Professionals-Costa Rica

 Welcome Professionals!

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Be recognized with a Global Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Certificate of completion from the Centre for Executive Education at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace and Western Washington University’s IDEA Institute!  And even more exciting, learn and have an amazing adventure in beautiful and affordable Costa Rica!

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Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Social Sector Edition-Costa Rica

June 24-July 5
July 6-13 (Optional add-on, customizable week)

Fill out the interest form so Dr. Sherwood can personally get in touch!  Feel free to leave questions or request specific information.  Also feel free to email directly:

Learn. Play. Discover.  Costa Rica!  This highly experiential, field-based course takes increasingly deep dives into social ventures including women-empowered coffee businesses, squatter-settlement education, cooperatively organized sustainable fishing community and child physical therapy and leadership development with horses.  Learn design thinking, liberating structures, social venture modeling and consulting in this journey of self-discovery.  Participants will also be recognized with a joint Global Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Certificate from the Center for Executive Education at the United Nations mandated University for Peace and the WWU’s IDEA Institute.  Join us in this beautiful, safe and welcoming country for an epic travel experience of a lifetime!  Space is limited.

Who is considered a professional? Anyone not currently attending a university at least half-time; University students may attend as a professional and receive a student discount rather than receiving university credit.

The cost for professionals is $4525 (excluding airfare).  The fee includes the first two weeks of the experiential classroom (3 instructors), lodging, in-country transportation, some meals, and support of guides fluent in Spanish who are highly familiar with Costa Rica. If you choose to stay the optional customized week, you will be responsible for lodging, meals and transport (insurance and virtual contact with instructors and guides remains in place).  Scholarships will be available for a limited number professionals. Please inquire with Dr. Sherwood. 

The program design is built through the lens of the professional.  The experience will be the same for all participants.  University students earning credit will fulfill additional requirements.

Details: Itinerary, Certificate, Faculty

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Choose two or three weeks!
Dates-Structured Course:  June 24-July 5 (with optional additional week-see below)
Additional Customizable Week (Optional): July 6-July 13: For just the minimal costs of lodging and food (we estimate $250-$450 to live simply; you can of course, live it up!). Add on an additional week that you can customize with your fellow participants for travel and learning in Costa Rica.  While the instructors will provide guidance, this is your chance to design your learning and adventure!  For those not opting in for the additional week, there will be learning opportunities online.

Certificate: Global Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

All participants who complete requirements will be awarded the Global Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Certificate from the Centre for Executive Education at University for Peace and the IDEA Institute at Western Washington University.  Check out UPeace Center for Executive Education!

Facilitators: Faculty, Instructors, Coaches and Guides

Meet the Facilitators who are your Faculty, Instructors, Coaches and Guides!



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Julia Delafield, Director UPEACE Centre for Executive Education




Art Sherwood, Director, IDEA Institute



Kristine Baker, MBA





Costs:  Professionals

Scholarships will be available for a limited number professionals. Please inquire with Dr. Sherwood. 

$4525 (excludes airfare) for the program.  If you choose to stay for the additional week, you will have an additional estimated $250-$450 in expenses for lodging and food if you are living simply.  Of course, if you want to live it up, there are many options to do so!