CRC Dispatch: May 2011
By Lara Lichten, '10, volunteer student coordinator at the Whitworth Costa Rica Center
I have loved serving at the Cost Rica Center – what a joy to be a part of this community! The center provides Whitworth students the unique opportunity to take their basic course requirements within the context of another culture. Our spring semester classes ranged from Conservationism and Human Rights to Latin American Women Writers and Core 350, with discussion groups in Spanish and English.
This spring, students participated in internships with local businesses and home-stays with families, and they spent a week in Nicaragua, studying history, economics, politics and poverty. Students also visited a self-sustaining farm on the Caribbean coast, studied mangroves on the Pacific Coast, and stayed with host families in a small fishing community.
Whitworth students' intercultural experiences in Costa Rica encourage them to seek an education of mind and heart, to broaden their worldview perspectives, to learn to dig deeper and ask hard questions, and to find their own ways to identify and fulfill others' needs.