We are making plans for a trip to Costa Rica for Spring Break 2013. We will leave on Saturday, March 16 and return on Sunday, March 24. New information about the trip will be posted at this site, so check back regularly.
The trip is a required component of the Field Study in International Business class (IBUS 4316/5316) at UALR. Students will be required to register for the course, pay appropriate tuition for the course, pay for their air travel and pay a fee ($1450) that will cover hotel, guides and some meals. You must pay a deposit of $1000 by December 15th to reserve a spot for the trip (just registering for the course does not guarantee your spot).
You can contact your adviser or department chair to determine if this class will satisfy requirements for your degree. The course is being organized this year by Dr. Daily. She can be reached at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To reserve your spot in this class:
(1) register for IBUS 4316 or IBUS 5316
(2) Email Dr. Daily so that you can be added to the list (email@example.com)
(3) You will need to pay your deposit by December 15th. The check should be made out to UALR and can be submitted to Dr. Daily.
(4) You will receive an email from Dr. Daily on December 15th or before letting you know that the class has “made” (meaning that we have the required minimum enrollment). This email will contain information for purchasing your airline ticket. DO NOT PURCHASE your ticket until you have been notified that the class has “made.”
Saturday March 16 – (PM) Arrival at San Jose, Costa Rica
Arrival at Juan Santamaría International Airport. Transportation to Tryp Sabana Hotel, located on Paseo Colon, walking distance from the center of town. The hotel amenities include: Free Internet access (wi-fi) throughout the hotel, premium buffet breakfast, business center, gymnasium, restaurant, event and meeting rooms, laundry service and gift and convenience shop. In-room features and amenities include two full size beds or one king size bed, a 37″ LCD flat screen TV, complimentary high-speed internet, free local and international phone calls, alarm clock, iPod dock, air conditioning, digital safe (big enough for a laptop), FM radio, coffee maker with complimentary Costa Rican coffee and a hair dryer. Most rooms offer breathtaking views of the city and mountains surrounding the city. Orientation at 5:30pm in the conference room to be determined.
Sunday March 17 – Poas Volcano and Doka Coffee Tour – lecture with the marketing manager
7:00am: buffet breakfast and 7:30am departure towards the mountains of the Central Valley with wonderful views of the coffee and ornamental plants plantations towards the Poas Volcano National Park. An active volcano with fumarole activity, the Poas has a superb dwarf cloud forest and one of the largest craters in the world. Visit to the crater and a hike up to Botos Lake.
Arrival to Doka Coffee Tour. With the oldest coffee processing plant in Costa Rica, more than 100 years old and declared national cultural patrimony, this renowned Costa Rican family run business is a big success story. We will hear directly from the marketing manager how this was done. After the lecture, typical lunch at the restaurant. 3:00pm coffee tour. Although March is not coffee picking season, we will tour the processing plant to learn all about harvesting and production of our famous coffee. After the tour there will be time to visit the nice souvenir store and buy coffee. Arrival to the city around 4:00pm.
Monday March 18- Morning: History of Costa Rica Economy; CINDE; Afternoon: The Tourism Industry in Costa Rica; Keynote speaker: Dr. Randal Arauz, PRETOMA.
8:00am: Buffet Breakfast
9:00am: Lecture with Liza Fendt, Economist, on the history of the Economy of Costa Rica; how Costa Rica passed from an agricultural economy to a service providing economy.
11:00am: Lecture at the hotel with Mrs. Vanessa Gibson, Director of After-Care from CINDE, a private non-profit nonpolitical organization, founded in 1982. CINDE endeavors to thrust the country’s development by promoting the generation of direct foreign investment in Costa Rica. CINDE lead direct foreign investment, oriented towards exportation, in strategic areas for Costa Rica, through the country’s positioning as an attractive investment place, with excellent and quality integral services for the investor, fostering a better investment environment as a facilitating agent in alliance with related institutions and companies.
12:30pm: Lunch at the hotel.
2:00pm: Lecture with Mr. Roberto Morales, one of the most recognized authorities in tourism of Costa Rica on the industry of tourism in Costa Rica and its effect on the country’s economy and international relations.
4:00pm: Keynote Speaker: Dr. Randall Arauz is an environmentalist from Costa Rica. He was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2010, for his efforts on the protection of the sharks, and banning of the shark finning industry. Arauz was awarded The Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development for 2010, shared with Ken Sherma. Currently he is President of Pretoma, PRETOMA is a Costa Rican non-profit NGO founded in 1997. We are a marine conservation and research organization working to protect ocean resources and promote sustainable fisheries policies in Costa Rica and Central America. A very entertaining lecture on ongoing projects and the importance of CR oceans.
Tuesday, March 19 – Morning: The Butterfly Farm & the Orchid Garden. Afternoon: Lecture on the State of the Region; Fundacion Humanitaria; Latin American dance class
8:45am: Visit to the Butterfly Farm for a unique tour that provides a broad perspective on butterflies. Lecture with Paola Vargas, Export Manager. Costa Rica Entomological Supply, CRES, was founded in 1984 for the export of live butterflies, and remains one of the principal butterfly suppliers in the world. Together with The Butterfly Farm, CRES has been highly successful in fostering butterfly farming in Costa Rica. Today, butterfly farming for exports, exhibits and souvenirs has become a significant industry, providing employment for hundreds of families.
