Welcome to Social Innovation Design Abroad: Costa Rica

Spend 10 days in Quepos, Costa Rica co-designing with a local community

April 26-May 6, 2019

This unique certificate course offered by OCAD University is an opportunity for students to delve into the world of social innovation design while traveling abroad in beautiful Quepos, Costa Rica, for 10 days. Through direct community engagement, students will use design thinking and the participatory design process to co-create solutions to challenges faced by local residents.

Working in multi-disciplinary teams, students will apply lessons in the field to hands-on activities that will lead to the design of robust solutions. Overnight and day trips as well as a variety of enriching activities throughout the 10 days will allow students to be fully immersed in the local culture.


This course is open to students, with or without prior design experience, who are passionate about creating social change and learning to use design as a tool for social innovation. Students from any discipline are encouraged to apply and bring to the team their unique knowledge, skillset, and love for traveling off the beaten path.


In addition to 10 days in Quepos, students will have access to online modules that provide foundational knowledge about Costa Rica, co-design tools, and Respectful Design principles, as well as, providing opportunity for application and reflection on what they have learned. These online modules are flexible so students can move at their own pace before and after the 10-day field immersion experience.

The course size is small allowing students to work closely with OCAD University faculty and with field staff from Global Visions International (GVI). Upon completion of the course, graduates will receive a Social Innovation Design Certificate from OCAD University Continuing Studies.


Download the full course brochure.