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South African Ecology and Conservation: Fall 2018 Semester, Spring 2019 Semester, Fall 2019 Semester (4 courses) (Orientation Packet PDF)

OTS offers the only undergraduate program based in Kruger National Park, South Africa, one of the world’s greatest national parks. Kruger is part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, spanning South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe – one of the largest protected areas on land – and teeming with wildlife. There is no better place to participate in biodiversity science, understand how ecosystems sustain human communities and learn to translate science to conservation policy in an evolving, multicultural, open society. We will explore a diversity of ecological, cultural and historic landscapes in Kruger National Park and throughout South Africa, from a wild leopard or elephant crossing the savanna; to a three-night homestay in a rural community; to Robin Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years. Together with leading local and international academics, conservation managers and other experts, you will design research projects that contribute meaningful scientific data to inform challenges facing managers in South African National Parks. Learn More

 

Costa Rica Tropical Biology on a Changing Planet: Spring 2019 Semester, Fall 2019 Semester (4 courses)

Costa Rica’s unique diversity of ecosystems, from lowland tropical forests, to cloud forests, spectacular wetlands, dry forests and diverse coastal systems are your classroom to learn about tropical ecology, conservation, and how to conduct field research and contribute to ongoing long-term research. The country is a biodiversity hotspot, a global conservation leader and is committed to becoming the world’s first fully decarbonized country. OTS has been offering experiential, participatory learning experience in Costa Rica since 1963. You will learn about tropical biodiversity, ecosystem dynamics in a changing world and how to conduct scientific research – including implementing your own independent research project – with leading tropical ecologists, while living at OTS’ world class research stations, Las Cruces, La Selva and Palo Verde. Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture and Spanish language by spending three weeks living with a Costa Rican family. Learn More

 

Costa Rica Tropical Diseases, Environmental Change & Human Health: Spring 2019 Semester, Fall 2019 Semester (4 courses)

Costa Rica and OTS have a unique, shared understanding of the relationship between human health and ecosystem health, sometimes called Planetary Health. In 1994, an OTS course led to a change in the Costa Rican constitution, recognizing that all citizens have the right to a healthy environment. Join us to explore the intersection of tropical diseases, tropical ecosystems, environmental change and national and community health strategies. Costa Rica is a global biodiversity hotspot and has progressive health policies based on equity and solidarity. You will study and participate in scientific discovery with Costa Rican leaders in global health, ecology and social justice, while living at OTS’ three world class research stations, Las Cruces, La Selva and Palo Verde. For example, in 2016 a joint Cost Rican-U.S. research team at La Selva discovered Selvamicin, a unique antifungal compound with enormous clinical promise as a new family of antifungal agents. Learn from and collaborate with local and indigenous communities. Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture and Spanish language by spending three weeks living with a Costa Rican family. Learn More

 

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Courses:

 

Costa Rica Tropical Biology Course: Summer 2019 (4 weeks long)

Costa Rica’s unique diversity of ecosystems, from lowland tropical forests, to cloud forests, spectacular wetlands, dry forests and diverse coastal systems are your classroom to learn about tropical ecology, conservation, how to conduct field research and contribute to important ongoing long-term data resources. The country is a biodiversity hotspot, a global conservation leader and is committed to becoming the world’s first fully decarbonized country. OTS has been offering experiential, participatory learning experience in Costa Rica since 1963. You will learn about tropical biodiversity, ecosystem dynamics in a changing world and how to conduct scientific research – including implementing your own independent research project – with leading tropical ecologists, while living at OTS’ world class research stations, Las Cruces, La Selva and Palo Verde. Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture and Spanish language by spending three weeks living with a Costa Rican family. Learn More

 

South Africa Global Heath Issues Course: Summer A 2019, Summer B (4 weeks long)

Through the Sustainable Development Goals, South Africa and other nations worldwide committed to Goal 3 (of 17): Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages. In this context you will explore the diverse national and community health care policies and practices in South Africa, as well as  their economic and social drivers. You will learn about infectious diseases, epidemiology, virology and zoonosis, sexual health and reproductive issues, environmental health, emerging diseases, and traditional and alternative medicine. From a 3-night homestay in Hamakuya, a rural village of the Venda Tribe, to learning directly about the human-wildlife-livestock interface in Kruger National Park, and visit other important sites. Learn More