College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Costa Rica: Sustainable Futures (LARC)

Suspension Bridge

Contact: David N. Myers dnmyers@umd.edu

Sustainable Futures - Monteverde, Costa Rica

When: May 22 - July 31, 2017

  • LARC 471: Capstone Community Design Studio (5 credits)
  • LARC 451: Sustainable Communities (3 credits)
  • LARC 489C: Special Topics in Landscape Architecture: Sustainable Futures in Costa Rica (4 credits)

This ten-week summer course of study is designed to offer students the opportunity to live and work on ecological and social projects in a rural, but rapidly developing region in Costa Rica. This is a multi-disciplinary program designed for students from various disciplines, including architecture, planning, landscape architecture, resource management, and international development. Students participate in a seminar on sustainable development, enroll in Spanish language classes, and take an intensive studio/internship with one of the many organizations in the Monteverde zone working toward sustainability. There is a final report, plans or design scheme, or actual environment intervention, depending on the nature of the work. In addition, there is a series of lectures and field trips to local cooperatives, ecologically managed farms, and various forest reserves.

This is a semester's worth of credits (12-13 credits) in a small rural community next to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve in Costa Rica. Students work with community residents on various projects jointly defined. Participating programs hosted by the Monteverde Institute include University of Maryland Landscape Architecture Program, University of New York at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning , University of Illinois Department Urban and Regional Planning (link is external)and University of New York ESF at Syracuse (link is external). Fluency in Spanish is encouraged but not required.

Link to Study Abroad Description and Application.

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