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NMSU ‘Global Connections’ Talk to Focus on Experience in Costa Rica

An undergraduate student at New Mexico State University will give the first “Global Connections” presentation of the fall semester about her experiences in Costa Rica.

The talk is scheduled for Wednesday, September 26 in Domenici Hall, Room 102 at 5:30 p.m.  The “Global Connections” series is free and open to the public.

Desiree Sanchez is a junior majoring in physics with a minor in studio art. She went to Costa Rica in an 11-person group in spring 2018 as part of the Aggies Go Global student organization at NMSU.

“My presentation is called “How You Can Travel the World Tomorrow,”she said. “It was my first time out of the country.”

Desiree Sanchez (right) works in a kitchen as part of the trip’s service-learning. (Photo courtesy of Desiree Sanchez.)

This is the seventh year the College of Arts and Sciences has offered its “Global Connections” series, which had featured faculty members’ trips around the world. This fall, the series is including students’ experiences as well.

The purpose is to provide an opportunity for members of the campus and surrounding community to learn about the kind of global first-hand experiences they might never otherwise encounter.

One aspect of the trip was to immerse the students in the Spanish language. The students took Spanish classes each morning before going out to do service work.

“We lived with host families and I stayed with an older woman who only spoke Spanish, so that really challenged me,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez’s efforts to communicate with her host in Spanish made her think she should try as hard to communicate with her own family in Spanish.

“We worked on a coffee farm and learned about sustainability,” Sanchez said. “We worked alongside Nicaraguan workers who worked on this farm carrying bags of compost.”

The students also went white-water rafting in the Río Pacuare.

Pictured here, the students survey the coffee farm, which they worked on alongside Nicaraguan migrant workers. (Photo courtesy of Desiree Sanchez.)

“I hope the audience at my presentation will learn that you don’t have to travel out of the country to have meaningful experiences,” she said.

Over the nine-day trip, Sanchez said, the structure was very similar to how a lot of students live at school: They woke up in the morning to go to Spanish class, then went to work on the coffee farm, then afterward hung out with friends and their host families, and occasionally did activities like the white-water rafting.

“And it was really an incredible trip, but it made me think, “Why can’t I have experiences like this back at home?” Sanchez said.

“And the answer, I think, is you have to live in the moment because the present is all we have. And with this presentation, I’m going to talk about ways people can live in the moment.”

Author: Billy Huntsman – NMSU

UTEP Basketball Finalizes Costa Rica Trip Itinerary

Travel arrangements are in place for the UTEP men’s basketball team’s trip to Costa Rica Aug. 15-20.

The Miners have games scheduled versus McGill University on Aug. 16 and Aug. 17 (both at 7 p.m.), and the University of British Columbia on Aug. 18 (11:30 a.m.).  All three games will be played at the Ciudad Deportiva, Av. Francia Hatillo #2 in San Jose and all games will be governed by FIBA rules.

Cultural aspects of the trip will include a city tour, visits to the Holy Spirit Orphanage and Crocodile Bridge, and a Zip Line experience.

The Miners will play three games on their first foreign tour in 12 years.

The Miners will leave El Paso on Tuesday morning, Aug. 15, and fly to Dallas.  They will connect on American Airlines Flight #986 to San Jose (Costa Rica), departing DFW Airport at 2:50 p.m.  Arrival at San Jose Juan Santamaria International Airport in Costa Rica is set for 6:02 p.m. local time.

The team hotel for the first three nights (Aug. 15-17) is the Costa Rica Marriott San Jose.  The team hotel for the last two nights (Aug. 18-19) is the Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort.  The Miners will return to El Paso on Sunday, Aug. 20.  The return flight to Dallas from San Juan (Costa Rica) is American #2436, departing at 6:55 a.m.

The Miners will scrimmage at the Don Haskins Center on Saturday, Aug. 12 prior to embarking on their trip.  Details will be announced in July.

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