HTM Costa Rica Faculty-Led Study Abroad

¡Pura Vida!  Join GVSU HTM on an adventure through Costa Rica, the geo– and adventure tourism capital of Central America. Through this program, students will participate in a variety of tourism experiences, explore Costa Rica's biodiversity and abundant wildlife, participate in volunteer projects, and experience the culture and beauty of the country while gaining hands-on experience in the growing field of geo– and adventure tourism.

This is a faculty-led study abroad program through the GVSU Padnos International Center.

Costa Rica: Geotourism & Adventure Tourism

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA - ¡Pura Vida!  Join us on an adventure through Costa Rica, the geo– and adventure tourism capital of Central America. During this program, we will participate in a variety of tourism experiences including rainforest hikes, white water rafting, and zip lining. We will explore tourism sites including Costa Rican National Parks, farm areas, cocoa plantations, museums and natural areas along the coasts of the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. We will also stay in a variety of accommodations, including luxury eco-lodges throughout the country, and share experiences with Costa Rica’s biodiversity and abundant wildlife.  We will participate in volunteer projects involving sea turtle conservation and mangrove forest restoration. Experience the culture and beauty of Costa Rica, and gain hands-on experience in the growing field of geo– and adventure tourism.

HTM 323 Students Working at ArtPrize 2017.

The 2018 HTM Costa Rica study abroad group participated in turtle research, where they caught and tagged six turtles.


2019 HTM Costa Rica Program

Program Dates: May 13 - June 14, 2019

The total Projected Cost (Program Fee + Other Expenses) is $9,765, which includes:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Field trips and entrance fees
  • All ground transportation
  • Tuition ($3,282)
  • Passport ($150)
  • Vaccinations ($147)
  • Personal expenses ($100)
  • Additional meals ($20)
  • ISIC card - optional ($28)

2019 Highlights:

  • Engage in zip lining and white water rafting activities to gain a better understanding of Adventure Tourism
  • Visit National Parks and Preserves to facilitate an understanding of Nature Tourism and wildlife conservation
  • Explore chocolate farms on horseback, tour the world’s only Starbucks coffee plantation, and visit sea turtle and other cultural museums, to facilitate an understanding of agrotourism and conservation

Program Directors

Dr. Mark Gleason Headshot

Mark Gleason

Mark Gleason

Mark Gleason, Ph.D.
Hospitality & Tourism Management Dept.
284C DeVos Center
Pew Campus
616-331-8828
gleasonm@gvsu.edu

John Lipford Headshot

John Lipford

John Lipford

John Lipford, J.D.
Hospitality & Tourism Management Dept.
225C DeVos Center
Pew Campus
616-331-8827
lipfordj@gvsu.edu


GVSU Padnos International Center Information

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Padnos International Center

130 Lake Ontario Hall
Allendale, MI 49401
www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad
studyabroad@gvsu.edu
616-331-3898

Walk-In Advising Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Hours are extended to 7pm on Wednesdays during the fall & winter semesters.
No appointment necessary!


The Impacts of Tourism in Costa Rica

This short video was created by GVSU HTM student, Alivia Cerny, who used footage from her experiences during the 2018 HTM Costa Rica program.