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Corcovado Coconuts: Creating Community Careers

A fantastic opportunity to work with the Corcovado community on the sustainable development of alternatives to poaching of turtle eggs.

  • Assist the local Costa Rican community with the development of a sustainable coconut oil project.
  • Promote sustainable community jobs working with coconut resources as an alternative to poaching turtle eggs.
  • Work with the community to create imaginative jewellery from coconut shells to sell for tourism.
  • Assist with the development and running of a community organic farm to promote local self-sufficiency.

Corcovado is a stunning national park packed with a huge amount of biodiversity, described as "biologically intense" by the National Geographic. Set on the Osa Peninsula in south western Costa Rica, this area is rich in life due to the 13 different types of vegetation from montane to mangroves. 

The rich life here is at threat from the community who have traditionally used the natural resources available to them, including the collection of turtle eggs. The aims of this project are to develop sustainable alternatives for the community in an effort to "save turtles one person at a time".

The main focus of the project is on the development of coconut oil production and jewellery to sell to local hotels for tourism. With the addition of an organic farm project, the community has the means for their own food production and income elimination the need for them to poach turtle eggs.

Duration
5+ days
Project focus
Community, Conservation
Fitness level
Mild
When to go
Year round
Prerequisites
  • Minimum age is 16
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