Costa Rica: Asociación de Voluntariado, Investigación y Desarrollo Ambiental (VIDA)

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Costa Rica: VIDA

Founded in 1988 by a group of college and high school students, Asociación de Voluntariado, Investigación y Desarrollo Ambiental (VIDA) is a Costa Rican non-governmental and non-profit organization. VIDA develops programs and projects in three specific areas: conservation, volunteer work and environmental education. VIDA has more than 20 years experience in conservation project management.

VIDA’s mission is to design, promote and execute projects and programs that include the Costa Rican population in sustainable development in rural and urban communities. The organization aims to improve the quality of life of these communities by involving young people, fostering youth leadership and helping youth increase their skills and abilities.

VIDA’s program objectives are to:

  • Provide the Costa Rican population with information, reflection and feedback on local, national and global issues and encourage active participation by offering courses, exchanges programs, volunteer activities, workshops and educational seminars.
  • Enhance habitat and wild life preservation efforts to ensure that present and future generations have the opportunity to grow in harmony with nature.
  • Create an opportunity for exchange and cooperative work for people from different contexts and with diverse resources and interests, in order to create mutual understanding and common action.

In Partnership with Canada World Youth

VIDA works with CWY through the Global Learner program. Through this program, school groups and individual interns are offered the opportunity to complement their education through direct participation in volunteer-based conservation projects.

Sectors of focus for development:

  • Environment and conservation
  • Community development
  • Social service
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Natural medicine and wellbeing

Examples of projects:

  • Improvement and construction of community infrastructure such as community halls, schools and orchards
  • Maintenance, protection and improvement projects for the local natural environment, through reforestation, , recycling and waste management programs, and environmental education
  • Support of conservation activities at marine turtle sanctuaries
  • Whale observation and research projects
  • Investigation and documentation initiative of wildlife in tropical forest reserves
  • Entrepreneurial and health projects in a natural wellness centre and natural wellbeing community initiatives

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