EARTH TRAINS VALUES-DRIVEN LEADERS FOR RURAL AREAS
Leadership Education For Rural Areas: The EARTH Model
Staying true to its founding mission, EARTH’s transformative leadership education model includes:
EARTH’S Model Prioritizes Hands-On Community Engagement
During their first and second year students spend one day a week working directly in the community, and during their third year they spend seven weeks living in rural communities in Guanacaste province. This work, which has benefitted over 200,000 Costa Ricans, includes training and joint projects in agricultural best practices, entrepreneurship, value-added production, natural resources management, and leadership development. This time spent sharing and partnering with local communities builds empathy and understanding and highlights the value of innovative, in situ problem solving in rural communities.
EARTH’S EDUCATIONAL MODEL IS EXPERIENTIAL, STUDENT-CENTERED, AND ENTREPRENEURIAL
Students spend over 75% of their time at EARTH in hands-on training and problem-
solving activities outside of the classroom that are relevant to the rural sustainability challenges of today and tomorrow. These include developing a business venture from start to finish over their first three years; working in crop, animal & forestry production at EARTH’s academic farms; and leaving campus for 15-week internships in over 65 countries.
EARTH OFFERS AN UNPARALLELED RICHNESS OF CULTURES & PERSPECTIVES FROM ACROSS DEVELOPING REGIONS
EARTH students hail from over 40 countries, 95% of which are developing countries, and nearly 50% are women. Over the course of their four years
together, students draw on this unique multicultural environment to share and
explore challenges facing their countries and rural communities.