Our priority is continuing to build programs that benefit both our visiting students and our local community.
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Reducing a negative impact imposed on this planet form our lifestyles is a priority for the Monteverde Institute. Our mission is based upon sustainable practices. Our campus, therefore, is a showcase of our beliefs and work in the community.
The carbon garden includes:
- Organic gardens and permaculture examples: for example keyhole gardens and Huguelkulture.
- Research areas for eliminating invasive plants.
- Native plant garden. We also have an on-campus greenhouse.
- Reforestation and native tree nursery.
- Rain Garden: this was built to manage water run-off from storms as Monteverde receives up to 4 meters (156 inches) of rain each year.
- The Arboretum: There are over 755 species of trees in the Monteverde Zone. You can visit MVI own arboretum and see 138 identified species.
The Adopt-a-Stream program will monitor the water quality in local rivers over a long-term period. The monitorig is performed every month by young people from local high schools under directions of the MVI and high school professors. The students collect chemical, physical, and biological data which are then anayzed to determine water quality. The results are presented at the local community by the young researchers, with a profound impact on their parents and community members who the feel the obligation to implement improvements. For more information go to: Adopt-a-Stream
The MVI is dedicated to community well-being with a major enphasis on individual and community health. The primary focus of the program is to reduce obesity, cardiovascular problemas and diabetes, three mayor conditions prevelant in the local population, through increased physical activity and improved diets.
The work plan of the Community Health Program incorportes the following:
- Training local women in nutrition, healthy lifestyles and group leadership.
- Forming various exercise groups for walking, zumba, aerobics, popular dance, recreational games, yoga and art activities.
- Health indicator monitoring in individuals.
One of the primary projects is "Monteverde in Motion", please go here for more information.
A camp for local children has been the highlight of our Community Outreach Program for two years. This week-long camp is for young people between the ages of 12 and 15 and participants have enjoyed activities related to natural sciences, art, sports, physical and sexual helath, prevention of substance abuse, group dynamics and leadership. Camp leaders get to participate in workshops through-out the year and usually organize activities on their own through-out the community, demonstrating true leadership. For more informations please visit: Campa de Hormiguitas.
GIS (to create georeferenced material for the municipality). We want to create a Geographic Information System department in order to improve data in the area. We have already been able to create maps of building growth in Monteverde, map bird populations and tree growth during a set of years. GIS is an important tool we expect to have that will greatly benifit the local municipality, local clinic, and help out with conservation efforts. For more information please go to: GIS Planning Database.
Scholarships: Your investment can make a huge difference in the life of a student who would otherwise be unable to afford to enroll in a course at the Monteverde Institute. We are especially keen to provide scholarships to Costa Rican students, many of who would love to learn about the challenges of eco-tourism and biodiversity in their own country. Scholarships for “Ticos” (the way Costa Ricans fondly refer to themselves) allow Costa Ricans to participate in the amazing courses presented through the Monteverde Institute. We believe the planet’s future depends on responsible and informed decisions by all of us working together.
Endowment: In honor of our 25th anniversary, the Monteverde Institute board of directors has initiated an endowment with a matching fund for the first $25,000.00 in donations. The fund is to assure the Institute will survive financially lean years without dismantling our staff and the infrastructure upon which our reputation rests. Once operating funds have been set aside in reserves for lean years, the major priority of the endowment earnings is to fund local research and community projects that foster sustainability. To move toward our vision, a sustainable community for a sustainable world, these community projects might address health care, nutrition, sustainable tourism, social justice, or other topics aligned with our vision.