Introduction to Service Learning:

Communities, Conservation, and Development in Costa Rica

2014 Course Syllabus 

2014 Slide Show      


Info Session       

Nick & Tom Powerpoint - 2011       

Diana, Leslie, & Rory Powerpoint - 2011

Movie Clip 1            Movie Clip 2



1) Cress, C.M. et al. (2005) Learning Through Serving: A Student Guidebook for Service-Learning Across the Disciplines. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.


Chapter 1


2) Slimbach. Richard. (2010). Becoming World Wise: A Guide to Global Learning. Sterling, VA:  Stylus Publishing.



Chapter 1

Chapter 3

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8


3) Kuentzel, W. F. (2010). Hybridization and tourism development along the Rincon River.


4) Flora, C. B., & Flora, J. L. (2008). Rural Communities: Legacy & Change (3rd Edition). Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Chapter 1

            Chapter 2 Natural Capital
            Chapter 3 Cultural Capital
            Chapter 4 Human Capital
            Chapter 5 Social Capital
            Chapter 6 Political Capital

5) Chambers, R.
(1995) Participatory Rural Appraisal: Methods and Applications in Rural Planning.

            Read Pp. 13-32, Skim Pp. 32-71

6) Final Class Report (2013) Service Learning and Development in Guadalupe, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Introduction to Service Learning: Communities, Conservation, and Development in Costa Rica. The University of Vermont. Spring 2013.

            Final Report
            Community Networks
            Organizational Diagram

7) Optional - an example of Particapatory Rural Appraisal

            Kestenbaum, D. (2002). Planning for the Rapid Development of Community Based Ecotourism Using Action Research: A Project Implemented in Rio Negro, Comayagua, Honduras

OSA Slide Show

The Iceberg Concept of Culture

Chimamanda Adichie


Cracking the Golden Egg

Historical Beginnings

Crocodile Bay

Crocodile Bay Protest


Inappropriate Tourism 

What's Going on Here?


Using Caution   Caution1   Caution 2    


What to Bring

Getting a Taxi from the Airport to the hotel (Holiday Inn, Escazu)


U. S. State Department International Travel Information

Center for Disease Control - Health Information for Travelers to Central America

UVM Drug and Alcohol Policy


Where we will be Staying:

Holiday Inn Escazu (February 28 and March 8

Danta Corcovado Lodge (March 1 to March 7)


Costa Rican Census (INEC)

Municipality of Puntarenas

Municipality of Golfito

Municipality of Osa

Ministry of Science and Technology

Ministry of the Environment (MINET)

Ministry of Agriculture and Cattle (MAG)


Corcovado Foundation

Fundacion Neotropica