Adventure Tours Costa Rica is proud to be giving back to the Jaco Community through our Children’s Outreach Project which has been running for just over two months now in cooperation with Escuela La Hacienda in Jaco.
The project is aimed at local elementary school children ranging in age from 5 to 12 years who are good students with a concern for the environment that is shown through extra classes they take on recycling and conservation. Our intention in our involvement is to encourage protection of the environment and care for Costa Rica’s natural resources.
In many cases these children come from low income or immigrant families who would rarely have the opportunity to take off with all their friends on a 4x4 mountain adventure. The reward for the student’s hard work and environmental interest is a full day of fun which includes lunch at a tilapia farm and playing in a rainforest waterfall. During the course of the day, we teach the children about rational use of resources, coexistence of man and nature, environmental tourism and development surrounding the Jaco area.
Tatiana Cerdas, known to most as the smiling face behind front desk at Adventure Tours, is also an incredible high school teacher who is happy to impart her wealth of knowledge to these lucky kids each weekend. Tatiana gives lessons on Costa Rican geography, ecology, as well as the flora and fauna of the Central Pacific Region. Tatiana speaks to the kids about the importance of protected areas, promotes the importance of curriculum development, and encourages academic excellence for these children as future professionals in this country.
In a fun and interactive atmosphere we also attempt to promote small town Costa Rican culture by visiting the picturesque local treasures, Agujitas and Bijagual. We also bring the children to a quaint tilapia farm in the hills called Paz Del Campo.
This project has gotten incredibly positive feedback, and is beginning to receive great community support. The project is carried out by Adventure Tours employees, local guides, naturalists and the Tilapia Farm Restaurant La Paz del Campo. We thank everyone for their support and look forward to many, many more fun days with Costa Rica’s future role models!