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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

 

 

 

 
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.

 


 
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!

 

 
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.

 

 

 
Reforestation at the SCLC

Last month Caitlin Marquis, a short term volunteer who came to work with the SCLC for four weeks this Spring, composed a four-page informational packet on the SCLC's reforestation activities. Here is a taste of what can be found in the downloads section of our website.

athens.group3Volunteers who plant or monitor trees help to reverse the destructive deforestation caused by clearing land for agriculture and cattle and by commercial logging. This deforestation left only about twenty five percent of Costa Rica covered in forest by 1990, leading to erosion, soil degradation, loss of habitat for native species, release of carbon dioxide, and the depletion of a vital tool in combating global warming.

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Interview with Board President Polly Hunt

Polly Hunt, the SCLC Board President from 2008-2010 stepped down this October and passed the baton of her Executive Powers to Raquel Gomez, another Senior SCLC board member. For the past 10 years Polly has been a dedicated public servant both in the SCLC as well as for her own non-profit in the United States. Here is her take on the SCLC, and some background on what makes both Polly and the SCLC so very, very special.

Polly

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Summer Camp 2011! What an animal!

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The last two weeks at CECOS, the Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center, have been very busy and exciting. Our annual environmental-education camp opened its doors on January 17th, beginning ten days of fun games and activities, all while experiencing and learning about the beautiful and wondrous tropical forests and rivers just a few feet outside the Center's doors. Each morning began with the mingled laughter of our community's younger children, aged 5-9 years.

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