University Students-Costa Rica

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ENTR 337: Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Social Sector Edition-Costa Rica (4 credits + certificate of completion from UPEACE CEE and the IDEA Institute)

June 24-July 5 (Main Course)

July 6-July 13 (Optional customizable week.  Instructional/travel support and insurance remains in place; Affordable meals, lodging and in-country transport is out of pocket).

Cost: $4525 (excluding airfare)

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, sustainable-community fishing and child physical therapy and leadership development with horses.  Learn design thinking, 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.

Costa-Rica-Monkeys-CariblancosCourse Highlights:

  • Costa Rica is known as the happiest country on Earth as well as the second most sustainable
  • Highly Experiential and Field-based with some class work at the beautiful UPeace campus
  • Learn design thinking, social venture modeling, self-leadership, consulting approaches all in the context of social justice, business, community building and sustainability.
  • Travel throughout the country and engagement with many Costa Ricans
  • Option for an extended week of cultural immersion and exploration
  • Safe water to drink, safe food to eat, safe travel and movement, safe environment for self-discovery and exploration
  • Beaches! Mountains! Monkeys!

The fee of $4525 includes the first two weeks of the experiential classroom (3 instructors and 4 credits of in-state tuition), 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 guides remains in place).

Join us for an adventure of a lifetime!


Details: Itinerary, Certificate & Faculty



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), add on an additional week that you can customize with your fellow students 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 of completion from the Centre for Executive Education at UPEACE 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