Corcovado Foundation

Mission The Corcovado Foundation is a key player in the strengthening of the protected wild areas, the promotion of environmental education, sustainable tourism and community participation throughout the sustainable use of the natural resources in the South Pacific area of Costa Rica.
Nov 5, 2015

Working Leadership

Grupo de Agujitas
Grupo de Agujitas

Experience has taught us that working with the knowledge of Mother Nature is integral to understanding and leading the personal development of children. Working to develop leaders enhances the future of a community so that local people are empowered through the care and use of their natural resources, forming sustainable development in areas of unique biological and ecological importance in the world.

Fomenting leadership skills in young children will encourage their independence as people and the development of their peers (in some way or another all children have valuable leadership traits).  These children have the skills to act as agents for change for projects that aim to build and progress, becoming a driving factor of the working process.

Our environmental youth groups provide engaging activities that focus on an environmental venture and nurture leadership roles by embracing and responding to the vibrant personalities of the children. Examples of these activities are building nest boxes for birds, creating posters with messages of environmental awareness aimed at the wider community and producing performances with the children as protagonists. Of particular importance, we take the children on nighttime patrols involving them directly in the conservation of sea turtles on their local beaches, sparking a long term biological fascination through direct experiences in the field.

The Foundation collaborates with other communities through environmental events, giving the children the opportunity to exercise leadership skills, celebrating them as representatives of conservation in the community to which they belong.

Our aim is: To develop local leaders with the skills and experience to lead future organizations, community associations and sustainable enterprises.

Grupo los Halcones
Grupo los Halcones
Grupo Los Pumas
Grupo Los Pumas
Grupo Los Pumas trabajando
Grupo Los Pumas trabajando
Sep 16, 2015

Santa Juana's Students Celebrate Day of Independen

Each year, on the 15th of September, the entire community of Santa Juana is invited to participate in presentations of student speeches, folklore dances and other festivities marking the day of independence at La Escuela Virgen de Santa Juana (The Virgin of Santa Juana Elementary School). This celebration happens all over Costa Rica were the processions of hand made lanterns symbolize the action taken by their Costa Rican war hero, Juan Santamaria, who torched the enemy compound that ended the war in 1856. What makes this so special in Santa Juana is that the entire student body is made up of just 8 students, and all 11 invited families that represent the total community of Santa Juana. So each year the celebration has 100% community participation, and the procession of handmade painted lanterns are judged for the most original, most patriotic, and most colorful lanterns.

 

What makes this so special is how much work goes into the lanterns and how much pride the community, like so many across Costa Rica’s countryside, from the border of Panama to Nicaragua, celebrate the freedom their nation enjoys as the oldest democracy in Latin America.

 

Greentique Tours and Santa Juana Lodge are fortunate to have this same community spirit and values shared with all the guests from around the world who experience the Santa Juana Rural Mountain Adventure Tour and the exceptional rural hospitality at the new Santa Juana Lodge. The very same parents, whose children make up the student body, share the culture and conserve the Magic of Nature, operate both the tours and lodge here in the Central Pacific Mountains of Quepos, Costa Rica.

Sep 3, 2015

You are helping us changing peoples lives!

Corcovado National Park
Corcovado National Park

Dear friends of Globalgiving!

Just a quick update regarding our community development program:  We are really excited to tell you about the success of this program in Río Tigre.

We chose the community of Río Tigre due to the large number of residents who continue to enter illegally into the Corcovado National Park to hunt animals and pan for gold.  The Ministry for the Environment (MINAE) had asked us to help them find economical activities for this community. Thanks to the support of donors like you and the blue moon fund, we were able to start working with the Conservationist Association of Dos Brazos in Río Tigre and respond to the call for help from MINAE.

I am thrilled to let you know that this project has been a great success, especially because the response from the community and participation of local residents in the project has been unprecedented.  The Conservationist Association is impressive: their determination to make Río Tigre a more sustainable and prosperous community is absolutely inspiring.

In my 14 years of working with Corcovado Foundation I have never had the privilege to work with another group as committed and as capable.

Thanks to your help we have provided five more tour guide certification courses for 15 members of the community, and five more local residents have signed up to an agreement to pay in instalments so that they can also complete their certification.

A couple of months ago, we  visited the new trail into the Corcovado National Park that the association built. It took us 7 hours to cover the 14.5 kms (9 miles) of this stunning new trail. The guide was excited to tell us about all the wonderful change that this project is bringing to the communities.  He told us about how he grew up hunting and mining. He was very honest about the damage that he himself had caused previously and how, thanks to the new project, he has now pledged to quit mining. He shared stories about how unpleasant it used to be sleeping in the forest, hiding and running from the park rangers, and how now as a guide he makes in just three days the same amount that he would make on an average month of gold panning.

Since the trail was open at the end of February the community has received 105 tourists paying $75 USD per person for a total of  $7,875,  guides have made $4.200, the association made  $1.050 and MINAE made $1050 for park entrances.

Thank you so much for supporting these great efforts.  We are thrilled to be part of this great success!  Your contributions will keep changing people’s lives and supporting therefore protecting the environment.  Keep us in mind this end of the year!

 
   

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