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Immerse yourself in a unique island archipelago experience for two weeks. Stay at a private, off-grid lodging and learning center, enjoy daily boat access to world class surf breaks and gain real-life experience in the field of sustainable surf tourism – all while earning three units of college credit transferable to any university.
Groundswell Educational Travel (GET) aims to positively change global surf travel. It hopes to shape traveling surfers into responsible global citizens that are considerate of and become advocates for the people, culture, and environment of the world’s best surf destinations. On a larger scale, GET hopes for global peace as we learn more about the beauty and value of diverse cultures and learn to appreciate and respect all people through first-hand experience.
This program provides three units of SDSU resident credit through structured experiential coursework. This course fulfills the General Education cultural diversity requirement and can be transferred to any school.
RTM 404 Cross-Cultural Perspectives of Tourism (3 units)
Concepts, definitions, and measures of essential cultural components of tourism. Integrated view of interrelated socio-cultural tourism issues with an understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures.
Beyond the Classroom
Located on Isla Bastimento, Bocas del Toro, the private eco lodge and learning center will be your home base for this life-changing experience. Participate in groundbreaking curriculum in the field of sustainable surf tourism and enjoy daily boat trips to exclusive, world-class surf breaks.
Day 1 - Arrive in Panama City; transportation to hotel; dinner at a favorite local restaurant
Day 2 - Tour of Panama City’s historic district and the Panama Canal; flight to Isla Colon; boat transport to the eco lodge; welcome dinner
Day 3 - Surf; lecture; volunteer project
Day 4 - Surf; lunch and tour at sustainable chocolate farm; hike and round table discussion about running an eco-friendly lodge, preserving the environment and working with community
Day 5 - Surf; lecture; volunteer project
Day 6 - Surf; cave tour; discussion with local tour guide about the effects tourism has had on the area and the environment
Day 7 & 8 - Surf; lecture; in depth look at international sustainable tourism case studies
Day 9 - Surf; boat trip to Zapatilla Islands and Coral Cay; lunch at Coral Cay; experience and study the impact of tourism on the coral reefs
Day 10 - Surf; lecture; in-depth look at international sustainable tourism case studies
Day 11 - Surf; student presentations
Day 12 - Boat transport to Isla Colon; fly to Panama City; flight home
This is a sample itinerary. Changes in the schedule may occur due to weather, wave conditions or as deemed appropriate by the Groundswell staff. The College of Extended Studies does not accept responsibility for any changes to program activities.
There is plenty of time built into the schedule for surfing and exploring. The Bocas del Toro area has a number of surf breaks – most accessible only by boat – that we will visit during the trip. There are multiple boats so our group can be divided up based on surfing interest and ability. This trip is appropriate for all levels of surfer from beginner to expert. The itinerary is built to be flexible depending on weather and swell.
Included in the Fee
- Tuition for three units of SDSU resident credit
- International travel insurance
- Private eco lodge and learning center
- All meals prepared from fresh, local ingredients
- Boat trips to surf breaks
- Surf boards available
- Instructional materials
- Local trip host and guide
- Tours and excursions
NOT Included in the Fee
- Airfare to Panama City
- Airfare to Bocas del Toro from Panama City
- Additional snacks and drinks
$52, paid to the College of Extended Studies
$1,200, paid to Groundswell Educational Travel
$1,527, paid to Groundswell Educational Travel
$321, paid to the College of Extended Studies
October 15, 2013
Admission and Prerequisites
- Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities and the general public.
- SDSU students must be in good academic standing.
- Minimum age to participate is 18.
All participants must complete a mandatory pre-departure orientation. Details will be sent after acceptance into the program.
Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements as airfare is not included in the program price.
You are required to have a valid passport for international travel.
For questions about payments, registration, and insurance requirements please contact:
For questions about course registration, or the pre-daparture meeting please contact:
College of Extended Studies
Phone: (619) 594-1138