Costa Rica: Cultivating Global-Mindedness in Costa Rica
January 6 - January 19
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This program features a partnership with the U.N-Mandated University for Peace (UPEACE), located in San Jose, Costa Rica. UPEACE was established in December 1980 as a Treaty Organization by the UN General Assembly. UPeace's Mission is: “to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations.”
Counselor Educators face both challenges and opportunities in their professional practice. It is critical that professionals are well-prepared to advance learning and development, informed by a strong commitment and paradigmatic orientation to Social Justice. In this program, students will learn about and reflect on issues of community and cultural development, international and cross-cultural issues, sustainability (environmental, social, political, and economic), community development and human service, and human rights and citizenship education. The course will utilize inquiry-based and seminar-style learning experiences. In addition to the program leaders, students will have opportunities to learn from distinguished international and local guest speakers and facilitators in classroom settings at the UPEACE campus and on guided tours and site visits.
The program will be based in the San Jose (CR) area as well as in Manuel Antonio. Students will have some free time for exploring, shopping, and enjoying the sites. Themes of sustainability, peace, leadership, and internationalization will inform the program's pedagogy.