Spring Break Programs

For all the spring break options please search the programs through Purdue Study Abroad. Below are the opportunities within International Programs in Agriculture.​​

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Colombia

Multifaceted and Cultural Dimensions of Cartagena

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Students will be provided with the necessary experience to understand the implications of cultural differences among nations, with regards to culture and cultural communication.  Combining an academic component with a real-world exposure to not only the culture of another country but its needs will serve to create a unique course that encourages personal and professional development.  All students will gain a basic knowledge of the influence of cultural competency on successful international travel, marketing, education, and communication.  Additionally, students will be exposed to the cultural history, tradition, and language of Colombia, and will broaden their cultural horizons through exposure to Latin American and Caribbean civilizations, its history, language, food, dance, and festivals.  Students will also participate in common not-for-profit humanitarian activities, involving children at a public hospital, at a not-for-profit organization, and in an impoverished community.  Students will gain knowledge of the cultural traditions of Colombia and Colombian business practices as well as the operation of not-for-profit organizations.

Credit

  • ​AGR 49300 Multifaceted & Cultural Dimensions of Cartegena, Colombia – 2 credits

Dates of Program

  • ​March 10-17, 2018

Cost

  • ​$3400 (includes-flight, accommodations, meals, transportation)

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Contact

Dr. Pamala Morris, OMP, pmorris@purdue.edu
Myron McClure, OMP, 
mcclure0@purdue.edu

 

Costa Rica

Agricultural, Environmental & Community Sustainability in Costa Rica

This eightday international educational program will focus on agricultural, community and environmental sustainability in the tropical setting of Costa Rica. Visit CATIE Tropical Research campus; guided rainforest hike; whitewater rafting; tour pineapple, banana, chocolate & coffee plantation & processing plants; Fair Trade Coops; Costa Rican Wildlife & Conservation initiatives; Arenal Volcano; experience local culture through agrotourism & farms; Fishermen’s CoOps; Environmental challenges and initiatives; meet local students; and much more!

Credit

  • ​AGR 49300 Ag Environment & Community Sustainability in Costa Rica – 1 credit​

Dates of Program

  • ​March 10-17, 2018

Cost

$320​0

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Contact

Dr. Marcos Fernandez, OAP, mfernandez@purdue.edu

Amy Jones, OAP, jones176@purdue.edu

Tropical Biology Practicum

This course offers students the opportunity to explore biodiversity his course offers students the opportunity to explore biodiversity hand conduct field studies in tropical rainforest, Pacific dry forest, Pacific rock reef, and Pacific mangrove swamp ecosystems of Costa Rica.  Students will stay at multiple locations, including La Tirimbina Bioreserve and Selva Verde Ecolodge, both located in the central lowland province; La Fortuna near Arenal Volcano and geothermal hot springs; and  Curú National Wildlife Refuge on the Pacific coast. Students will be expected to participate in all aspects of the trip, including extensive hiking in a variety of environments, white water rafting on the Sarapiquí River, sea kayaking, snorkeling, and tours of a reptile sanctuary and coffee and chocolate plantations.  Students certified in the use of SCUBA will have the opportunity to go on 2-4 dives over the Pacific rock reefs near Curú.  Particular emphasis will be given to using specialized field gears to collect and observe freshwater fishes, marine fishes, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals (especially bats), and birds.  A full-time native guide will also provide students with insights into Costa Rican culture and history while they are experiencing the incredible biodiversity of Central America!

Contact

Dr. Reuben Goforth, FNR, rgoforth@purdue.edu

Ireland

Agriculture in Ireland

Learn about Irish culture, history, food processing, agribusiness, and farming while visiting the sights of Ireland. Students will tour dairy, beef and grain farms. Visits to the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Stone, Kylemore Abbey, Kilkenny Castle and sights in Dublin are on the agenda.  St. Patrick’s Day will be spent in Ireland.  This course is offered in cooperation with University College Dublin.

Credit

  • ​AGR 49300 Agriculture in Ireland – 1 credit

Dates of Program

  • ​March 10-18, 2018

Contact

Dr. Colleen Brady, YDAE, bradyc@purdue.edu 

Italy

Agriculture in Italy

This course will focus on the agriculture and food systems of Italy.  Learn about Italian culture, history and food processing while visiting Parma, Florence and Rome. Students will tour a balsamic vinegar, cheese and cured ham factory.
Credit

  • ​AGR 49300 Agriculture in Italy – 1 credit

Dates of Program

  • ​March 9-17, 2018

More Information

Contact

Dr. Andrea Liceaga, FS, aliceaga@purdue.edu

Peru

International Engagement Methods in Peru

Using established partner relationships, students will work with host-country partners and students to learn the principles of extension methodology, community engagement resulting in sustainable development, and how to most effectively work with local leaders. Students will apply their intercultural communication, entrepreneurial business planning, and community engagement skills while they work bi-national teams to determine how best to apply their classroom knowledge and experience to address chronic health issues and malnutrition of working equids.
Credit

  • ​YDAE 43110 International Engagement Methods in Peru – 1 credit

Contact

Dr. Mark Russell, YDAE, mrussell@purdue.edu​

Vietnam

Food Security and Environmental Challenges in Vietnam

Students will enhance the understanding of culture, opportunities, and challenges in international agriculture to address global issues. Students will have on campus discussions at Purdue and interact with faculty at Vietnam National Agricultural University and Vietnamese livestock producers.
Credit

  • ​ANSC 49500 Food Security & Environmental Challenge in Vietnam – 3 credits

Dates of Program

  • ​March 9-18, 2018

Contact

Dr. Elizabeth Karcher, ANSC, ekarcher@purdue.edu

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