Women and Cultural Learning in Costa Rica: Reading the Contexts


  • Adele Anderson




Women, Cultural Learning, Costa Rica


This article reviews research on Costa Rica’s cultural context, student adjustment, and tourism theory as they relate to U.S. women student experiences there. It includes insights from ethnographic observations and interviews collected during three years of residential direction of a shortterm, small-group program in Costa Rica. It introduces an applied anthropological tool, based on a cultural learning model of participant observation, which may be used by study abroad practitioners to guide student cultural adjustment more systematically.


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Author Biography

Adele Anderson

Adele Anderson is a mentor at SUNY Empire State College’s Genesee Valley Center in Cultural Studies. She has professional experience as an independent consultant, compliance analyst, and program evaluator in health and human services. Her research interests also include globalization and development in the Americas, and cultural studies encompassing corporate responsibility, attraction-based marketplaces, and tourism.


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How to Cite

Anderson , A. (2003). Women and Cultural Learning in Costa Rica: Reading the Contexts. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 9(1), 21–52. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v9i1.114



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