by Trevor Williams | February 13, 2013
Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla and a delegation of officials on Feb. 10 stopped by the University of Georgia's campus in the country during a visit to the region to open a community center and fire station.
Ms. Chinchilla was led on a tour by Fabricio Camacho, the general manager of the campus, and learned about its sustainability efforts, Global Atlanta learned in an email from Quint Newcomer, the campus director.
The president also spoke at the opening of the community center in the city of San Luis, for which UGA students provided landscape design services.
UGA Costa Rica is an international resident campus located on 155 acres in the mountainous cloud forest region of Costa Rica, tucked away in a small town called St. Elena de Monteverde. It offers a variety of study-abroad programs for UGA students throughout the school year, immersing them in a foreign culture while tying them to a local community.
Programs range from avian biology and geomorphology to language studies and perspectives on interracial communication. The campus has a strong emphasis on environmental and societal sustainability, having won awards from the Costa Rican government on this topic.