Global Entrepreneurship & Innovation:

Social Sector Edition

Costa Rica (San Jose & Manuel Antonio/Quepos)

Start Date: 2020 dates to be announced shortly!

Learn. Play. Discover. Study abroad in Costa Rica!

This highly experiential, field-based course takes increasingly deep dives into social ventures. We’ll visit a women-empowered coffee business, a squatter-settlement education NGO, a sustainable fishing community and children’s therapy and leadership development with horses.  Learn design thinking, social venture modeling and consulting in this journey of self-discovery.

Participants receive a Global Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Certificate from the WWU’s IDEA Institute and the Centre for Executive Education at the University for Peace, established by the General Assembly of the United Nations.


Travel through Costa Rica, learn design thinking, self-leadership and consulting approaches all in the context of social justice, business, community building and sustainability. Join us in this beautiful, safe and welcoming country for an epic travel experience of a lifetime! Space is limited.

In this program, the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education is partnering with Western Washington University and WWU’s IDEA Institute. The IDEA Institute  promotes multi-purpose, interdisciplinary entrepreneurship and innovation.  At the IDEA Institute, entrepreneurship is for everyone.

4-Credit Course through Western Washington University: $4,985 (**In-state tuition for WA residents / $5,529 for out-of-state tuition)

Professional Development Certificate from the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education and WWU’s IDEA Institute: $4,525* –

– The program design is built through the lens of the professional.  The experience will be the same for all participants and professionals will be awarded the certificate.  University students earning credit will fulfill additional requirements.

** Cost includes a shared room in an eco-lodge hotel, all breakfasts, 8 lunches & 4 dinners, transportation and entry to all field visits.

Not ready to apply? Ask for more information and gain priority for a seat on our trips with this simple form!

Course Facilitators

Dr. Art Sherwood, Positive Leadership workshop instructor

Dr. Art Sherwood, Western Washington University: Art imagines a world where everyone is empowered to make change happen.  His work to pursue this includes holding the David Cole Professor of Entrepreneurship chair at Western Washington University in Bellingham and directing WWU’s IDEA Institute where he teaches and leads the university’s entrepreneurship and innovation programming. As a professor, he researches inclusive entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems and teaches how people can cooperate to address our world’s challenges and seize opportunities.  Art is an experienced entrepreneur having recently launched, a global education and learning company building on his 25+ years of experience that includes being a member-owner of CDS Consulting Co-op, deep engagement with the local food movement in the US where he co-founded the Local Growers Guild farmer marketing cooperative and co-owned an organic farm as well as eye-opening stints at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and the US Army National Guard.

Julia Delafield, Director of the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education

Julia Delafield, Director, UPEACE Centre for Executive EducationJulia is passionate about inspiring and empowering people to make a positive impact in the world around them. She has dual master’s degrees from UPEACE and American University in Washington DC in International Relations and Affairs and Natural Resources and Sustainable Development. Before joining the Centre, Julia spent three years working with a social enterprise dedicated to bringing volunteers and Spanish learners to Latin America. Together with her brothers, she co-founded Lafaza, a sustainable vanilla importing venture, and spent the first half of her career with Rainforest Alliance and Fair Trade USA working on development and environmental certification programs through Latin America. Julia is from the United States but has lived in Costa Rica for eight years, as well as spending significant time in Mexico and Brazil.

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