Sustainable Tourism in Costa Rica: Supporting Local Entrepreneurs through Study Abroad

Linda Heyne

Ithaca College

Dr. Linda Heyne, CTRS is a professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Ithaca College in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. Her master’s and doctoral degrees are both in therapeutic recreation from the University of Minnesota. She has taught in therapeutic recreation for over 25 years and has practiced as an inclusion coordinator. Her professional interests include strengths-based therapeutic recreation practice, inclusive recreation, sustainable tourism, and the international therapeutic use of recreation. Dr. Heyne has delivered many presentations and authored many publications on these topics, including the recent textbook Therapeutic Recreation Practice: A Strengths Approach with Dr. Lynn Anderson. She helped found the inclusive recreation program at the Jewish Community Center of the St. Paul Area, which won several awards for its early inclusionary practices. Throughout her career, Dr. Heyne has been an associate editor for the Therapeutic Recreation Journal. She is also a Fulbright Specialist and frequent instructor at the International Wellbeing Week at HAMK University in Hämeenlinna, Finland. Sustainable tourism is a fairly recent interest of hers, stemming from a passion to educate herself and students about sustainable practices and a love for Costa Rica. Her presentation at the Tourism Naturally conference focuses on how her study abroad course on sustainable tourism supports local entrepreneurs in Costa Rica and the environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural well-being of community members.


This abstract discusses a collaboration between tourism entrepreneurs in Costa Rica and a U.S. college that provides study abroad for students interested in sustainable tourism. In recent years Costa Rica has received... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Linda Heyne (Ithaca College)
  2. Jose Vargas (Ruta Verde Nature Tours)
  3. Susana Matamoros Mendoza (Proyecto Caminos de Osa)

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Topics: Symposium


OS-B1 » Wellness Tourism and Sustainable Tourism: A Symbiotic Relationship? Part II (11:30 - Monday, 3rd October, Tavolara Room, Santa Chiara Complex)

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