Events and trainings

The Permanent Education Program (PEP) at EARTH University hosts trainings and courses that promote the continued education of professionals, graduates and the general public.

PEP is…

PROFESSIONAL: We offer high-quality, faculty-taught trainings and refresher courses for participants.
HANDS-ON: Inspired by EARTH’s innovative educational model, students spend one-third of their time learning theory inside classrooms and the remainder applying what they’ve learned in labs, workshops and farms.
OPEN TO ALL: Following EARTH’s multicultural and international profile, PEP welcomes any and all professionals from across the globe who are eager to learn new skills or strengthen their educational background.

Upcoming courses and trainings

Available courses and trainings:

Precision agriculture

Learn and apply innovative precision-farming techniques that enhance decision-making, productivity and development. Topics include:
  • GPS for geo-referencing observations
  • Geographic information system (GIS)
  • Aerial photography for mapping


Carbon neutrality:

This is a theoretical and practical course for organizations that teaches basic concepts of carbon neutrality, as well as its impact on the environment. Participants are taught how to measure their personal and institutional carbon footprints, before learning how to verify and apply this new knowledge during field visits.

Urban farming

Participants learn small-scale (confined) farming techniques, including hydroponics, organoponics, recycling agriculture, vertical agriculture and more. With this knowledge, students are ready to establish their own urban garden.

Renewable energies

Participants learn the theory behind and application of different ways of producing clean energy, such as solar water heating, biodigesters, photovoltaic panels and wind turbines, among others. This is a predominately practical course, where students spend 90 percent of their time conducting experiments and trials in EARTH’s Renewable Energy Research and Development Center (CIDER).

Financial principles for agribusiness and small farmers

Participants learn to develop and manage farms or other small enterprises dedicated to agriculture and/or agribusiness – from revenue and expenses, financial statements and inventory, to personnel management, added value, recordkeeping and investment analysis.

Artificial insemination of cattle

This course provides the necessary tools to learn the transcervical technique of industrial cattle insemination. Participants come to understand bovine physiology as well as comprehend why, when, where and how to perform the complete process, step by step, in order to obtain better results. A large number of cows in adequate installations are available to ensure an ideal practice environment.

Biodigesters

Ever wanted to turn food waste into fuel? This theoretical-practical course explores the installation, use and benefits of biodigesters – a technology that does just that!

Personal and professional development workshops

Promoting the development of skills, these workshops help the staff of participating companies to improve in their roles at work. Topics include:

  • Teamwork and effective communication strategies
  • Motivation and customer service
  • Leadership training
  • Stress management and relaxation techniques


Soft skills

Curso práctico en el cual se estudia y desarrollan las habilidades y competencias de los miembros de un equipo de trabajo para mejorar la integración y desempeño grupal por medio de actividades técnicas, sociales y actividades físicas.

Drones

Take a deep dive into the preparation, configuration and management of unmanned flying vehicles (“drones”). Topics include:

  • Calibration
  • Multispectral image analysis
  • Application of remote sensors
  • Optimizing the different uses of the devices


Integration & Training Area

This location – ideal for activities seeking to develop teamwork and leadership skills – is set deep inside the 740,000-acre EARTH Forest Reserve and bordered by three natural rivers. Part of the Central American biological corridor, the Forest Reserve is an important source of biodiversity.

Integration & Training Area includes:

  • Parking
  • Well-maintained gravel road for cars or vans (buses not recommended)
  • Soccer field
  • Team-building obstacle course
  • Forested hiking trails
  • Swimming ponds in the Destierro River
  • Scenic lookout points
  • An open pavilion
  • Restrooms and changing rooms
  • Medical care and ambulance service

Each rental package can be tailored to your needs.

Why choose EARTH for your event?

We provide quality services with our first-class flexibility, convenient building amenities, and unparalleled customer-focused approach. We help you organize and execute effective and memorable training and integration events for your company or organization.

Technologically equipped classrooms and conference spaces are also available.

Classrooms

There are two classrooms, each with a capacity of 25 to 30 people.
Features:

  • Audiovisual equipment
  • Ceiling fans
  • Easily arranged modular tables and chairs
  • Dry-erase board
  • Projection screen
  • Strong wireless internet


Lounges

Tim and Denny Solso Conference Center

This space has a capacity of 100 people at tables or 150 with just chairs.
Features:
  • Air conditioning
  • Modular tables and chairs
  • Sound booth
  • Projection and multimedia system
  • Strong wireless internet
  • Alternative power generator
  • Exclusive and personalized attention by a program technician during the events


Open Lounges

Option 1: Ranchón

This open lounge is available for breakfasts, lunches or dinners, with a capacity of 160 people.
Features:
  • Tables and chairs
  • Private restrooms
  • Floral decorations
  • Catering service with wait staff
  • Sound system
  • Exclusive and personalized attention by a program technician during the events


Option 2: Establo

This “Stable” is an elegant and open locale near the campus’s main entrance that can accommodate up to 200 people.

Features:

  • Tables and chairs
  • Floral decorations
  • Barbecue area
  • Swimming pool
  • Private restrooms
  • Sports facilities (basketball and soccer)
  • Exclusive, personalized attention by a program technician during the events
  • Sound system
  • Catering service with wait staff



The different locations can be arranged to meet your specific needs and exceed your expectations.

Our facilities guarantee

QUALITY in all our offerings
Personalized SERVICE for all our clients
COMFORT in all our lodging options

Lodging

Our lodging options at EARTH consist of four buildings with eight rooms each, for a total of 32 rooms. Each can be used in single, double, triple or quadruple occupancy, as required.

Features of each room:

  • Single and/or double beds
  • Shower with hot water (heated by solar panels)
  • Hair dryer
  • Ceiling fan
  • Closet
  • Fresh towels and linens
  • Windows with screens
  • Wireless internet

The corner rooms have a small terrace. Guests also have access to an entertainment room within the PEP facility. Full-service laundry also available.


Apartment

The PEP apartment has four rooms, two of triple occupancy and two of double occupancy, to lodge 10 people comfortably. The apartment is located within the residential area for EARTH faculty.

Apartment features:
  • Full kitchen
  • Two bathrooms
  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Laundry area
  • Wireless internet
  • Fresh towels and linens
  • TV
  • Wardrobe in each room
  • Parking
  • Large private terrace


Organic Farm Accommodation

EARTH’s Integrated Organic Farm (FIO), near the campus’s main entrance, has two houses. Each contains four quadruple-occupancy rooms, lodging up to 16 people in each.

Features:

  • Bunk beds
  • Four showers, two toilets and two hand sinks per house.
  • Meeting room
  • Full kitchen
  • Wireless internet
  • TV

El alojamiento FIO se encuentra ubicado en la propia Finca Orgánica, cerca de la entrada principal de la Universidad.

We are here to plan your event and ensure a comfortable stay.

Melissa Ugalde

mugalde@earth.ac.cr
Phone: +506 2713-0000