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August 24, 2012

New program, destination await educational travelers

CHICKASHA — Armed with a new educational travel program and an exciting destination, Dr. Brenda Brown’s enthusiasm about next year’s trip to Costa Rica is infectious.

Brown, a professor of English, will host the first informational meeting about the trip beginning at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11 in room 205 of Davis Hall at the University of Science and Arts.

“I’m so excited about this trip,” Brown said. “It meets my requirement for providing students with an authentic and rich educational experience.”

“It’s affordable for young people on a budget as well as community members who might want to benefit from the group pricing.”

The twelve-day trip to Costa Rica, scheduled for April 25 through May 6, 2013, is offered by Oklahoma Study Abroad in conjunction with the university. The trip is expected to cost roughly $1800 for a 12-day stay.

Travellers are scheduled to begin their visit to Costa Rica in the capital San José which will serve as a jumping off point for several excursions to cities like Cahuita, Puerto Viejo, Manzanillo and La Fortuna.

Activities planned include visits to Manuel Antonio National Park, snorkeling above Costa Rica’s largest coral reef and a bike cruise as well as taking in San José’s museums, cathedrals and markets.

 Christian Alyea, program director for Oklahoma Study Abroad, visited USAO’s campus on Wednesday to visit with freshmen and talk about the importance of visiting and studying abroad.

“Our programs are designed to teach students and community members how to travel like a local instead of like a tourist,” Aylea said.

“The itinerary is carefully crafted to provide the traveller with full cultural immersion. I’m comfortable, as a result, in saying that our programs are the most authentic and affordable on the market.”

The Costa Rica trip is open to the public and to travellers of all ages.

Those who cannot attend the meeting but are interested in the trip should contact Brown at 405-574-1207.

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