This summer, Rollins College is organizing and hosting a seminar for faculty members of Global Partners Project institutions. Rollins College is a member of the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS), one of three consortia which have collaborated on international programs for the last 7 years through the Global Partners Project. ACS’s consortial partners are the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) and the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA). This seminar supports Rollins’ long-term goal of establishing multiple international learning centers for faculty development seminars for liberal arts institutions. Rollins is generously subsidizing almost half of the expenses of the seminar to significantly reduce costs for participants. Details and application procedures appear below.
Seminar Leaders: Drs. Barry Allen and Lee Lines, Associate Professors of Environmental Studies, Rollins College. Drs. Allen and Lines have studied and taught many courses in Costa Rica over the past ten years, including a similar faculty development seminar in Costa Rica in June, 2007.
Seminar Focus: Sustainable development – an interdisciplinary approach.
Background: For three decades, Monteverde, Costa Rica has been the poster child for sustainable development. Building a strong economic base on small scale dairy farming and ecotourism, this small community near the cloud forest seemed to have found the answers. Quakers from Alabama, fleeing the peacetime draft in the early 1950’s brought sound conservation practices, consensus decision making, and economic progress to the area. Their foresight and openness helped create the extraordinary Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, the centerpiece of over 100,000 acres of unique habitat attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world. This tourism boom, however, has strained both the physical and social environment. This program will examine the tension between conservation and development in one of the world’s “last great places.”
Application Eligibility and Procedure: Applicants must be faculty members at one of the 42 institutions of the Global Partners Project. Rollins is accepting applications on a space available, first-come-first-served basis. Please send the following information to Dr. Barry Allen at email@example.com.
Participants will be chosen based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to: disciplinary balance, interest in promoting study abroad programs and other internationalization efforts, prior participation in Global Partners programs.
Costs: Approximate cost is $950 per participant. This includes all lodging and meals with air from Orlando (shared accommodations). Group size: Maximum of 12.
Thursday, June 16, 2008
Overview of Sustainable Development, discussion of study abroad pedagogy.
Lunch on Rollins College campus, depart to airport late p.m.
Friday, June 17, 2008
Travel to Monteverde. Breakfast at Marañon, drive to Monteverde, lunch in Santa Elena, check into El Bosque, Orientation to Monteverde area, dinner at Sophia's
Saturday, June 18, 2008
Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, lunch, afternoon free, dinner at Tramonti
Sunday, June 19, 2008
Cheese factory, pig farm, Women’s art cooperative (CASEM), lunch at Stella's, dinner at De Lucia
Monday, June 20, 2008
San Luis beneficio coffee cooperative, Finca La Bella communal farm, lunch at EcoLodge (run by UGA), dinner at El Marquez
Tuesday, June 21, 2008
Bellbird Project with lecture from CEO Costa Rica Conservation Foundation Director Deb Hamilton, lunch, Ranario frog museum (late afternoon), dinner at Sophia's
Wednesday, June 22, 2008
Santa Elena Reserve, Selvatura eco-tourist attraction and insect exhibit, lunch with Quaker farmer and CARE worker Joe Stuckey, depart for central valley, dinner at Marañon
Thursday, June 23, 2008
Breakfast at Marañon, departure for airport
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