Service-learning project to take students to Costa Rica

The Media School Report • Aug. 5, 2016

Students who want to apply their media skills to make a difference may apply for a service-learning project over Thanksgiving break.

A Media School group will travel to the communities of Caribe Sur, Costa Rica, Nov. 19-26 to partner with The Rich Coast Project, a community storytelling project founded by IU alumna Katie Beck.

Media School students will help the people of Caribe Sur establish a community radio station. They will conduct a workshop with local residents on audio storytelling and create some of the initial content for the station.

Caribe Sur is a bilingual English and Spanish-speaking community, so Spanish-language skills are not needed (but are helpful). This is a non-credit-bearing international service-learning opportunity; it is not a component of a Media School class. All Media School majors are eligible to apply.

The cost of the program is $1,850. This includes transportation to and from IU to Puerto Viejo, lodging, all meals in Costa Rica, group activities and travel health insurance. It does not include the cost of meals on travel days, passport costs or other personal expenses.

If accepted, you will be required to participate in three preparatory meetings at IU and complete some prep work.

Get involved:

  • Attend a call-out meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 23, Franklin Hall 114.
  • Complete the online application no later than 11:59 p.m. Sept. 6. (Application will be live and linked here after the call-out meeting.)


  • Learn about The Rich Coast Project.
  • Follow The Rich Coast Project on Twitter @TheRichCoast, Facebook and Instagram @richcoastproject.
  • Contact Audrie Osterman, director of experiential learning at the school, with questions after the call-out session.