The Rich Coast Project, Costa Rica

Your media skills can make a difference in the communities of Caribe Sur, Costa Rica.

Join The Media School on its first-ever alternative break service-learning program during Thanksgiving break , Nov. 19-26, 2016. Students will travel together to Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, 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 do some outside prep work.


  • Read reports from the 2016 trip.
  • Contact Audrie Osterman, director of experiential learning at the school.
  • Follow The Rich Coast Project on Twitter @TheRichCoast, Facebook and Instagram @richcoastproject.