About CEI

“A mutually sustainable organizational model benefitting the surrounding community where international and local students participate in a practical and respectful learning environment promoting cross-cultural knowledge exchange.”

The Cultural Education Institute was established in 2014 with the goal of providing high quality educational opportunities for students in the U.S. and Costa Rica. The programs are designed to promote a free exchange of ideas and information among all participants in a variety of academic fields.

Classroom and experiential learning experiences will develop community and foster engagement, through cross cultural communications and knowledge sharing. The curriculum is taught with an understanding and mutual respect for multiple ways of being, learning and working through open dialogue and experiential learning environments.

The institute will work to bring economically and environmentally sustainable programs together involving community members, stakeholders, local and international conservationists and surrounding residents.

Classes at CEI are intended to help students and faculty from both the U.S. and Costa Rica develop relationships and exchange knowledge over topics important to both groups. Instructors from the U.S. partner with instructors in Costa Rica to teach each course. Students of both nations are taught together in the same classes. No language pre-requirements exist as all classes are taught with 2 instructors fluent in each language.

Topics include Spanish and English conversation, cultural anthropology taught, green energy, sustainable farming and small business/micro-enterprise, and other topics of interest.

These courses are summer intensive 3 week sessions with students attending discussion in the mornings and participating in applied learning activities during the afternoons and weekend excursions to locations related to the course of study. There are 4 sessions per year. Professional workshops and seminars are delivered during other months of the year for groups from both the U.S. and C.R. 

Faculty from universities in both Costa Rica and the United States offer concentrations in international relations, commerce, microenterprise, Latin American studies, Spanish, anthropology and education, green energy design with the inclusion of eolic, solar, hydro and bio energy sources utilized on campus.

Leadership

Daisy Stevens Rojas is a native of the U.S. She is a published anthropologist and education professional who has performed cultural studies across the U.S. and Central America with extensive work in minority communities related to business, finance and education. She has degrees in Latin American Studies, Anthropology and holds a master degree in higher education Administration from the University of Virginia. She also has studied at the University of Costa Rica, alongside Malinowski award winning anthropologist Maria Eugenia Bozzoli.

She has performed life-long research with civil rights educator James H. Bash and renowned cultural anthropologist Edith Turner, leading professor of entrepreneurship Greg Fairchild, and other government officials in both the U.S. and Costa Rica.



Geiner Rojas Acuna is a native of Costa Rica. Growing up in the Central Valley region he spent his early years working in agriculture experimenting with techniques in both sustainable farming and large scale agricultural production. His research includes best practices for cattle and domestic animal agronomy, management of staple crop through drought, and pest and environmental preservation.

He has focused extensively on water conservation and alternative energy. He also worked closely with Cost Rican education contractors to build free schools for underserved children in indigenous zones located far from urban areas. He has continued to maintain a sustainable farming operation located in Villa Hermosa, Costa Rica.

In the U.S. his endeavors have achieved notice from government officials for his entrepreneurship and business success with a multi-state contracting firm. His projects have included government facilities and historic preservation of national landmarks.