By Neima Omar

MONETEVERDE, Costa Rica – Nine students from the Missouri School of Journalism arrived in Liberia, Costa Rica, on Sunday, Dec. 27, as part of a study abroad field reporting course. The program is run by the journalism school and the Science and Agricultural Journalism Program of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The students are touring the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica for 13 days and reporting on various issues and topics observed in the region.

Since they’ve arrived, the students have been acclimating to the tropical temperature and immersing themselves in the Costa Rican conservation culture. Junior convergence major, Emily Rackers said, “I’m having a hard time getting used to the heat, but it’s beautiful here.”

Students have also visited multiple landmarks and participated in activities such as snorkeling and hiking on a volcano in their short time in the country. Thomas Friestad, the only male student on the trip, says that, “We’re doing journalism work that we wouldn’t have gotten to do back home. These are stories that will stick with us for a lifetime.”

Be sure to check out the students’ work right here in the coming days.

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