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Faculty & Staff

Dr. Javier Espeleta, Director of the Costa Rica programs, is an ecologist and environmentalist who has been a leader in innovative and interdisciplinary projects in research, education, and outreach with a variety of universities and organizations in the US and Costa Rica, including the University of Washington, Biosphere 2, and the Tropical Science Center in San José.

Academic Coordinator Marco Castro Rodriguez has more than 15 years of experience working with international students and young volunteers in Costa Rica and Central America on initiatives in education, youth and women empowerment, the environment and eco-tourism, and rural infrastructure.

Other faculty who teach elective courses for the program are also accomplished practitioners, as well as educators.

  • A biologist with graduate training in environmental and heritage interpretation, Marisol Mayorga Castro has taught in Costa Rica and the US and has worked as an educator with a variety of NGOs and community organizations.
  • Biologist César Sánchez's career has included working as a nature guide in Costa Rica, a museum curator and teacher in Costa Rica and at Louisiana State University, and a consultant on projects related to climate change adaptation, biodiversity, and conservation.
  • For over 20 years, Karina Soto has taught Spanish for foreigners, a variety of literature and culture courses, and specialized language courses for professionals for universities and institutes in the US and Costa Rica.
  • Public health expert Dr. Luis Bernardo Villalobos has directed of several health centers in Costa Rica, served as a consultant the World Health Organization, the United Nations Population Fund, and other international organizations, and is former director of the Public Health Graduate Program at the University of Costa Rica.
Javier Espeleta

 

Javier Espeleta

Program Director

 

Marco Castro Rodriguez

Marco Castro Rodriguez

Academic Coordinator

Marisol Mayorga Castro

Marisol Mayorga Castro

Faculty

César Sánchez
 

César Sánchez

Faculty

 
Karina Soto

Karina Soto

Faculty

Luis Bernardo Villalobos

Luis Bernardo Villalobos

Faculty

Carol Flores Solano

 

Carol Flores Solano

Student Services Coordinator

Iveth Duarte

Building Attendant