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  • Locations: Bellingham, Washington, United States; Ciudad Col√≥n, Costa Rica;
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Global Learning Faculty-led Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Design, Leadership, Sustainability, Women's Studies
Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:
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WWU Global Learning Program:
Costa Rica
Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation:
Social Sector Edition

Course: ENTR 337, 4 credits

2019 Syllabus and itinerary draft(subject to change)_ENTR 337.docx V2.pdf

Program Dates: June 21 - July 13, 2019
Travel Dates: June 21 - July 13, 2019

Quoted costs cover the first two weeks.  Students can then choose to either continue for another week (not included in program cost) for an extended cultural immersion or do this portion through an online report.  

Itinerary: 2019 Tentative itinerary_ENTR 337.pdf

Program Description:

Learn. Play. Discover.  Costa Rica!  This highly experiential, field-based course takes increasingly deep dives into social ventures including women-empowered coffee businesses, squatter-settlement education, sustainable-community fishing and child physical therapy and leadership development with horses.  Learn design thinking, social venture modeling and consulting in this journey of self-discovery.  Participants will also be recognized with a joint Global Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Certificate from the Center for Executive Education at the United Nations mandated University for Peace and the WWU’s IDEA Institute.  Join us in this beautiful, safe and welcoming country for an epic travel experience of a lifetime!  Space is limited. 

Course Highlights:

  • Costa Rica is known as the happiest country on Earth as well as the second most sustainable
  • Highly Experiential and Field-based with some class work at the beautiful UPeace campus and inspiring site visits to socially innovative organizations.
  • Learn design thinking, social venture modeling, self-leadership, consulting approaches all in the context of social justice, business, community building and sustainability.
  • Travel throughout the country and engagement with many Costa Ricans
  • Option for an extended week of cultural immersion and exploration
  • Safe water to drink, safe food to eat, safe travel and movement, safe environment for self-discovery and exploration
  • Beaches! Mountains! Monkeys!

More Information:

Expectations of Participants:

With or without reasonable accommodations, must be able to walk daily with some hills, sit between 1-5 hours in classroom and bus.  Programmed activities allow for accessibility to all.  Refrigeration is available for duration of the program.


Dr. Art Sherwood, Director, IDEA Institute and Cole Professor of Entrepreneurship at WWU
Art imagines a world where everyone is empowered to make change happen. His work to pursue this includes holding the David Cole Professor of Entrepreneurship chair at WWU and directing WWU’s IDEA Institute where he teaches and leads the university’s entrepreneurship and innovation programming. As a professor, he researches inclusive entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems and teaches how people can cooperate to address our world’s challenges and seize opportunities. Art is an experienced entrepreneur having recently launched, a global education and learning company building on his 25+ years of experience that includes being a member-owner of CDS Consulting Co-op, deep engagement with the local food movement in the US where he co-founded the Local Growers Guild farmer marketing cooperative and co-owned an organic farm as well as eye-opening stints at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and the US Army National Guard.
Phone: 360-650-4146
Office: Parks Hall 41

Program Cost:

See the Budget Sheet.


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This program is currently not accepting applications.