The University of Georgia Costa Rica 2014-2015 Sustainability Report UGA Costa Rica 2014 - 2015 Sustainability Report - Page 37

The campus sponsors a local children’s soccer team coached by Hugo Perez. Community service is an important aspect of campus life, as well as many of the academic programs. For example, in June 2015, the Health Sciences Program at Georgia Highlands University transformed the nearby San Luis Community Center into an educational health fair, with the objective of increasing awareness about the causes and effects of mental and physical health and how to address them. The Latin American Caribbean Studies Program (LACS) helped rehabilitate the community soccer field in lower San Luis. The campus sponsors a local children’s soccer team, providing equipment and practice facilities for children ages 7-9, coached by Hugo Perez. Additionally, UGA Costa Rica has set up a fund to help maintain roads in the community, donating $2,000 annually, greatly contributing to development in the area. variety of community-based activities, students and guests have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the effort and processes necessary to bring some of their favorite food items to the table. UGA Costa Rica makes a conscious effort to both integrate into and serve as a resource for the surrounding community. As the majority of those living in the region depend on agriculture as their primary source of income, it is fitting to describe the role of sustainable agriculture at UGA Costa Rica, both oncampus and in the greater community. Through a wide Field-based talks and experiential learning activities focusing on coffee and chocolate, for example, are popular and within walking distance of UGA Costa Rica. Finca la Bella is a sustainable farming cooperative in San Luis, and includes several landowners offering presentations and hands-on activities related to cultivation and processing of both coffee and sugar cane. Café Caburé includes a one-room chocolate factory where owner Bob Carlson (aka “Chocolate Bob”) offers talks about the history and culture of cacao cultivation as well as the art and chemistry of chocolate making. El Rancho de Lelo is another example of sustainable agriculture within the San Luis Va