Some tips to learn better Spanish

ICADS30th Anniversary, Conservation, Costa Rica, Culture, Environment, Health care system, Internship, Justice, Language, Latin America, News, Nicaragua, Research, Spanish, Study Abroad, Sustainability, Tips for travel

By Gabriela García, ICADS Spanish Coordinator Learn a new word in the dictionary every day; write it down; use it at least three times during the day and review it again the next day before learning a new one. Listen to music in Spanish; start with romantic songs first, because they’re slower; little by little listen to other faster rhythms and … Read More

On the lookout for neotropical birds in Missouri

ICADS30th Anniversary, Conservation, Costa Rica, Environment, Latin America, Research, Study Abroad, Sustainability

By David Norman Lots of birds have two homes thousands of miles from each other, one that gives them lots of food for raising babies, and another to keep them fit until the next breeding season. In the ICADS field course we see birds in Costa Rica from October to April that by the month of May have flown away … Read More

Blackberry cobbler and Agroforestry in Missouri

ICADSConservation, Environment, Internships, Research, Study Abroad, Sustainability, Uncategorized

By David Norman This summer I got to witness the evolution of an on-going project to wrestle economic value from a 110 acre property in the Missouri Ozarks.  This many acres may sound like a big chunk of land but the Ozark soil is not suitable farmland: it is acidic and quite rocky (full of chert and sandstone). But what … Read More

Climate change mitigation in the coffee sector

ICADSConservation, Environment

Solution or profit for the “development sector?” By: Kat Peters, M.Ed., Master’s in Rural Development (thesis pending) In honor of the climate conference in Paris, I thought I’d share a translation of a version of a piece I wrote last year about solutions proposed to coffee growers in Costa Rica as a response to climate change. Since then, I have … Read More