Finding the right location

Finding the right location

Day four and the longest Marcos and I had together. As usual we met at 7am and headed off west to Parque Nacional Carara about a 90 minute drive from San Jose through early morning traffic. As soon as we arrived a large male and smaller female gecko greeted us outside...
Rich with surprises.

Rich with surprises.

Like clockwork Marcos and I met at 7am outside my hotel for our third hiking and nature excursion. We set off to the city of Cartago about a 80 minute drive east from San Jose to a national park on its perimeter on the offside of the Irazu volcano and a walk around it...
Peaking on Pico Blanco

Peaking on Pico Blanco

I had an early start today, up at 6:00am to prepare for the day with a hot shower, shave and a hearty breakfast from the hotel buffet. Whenever I can walk to a place I do (sometimes this can drive friends and loved ones nuts but I enjoy it in most weather), and today...
Planning for Success

Planning for Success

Getting ready I arranged a second planning meeting following my whirlwind 4 night visit last March where I toured several opportunities but they were not quite ideal for the program I had in mind. Particularly because I intend to lead annual programs to Costa Rica and...
New Year. New People. New Program.

New Year. New People. New Program.

Hello Reader! We got off to a fantastic start for this year’s study abroad program in Barcelona, Spain. We opened our program with a progressive warm-up, this program even more than previous years has even deeper interaction and quality relationships are...
In the works Costa Rica 2019.

In the works Costa Rica 2019.

In 2019 we intend to offer a 2 or 3 Costa Rica programs lasting 1-3 weeks. To do so I had to make a scouting trip to Costa Rica. I spent a whirlwind five days there meeting new associates and experiencing new things and fresh places. I had not been to Costa Rica...
For Faculty: Recruiting for Your Program

For Faculty: Recruiting for Your Program

Recruiting for your program Programs  seldom  run  unless  faculty  has  built  recruitment  capacity.  I  recommend  recruiting  12 months  before  you  intend  to  lead  your  program. Which  means it might  take  you  about 18  months to plan, prepare, recruit  and...
Digital Tales From Barcelona.

Digital Tales From Barcelona.

Today the curtain closed on an amazing study abroad experience. The pace of the program was intense. A 3-day orientation in Barcelona and then 31 days full throttle in an experiential program designed to exploit the learning opportunities to the maximum possible....
Barcelona Market Project Group Posts

Barcelona Market Project Group Posts

As part of the nutrition-related part of this program, students completed a project in a day process. Students got up early to get to their designated Barcelona community markets across the city. 6 groups of 3 were given the task of observing, visualizing, assessing...