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Re: Costa Rica Connections???


Jon,

Here's another Costa Rica connection, also in the Monteverde Zone. Check
out http://www.iac.net/~ceccfs/index.html to learn about the Centro de
Educacion Creativa (CEC) a small, private bilingual pre k-9th grade school
emphasizing environmental education throughout the curriculum. They have an
organic garden program (small when I was last there two years ago, but with
great potential). They also have plans for developing a reforestation
project to transition the breaks in forest acreage from pasture back to
native species flora and fauna. The school and Monteverde in general are
resource rich in access to some of the lst remaining bits of cloud forest
habitat as well as social capital, but sometimes fall short on goal
implementation for lack of funds and lack of coordination. As Blair
mentioned, Finca la Bella down the mountain is another amazing project well
worth exploring (especially if you're interested in finding a supremely
beautiful and peaceful setting). People who fare well in Monteverde are
quick studies of community dynamics, can swiftly comprehend community needs
and are adept at networking. The dynamics between the Costa Rican community
and the long established North American Quaker community grow more curious
over time. During the past 5-10 years, the community has also attracted a
number of fairly affluent gringo retirees and is in the midst of a massive
explosion in ecotourism. If you want to learn more about the CEC and
Monteverde, I can put you in touch with knowledgeable people in the Philly
area.

Buena Suerte,
 
Risa Mednick
Communications Consultant
risa mednick@earthlink.net








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