Participate in an international travel/service trip to Costa Rica

For Immediate Release
Tue, 01/14/2014


Delin Guerra

Program Officer

International Relations Office

CHICAGO — Are you interested in a unique opportunity that combines the principles of sustainable tourism and educational travel with international community-based library service work? 

This trip, hosted by the ALA International Relations Office, is designed for librarians at all stages of their careers. 

The program combines grassroots, community-based service work on three library projects in the Monteverde Zone in Costa Rica and a full itinerary of travel activities centered around understanding both the natural and cultural environments of this spectacular country.

The trip will be led Laurie Kutner, library associate professor, University of Vermont, who for the last six years has directed an on-site internship with Syracuse iSchool students building community-based digital collections in Monteverde.  Laurie’s subject expertise is environment, anthropology, geography and global studies.   

Joining Laurie for the tour will be the experienced Eric Gomez, owner of Costa Rica Green Adventures. CRGA’s philosophy is to provide opportunities that have a positive cultural impact on both environment and people.

The cost for the trip is $2,000. It includes all in-country transport, lodging, activities and food, with the exception of two to three meals.  It does not include air travel to and from Liberia, Costa Rica. Participants are responsible for booking and covering the additional cost of their own airline tickets. 

A small portion for the tour cost will go to help ALA further its international efforts.

For interest in participating and more information please email or visit