Study Abroad Spotlight: Costa Rica

group photo in costa rica

July 28th, 2015 Author: Cal Powell  |  706-542-3536  |  More about Cal
Contact: Andy Carswell  |  706-542-4867  | More about Andy

As part of a Maymester program in Costa Rica, eight FACS students under the director of faculty member Dr. Andy Carswell built a Habitat for Humanity house for a local family.

The trip included two classes – Family Resource Management as well as Introduction to Housing – that allows students to understand how families in international settings are forced to survive using limited resources.

In addition to the materially normally taught on the UGA campus, Carswell said he augments the Costa Rica course with extra sections on international housing, sustainable housing and gated communities that are prevalent issues in that setting. The Habitat house was incorporated as part of the program's service learning component.

“The students fully embraced the experience, even though the physical labor component was much more excruciating than the U.S.-based Habitat builds,” Carswell said.

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