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From Field to Fork: Environmental Education for Sustainable Economies

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Cost: $1500 CAD + Flight Costs
Departure City: Any
Departure Date:
May 1, 2020
Return Date:
May 10, 2020
May 1 -10, 2020

Altamira de Bioley, Buenos Aires,Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Cost: $1500 CAD + Flights
Participation fee includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals, and 24/7 in-country support

Trip Overview: Immersed in the natural splendour of Costa Rica, participants will work alongside a local co-operative of organic farmers growing coffee, sugar, and pineapples, to learn how they're responding to environmental and climatic changes through sustainable economic development. Participants will contribute to the day-to-day activities of the co-operative while helping identify and address key environmental and economic challenges faced by local residents.

Participants will develop an understanding of the multiple stages involved in bringing food from the field to their forks, while developing technical knowledge on topics such as organic agriculture, drip irrigation, greenhouse construction, environmental assessments, and international trade.

Itinerary Highlights include:
  • Assisting in the fields to learn about organic food production, and visiting local sites to understand the multiple stages involved in organic agriculture production and trade
  • Participate in educational dialogues with local youth and community leaders to exchange cross-cultural perspectives on food, environment conservation, and sustainability.
  • Support the co-operative's development through strategic initiatives such as: constructing greenhouses using local bamboo, installing low-cost drip irrigation systems, conducting environmental assessments, and more.
This trip is ideal for those interested in environmental conservation, sustainability, food security, and community development.

Community Profile:

The Bioley district is located in Buenos Aires, in the province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Half of its territory is located within La Amistad International Park (PILA). Most of the thirteen communities located in the Bioley district are adjacent to PILA and the communities located the furthest away are about 7 miles (11 kilometers) by road from the park. Community members created a farming co-operative organization in 2002 mainly made up of small organic coffee producers and their families (children, youth, adults and senior citizens). This trip will showcase the work being done in this community and help build continue to build awareness on the benefits of agro-tourism and sustainable eco-friendly crop production.

Who We Work With

SOS works exclusively with registered non governmental organizations (NGOs) in every country we work in to not only ensure the efficiency of our projects, but to ensure our volunteers have the best experience.

Partner NGO:

Reto Juvenil Internacional (RJI)
Reto Juvenil Internacional is a non-profit NGO that promotes community development through global leaders. Reto Juvenil has focused in three key areas: environmental conservation, education and community development. Today, after more than 20 years of hard work, Reto Juvenil is proud to have supported the communities of Central America with over 540 development projects. SOS and RJI have been working together since 2009.

What's Included?

SOS volunteers sleep in available community structures (classrooms, community centers, churches), and live as close to the conditions of the community as possible.

SOS works directly with Flight Centre to process all volunteers' Outreach Trip logistics from your travel insurance to your in country needs like clean drinking water and accommodations!

Three meals a day plus clean drinking water and snacks! Meals will consist of rice, beans, tortillas, and fruit/vegetables. Soups, stews, and pasta dishes are common as well. Most dietary restrictions and allergies can accommodated.

SOS works exclusively with registered non governmental organizations in every community to ensure our volunteers have the best experience possible.

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