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There’s much to do in Nosara, there’s swimming, surfing, hiking, biking, birding, boating. The nature here is beautiful; the sun, the air, the sea, the stars, the sky, the flora and fauna. But so are the people. After experiencing all this, you might be inspired to do more. You might feel moved to give something back. Why not follow your impulse. Your efforts will be rewarding both to you and those to whom you offer time and support. While staying with us there are plenty of opportunities for those who truly want to give back to the community by participating in ”sustainable tourism projects,” whereby your visit includes contributing time or resources to projects that help the local community.
Projects currently available are:
Come work on an organic garden for the community starting seedlings of vegetables and fruit trees that will be part of a cooperative community farm project currently being initiated.
The David Kitson Memorial Library provides books and periodicals as well as helpful learning aids for citizens of all ages. The library participates in community activities, particularly those supporting better health and security to the community and sponsors Saturday morning programs for children. Please stop by and find out how you can help.
Escuelita de Nosara
The mission is to provide a quality education for the children of Nosara based on creativity, respect for themselves and others, and ecological consciousness. A summer camp is held each January by a group of dedicated foreigners living here for local kids, offering art, photography, computer, whatever skills one wishes to share to an enthusiastic group (last year the attendance reached 150 students, ages 5 to 12!) Your skills, time, and financial resources are welcome.
Pura Vida Mission
A neighboring Christian Mission organizes Mission teams in a variety of community projects. If you have an available amount of money, they can link you, or set you up with an appropriate project for the local community.
The Monkey Project
Construction development and its impact on the environment have caused a 50% decline of the Howler monkey population in recent years. Power lines and transformers kill many. The Monkey Project, an effort by Refugio de Animales de Nosara, aims to prevent animal electrocution through insulation and underground laying of power lines. They have committed to insulate approximately 20 kilometers of electrical wire and 198 transformers in Playas Giones and Pelada, Nosara.
The Refugio Animales de Nosara and SIBU Sanctuary share a common mission: to rescue injured, orphaned, and displaced wild animals and provide them immediate medical care, rehabilitation, and eventual release into the wild. Animals unlikely to survive in the wild receive attentive, long-term care. Educators and advocates work cooperatively with other organizations to encourage respect for animals’ lives and preservation of their habitat.
Please see our Turtle Watching page under activities. You can volunteer at the Ostional Wild Life Refuge.
United Costal Communities Facing Extinction
A recent ruling asking for the eviction of over 50,000 families along the entire coast of Costa Rica threatens to displace some of our longest established neighbors. You can visit them, help in beach clean-ups, creation of crafts, and learning about their culture and stories. You can support them in furthering a law allowing them to stay in their homes and communities. See our blog:
If you have a particular skill or project you’d like to share, please contact us to connect you with appropriate people in the local community. Any gift of time, vision, or resources is greatly needed and appreciated here.