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Mission and Programs

 

Mission of SCLC

The SCLC focuses its efforts in four areas — environmental education, community development, conservation, and tourism — in order to help form future environmental leaders, raise the organizational capacity of local communities, promote sustainable land use, and connect tourists to the local community. Our programs which are run by international volunteers and community members serve hundreds of local people and thousands of ecotourists each year. These programs include environmental education, rural tourism activities, English classes, community outreach, women’s groups, and scholarship funds for high school students.

 

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Hiring Executive Director (m/f) - apply now!

 

The SCLC is currently looking for a motivated and experienced Executive Director to lead our team of devoted staff and volunteers. If you fulfill the requirements and would like to continue your career in rural Costa Rica, contact us as soon as possible at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

To see the full job description, please click here. We are looking forward to your application!

 

Pura Vida

 

 

 

 
La Biblioteca!

 

The Sarapiqui Conservation and Learning Center was originally founded in 1993 as a local community library, with the vision to offer educational opportunities to the neighboring area youth. Twenty years later, the library is still a thriving center that boasts a variety of fiction and nonfiction genres and titles in Spanish and English for all ages, from children and young adult readers to adults. Computers are also available for homework help and other resources.

 

The library has recently undergone some reorganizing and renovation, in order to better showcase and feature titles that will be appealing to readers of all interests. We are also preparing to hopefully acquire more books in the near future from a nearby library that was forced to shut down.

 

The Learning Center’s library, from its initial beginnings to the present day, is still one of the centers of focus for our outreach to the local community through education. Tourists and local area members alike are encouraged to stop in and browse our books – we’d love to see you!

 

 
2014 Volunteers!

 

Come and volunteer with the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center! If you are interseted in coming to experience the Costa Rican culture please go to the VOLUNTEER section of our website for more information or contact the volunteer coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Whether you are interested in staying for two weeks, two months, or a year, the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center invites you to share your skills and become part of the community here in Chilamate.

 


 
Public Library Initiative

 

Public libraries are important drivers of community development through access to knowledge and digital literacy. The Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center is essentially the only public library in the canton.

 

In an effort to gain library services support and recognition through Costa Rica's National Library System (SINABI) the SCLC is strengthening local alliances in order to sign a collaborative agreement that is required to become a Semi-official Public Library. There are 56 public libraries in Costa Rica: 31 official and 25 semioffical. Semi Official Public libraries are administered by the signing of an agreement between the SINABI-Ministry of Culture and Youth, municipalities, community development associations, foundations or other interested organizations.

 

Cohesively the SCLC is also in the process of becoming a computer lab called an Intelligent Community Center (CECI) supported by the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Telecommunications (MICITT). They are a national network Intelligent Community Centers located throughout the country. Each center is formed by a computer laboratory equipped with latest technology, providing various services to the community. In essence, the CECI seek technological "empowerment" of communities through access to knowledge, information, creativity and the ability to take on new challenges.

 

 

 
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