Travel to Costa Rica

Spend an amazing 9 days exploring Costa Rica at its best. Break the winter doldrums by traveling to Costa Rica to experience firsthand the wealth which comes from the interaction of culture and the environment.  Immerse yourself in the richness of Latino culture (a chance to brush up on your Spanish language skills) while exploring Costa Rica’s environmental treasures such as the Arenal Volcano and  Baldi Hot Springs, a river tour the jungles of the Cano Negro Wild Life Refuge.  Spend an overnight in the Monteverde Cloud Forest and walk above the clouds on the Monteverde Cloud Forest Sky Walk Tour. Wrap up the best of Costa Rica with two days in Guanacaste exploring the  wealth and variety of Costa Rican culture.

Your Package Includes

  • Round-trip Airfare
  • All accommodations (two to a room)
  • Full Time Tour Manager
  • Insurance, taxes, OCC instruction and tuition/fees
  • Excursions to:
    • Arenal Volcano,
    • Baldi Hot Springs,
    • Cano Negro Wild Life Refuge
    • Jungle River Tour
    • Monteverde Cloud Forest
    • Monteverde Cloud Forest Sky Walk Tour
  • All Breakfasts
  • 4 Lunches
  • 7 Dinners

Not included:  the $29 Costa Rica Departure tax, payable at local airport; Personal expenses; activities, meals, tips and services not specifically listed in travel brochure/contract.


Participants must be at least 18 years of age and out of high school.

Registration Deadline:

Scholarships - Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Applications - Wednesday, September 19, 2018     

Cost of Trip Plus one (3) Credit Course:
In-county: $3,905.50
Out of County: $3,959.50
Out of State: $4,223.50

Academic Credit

Community members are welcome to participate on an audit-credit basis. Students will be enrolled for 3 college credits during the Winter 2019 Semester in ANTH 240 Travel Seminar: World Cultures and/or SCIE 129 Travel Seminar: Global Science

Scholarships Available

Scholarships available for full-time OCC students - an application is required. Deadline to submit application is Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

Seminar Leaders

Peter Hartney is an Adjunct Assistant Professor teaching Anthropology and Sociology for the past 10 years at OCC’s Southern Education Center in Manahawkin.   He has over 30 years of cross-cultural experience working in numerous capacities with the Latino community. He has lived in Brazil and travelled to Argentina, Paraguay, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and most recently to Paris. He is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and has begun to recapture his fluency in French.  He strives to accompany and engage students in cross-cultural learning through cultural participation and observation.  

Prof. Vijay Ramdeen, college lecturer for Ocean County College, teaches introductory chemistry, general chemistry and organic chemistry. Vijay completed his masters in chemistry at the University of Virginia. His graduate research involved developing organometallic catalysts to convert methane to methanol as an alternative energy source. His research also included work on catalysts that had potential to condense multi-step chemical synthesis, especially relevant to the pharmaceutical industry, to one step or a few steps. Vijay completed his bachelors in chemistry at Lafayette College, where he had the opportunity to complete a study abroad course in Australia and New Zealand on environmental science. Vijay understands how valuable the study abroad experience is to a student, that he has become involved with OCC’s study abroad program to encourage and involve students to explore global culture and diversity


Tour Leaders: Peter Hartney and Prof. Vijay Ramdeen

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