PBSC goes to Costa Rica

taken by Jesse Trindade - students are Camile Britt, Taryn Owsley, Michelle Smith and Michael Derer

taken by Jesse Trindade – students are Camile Britt, Taryn Owsley, Michelle Smith and Michael Derer

 taken by Jessica Hamilton- student in the picture is Michelle Smith

taken by Jessica Hamilton- student in the picture is Michelle Smith

Palm Beach State goes to Costa Rica

Patricia Medina

Editor-in-Chief

    Imagine yourself, crouched down in a rain forest, and in search of an animal you read about and hoped to see but being told would probably never happen.  Suddenly, running out of the bush, a mother tapir and her calf run past you and deeper into the jungle.  That is one of the stories Professor Robert Shuford shared at the informational session on the New Tropical Ecology, PCB2350 course at Palm Beach State being offered during the Summer B Session.

    Professor Shuford offered many examples of what students could expect when out in the field studying ecology.  Since this will be his seventh trip with students to Costa Rica — boasts 12 distinct ecological zones, Professor Shuford knows where to go.  “The staff makes sure you are aware of what’s happening around you,” Professor Shuford said of the company the school works with in Costa Rica. The “staff” in Costa Rica is TREE (Tropical Research In Ecology & Ethology, LLC).

    “I’m still friends with the group I went with,” Taryn Owsley, who attended the last trip shared “It is easier to learn when you are sharing.  When you are actually out there it makes so much sense.” Owsley stated the course and field work complement each other.

    There are only 12 seats available, so all interested students should contact Professor Jessica Miles at (561) 207-5220.  Not excited about nature?  Palm Beach State College is offering students three chances to study abroad.

The second opportunity will be Introduction to Human Services, HUS 1001.  It is also being offered during the Summer B Session.  Professor Suzanne Duff is teaching this online course that will have one face to face meeting in person before the trip.  Although she has taught this class before, this will be the first time the travel component will be offered.

    According to Professor Duff, “The bonus is using what we’re learning in class and putting it to work.  Our trip specifically is a service trip so students will gain an understanding of how to serve others in need by doing it, not just reading about it or hearing a lecture.”  This course is also limited to 12 students.  All students interested in this course can contact Professor Suzanne Duff at (561) 868-3461.

    But wait, there is one last opportunity to practice your Spanish and study abroad in Costa Rica.  That is during spring break in Costa Rica with Elementary Spanish 1, SPN 1120.  This class is being offered in the spring semester with Professor Wendy Mendez-Hasselman.  “We want to offer students a great opportunity to make connections between content in Spanish 1120 material and real-life examples and experiences in an interactive and communicative approach. Students will increase their understanding of the local values and the community as they integrate themselves in the culture of Cost Rica.”  Professor Mendez-Hasselman stated.

Part of that immersion is through host family accommodations.  According to Professor Mendez-Hasselman, “They will also receive language instruction at the University for Peace, a United Nations mandated institution, and will be learning within an international setting.”  This class has a maximum of 15 students.  All students interested in this course can contact Professor Wendy Mendez-Hasselman at (561) 862-4384.

The cost of each of the Study Abroad opportunities is approximately $2,000, per class and payments are broken up into four installments.  Installments begin now through February 1, 2014, with a down payment of $500.  The college has information posted on its website for each of these opportunities at http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/InternationalEd.