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CCS300: Costa Rica--Gerontology and Healthcare
Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica (Carroll Courses Program)
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Program Terms: Fall
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Restrictions: Carroll applicants only
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Minimum GPA: 2.5 Program Type: Faculty-Led Programs
Total CCE Cost: 3850.00 Deposit Amount: 250.00
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What is a Blue Zone?  These are locations around the world where people live longer than would otherwise be expected.  Why?  There are many theories.  Diet and lifestyle are key, but there may be other, less tangible reasons.  The Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica is one of these locations.  On this trip, you will meet and interact with many people 100 years old or older who still lead productive active lives.  You will visit their homes and meet their families, go to the local markets and participate in making local food.  You will visit clinics and hospitals and meet people from the Ministry of Health to find out how the healthcare system supports this population.  You will also explore the local arts and crafts, and take part in the cultural traditions of the area.  And when you are not busy meeting people and learning about the culture, you may be able to find time for a few surfing lessons.  Then you will leave Playa Samara and move on to San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica.  There you will meet with university professors, government officials and hospital staff.  You will have time to see a few sights--such as one of Costa Rica's famous volcanoes--before you return to the US.    

Instructors: Michael Rodriques 
Course Term:  Fall 2018
Course Meeting Times: Class will meet on Wednesdays 4:15-5:50PM
Travel dates:  January 10-19th  2019
Estimated cost: $3850.00
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Course Credits: 2 

Potential Itinerary:
Day 1- Arrive in Liberia and drive to Playa Carrillo on the Nicoya Peninsula to your beach front hotel.
Day 2- After breakfast, departure from the hotel to visit the homes of several centenarians.
Day 4- After breakfast, visit the Nicoya Market, filled with traditional food located in the Nicoya town center. Visit the elderly in the community of Hojancha, to observe the activities that keeps their life so special. They will also explain how the program Care Network benefits many seniors across the country. Enjoy lunch back in the town center before visiting a nursing home in San Blas. Late in the afternoon, regroup at the hotel for surf lessons on Playa Carrillo.
Day 5- Morning visit to Hacienda Santa Maria, a cattle ranch where the tradition of being a Sabanero is preserved. You will also visit with centenarians. Also, visit the 150 year old house of Casona de Santa Barbara while enjoying lunch. The next stop takes you to Ecomuseum of San Vicente which is a Cooperative of Artisans. You will learn about the development of different crafts, using traditional methods.

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