Community Engagement in La Fortuna
Costa Rica is known for being ecologically diverse and committed to sustainable ecotourism. Nearly one quarter of the country's land area is protected – the largest percentage of any country in the world. Over four days, you will work alongside the bilingual staff members of Proyecto Asis, an organization dedicated to wildlife protection, environmental conservation, and fostering positive cultural exchanges through education and service. Proyecto Asis is an eight acre ecological reserve on the edge of the rainforest, home to monkeys, caimans, wild pigs, parrots, sloths, and more! Your service may include helping take care of the animals by feeding them, cleaning their cages, and assisting in repairing or building new cages. You will also spend two days volunteering at a local elementary school. There, you will provide support for maintenance projects (e.g. painting classrooms) and may help with classroom projects and/or instruction. When not volunteering, you will engage in a variety of cultural activities to better acclimate yourself to Costa Rican life and the area surrounding the Arenal Volcano. A home stay with a Costa Rican family will give you the opportunity to practice your Spanish, while a visit to a local farm will enlighten you about “Tico” traditions, agricultural exports, and cooking practices.