The Osa Rural Tours network and our other sustainable community development initiatives work to reduce poverty in the Osa Peninsula, while protecting local eco-systems. This is achieved through:
- Supporting the creation of micro tourism businesses that incentivize the protection of rainforest on private land.
- Conducting regular training for local communities in areas such as project management, marketing, accounting and English lessons.
- Improving essential services such as waste and recycling collection.
The Osa Rural Tours network currently contains 11 projects and protects over 1200 hectares of forest. We have donated more than $32,000 to these local projects since 2012. The Corcovado Foundation has also worked with 10 communities to support waste management, creating a recycling network which is currently in use by 42 families and 10 hotels in the Osa.
For volunteering information please go to the Protect the Rainforests page.