Our projects

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    Amor Animales de Nosara

    Providing core solutions to domestic animal welfare issues within Nosara’s communities.

    AMOR Animales is a non profit organization that works with local community members to address animal welfare standards and population management via grassroots education and hands on learning. With our limited on-site facilities, we also offer rehabilitation and re-homing options to homeless dogs and horses in need of rescue.
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    ARCAE – Asociación Red Costarricense para el Ambiente y la Educación

    ARCAE (Asociación Red Costarricense para el Ambiente y la Educación)

    Improve the quality of life for Costa Rica’s rural, coastal residents through environmental conservation, sustainable economic development opportunities, and by bridging the gap that exists between urban and rural educational systems.

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    Asociación Mar a Mar

    Rural Micro-enterprises

    A catalyst for conservation and rural entrepreneurship – help build a trail to bring rural villages clients and provide them with tools to serve their clients.

    Free!
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    Caminos de Osa

    Be a member of Caminos de Osa and protect Costa Rica’s most valuable ecosystems

    Protect Costa Rica’s most valuable ecosystems by supporting a sustainable tourism platform that empowers local green economies. Together we fortify the culture and prosperity of the communities that preserve 2.5% of the planet’s biodiversity.
    Your donation to Caminos de Osa includes membership benefits. Please click here to see the charitable contribution tax deduction value.
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    Conectándonos: Education Innovation

    Education and technology to bridge the digital divide in rural communities

    Provide mobile technologies and teacher training to promote digital and social inclusion
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    Costas Verdes

    Restoring Coastal Ecosystems

    Costas Verdes is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 to conserve and restore coastal ecosystems on public lands, including protected areas, publicly owned portions of beaches, mangroves, riverbanks and wetlands.

     

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    David S Kitson Library

    Bringing the World to Nosara

    The David S. Kitson Memorial Library was built and donated to the Nosara community by Beverly Kitson, her family and many donations from supporters. Before it was established, there was no place for the community to find books and for children to do research.
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    Del Mar Academy Scholarship Foundation

    Help the children of Nosara gain access to high quality education

    Help us providing a first-class bilingual education can change the life of the student and the community, helping to open doors that would otherwise be closed.

     

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    Escuelita De Nosara Summer School

    Offering creative educational opportunities and a nutritious hot lunch during school vacation.
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    Esperanza School Summer Camp

    The Esperanza School Summer Camp provides a nutritious hot lunch and structured summer camp activities for the children of Esperanza. Summer vacation is in January in Costa Rica. For camp year 2016, the camp will run from January 4-29, Monday-Friday, 8:15-1:00.
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    FECOP: Federación Costarricense de Pesca

    The Voice of Sport Fishing

    The Costa Rican Fishing Federation (FECOP) promotes sport fishing in Costa Rica through science and advocacy. FECOP is made up of organizations working to promote the sustainable use of the marine fishing resources in the country, especially billfish and other pelagic species. FECOP works to protect the oceans and promote education on fishing best practices.

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    Fish Farming

    Teach a student to fish, and you’ll change her whole town.

    Train students in sustainable fish farming, turning them into small-business owners and conservation leaders in vulnerable areas.
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    Friends of Nosara

    Help Nosara’s volunteer organizations.

    Support charitable, environmental, educational, civic and social activities and projects to benefit the residents of Nosara, Guanacaste, and its surrounding communities.
    Please select the Friends of Nosara organization you wish to support and then click below for either a one-time gift or to make a monthly commitment.
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    Fundación Corcovado

    Fundación Corcovado

    We strive to increase the protection of wild areas, promote environmental education, sustainable tourism and community participation through the sustainable use of natural resources in the South Pacific area of Costa Rica.

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    Fundación Neotrópica

    Fundacion Neotropica

    The Fundación Neotrópica works to promote the just and equitable distribution of the benefits of conservation and sustainable development.
    Fundación Neotripica’s programs include mangrove reforestation, which provides benefits to the climate, marine inhabitants, a local communities

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    GCF / Creciendo Juntos Association

    Help children and youth achieve a sustainable future in Guanacaste

    Help us to provide better education and health to 19 communities in Guanacaste.

     

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    GCF / PUEDO School and Proyecto UNITED

    Support children and adults’ education in the Guanacaste communities of Montezuma, Cóbano, Mal País, Santa Teresa and Manzanillo by providing English, an important skill in finding and holding jobs in the area’s tourism-based economy.

     

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    Guanacaste Community Fund

    Empower a network for change in Guanacaste

    Improve education and health care throughout the province, provide top-notch private-school scholarships to local kids, or support a wide variety of other initiatives with a general donation to the Guanacaste Community Fund.

     

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    Ideas in Action

    Empower students and young women through technology

    Sponsor a young woman for a 12-week technology course to jumpstart her career as an engineer or developer (MenTE en Acción) or teach English through technology (Duolingo).

