A Tradition of Excellence

Expanding Educational Opportunities

The tropics are the world’s future. We prepare students to become part of that future. OTS field based education programs inspire and prepare the next generation of change agents, critical thinkers, scientists and practitioners. OTS students will be immersed in tropical ecosystems, explore biodiversity first hand, connect with diverse communities and cultures and experience the wonder of the tropics. OTS equips them to work effectively in today’s interconnected world and become a solution-maker for the future. With your donation, you will support:

  • The creation of a fund for undergraduate programs that allows these courses (three in Costa Rica and three in South Africa), can continue to be offered to students from all over the world.
  • Promotion of student scholarships, especially for semester undergraduate programs.
  • Faculty recruitment so OTS can continue to attract the world’s leading educators in tropical ecosystems.

Community Connections

OTS has developed an Environmental Program called “EcoMaletas.” It is an innovative set of educational activities designed and developed by OTS that has the potential to educate children across Costa Rica about science, conservation and human development. OTS provides elementary schools with a suitcase filled with 20 novel activities that allows children to learn about ecosystems and tropical nature through games, movement, teamwork, and exploration. Additionally, OTS provides teacher training and on-going support.

  • Funding is needed to refresh activities, provide teacher trainings, and to assemble 75 suitcases for distribution across Costa Rica.

To learn more about educational opportunities at OTS, please visit this link