In January, our group of 34 full-time and part-time MBA students traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica, in search of learning a little more about doing business in (DBi) another country. Costa Rica is a world leader in sustainability and ecotourism, so our program focused on a trip to a coffee farm and processing plant and experiencing the La Paz Waterfalls and Animal Sanctuary in the cloud rainforest firsthand.
We studied at the INCAE Business School just north of San Jose and learned about world leading sustainability practices, app development surrounding sustainability in the Costa Rican government, and issues facing the current and future Costa Rican rice industry. Outside of the classroom, we visited the Coopedota Coffee Farm south of San Jose and learned about the operations of the coffee business. We took our turn as farmers and picked the coffee fruits from the plants and saw from start to finish how the coffee was processed, cleaned, sorted, and roasted sustainably. We even got to try some of the local coffee, which was as aromatic and flavorful as you can imagine!
Our trip ended with an adventure in the cloud rainforest at the La Paz Waterfalls and Animal Sanctuary. The cloud rainforest only exists in very few places in the world and it is as mystical as it sounds. We were in thick fog and clouds hiking through waterfalls while observing some incredible animals such as sloths, monkeys, poison tree frogs, toucans, and tigers! It was an appropriate end to an adventurous trip allowing us to experience the benefits of a country that has sustainably maintained its beautiful natural resources.