ISU Diary, 1st of August 2011: Departure

I enjoyed every day so much that i do not want to leave my new friends so abruptly, but my flight is booked and i am going to take it. After saying goodbye to my beloved host family, i meet Johannes, Anna and David at the airport. We had the first flight together. In Newark…

ISU Diary, 31th of July 2011: Our last day in Manuel Antonio

Dear INEX Diary, Manuel Antonio has been amazing! Sadly, most of us will be leaving today to San Jose for our last day in Costa Rica tomorrow and we’ll be saying goodbye to some of our friends who will be continuing with their adventures through Central America. After a few hours of sleep, we all…

ISU Diary, 26th of July 2011: Final presentations and some great news!

Dear INEX Diary, Today, after a great weekend in Cahuita, we attended the final day of our Corporate Social Responsibility class. We took a last look at how corporations can commit to social responsibility. Organizations should strive to, among other objectives, 1) take the leadership, 2) adopt a holistic approach, 3) invest in innovation, and…

ISU Diary, 25th of July 2011: Holiday

On July 25th, a few of us(including me) took the chance to use the one day off to stay a little longer in Cahuita! That short vacation was what we needed to recharge our batteries and to fight our lack of sleep! We stayed in a high-end hostal right at the sea, enjoyed the carribbean…

ISU Diary, 24th of July 2011: Cahuita National Park

On Sunday we went by bus from our nice Hotel in Puerto Viejo to Cahuita to see the National Park there at the Caribbean Coast. At the National Park we had a little tour by our travel guide Jenny from Horizontes. Unfortunately there was not much wildlife to see but the landscape and nature right…

ISU Diary, 23rd of July 2011: Banana Plantation

This Saturday our field trip already started at Parque de Tibas at 6 p.m. We were looking forward to an interesting field trip to the Caribbean coast to visit a banana plantation being located close to the Cahuita National Park, which we will visit on Sunday. On our way to the coast we made a…

ISU Diary, 22nd of July 2011: Florex

Today, after meeting at the entrance of ULACIT at 8:30 a.m., we went to Florex in Alajuela. Florex is a company of cleaning products. Their products do not contain ingredients that are considered carcinogenic, mutation generators, fetus malformation agents or that are neurotoxic. Not only that, their products achieve biodegrability over 70%, and the majority…

ISU Diary, 21st of July 2011: Salsa

Todays program at the university was supplemented with another dancing class, this time with a new instructor. But first we had our regular corporate social responsibility class followed by our Spanish lessons. Our Spanish professor brought some of the fruits, we tried yesterday at the mercado central to class, and to there where again some…

ISU Diary, 20th of July 2011: Mercado Central

Hola!!! Como estas? It’s the 20th of July and unfortunately we have already reached the halftime of the programme. Nevertheless we are having a really good time. The day started with the CSR-course where we learned about responsible marketing and the sustainable way how Costa Rica deals with tourism, which is their number one income….

ISU Diary, 19th of July 2011: Integrate CSR

The second lesson of the Corporate Social Responsibility course was given by Florencia Gonzalez.  The overall Today’s topic was how to integrate CSR into business operations, with special regard to human rights, labor issues, and shareholders. Firstly, we talked about were the principles of social responsibility defined by the ISO 26000, which are accountability, transparency,…