Drug Trafficking and the “War on Drugs” –Sapere Aude!

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  With this Immanuel Kant’s phrase (“Sapere Aude”), translated as “Dare to Know!”, the Costa Rican ex-Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Pablo Barahona Krüger, began his talk at ICADS. This lawyer specialized in Human Rights and Constitutional Law started analyzing the “Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime” topic inviting our Semester Program student to step out of the … Read More

Urban Gardens in Curridabat, San José, Costa Rica

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By Kat Peters, M.Ed. and candidate for Master’s in Rural Development  While working at ICADS, I was always struck by the passion many students arrive with to their semester abroad.  Topics they care about and learn about at home inspire them to compare and contrast with communities in Central America, in their quest for more justice and better sustainability.  To that … Read More

David’s June trip to the Valley of Mexico

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By David Norman It was only a nine day trip that Eunice and I took to Mexico, D.F., but it was amazing.   Even though there are incredible numbers of people packed into that relatively flat plateau, we saw some positive initiatives worth commenting on.  We crammed into the city’s metro system that moves over 5 million people a day, and … Read More

ICADS and Northwestern University promote the Community Based Research Fellows Program (CBR)

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By ICADS The summer, about to come to an end, brought to ICADS many friends, including students and teachers from different American universities. Together with Northwestern University’s Buffet Institute for Global Studies, ICADS hosted a cohort of the Community Based Research Fellows Program (CBR).  Through this partnership, we received three students, Natalie, Bethany and Sam, who developed a 9-week community-driven research … Read More

A Day of Hammocks and Smiles

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By Gabriel Vargas, ICADS Professor A few summers ago, ICADS students from the Pitzer Summer Health Program in Costa Rica had the opportunity to visit an inspiring restaurant and organization in Granada, Nicaragua. The Centro Social Tío Antonio is a non-governmental organization founded in 2007 to provide job and education opportunities to young Nicaraguan men and women. In the Centro, our students had lunch at Café … Read More

Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians – Santa Rosa – Palo Verde, Costa Rica. By David Norman

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Our dear Professor David Norman shares his “Reptile and Amphibian Field Guide for the Santa Rosa and Palo Verde National Parks in Costa Rica”. This lively and interactive document will help you to enjoy even more these beautiful Costa Rican parks. You can download it here:  Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians -Santa Rosa – Palo Verde – Costa Rica

My Job as Spanish Coordinator: Gaby’s Experience

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Gabriela has been part of the ICADs team for over a decade, but her career began long before that. She has a lifelong passion for teaching Spanish and sharing Latin American culture with students. Her dedication to this cross-cultural teaching and learning is apparent in her work at ICADS. Gabriela is always looking to improve ICADS’ program so every student … Read More