Sustainability and Renewable Energy in Costa Rica
About the Program
SBU Costa Rica offers hands-on environmental learning experiences in an off-the-grid
educational community. Students will learn about renewable energy, waste, and various
organic and sustainable farming methods at the Punta Mona Center for Regenerative
Design and Botanical Studies, an 85-acre, family-owned, permaculture farm and educational center located in the heart
of the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge on the southern Caribbean coast of Costa
Participants will tour the renewable energy facilities of two ecovillages on their way to be housed and taught at the Punta Mona Center. Accessible only by a guided hike through a wildlife reserve or a wave-cresting trip on a surf boat, the Punta Mona Center lies deep in the forest and hosts a range of international participants that bring an unsurpassed wealth of knowledge to a unique educational experience. There will be lectures on renewable energy, triple bottom line business, slow food, economics and agriculture, green building, environmental literature, and community development. Each day, the group will participate in both outdoor classroom sessions and field study activities. Evening sessions of conversation, journal writing, selected readings, and team-work will culminate in interdisciplinary capstone projects. The course ends with a two-day retreat in Puerto Viejo with excursions to the Bri-Bri Indigenous Reservation and Chocolate House as well as the Jaguar Rescue Center.
Course of Study
All participants must register for one of the following courses:
- Undergraduate students will enroll in the 4 credit course ENV310
- Graduate students will enroll in the 4 credit course EHM560
For students following the Diversified Education Curriculum (DEC):
- This program fulfills DEC H
For students following the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC):
- This programs fulfills GLO, STAS and EXP+
|Location||Punta Mona Center, Limon, Costa Rica|
|Language of Instruction||
Group experience led by SBU faculty
January 1 - 19, 2016
All students will live in comfortable and rustic co-ed housing with shared sustainability-focused facilities such as compost dry toilets and solar-heated showers. The community is multicultural, bilingual, and multigenerational with students from all over the world. The communal meals are primarily vegan and as organic as locally possible. Lacto-ovo vegetarian options are served on the side, and one meat dish will be available each week.
2.0 or higher
A valid passport is required for entrance to Costa Rica. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you may need to make prior visa arrangements to either enter Costa Rica or to re-enter the United States. If you are a permanent resident of the U.S. or an international student returning to school in the U.S., please make sure you have with you the necessary documentation for re-entry into the U.S.
$270 per credit for NY residents;
$898 per credit for non-residents
$3,200 (includes shared lodging, 3 meals per day, group excursions, course materials, and international health insurance)
|International Health Insurance||
Included in the Program Fee
|Other Fees||$600 (approximately; includes personal expenses, books, passport)|
Estimated Airfare: $600. All student participants will travel together to the study abroad site. Students are responsible for booking flight arrangements and will receive additional information upon acceptance.
Costs are estimates for planning purposes of the student and are subject to change at any point.
- Be open to new experiences in order to fully immerse yourself in the culture. - Participant, Winter 2016, Costa Rica
- Be prepared to question assumptions that you have made for a long time, and also to have an amazing time while doing that. - Participant, Winter 2016, Costa Rica
- If you are even slightly considering going to Costa Rica, you must. It was the most amazing experience of my life, and I grew in ways I could have never imagined. - Participant, Winter 2016, Costa Rica
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