Rising men's soccer senior Nate Lapides (Barrington, R.I.) is spending the second semester of his junior season abroad in Coast Rica. The two-time NEWMAC academic all-conference honoree that majors in environmental science, recently sent a message filling us in on all the happenings on his experiences nearly 2,500 miles away.
I am living and studying in Costa Rica at the School for Field Studies Center for Sustainable Development Studies. Our campus is located near the town of Atenas which is about an hour away from the capital city, San Jose.
Time flies here and we are about to finish up our three core courses and move onto the last part of our studies, Directed Research.
Up to this point the experience has been wild. Every week we travel as a group of 29 students, interns, and staff to different locations around the country to see national parks, farms, businesses, and other locations of interest. We also spent a week in Nicaragua to compare the two countries and conduct some research on a volcanic island where we stayed.
Some of my favorite parts about the trip so far have been the amazing places that we have travelled to, the climate, and learning about the Costa Rican culture. The weather is usually hot and dry since here on our campus but it is definitely nice to not have to worry about the snow!
Also, our program emphasizes teaching us about Costa Rican culture and traditions. We all spent time with a homestay family and got to experience what a typical weekend would consist of.