**Please Note: Before inquiring, please have a group of 15-20. We specialize in student travel, but are open to adults as well. Through our partnership, students have the opportunity to earn 3 hours of transferable college credit with Bethel University.
Costa Rica is a vibrant country, renowned for its warm people and very progressive, ecologically-conscience government, but the country still faces a myriad of problems related to an influx in regional migration. Some segments of the population still have limited access to healthcare, education, and social services.
Imagine your group taking part in an experience of a lifetime, traveling across the Rio Sixaola via dugout canoe, deep within the rain forests of Costa Rica to work with the indigenous Bribri people. There your group will work on implementing "Estufas Fincas" - cook stoves that burn a wide variety of dried organic material as fuel and produce biochar.
Traditional cooking methods burn up too much fuel, cause increased deforestation, and smoke inhalation is the number one cause of respiratory diseases in these indigenous communities. Volunteers will then help the Bribri to sell the biochar produced by the estufas fincas as a valuable soil amendment to local farmers, creating a valuable micro-business and access to an alternative income. This project enables the Bribri peoples of Costa Rica to keep their cultural heritage, knowledge of ethnobotanical medicine, and natural environment intact while also improving the health, safety and lives of community members.
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Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 14