Tech students headed to Costa Rica soon

A group of students will get the opportunity to experience life through another culture’s eyes as they travel to Costa Rica in May.

The group will be led by Dr. Alejandra Carballo, associate professor of Spanish. The trip will take place over a period of nine days. The students will travel to five different cities–San Jose, Tortuguero, Sarapiqui, Arenal and Guanacaste.

Traveling abroad teaches you a lot about yourself, Carballo said.

“It opens possibilities, it opens your mind, you become a different person when you come back,” Carballo said.

The group will be visiting several parks in Costa Rica. They will also go snorkeling, whitewater rafting and kayaking.

“You become more flexible about things, you learn how to navigate things,” Carballo said. Students learn things that will become useful for the rest of their lives, Carballo said.

Students have the opportunity to earn a credit hour for this trip. They can sign up to study abroad, as opposed to just travel abroad, and participate in different readings and learning activities.

Arkansas Tech University does offer a scholarship to help cover costs of studying abroad. It is for $1000 towards the trip. The student must sign up to earn the study abroad credit to be eligible.

These opportunities particularly help Spanish education students experience what they are learning about, Carballo said.

“My favorite part of the entire trip was the time spent on the beach of La Playa Hermosa, where we spent our last day and a half of the tour. The beach was absolutely beautiful. Hermosa actually means that,” said Charla New, second semester graduate student of the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program.

The trip is “everything but the bubble gum,” Carballo said. Everything from lodging to transportation is included in the price of the trip.

The trip to Costa Rica will take place May 23-31.