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Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center Charity Profile
History and Mission of SCLC
Founded in the mid-1990s by the Holbrook family and Selva Verde Lodge, the SCLC is today a fully independent US and Costa Rica registered non-profit organization. The SCLC’s mission is to link communities and conservation through education and ecotourism in the Sarapiquí region of Costa Rica’s northern lowlands. The SCLC is run by an executive director and a mix of local and international staff, both salaried and volunteer. An national and international board of directors works to support Costa Rica-based staff.
The SCLC focuses its efforts in four areas — environmental education, community development, conservation, and tourism — in order to help form future environmental leaders, raise the organizational capacity of local communities, promote sustainable land use, and connect tourists to the local community. Our programs serve hundreds of local people and thousands of ecotourists each year. These programs include environmental education, ecotourism activities, English classes, ecology club, community outreach, women’s group, high school scholarship fund, community census, and GIS mapping.
Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center Volunteer Information
SCLC long-term volunteers are highly skilled, full-time, and responsible for coordinating programs. Volunteers mostly work independently on their programs but also receive support from the administration and other volunteers. Because they primarily work with the local community, all volunteers should have at least an intermediate level of Spanish. Volunteers must make at least a six month commitment and preferred applicants can make a one-year commitment to the SCLC. All room, board, and work-related expenses are covered. All long-term volunteers are expected to work together as a team in support of each program.
Short-term volunteer positions also are available but only on a limited basis and according to specific programming needs. Current needs are GIS, elementary education, adult literacy, water monitoring, forestry, botanical gardens, and PR/web/graphic design skills. Potential volunteers must have expertise in one of these areas and advanced Spanish skills. Short-term volunteers pay $300 per month to cover program and homestay fees.
Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center Donation Information
The rainforests are the lungs of the Earth and benefit the entire planet. Yet rainforest conservation projects often bring relatively few benefits to local communities. Local people are key to tropical rainforest conservation, and we help rural communities of Sarapiqui to protect and sustainably use their natural resources.
We focus our efforts in three ways: forming future environmental leaders through our educational programs, planning for sustainable local development and conservation, and connecting ecotourists to the local community. Your contribution will support our programming involving local communities.
Together, you and SCLC will be helping to fashion a greener future for the people of the Sarapiquí region.