Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Richard Rodman


Since 2008 Fundación Operación GAYA Internacional, a Costa Rican NGO has provided youth training and development programs to local youth in Costa Rica, empowering young people to be “architects” in the development of their own communities and to take the lead in creating a world that is more peaceful and just. Through the implementation of Project GAYA, the foundation will expand its programming to international youth for the first time.

The proposed program offers a comprehensive program design for a short-term study abroad experience for U.S. high school students to Costa Rica. Students will engage in experiential learning and critical analysis of global socioeconomic and environmental issues. The program draws on theories of Education for Sustainability, Experiential Education, Education for Critical Consciousness and Service-Learning for Active Citizenship. Through site visits, participatory workshops, and service-learning, students will explore four central themes: human rights, environmental justice, collaborative leadership, and social entrepreneurship. Drawing on best practices in international education, the design includes health and safety measures, emergency protocols, and a comprehensive budget.


Civic and Community Engagement | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Environmental Health and Protection | International and Comparative Education | Place and Environment | Service Learning | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education | Sustainability


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