Numbers

From July 31, 2012

It’s been one week since I flew out of Costa Rica with a duffel full of Spanish surveys and memories of many people who helped me along.  Before we left, we bought our host Don Pedro his favorite type of banana for him to remember us by.  We also said “adios” to Gail, Dr. Rodriguez and Paola.  Now I’m back in Harrisonburg, VA with a pile of responses to input and code.

[Read more…]

UNIBE Research

From July 19, 2012

Working with contacts at the Universidad de Iboamerica (UNIBE) allowed me to quickly and efficiently gather data from native Costa Ricans.  Collaborating with Vice Chancellor Roberto Rodriguez (http://www.unibecostarica.com/about-unibe/academic-authorities.html) and Graduate Research Coordinator Paola Mora allowed our team to tap into UNIBE’s resources.  This cooperation allowed our team to explore attitudes among children in public and private schools as well as get a large sampling of adolescents/adults to compare with the La Carpio data set.

[Read more…]

Collecting Data in La Carpio

From July 17, 2012

Today, we pulled up to “Guarderia Kinder los Angeles,” one of Gail’s buildings that serves as school and community center.  While the rest of the research team went upstairs to meet with children and teachers at the center, Gail and I went across the street to a printing shop/convenience/hardware store.  We were warmly greeted by the proprietor Ray and used his computer to make final edits to the surveys before printing.  Then we gathered the team and started site visitation and data collection.

[Read more…]

Welcome to La Carpio

From July 17, 2012

La Carpio is an impoverished immigrant community of  predominantly Nicaraguan residents.  Gail Nystrom is the director of the Costa Rican Foundation and my primary contact for research within the immigrant community.  On July 17th, she picked us up at the Parque de Diverciones, several minutes from the border of La Carpio.  This arrangement was required because taxi drivers would not drop us off at a location inside the community due to La Carpio’s reputation as an area with a high crime rate.  In fact, Costa Ricans from San Jose strongly discouraged us from collecting data in La Carpio for fear of violence.

[Read more…]

No Problem

“No problem,” replied my host father Don Pedro.  As I continued to get to know him and his family through fluent Spangilsh, I realized that this phrase is a staple of his vocabulary.  It also accurately describes my research experience over these past few days in San Jose, Costa Rica.   My research seeks to examine attitudes towards the environment in immigrant and non-immigrant populations in San Jose.  I will collect quantitative data through questionnaires of both populations and hopefully gather qualitative data through interviews with immigrants living in Costa Rica.  I am collaborating with Dr. Roberto Rodriguez of the Universidad de Iberoamerica (UNIBE, http://www.unibecostarica.com/) and Gail Nystrom of the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation (CRHF, http://www.crhf.org/).

[Read more…]