2018 Spring Break Trips

Travel with ESRM this Spring

Applications are open for our upcoming ESRM Service Learning Trips.

In the coming months ESRM will be offering three course-related trips: to Maui, New Orleans, and Costa Rica.

Given their trip travel dates in early January, Dr. Steele’s trip to Maui has already had their call for applications and she is no longer accepting additional applications

Our other two trips (Service Learning in New Orleans and Service Learning in Costa Rica) have just opened this week.  Applications will be accepted until November 15, but getting them in earlier than later is always the best approach.

What do we do?

We travel to Louisiana and Costa Rica to help these regions understand their current state of affairs, materially contribute to their restoration and recovery, and better understand these people and places.  See our class blogs for New Orleans and Costa Rica to get a sense of what we do on these trips.  You can also see any of our class lectures or trip videos, here are a few:

Who can apply?

Any undergraduate enrolled at CSUCI can apply.  We have no major restrictions or pre-requisites.  A freshman Sociology major is just as eligible as a senior ESRM major (although we do tend to skew our acceptances towards students nearing graduation).

Given the physical nature of our trips into the field, all participants must have health insurance during the time of our trip, be able to lift 40 lbs., hike for extended periods, and be in good general physical condition.  In addition, students traveling must have a U.S. passport.

How much does the trip cost?

Campus pays for ⅔ of our trip costs, you pay for the remainder.  This year that will be $700 for New Orleans and $1,000 for Costa Rica.

Do I get academic credit?

Yes.  You will enroll in a 3 unit course; either ESRM 492: Service Learning in New Orleans or UNIV 392: Service Learning in Costa Rica.


New Orleans

New Orleans Student Application Form

New Orleans Faculty Recommendation Form

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Student Application Form

Costa Rica Faculty Recommendation Form

Application review will begin on November 15, with students notified of acceptance by Thanksgiving.

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