Spring Break

These courses are designed to provide an alternative to typical spring break activities. Students will earn one to two credits. Additional tuition is not charged as it is included with regular spring semester tuition.

Below are the spring break 2016 options:


Costa Rica
Tropical Biology Practicum
This course offers students the opportunity to explore biodiversity hand conduct field studies in tropical rainforest, Pacific dry forest, Pacific rock reef, and Pacific mangrove swamp ecosystems of Costa Rica.  Students will stay at multiple locations, including La Tirimbina Bioreserve and Selva Verde Ecolodge, both located in the central lowland province; La Fortuna near Arenal Volcano and geothermal hot springs; and  Curú National Wildlife Refuge on the Pacific coast. Students will be expected to participate in all aspects of the trip, including extensive hiking in a variety of environments, white water rafting on the Sarapiquí River, sea kayaking, snorkeling, and tours of a reptile sanctuary and coffee and chocolate plantations.  Students certified in the use of SCUBA will have the opportunity to go on 2-4 dives over the Pacific rock reefs near Curú.  Particular emphasis will be given to using specialized field gears to collect and observe freshwater fishes, marine fishes, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals (especially bats), and birds.  A full-time native guide will also provide students with insights into Costa Rican culture and history while they are experiencing the incredible biodiversity of Central America! 
For more information contact:
Dr. Reuben Goforth, FNR, rgoforth@purdue.edu
Multifaceted and Cultural Dimensions of Cartagena
Students will be provided with the necessary experience to understand the implications of cultural differences among nations, with regards to culture and cultural communication.  Combining an academic component with a real-world exposure to not only the culture of another country but its needs will serve to create a unique course that encourages personal and professional development.  All students will gain a basic knowledge of the influence of cultural competency on successful international travel, marketing, education, and communication.  Additionally, students will be exposed to the cultural history, tradition, and language of Colombia, and will broaden their cultural horizons through exposure to Latin American and Caribbean civilizations, its history, language, food, dance, and festivals.  Students will also participate in common not-for-profit humanitarian activities, involving children at a public hospital, at a not-for-profit organization, and in an impoverished community.  Students will gain knowledge of the cultural traditions of Colombia and Colombian business practices as well as the operation of not-for-profit organizations. Students will earn two credits for this course.
For more information contact:
Dr. Pamala Morris, pmorris@purdue.edu
Myron McClure, mdmclure@purdue.edu
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October 6th - AGAD 128 - 6pm
October 27th - AGAD 128 - 6pm
Natural Resources, Farming and Social Systems
 FULL for Spring Break 2016
With the diplomatic relationships restored between Cuba and USA, it is a unique opportunity to study abroad to this Caribbean island. Now is the time to indulge in the fascinating culture, complex politics and interesting history. Tour this tropical oasis filled with a beautiful coastline, lush vegetation, mountains and diverse agricultural areas. Cuba offers a wonderful mixture of music, traditions, culture and climate. It is one of the safest and hospitable locations. Students will spend 8 days and 7 nights in Cuba, earning one credit. While visiting a national forest, learn about their conservation programs. In the Vinales Valley, focus on the premier tobacco growing area in the world. Understand the products and consumerism while touring an agricultural market and food ration store. Discuss Cuban agriculture topics at the Tropical Agriculture Research Institute. Check out the home of Ernest Hemingway. Visit the Museum of the Revolution to see artifacts of history. At the Zapata Swamp, observe birds, reptiles and invertebrates.
For more information contact:
Dr. Marcos Fernandez, OAP, mfernandez@purdue.edu
Dr. Steve Hallett, HORT, halletts@purdue.edu
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Agriculture in Ireland
 Full for Spring Break 2016
Learn about Irish culture, history, food processing, agribusiness, and farming while visiting the sights of Ireland. Students will tour dairy, beef and grain farms. Visits to the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Stone, Kylemore Abbey, Kilkenny Castle and sights in Dublin are on the agenda.  St. Patrick’s Day will be spent in Ireland.  This course is offered in cooperation with University College Dublin. Students will earn one credit hour for this course.
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Agriculture in Italy
 Full for Spring Break 2016
This course will focus on the agriculture and food systems of Italy.  Learn about Italian culture, history and food processing while visiting Parma, Florence and Rome. Students will tour a balsamic vinegar, cheese and cured ham factory. Students will earn one credit hour for this course.
For more information contact:
Dr. Andrea Liceaga, FS, aliceaga@purdue.edu
Dr. Manpreet Singh, FS, manpreet@purdue.edu 


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Explorations in Human Cultural Diversity: Humans & Animals in Peru
How do different people around the world interact with animals? How has our relationship with animals shaped how we live as a society, both in the past and today? Join Dr. Brite, an anthropologist, and Dr. Russell, an animals scientist, as we journey to Peru in search of answers to these questions. Starting from Peru's capital, Lima, we will make our way from the coastal plains to high up in the Andes Mountains, to explore the diverse ways that humans interact with animals in different cultural and environmental contexts. Human-animal systems that we will observe include a vicuña preserve, a horse training center, a guinea pig farm, and a bullfighting stadium, among others. Additional trip highlights include a visit to the famed archaeological sites of Machu Picchu and Sayhuite, and urban exploration in Lima. Students will earn 2 course credits for this 10-day, spring break trip that runs March 12-20, 2015.
For more information contact:
Dr. Mark Russell, YDAE, mrussell@purdue.edu
Dr. Brite, britee@purdue.edu
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