We have had wonderful participation from community service students from the University of Costa Rica (UCR) at the Sustainability Demonstration Center. They have been making a difference as community leaders to protect natural resources and sustainable community development! We have had students from different programs of the UCR come and lead talks and workshops with local children and adults, as well as learn and enjoy the river and local community initiatives.
We had some community service students working in the food industry come to help with the development of proper packaging and labeling of food products and teach about the steps to the commercialization of local products. They gave talks that promote the use of seasonal fruits like cashew apples and great information for local entrepreneurs.
We also had students from the Environmental Kiosks program give workshops with children about deforestation and impacts of forest degradation. Education is such an important part of initiating sustainable change and working with children is key. With university students teaching local children, you truly experience the power of learning through teaching!
The communications class led by the UCR also continues, strengthening sustainable community development in Guacimal. Locals have been working on developing their own radio programs - very exciting!
SACO, a program of the UCR, serves as a bridge between academic knowledge and farmers. This is a leadership program that supports the formation and personal development of community leaders to protect natural resources, as well as develop efficient systems of land and resource use. For example, there is active exploration and discussion of how agreements done at a governmental level affect life on a daily basis.
We are thrilled that we have so many inspiring, enthusiastic students from the UCR working with us at the Sustainability Demonstration Center to promote and strengthen local community initiatives. Thank you for all that you do!