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  • A lush tropical forest with a volcano in the background

Costa Rica Spring Break Program

Costa Rica is a leader in environmental conservation efforts and consistently tops the Happy Planet Index charts. Want to discover this Pura Vida lifestyle yourself? Join Capstone Scholars Program's Faculty Director Dr. Elise Lewis and the Office of Sustainability's Associate Director for Student Engagement Jessie McNevin as we travel to Costa Rica for Spring Break 2024 to examine how the Pura Vida lifestyle impacts the components of wellness and sustainability.

Program Overview

  • Duration: March 2-10, 2024
  • Course listing: UNIV 290: “Sustainability of Earth and Self”
  • This course will include class meetings during the first half of the Spring semester
  • Course credit:  1 hour
  • Program Leaders: Dr. Elise Lewis, Jessie McNevin


  • Our nine days will be divided between the rain forest near La Fortuna and the coastal town of Manuel Antonio.
  • Stay at a state-of-the-art eco-lodge and sample delicious tropical fruits.
  • Experience adventure activities like zip-lining through a cloud forest and whitewater rafting.
  • Learn new approaches to stress as we take part in morning yoga, routine journaling, and daily hikes.


Program fee: $2,395 (does not reflect the Capstone Scholars Adventure Grant)


  • Accommodations for 8 nights 
  • Transportation to/from activities
  • Meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Local Guide 
  • 2 USC Trip Leaders
  • All itinerary activities

Does not include:

  • Airfare 
  • Optional surf lessons ($70) or canyoning ($85)
  • Transportation for any free time activities

Information Sessions

These are a great chance to meet your program leaders, learn about the application process and more of what to expect from the program. Please visit our calendar  to view upcoming sessions for this coming fall semester. Attendance is not mandatory in order to apply! In-person info sessions will take place at the Capstone Scholars Office (13 Gibbes Court).

Tues. October 3 (10:30-11:30am): Info Session

Mon. October 9 (3-4pm): Info Session

Tues. October 17 (10-11am): Info Session (Virtual Option)


Apply HERE! Application closes Sunday, October 22 (11:59pm)

Contact Us

If you have further questions about this opportunity, feel free to email Dr. Elise Lewis or Jessie McNevin.

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