Going green in Costa Rica: FHSU spring break getaway

Spring break may seem far away, but it is not too early to book a spot for a trip of a lifetime. Martha Bray, instructor of justice studies at Fort Hays State University, in conjunction with EF Tours, is hosting a nine-day study abroad tour to Costa Rica from March 11-19.

Included in the trip is a boating excursion to San Lucas prison island. San Lucas was a penal colony that rivals Alcatraz and Devil's Island. Students can compare past prison systems with present, learn about Costa Rica's legal and political systems, and compare Costa Rica's policies on prisoner's rights with those of the United States.

Anyone with an interest in the sciences will appreciate the visits to the rain forest, the active volcanic peak and the biological station. The group will also plant trees to replenish the rain forest.

A cloud forest canopy tour will provide white water rafting for willing participants, as well as a tree-top tour of the forest from a series of zip-lines that reveals one of the planet's most fascinating ecological systems from a unique perspective -- the tops of the trees

The tour includes services of an EF Tour director, hotel accommodations, three meals a day and airport transfers. The group will depart from Wichita.

EF Tours insures quality accommodations, safe travel and a bilingual guide who is present the entire trip and is responsible for all sightseeing arrangements.

Cost for the trip is $2,356 for the public and $2,021 for FHSU students and does not count for any academic credits. The tour is open to anyone, but preference is given to FHSU students. For more information, contact Bray at (785) 628-4468 or mjbray2@fhsu.edu.

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