     

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    Ideas in Action/Duolingo

    Empower students and young women through technology

    Sponsor a young woman for a 12-week technology course to jumpstart her career as an engineer or developer (MenTE en Acción) or teach English through technology (Duolingo).

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    Ideas in Action/MenTe

    Empower students and young women through technology

    Sponsor a young woman for a 12-week technology course to jumpstart her career as an engineer or developer (MenTE en Acción) or teach English through technology (Duolingo).

     

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    International Scholarship Fund

    Transform Costa Rica’s brightest scholars into tomorrow’s leaders

    Help outstanding professionals with limited resources  to become leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in Costa Rica. Help these future leaders pursue Master’s degrees in the United States.
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    JumpStart Costa Rica

    Send a child to English camp

    Support intensive four-week English camps that help children from low-income areas level with their peers, and provide hands-on training to public-school teachers.
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    LAST – Latin American Sea Turtles Association

    To create environments where humans and sea turtles can live together in balance

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    Marviva

    Marviva

    Mission:

    Promote the conservation and sustainable use of coastal and marine ecosystems in the Eastern Tropical Pacific.

    Objectives:

    • Creation of opportunities for discussion and harmonizing aimed at improving regulations and standards regarding human activities in the sea.
    • Technical and scientific support to governments, communities, businesses and other decision makers for the formulation of policies and actions.
    • Strengthening community participation in decision making.
    • Support to Marine Protected Area (MPA) management and control.
    • Raising awareness and call to action via social communication tools.

    Promoting Economic Schemes that support the regulation of human activities in the sea.

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    Misión Tiburón

    Misión Tiburón

    “Promote conservation and responsible use of marine resources, particularly of sharks, through the development of integrated projects of marine education and scientific research, especially in Costa Ricans coastal communities. In our effort, we hope to be firm and true to our ideals, always respecting the environmental and human welfare.”

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    Nosara Animal Care

    Nosara Animal Care (NAC) is a Costa Rican based, nonprofit, animal welfare organization located in Nosara, Costa Rica. NAC’s mission is to provide quality health care for Nosara’s most vulnerable animals. They rehabilitate homeless, injured, and sick animals and find them loving homes. The rescue/rehab program takes all at-risk animals, restores them to health, and houses them until they are adopted. NAC also works with the community through educational programs to promote animal health. Additionally, NAC has a low-cost spay/neuter program and offers low-cost veterinary care for at-risk animals living in low-income homes. The goal is to eliminate animal suffering and promote compassion.
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    Nosara Civic Association

    Keeping Nosara Green

    Born many years ago as the Homeowner’s Association of the “American Project” at Guiones Beach in remote Nosara, the NCA has long played an important role in meeting basic needs for residents of the Project and local communities alike. More recently, as tourism in Nosara has boomed, the NCA has taken a more active stance in implementing environmental initiatives and advocating a land use plan for the community.
     

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    Nosara Firefighters

    Please donate now. We need the full support of the community to keep our Fire and Security efforts growing and effective.
    We are kindly suggesting a $200 /year donation from individuals and a $500/year donation for a commercial business, but any amount is welcome and much needed!
    Act now. Do not delay. Our community is counting on you.
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    Nosara Food Bank

    The Nosara Food Bank, created in 2013, was organized to provide food and other essentials for needy families in the Nosara area. The Food Bank provides food for distribution by the Pastoral Social of the Catholic Church of Nosara by collecting donated food and household items at collection bins placed at local markets. The Food Bank also accepts cash donations and conducts fundraising. While the level of poverty in the Nosara District has improved, there are 25-40 families in any given month who need this assistance. The goal of the Nosara Food Bank is to provide sufficient support for food and necessities to meet these needs. Assistance from the Nosara Food Bank is only for emergency relief and where extreme poverty and hunger exist.
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    Nosara Recycling Association

    Environmentally and economically sound waste management practices

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    Nosara Refuge for Wildlife

    Wildlife Rescue

    Founded in January of 1999, the Refuge for Wildlife has been a place for injured, displaced and orphaned wildlife from Nosara, the Nicoya Peninsula and beyond for over 15 years. Many of the new arrivals are very young orphaned Howler Monkeys. They arrive in backpacks, wrapped in T-shirts or towels, cardboard boxes and grocery bags. The Refuge receives and treats all types of wild animals but the Howler Monkeys have become the refuge’s specialty.

