<p>Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla, left, was led on a tour of UGA Costa Rica by&nbsp;Fabricio Camacho, the general manager of the campus.&nbsp;</p>

Kristy Densmore

Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla, left, was led on a tour of UGA Costa Rica by Fabricio Camacho, the general manager of the campus. 

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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. 

Following her visit with Costa Rica’s president, Luis Guillermo Solís, in Atlanta this week on May 19, Kavita Pandit, the University of Georgia’s provost of international education, told Global Atlanta how pleased she was to learn of his awareness of the activities of the UGA campus at the foot of the Monteverde Cloud Forest in the Central American country. More
Tiny Costa Rica is a nation of big paradoxes. It is living green and fighting poverty at the same time, while fending off regional threats without an army. President Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera, who visited Atlanta last week, says his country is on course to reduce poverty by 65 percent in three years and become carbon neutral by 2021. Drumming up foreign investment during his U.S. visit, which also included stops in Charlotte, N.C., Austin, Texas, and Chicago, is key to meeting those goals.   More