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

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

ICADS Newsletter-Spring 2017

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The first semester program of the year is over. Numerous students became ICADSers this 2017 and took on a life changing opportunity, where they committed to ICADS’ principles: social justice and sustainable development. Below is a quick look at what some of them have experienced this semester.   Field Program First, students went to the Southern Pacific Region of Costa … Read More

Blackberry cobbler and Agroforestry in Missouri

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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

ICADS Community: Cultural and educational activities

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By: Roxana Rojas Rodríguez In addition to the intensive language classes, Spanish program at ICADS features a series of cultural and educational activities in the afternoons, which help foreign students to better understand the history of Costa Rica, its culture, beliefs, values, way of being, folklore, symbols, economic and political aspects of the country and its economic and social development. All … Read More