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Born and raised in Santa Elena, Aníbal is “Monteverdeño” at heart. In 2004 he was awarded a 9 month scholarship from the NGO “EarthCorps” to participate in an educational program on Environmental Restoration techniques in Seattle, Washington (U.S.A.).
Aníbal is currently working towards completing his bachelor’s degree in Geography (with an emphasis on land planning) at the National University of Costa Rica. He also works collaboratively developing and organizing geographic tours and lectures for university-level students. He has been working for the Monteverde Institute in various capacities since 2003. Aníbal has worked on several research projects and coordinated various academic programs, including the University of California’s Educational Abroad Program (EAP) and the Mt. Holyoke/Goucher semester-long program.
Aníbal has also coordinated the Sustainable Futures course, which is comprised of a consortium of universities that bring students from diverse design disciplines to learn about sustainable construction and development in Costa Rica. As part of the larger Sustainable Futures Program, he is also working on two other initiatives. The Greenways and Sidewalks projects are efforts to create trails and sidewalks to improve pedestrian safety and encourage healthy behaviors and activities. The database project, while still in its pilot stage, seeks to link and integrate data from various governmental and municipal entities in order to better understand the needs of the local community.
Anibal is also a certified Wilderness First Responder.
Out of all of my formal activities I love dancing, my Latino culture, and meeting people from all over the world.