The cost of this trip is $3,500 per student. This cost is all-inclusive and includes airfare to Costa Rica, all ground transport in Costa Rica, lodging, food, supplies, off-site adventures, and, of course, the cost for the scientists and teachers who lead the research efforts. The only other cost that the student incurs is their passport fees. Obtaining their passport is a responsibility of the student. Once in Costa Rica, the student is also responsible for any spending money they choose to use, however, the research sites used by this program are very remote with little opportunity for spending by students. Some students may chose to buy t-shirts, souvenir jackets, or sweets, but the reality is there are simply very limited opportunities for spending money.
The $3,500 cost of the trip is broken into many partial payments. This trip is preceded by pre-trip classes, once per month in the months before the trip. These classes are used to prepare the students with the necessary knowledge in evolutionary microbiology, so they have a productive experience. The cost of the trip is paid by payments spread out over several months.
The first $100 refundable check must accompany the application. If the student is selected, the check becomes non-refundable. If the student is not selected, the check is returned. As each preparation class takes place, a portion of the remaining $3,400 cost is due. Students will be provided invoices each month, showing the amount due and the amount paid to date.
DOTA MOUNTAIN COFFEE
This coffee is grown at 1,400 to 2,000 meters on the slopes of the volcano chain extending south from Finca La Anita. We think this is the highest grown coffee in the world. When the coffee is sold it accomplishes two goals:
This coffee is the livelihood of a co-op of 700 poor families who scraped together enough money to take their coffee to the 2001 Specialty Coffee Association trade show in San Francisco where it was judged “Best-In-The-World!”
This coffee is packed in 10 oz. bags and is available in classic roast ground, dark roast ground, classic roast whole bean, or dark roast whole bean. The coffee sells for $10 per bag of which the student receives half towards the trip. This fundraiser is effective because it is at the complete top end of the coffee quality scale and this means that once a student sells the coffee to a neighbor of friend, it is typical that the person comes back and asks for more coffee.
ALL THE DETAILS
Amanda Akers firstname.lastname@example.org 512.638.9722
Russell Baker email@example.com 512.673.0068