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Join Western faculty and students to study the impacts of tourism on the natural, social and cultural environments in Costa Rica. This course is a hands-on international ecotourism experience that provides a powerful case study of the relationship between ecotourism and its role in community development.
Specifically, students will participate in a variety of adventure and cultural activities illustrating how ecotourism is a useful tool for promoting local economic development, strengthening communities, conserving the environment, and empowering/preserving culture/heritage.
Jasmine Goodnow earned her Ph.D. and M.S. from University of Utah and her B.S. from Brigham Young University. Her research interests include the study of traveling for self-discovery and insight through the construction of liminality; Ecotourism as a tool for cultural empowerment, local economic catalyst, and environmental conservation.