Graduate Experience

Our Projects

Bellamaría Bird Sanctuary

Ornithologists conducted a detailed study of birds present in the area and were able to catalog the presence of 92 different species. Some of these birds are in danger of extinction. The community formed the "Santuario de Aves Bellamaría" as a way to protect the environment and as the basis of a sustainable community-based ecotourism project currently being formulated.

Community members received basic training on guiding groups and continue to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the environment.

 In addition, the local elementary school initiated a bird-watching club whose members conduct weekly activities to learn  about the birds and their role in securing a future for their community.

Handcraft Women Association "Los Ceibos"

The Healthy Living initiative organized a training workshop that was attended by 12 women from the Bella María community. Besides learning how to produce handcrafted jewelery, the women formed the "Grupo Artesanal Los Ceibos." Products handcrafted by the women are being sold in local markets, which is improving the income of their families.