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    Nosara Security Association

    Help Nosara to be a safer place for tourists & residents

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    Ocean Guardian Journey

    Conserve and preserve Costa Rica’s oceans, seas and marine resources to support sustainability and biodiversity

    With a marine surface that is 10 times bigger than the terrestrial surface, Costa Rica’s oceans are a true blue asset. Costa Rica has a total of 1,290 km of coastline (212 km on the Caribbean coast and 1,016 km on the Pacific) and the surrounding oceans shelter at least 6,777 species, representing 3.5% of the known species on the planet. Ensure a “blue” future for Costa Rica by contributing to the development of ocean stewards.
    The communities
 Bahía Ballena and Uvita are small towns located in Costa Ballena on the South Pacific coast of Costa Rica, roughly 3.5 hours away from the capital San José. While the area is gaining popularity among travelers, it still remains relatively undeveloped, maintaining the gorgeous scenery and the laid-back feel of pura vida.
    These communities are housed within the county of Osa. The greater Osa area includes the peninsula of Osa and the neighboring Golfito area, a place that contains 3% of the world’s biodiversity, 50% of Costa Rica’s biodiversity and is declared by National Geographic as the “most biologically intense place on Earth.” However, the greater Osa area is also one of the poorest regions of Costa Rica, with social indicators placing the communities in the top decile of poverty in the country with a poverty rate of approximately 37%.

     

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    Ocean Guardian Journey – ASANA

    Provide cutting edge environmental education on topics such as watershed protection, biological corridors and biosphere reserves

    With a marine surface that is 10 times bigger than the terrestrial Costa Rica’s oceans are a true blue asset. Including the famous World Heritage Site Cocos Island, whom Jacques Cousteau “the most beautiful island in the world”, Costa Rica has a total of 1,290 km of coastline (212 km on the Caribbean coast and 1,016 km on the Pacific). These oceans shelter at least 6,777 species, representing 3.5% of known species in the planet. Ensure Costa Rica a “blue” future by contributing to the development of ocean stewards.
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    Ocean Guardian Journey – Forjando Alas

    Empower youth in Bahia Ballena-Uvita, Osa to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources

    With a marine surface that is 10 times bigger than the terrestrial Costa Rica’s oceans are a true blue asset. Including the famous World Heritage Site Cocos Island, whom Jacques Cousteau “the most beautiful island in the world”, Costa Rica has a total of 1,290 km of coastline (212 km on the Caribbean coast and 1,016 km on the Pacific). These oceans shelter at least 6,777 species, representing 3.5% of known species in the planet. Ensure Costa Rica a “blue” future by contributing to the development of ocean stewards.

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    Ocean Guardian Journey – Geoporter

    Empower youth in Bahia Ballena-Uvita, Osa to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources

    With a marine surface that is 10 times bigger than the terrestrial Costa Rica’s oceans are a true blue asset. Including the famous World Heritage Site Cocos Island, whom Jacques Cousteau “the most beautiful island in the world”, Costa Rica has a total of 1,290 km of coastline (212 km on the Caribbean coast and 1,016 km on the Pacific). These oceans shelter at least 6,777 species, representing 3.5% of known species in the planet. Ensure Costa Rica a “blue” future by contributing to the development of ocean stewards.

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    Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary

    Rescue, rehabilitate, release, protect.

    SIBU’s mission is to rescue injured, orphaned, and displaced wild animals and provide them immediate medical care, rehabilitation, and eventual release into the wild. When the animals are determined to be strong, healthy and old enough to be re-integrated into the jungle they begin a step-down release program. Animals unlikely to survive in the wild receive a permanent enriching habitat for their life-term care.

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    Surfing Nosara Foundation

    Giving Back

    The Surfing Nosara Foundation (SNF) evolved out of a desire of expatriates in Nosara to give back to the community, where beyond the beauty of the beach and tropical dry rainforest many residents struggle to meet their basic necessities. The SNF is a volunteer-based Costa Rican non-profit whose mission is to improve the lives of residents in Nosara and surrounding areas by effecting change in public schools and the community, “one project at a time.” The Escuelita de Verano, or summer school, is one of the projects that the SNF has supported for the last 12 years. The goal of this project is to provide a healthy and stimulating environment for children between the ages of 5 and 14 who wish to attend this summer camp and receive a creative outlet for their energy, eat a healthy meal, broaden their knowledge and skills, learn about the environment and enjoy their summer vacations. Escuelita not only benefits the children; it also helps working parents, who are very busy during the tourism high season.

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    Tortuguiones Sea Turtle Research and Conservation

    Turtle conservation, outreach, and education

    TORTUGuiones is a community- and volunteer-based sea turtle conservation project in the Guiones Sector of the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge that provides sea turtle conservation, outreach, and education to protect sea turtles and their habitat within this part of the refuge.

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    Transforming public schools

    World-Class Education for Costa Rican Youth

    Join a movement to implement the world-renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum in public schools around Costa Rica through the Association of International Baccalaureate High Schools in Costa Rica (ASOBITICO).
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    Where it’s most needed

    Address the most urgent needs

    Support the talent of Costa Rican people, the sustainable development, and the education to promote a better quality of life. Transparency and integrity, are Our commitment to create new opportunities within you.

     

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    World Oceans Day 2017

    Your gift will support a fund dedicated to organizations that promote the conservation and sustainable use of Costa Rica’s precious marine resources.
    Su donación brindará apoyo a un fondo dedicado a organizaciones que promueven la conservación y uso sostenible de los recursos marinos de Costa Rica.