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Summer Study Abroad in Costa Rica
Jun 22, 2007 to Jul 30, 2008
 > Summer Study Abroad in Costa Rica
Join Rockhurst students and Rocío Duncan, Ph.D., from the department of modern languages on their linguistic and cultural immersion in Costa Rica June 22 - July 30. The students study Spanish and Latin American literature at the University of Costa Rica in San José. They'll visit Monte Verde forest, Manuel Antonio beaches and as well as Panamá. Photos of their trip will be posted throughout the summer.
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Michael Carmona, Katrina Jackson, Megan Heckey, Jenny Timmons, Jason Anderson, Claire Garcia, Colleen Powers, Marina Daldalian, Katie Scanlon, Anne Heidemman, Rocío Duncan and Amalia Duncan crossing a hanging bridge in the rain forest of Monte Verde.


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The students really enjoyed the party and they shared their experiences. We had a great time!


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Students get together at Rocío’s apartment to celebrate 4th of July!


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The students enjoy the waves in Manuel Antonio!


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Costa Rican cuisine is delicious! Michael is going to try the spicy chilies in the jar! Amalia and Jason are having a “casado” one of the most typical dishes in Costa Rica that contains rice, beans, salad and maduros. Colleen is having “empanadas de queso” ¡Buen apetito!


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The beautiful mountains of Costa Rica. Who needs a computer here?


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We were surprised by the size of the cactus!


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We were surrounded by nature. This is the same garden we stopped for lunch.


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We stop to have lunch at this beautiful garden. All the figures are made with natural flowers.


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Taking a tour through the Monte Verde Rain Forest. The rain didn’t stop us. Don’t we look uniform in our ponchos?


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Taking a break after a long walk in the downtown area of San José!


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We were able to see a family of monkeys during our tour!


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Costa Ricans would say that this iguana is small, what do you think?


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The rain forest of Monte Verde is really beautiful with a variety of flowers and birds.


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Students waiting to take their placement test at the University of Costa Rica!


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We are ready for our canopy experience in Monte Verde!


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Rockhurst students taking classes at the University of Costa Rica in San José.


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Colleen, Marina and Michael are very interested reading a short story by Gabriel García Márquez.


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The University of Costa Rica in San Jose.


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The cafeteria at the University of Costa Rica.


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The front of the cafeteria at the University of Costa Rica.


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Students are ready to buy their lunch at the cafeteria. ¡Un "casado" para todos!


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Katrina is happy to be the first to have her food!


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Jason can't wait to eat!


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Everyday we enjoy the different natural drinks. Michael is having "agua de tamarindo" and Katrina and Claire are having "agua de piña".


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Colleen is very happy with her vegetarian dish and Marina loves to have "maduros" with every meal!


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The rain didn't stop Katie and Ann to walk around their neighborhood.


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Exposition at the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica.


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"Las carretas de madera" at Sarchí.


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Little papaya trees full of papayas at the bottom of Arenal Volcano.


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The Hot Springs at the Arenal Volcano.


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Hot Springs at Arenal Volcano!


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Hot Springs at Arenal Volcano!


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Beautiful gardeens at the Hot Springs of Arenal Volcano!


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Coffee plantations on our way to Poas Volcano.


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The old transportation of coffee.


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Coffee and banana plantations on our way to Poas Volcano.


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We need to stretch our legs before the big walk to the Poas Volcano.


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The road to the Poas Volcano.


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The crater of the Poas Volcano. It was very cloudy but we were able to see a little of the lagoon.


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The crater of Poas Volcano.


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The crater of Poas Volcano.


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The crater of Poas Volcano.


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We are so happy to be at the bottom of the Poas Volcano again!


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Katrina's parents came to visit her and joined us in some of our adventures.


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Some examples of the flora in Costa Rica.


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Some examples of the flora in Costa Rica.


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Some examples of the flora in Costa Rica.


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Our weekend in Puerto Viejo.


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Students enjoying the sunny day in Punta Uva!


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Megan and Katrina writing their compositions during our weekend in Puerto Viejo.


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After a day on the beach we went to enjoy a delicious Caribbean dinner!


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We didn't want to leave this beautiful town!


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On our way back to San Jose we had to change buses in the middle of the highway. What an adventure!


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Costa Rica is known for the variety of butterflies, here are some examples!


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We really enjoy the flora and fauna in Costa Rica.


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The closing ceremony included a dance lesson where students learned salsa, merengue, bachata and cumbia costarricense!


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Katrina, Jenny, Colleen, Claire, Michael and Marina concentrate to learn the steps!


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Katie, Jason and Megan had a lot of fun learning the steps for the cumbia costarricense!


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Anne was trying to hide but we found her having fun too!


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Michael, Jenny and Marina don’t want to lose the rhythm!


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Jason and Anne feel more comfortable now and they are at the front with the instructor!


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Students waiting for their certificates at the closing ceremony.


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The Summer Program is over, so Jason and Michael are ready to go buy souvenirs!


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Marina, Megan and Jenny can’t wait to see their grades!


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Claire is more than happy to receive her certificate1


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Marina’s smile tells you that she got excellent grades, ¡Felicidades Marina!


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It is time to say goodbye to the University of Costa Rica


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Ok, Rocío needs to be with the students!


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It is time for our adventure in Panamá. Colleen, Jenny and Anne are ready to cross the border to Panamá!


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We took a ferry from Panama City to Isla Taboga.


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Pictures of the Pacific Ocean on our way to Isla Taboga


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Katie, Anne, Megan and Katrina relax and enjoy the ferry to Isla Taboga.


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Jason, Claire, Michael and Jenny are ready for a sunny day on the beach!


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We are approaching the island. Is it going to rain?


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We had a wonderful time in Isla Taboga!


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Something you don’t see everyday.


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Amalia, Claire and Anne challenge themselves and crossed to the other side of the island.


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It wasn’t easy but they did it!


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View of Isla Taboga


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Going back on the ferry to Panama City!


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The view from our hotel in Panama City


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Panama City is a beautiful city, modern, culture, good music and good food.


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Panama City


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Looking at the Pacific Ocean in the mornings was a real treat!


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El Casco Viejo in Panama City


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El Casco Viejo in Panama City


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El Paseo por el Casco Viejo in Panama City


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El Casco Viejo in Panama City


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View of the modern part of Panama City from El Casco Viejo


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View of the modern part of Panama City from El Casco Viejo


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Paseo por el Casco Viejo


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Panama City


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Examples of the traditional crafts and weaving in Panama


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There is always time for a good ice cream!


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The Panama Canal


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The Panama Canal


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The Panama Canal


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The Panama Canal


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Our last day in Panama we went to see a folkloric dance.


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The “Diablitos” at the folkloric dance.


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Our students enjoyed dancing with the Panamanians.


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Traditional dress from Panama


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It was a great experience and we would love to go back!