Rodney Vargas
Resident Director, Costa Rica
Start Date
January 2016
Interest
Internationalist • Environmentalist • Hiker • Forest Lover • Pacifist • Great Sense of Humor
“I am back home in Costa Rica and eager to share my experiences gained in my life journey with all the study abroad students coming this way. It is a true pleasure to be here to help them enjoy their experiences in Costa Rica, ready to offer advice and any support to help them navigate in the local culture and learn from their own journey.”
Education
Rodney graduated from Worcester State University with a bachelor’s degree in economics with minors in French and political science. Later he received his master’s degree in conservation biology from the University of Georgia.
Travel Experience
As an undergraduate, Rodney participated in a faculty-led program conducted by the Worcester State Department of Foreign Languages where he traveled to Paris, France to immerse in the French culture. This trip helped him decide to work in the field of international education. Has visited more than 40 countries since that trip to France.
Did You Know?
Rodney once ran the Boston Marathon in under three hours for a bowl of beef stew. He believes in the power of emotional healing through nature walks.
Reach Out To Us
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
STUDENTS CURRENTLY STUDYING ABROAD:
Contact your IFSA resident staff or local authorities.
FAMILY MEMBERS OR ADVISORS OF STUDENTS ABROAD:
Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm EST:
Contact the IFSA Office at 800.858.0229 or 317.940.9336 Ask for a Health and Safety team member.
After hours, weekends, and holidays:
Contact the Butler University Police Department at 317.940.9999 The officer on duty will contact the appropriate IFSA personnel.