Degree Name

MA in Sustainable Development

First Advisor

John Ungerleider


While Costa Rica is not the most under-developed country in Central America, it still experiences poverty and school drop outs on par with neighboring countries and some exceptional regions of the United States. The primary focus of this thesis is to discuss how the “Green Classroom” initiative, a Peace Corps Volunteer’s attempt to create sustainable change, is rooted in modern educational theories; and how they have influenced the organizations and practical methodologies used to engineer this project. A secondary focus is on the process the volunteer and vital project partners experienced to create a sustainable educational resource for a primary school in the central valley region of Costa Rica. Survey responses from educators and other school staff offer final insights into the real impact of the Green Classroom as a resource that engages community members at all levels.


Child Psychology | Community-Based Learning | Developmental Psychology | Educational Leadership | Educational Methods | Educational Psychology | Educational Sociology | Social Work


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