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Office of Study Abroad:

    This is a beautiful view of Lake Nicaragua from the biological field station cafeteria on Ometepe Island during the Duke/OTS in Costa Rica Program. Our classroom is the thatched building on the left. "But wait!" you say. "Lake Nicaragua isn't in Costa Rica!" This is true.…

  • Credit: Joe Reardon
  • Major: NULL
  • Tags: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, OTS, OTS in Costa Rica
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Office of Study Abroad:

    It was, by far, my favorite semester. If you like the outdoors, travelling and a hint of environmental sci/biology, this is the program for you. It's a tight knit group of up to 30 students or so. We travelled all around the country learning about the…

  • Credit: Nathan Emery
  • Major: NULL
  • Tags: Costa Rica, OTS, OTS in Costa Rica
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Office of Study Abroad:

    Every night after a long day of hiking, collecting samples, and avoiding snakes, one or many of us would head out to the docks in Palo Verde. It was a time to unwind and recognize the beauty of the land that we had been thrown head…

  • Credit: Valerie Vaughn
  • Major: NULL
  • Tags: Costa Rica, OTS, OTS in Costa Rica, summer
  • Principe Pio - Madrid, Spain