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Community, students invited to Costa Rica travel study

Central Lakes College invites students and community members on a travel study trip to Costa Rica on March 10-19, 2017, led by CLC instructors Kari Frisch, Tracey Kloeckl-Jim?nez and Dave Kobilka.

Kaykers glide along the water of Lake Arenal in Costa Rica. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Kaykers glide along the water of Lake Arenal in Costa Rica. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Central Lakes College invites students and community members on a travel study trip to Costa Rica on March 10-19, 2017, led by CLC instructors Kari Frisch, Tracey Kloeckl-Jiménez and Dave Kobilka.

This is a global studies interdisciplinary program, including studies in intercultural communication, Spanish language and culture and Earth science.

The trip through Costa Rica includes many iconic stops, including the capital city of San José, Tortuguero National Park (the site of the renowned sea turtle nesting grounds), the Sarapiqui Rainforest (with a canopy tour zipline experience), the Arenal Volcano area (including kayaking on Lake Arenal), a cocoa plantation, thermal water pools in the Baldi Hot Springs, the Rincón Vieja National Forest and the Pacific Coast in the Guanacaste beach area.

The three instructors for the course will prepare travelers, through the lens of their own specialties and collective travel experiences, to observe and absorb all that Costa Rica offers.

Kloeckl-Jiménez said this travel-study experience is accessible to all levels of Spanish-language learners, including those who are just beginning.

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"During the four class sessions before the trip, we learn the basics," she said. "We continue to experience the language on tour and have a chance to practice at different sites with different folks in Costa Rica according to our level of proficiency."

This package includes airfare, double-occupancy lodging, park entrances and scheduled activity fees, and three meals a day (except lunch on one "free" day where participants are encouraged to explore town on their own or in small groups).

There are two ways to participate in this travel opportunity: as a credit-earning student or as a "community participant." Space is limited and preference given to those who will sign up for the 3-credit travel study course in CLC's Global Studies Department. The course is GLST 1491: Global Studies Experience International Travel Costa Rica.

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For complete itinerary and payment information, visit www.explorica.com/CentralLakes-255 . For more information on this CLC Costa Rica travel opportunity, contact Kari Frisch at 218-855-8167, Tracey Kloeckl-Jiménez at 218-855-8183 or Dave Kobilka at 218-855-8233.

A slug sits on a tree while hikers explore La Fortuna waterfall in Costa Rica. (Submitted photo)
A slug sits on a tree while hikers explore La Fortuna waterfall in Costa Rica. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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