Community-Based Rural Tourism in Costa Rica

The 2014 team enjoys a sunset atop 'el tanque', the water tank that provides fresh water to all of Chira Island.

The 2014 team enjoys a sunset atop ‘el tanque’, the water tank that provides fresh water to all of Chira Island.

In May 2015, a team of students and staff will made the sixth annual trip to Isla Chira, Costa Rica, the largest island in the Gulf of Nicoya. This program focuses on community-based rural tourism and ethical international engagement. Students stay with host families and work on volunteer projects with the Montero y Palito Elementary School. Alongside local leaders, students will engage in a project decided upon by the community.

The ucalgarycares group will visit with local leaders, including the leaders of two women’s cooperatives, and local educators. Ultimately, the group will begin developing ideas about community development, international service, and the benefits and threats of tourism to a community like Chira.

See blog posts from the 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 teams.