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  • Come together right now over me

  • It was an independent data collection day. Our classes were set loose in the rain forest for four hours to collect data for our individual field projects. While walking through the forest I noticed several loud birdcalls. I began following the calls through the foliage to find the source of the…

  • Credit: Jordan Lucore
  • Tags: Costa Rica, OTS
  • Blue jean baby

  •   It was our first day in La Selva, a true tropical rain forest. We were led around the forest on several exciting orientation walks. During these hikes, pops of red would catch my eye in the dark brown and green forest floor. The flash of red was gone as quickly as…

  • Credit: Jordan Lucore
  • Tags: Costa Rica, OTS
  • Almost heaven

  • Our program directors decided to give us the day off in a high elevation oak forest. We had just dropped our heavy bags in the tiny mountain cabin where we would stay the night. I walked around the back of the cabin to see the Talamancan Mountain Range open before my…

  • Credit: Jordan Lucore
  • Tags: Costa Rica, OTS
  • Hummingbird don't fly away fly away

  •    I walked out of the cabin to a porch on the mountainside. The porch was surrounded by whimsical trees, and in the branches hung several hummingbird feeders. As I approached, I noticed at least a hundred small bodies flitting here and there between the feeders. Their delicate breasts and wings refracted…

  • Credit: Jordan Lucore
  • Tags: Costa Rica, OTS
  • Mother and child reunion

  • The White Faced Capuchins would sit in the trees surrounding our lodge during the midmorning hours. We could look out from the screened in breakfast area to see them chasing each other gleefully through the dense branches. The cooks noticed our interest in the mischievous monkeys and began telling stories of…

  • Credit: Jordan Lucore
  • Tags: Costa Rica, OTS
  • The Pride of Lions

  • We were headed to an afternoon game of pickup soccer when three male lions wandered across the road in front of us.  They proceeded to lie down in a dry riverbed and simply look at us.  This was one of the countless amazing experiences I had when I was abroad.  It…

  • Credit: Leah Kaiser
  • Tags: OTS, South Africa
  • A Setting Sun

  • I have never seen so many spectacular sunsets in my life.  In South Africa there is a tradition called sundowners where every evening friends gather to have a beer and watch the sun set.  It is a time to relax and enjoy the company of others.  In an often divided culture…

  • Credit: Leah Kaiser
  • Tags: OTS, South Africa
  • New Life

  • Baby season in South Africa is amazing.  When we first arrived the landscape was barren and dry and the animals relatively scarce.  Then in what seemed like the blink of an eye the rainy season began.  Suddenly there was green and flowing rivers and then an explosion of baby animals.  It…

  • Credit: Leah Kaiser
  • Tags: OTS, South Africa
  • Meal time

  • Eating traditional food during homestay. OTS South Africa Summer Program. 

  • Credit: Jenny Xue
  • Major: Chemistry
  • Tags: OTS, South Africa, summer
  • Making Pap

  • Learning how to make pap, a traditional porridge, during homestay on the OTS South Africa Summer Study Abroad program. 

  • Credit: Jenny Xue
  • Major: Chemistry
  • Tags: OTS, South Africa, summer
  • 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

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    I had a fantastic opportunity when I traveled to South Africa to study global health. Prior to this trip, I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do after graduating from Duke. Visiting hospitals and seeing health clinics in rural areas had a huge impact…

  • Credit: Debbie Xie
  • Major: Biomedical Engineering
  • Tags: OTS, South Africa, summer
  • 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
  • Principe Pio - Madrid, Spain