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
Colombia
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
Cuba
Natural Resources, Farming and Social Systems
 
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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Ireland
Agriculture in Ireland
 
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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Italy
Agriculture in Italy
 
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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