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Social Studies

Inside Costa Rica: "The Switzerland of Central America"

In this one time class learners gain insight into life in Costa Rica, including its culture, ecology and social development.
Bruce Callow
73 total reviews for this teacher
4 reviews for this class
Completed by 9 learners
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55 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

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Class Experience

This class provides learners the opportunity to gain insight into day to day life in Costa Rica including its culture, social and political development. We compare and contrast Costa Rica with its neighbors including Nicaragua. Students will gain an appreciation of how a small developing country succeeded in becoming a model for sustainable development while maintaining high health and education standards.
I was Director of Communications at the UK Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica between 2004 and 2013. In this position I did political reporting for the British Foreign Office ( FCO) on both Costa Rica and Nicaragua. I  organized numerous development programs in both countries and received a variety of awards for my work including a UK Foreign Secretary award for innovation, an award from the Costa Rica Tourist Police and an award from the BICU university in Bluefields, Nicaragua.

I founded the Costa Rica ice hockey program in 1996 and managed the program until 2018.
Informal assessment.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Tico Times newspaper ( Central America's oldest English speaking newspaper)
Costa Rica's National Park System
Costa Rica Trade and Investment Agency
Inside Costa Rica
Inside Central America
Bruce Callow personal ice hockey archives


Bruce Callow
Lives in Canada
Explore Space and Careers in Space
73 total reviews
118 completed classes

About Me

I am from Calgary, Canada and have over 20 years of teaching experience. I co-authored the books To the Stars: Costa Rica in NASA and The Intrepids: Costa Rican Women in Science and Technology and Guatemala in Space. Since 2016 I have been... 
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