EARTH University in Costa Rica – An Amazing Example of What Education Should Be

Written by Max Goldberg on February 23, 2012. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

The reason for my trip to Costa Rica was to come learn about a place called EARTH University.

EARTH University in Costa Rica is a 4-year accredited school where students come from all over the world to learn about sustainability and entrepreneurship. The goal is to have these students take these skills and knowledge back to their home countries after graduation in order to positively impact their communities.

What is important to know about EARTH University is that almost all of the students come from Latin America and Africa, 71% of the students come from rural impoverished areas, and 60% of the students receive full scholarships.

EARTH University doesn’t just preach entrepreneurship. The school also embraces it by producing and selling fresh and frozen bananas to Whole Foods in the U.S.

Along with bananas, Whole Foods also sells EARTH University’s pineapples, flowers and coffee, and contributes a percentage of each sale of EARTH University products back to the school to help fund scholarships and research for organic/sustainable agriculture.

Without a question, EARTH University is one of the most inspirational stories that I have ever covered and it is taking a real leadership role in trying to change the world.

We are truly fortunate to have a place such as EARTH University.

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  1. what a fabulous and uplifting story. this will certainly make a difference in many lives. have a wonderful and safe trip!

    Written by kerry surface on February 23, 2012 @ 11:23 am
  2. Good morning Max,

    Thank you and great post.
    Any chance you may be able to do a post in Spanish?
    I would love to share that with my Spanish speaking co-workers.

    All the best,

    Written by stephanie haughey on February 23, 2012 @ 11:36 am
  3. Thanks so much Kerry!

    Yes, it is an amazing story and is already making a difference in many lives.

    Live well,

    Written by Max Goldberg on February 24, 2012 @ 9:20 am
  4. Hello Stephanie,

    At this point, it is a little late to do a post in Spanish but there are probably other Spanish videos on YouTube about EARTH University. What an amazing place it is!

    Live well,

    Written by Max Goldberg on February 24, 2012 @ 9:21 am
  5. Hello Max,

    There are, but I preferred your post, regarding content and what
    and how you spoke about it.
    All the best,

    Written by stephanie haughey on February 24, 2012 @ 11:20 am
  6. Hi Stephanie,

    Thanks for your kind words, and I would have loved to have done a video in Spanish but our schedule down here has been very tight. There just wasn´t enough time. Sorry.

    See you soon in SF!

    Live well,

    Written by Max Goldberg on February 25, 2012 @ 9:49 am
  7. Hola Max,

    I have been inspired by EARTH University since I visited campus in the early 90s. It is no coincidence that 20 years later I am leading a group of US students for an Internship in Freshwater Studies and a course in Spanish for Environmental Management at EARTH. These courses were co-designed by the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute at Northwestern Michigan College and EARTH University.

    Last year our interns visited EARTH during the Feria América Tropical, another example of entrepreneurial activity that benefits the local community and the rest of the world. You may read more about our students’ experiences “en español” by visiting their blogs at:

    Pura Vida,


    Written by Constanza Hazelwood on April 2, 2012 @ 2:03 pm
  8. Hi Constanza,

    What a cool story!!! Thank you so much for the great work you are doing and for the link you provided. I’ll check it out.

    I, too, am a huge fan of EARTH.

    Pura vida!

    Written by Max Goldberg on April 3, 2012 @ 9:49 am

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