Sometimes being a committed student is tough for surfers when the swell doesn’t always agree with their class schedule. Groundswell Educational Travel introduces a new study abroad program for 2014 to quench the surfing student’s thirst.
From January 3-15th, participants will explore Panama at a private eco lodge, surfing and learning groundbreaking curriculum in the field of sustainable surf tourism. Offered through the College of Extended Studies at San Diego State University, surfers will enjoy daily boat trips to exclusive, world-class surf breaks and will earn 3 units of general education credit transferable to their university.
Dr. Jesse Ponting, Founder and Director of the Center for Surf Research at SDSU holds the world’s first Ph.D. focusing on sustainable surf tourism management and will be leading the trip.
“Groundswell trips like this to Panama inspire a new generation of surfers and travelers to be humanitarian and conservation activists in the places they visit, and to be responsible global citizens committed to a sustainable future. And to top it off, students will surf amazing waves and have the time of their lives.”
The 2014 Panama curriculum will look into the broad issue of the influence of tourism on local coastal populations. The reading and assessments will prepare students to get the most out of the Panamanian experience. The course also leverages the student’s interest in travel and surfing (or learning to surf) to provide a powerful learning experience centered on cross-cultural understanding and sustainability in the context of surf travel. Overall, the trip will focus on cultural awareness, environmental stewardship, and sustainable tourism.
Since travel and tourism is the leading industry in the world, it is essential to be aware of the global importance and the implications concerning environmental, economic and social issues. 40% of the world’s population live in coastal communities that have differing social structures, cultural values, environments and economic systems that are impacted by surf tourism every day. We hope to make that impact positive.
Highlights of the trip include:
– Tour Panama City’s historic district
– Visit the Panama Canal
– Tour a sustainable chocolate farm
– Swim and tour in Bocas del Toro caves and creeks
– Boat to Zapatilla Islands and Coral Cay
– Surf amazing waves for all skill levels, from beginner to expert
– Receive 3 units of credit at SDSU for RTM 404, transferable to any university
– Learn daily from Dr. Jess Ponting, the leading expert in the field of sustainable surf travel
– Have all costs covered in Panama (food, accommodation, tours, course materials, excludes airfare)
For more info, visit: www.groundswelltravel.com