11:00am. Visit and lecture at the Botanical Orchid Garden. Started 30 years ago on a former coffee plantation that contained beautiful native trees, Mr. Claudio Salas, botanist lover, orchid expert and owner of the property, felt the urgency to preserve these valuable trees to create an ecosystem for the orchids. Today, the garden provides orchids for the local market. Marianela, don Claudio’s daughter will tell us about this unique business and their expansion plans.
12:30pm: Lunch at the Orchid Garden.
2:30pm: Lecture with Mr. Alberto Mora, Coordinator of the Sustainable Human Development Department of the State of the Region Program. An extraordinary lecture on the current situation of the Central American region.
4:30pm: Lecture with Mrs. Gayle Nystrom from Fundacion Humanitaria, a nonprofit organization working with the 1 million Nicaraguan immigrants living in Costa Rica at La Carpio, the biggest slum in the city.
6:00pm: Dancing is a very important aspect of our Latin American identity, as a conclusion to the lectures, we will enjoy one hour of dance classes to learn the main steps of salsa, meringue and bolero.
Wednesday, March 20 - Visit to an industrial plant to be determined.
7:00am. Buffet Breakfast at the hotel, check out and 8:00am departure towards an industrial plant to be determined. Options include: Mondaisa teas, Baxter, Jack’s, Sardimar, Cerveceria Costa Rica, Centenario Rum, Dos Pinos Dairy Plant, Tropic Paper, P & G, Amazon, Florex biodegradable soap, Incae Business School.
Thursday, March 21 – Departure towards Tamarindo
Departure towards Tamarindo, a charming Pacific coastal village, a mixture of high-end shopping, dining, nightlife opportunities combined with Costa Rican flavor. The blue Pacific also offers itself to sports fishermen, sailors, scuba divers, and snorkelers, while a wide variety of tour options including horse riding, estuary tours, ATV tours, canopy tours, and more. Tamarindo Beach is located next to Tamarindo National Wildlife Refuge and Las Baulas National Park, which encompasses Playa Grande, where the Leatherback Turtles nest each year. In addition, because of the natural habitat of Tamarindo Beach, just a daily walk will allow you to see Howler Monkeys, Iguanas, Parrots, and various wild life at your every step.
Arrival in the afternoon and check in at Tamarindo Diria, one of the best beach front resorts of Tamarindo. Your Tropical Poolside rooms feature a terrace or balcony with a marvelous view of the largest scenic pool in the Tamarindo area. These rooms are located in the buildings adjacent to the street, 75 meters from the beach. The amenities are: Air conditioner, Terrace, Cable/satellite TV,Ceiling fan, two Double/Queen beds, Rollaway, Electronic door lock, Hairdryer, Wireless high-speed Internet access (free), Hot and cold shower, LCD TV, Local or International phone call available (pay), Private bathroom, Safe deposit box, Towel Service, Iron and ironing board service on request.
Friday, March 22 –Guanacaste culture day at Santa Cruz -Tamarindo
Declared the National Folklore City of Costa Rica, Santa Cruz is known throughout the country for amazing and colorful fiestas, rodeos, dances, festivals, marimba playing, pottery and traditional Costa Rican food. Known among the locals for its cattle industry, Santa Cruz often plays host to many terrific rodeos and bullfights, with many Costa Ricans coming from all over the country. We will taste the local food at a women’s cooperative restaurant known as Coope-Tortillas and continue to Guaitil, which is known for its long standing tradition of manufacturing beautiful Chorotega Indian ceramic crafts.
Rest of the day free to enjoy the beach or optional activities.
Saturday, March 23 – Optional Full Day Tour at Hacienda Guachipelin
This is an all time favorite with students since it includes four activities: Canopy tour, tubing, thermal waters and mud and horseback riding. Departure from Tamarindo is at 7:30am to be at the hacienda for the tour at 9:30am. The tour includes lunch and ends around 5:30pm. A full day of lots of adventure in a wonderful location, the slopes of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park, with wonderful views of the Guanacaste lowlands.
The canopy tour is first, one of the best in Costa Rica. After the canopy we will enjoy a typical lunch at the ranch, followed by tubing down one of the rivers for one hour and thirty minutes. Horseback ride is through the tropical dry forest where you can see different kinds of trees, birds, monkeys and toucans. We will hike up to the waterfall where you can go swimming. Then, after enjoying a cool fun bath, we will horseback ride over to the relaxing hot springs and mud bath. Finally to end the tour we ride back to main entrance where the bus awaits to transport you back to your hotel.
Sunday, March 24 –Departure
Departure from the hotel towards the Liberia Airport for departure flight to be determined.
COSTS, CONDITIONS AND SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS
A. Student Rate:
Total per student: Regular tuition and fees for the course at UALR, airfare to Costa Rica and $1450 payable to UALR to cover the following:
- Transfers airport – hotel – airport
- 5 nights at Hotel Tryp Sabana in double/triple occupancy with buffet breakfasts and taxes.
- In total: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches
- 3 nights at Tamarindo Diria Resort in double/triple occupancy with buffet breakfasts, taxes and dinner/lunch.
- Day excursion to Poas Volcano and Doka Coffee Tour including lunch, entrances, transportation and guide.
- Entrance to the Orchid and Butterfly Gardens.
- Site visits & lectures (The lecturers could change depending on the speakers availability)
- Transportation with specialized guide.
- Local Insurance