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    Working for the forest and the people.

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Program overview

The los Santos Region is located two hours south of the Juan Santa Maria International Airport. The Region is Known for its green cloud-forested mountains, cool climate and coffee production. The average temperature stays around 20°C / 68°F. Visitors should look out for a variety of wildlife such as quetzals, tanagers, hawks, spider monkeys, tolomucos and sloths. Regional products are coffee, avocados and highland fruits. Typically, each community has a school, a church, a few mini markets, and a coffee factory. Most people in this region have their own parcel of land or work to harvest it.

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    Service learning

    Students will participate in various sustainability projects within the community. The service is primarily working on Organic Coffee farms in rural mountain settings.

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    cultural activities

    Connecting with members of the local community is essential the program. Students will have a chance to make these memorable connections in a variety of ways. Costa

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    adventure excursions

      Green Communities also offers adventure and wildlife experiences. Some are already included in the program and others may be added. We recommend our groups to

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    Spanish immersion

    Green Communities can implement Spanish Language classes taught by local Costa Rican teachers, into the program. Students of any level can learn and fine tune their


Before you join us, we would like to tell you why you should support Green Communities!

  • Who We Are?

    Since 2003, Santos Tours was founded by two visionary students in the process of finishing their university studies in tourism, more

  • Why Green Communities?

    Green Communities is a truly life-changing experience for our volunteers as well as host- families in the communities where we work.

  • Our Approach

    Green Communities is a local educational organization founded by two young men who together have a combined 9 years of tourism experience.

Enjoy! With Us!

Meet The Team

Our founders and staff work closely together to make your experience, personal, meetingfull and life changing, while we all have fun saving our planet!

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    Jonathan Cerdas

    Project Leader

    About Me

    Jonathan is in charge of project direction, in addition to being the project leader and coordinator Read More for all the programs.
    Jonathan studied business tourism at Cartago Community College in Costa Rica and participated in the International Seminary of Bio-fuels, imparted by the CEA institute in San Jose, Costa Rica. He received a certificate of Collaboration from the UNA (National University) in San Marcos de Tarrazu, Costa Rica, for implementing clean technology in coffee plantations in the Los Santos Region between 2009-2010. Jonathan helped with training and technical assistance in the International Compettativeness Program and the Change Management and Strategic Alliances for SMEs in the Los Santos Tourism sector in Costa Rica. Finally, all of his experience working in communities was utilized during the workshop Partnership for Strengthening Competetiveness for the Development of International Markets in San Carlos, and the workshop on Social Networks, Innovation and Sustainable Development conducted by the INCAE in Alajuela, Costa Rica.
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    Carlos Marin

    Director & General Manager

    About Me

    Carlos is in charge of administration and project development. He attended high school in the region Read More of Los Santos, Costa Rica, and studied business administration and tourism at Cartago Community College. Carlos is the director of Green Communities Costa Rica and General Manager of Santos Tour. He has participated in workshops for Bio Energies of Costa Rica and is a leader in the production of Biodiesel technology in the Los Santos region of Costa Rica.
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    Jordan Boone

    Director of Educational Outreach

    About Me

    Jordan is the Director of Educational Outreach. He is based in the U.S. and works to forward the mis Read More sion of Green Communities. He consults directly with Universities and Educational Institutions seeking out student volunteers essential to sustainable development. Prior to Green Communities, Jordan was involved in Service-Learning programs, Educational Student Travel and International Group Travel. Jordan has a BA in Communication from Cal State San Marcos, has lived abroad in developing communities and continues to seek new adventures. After working directly with students on service projects operated by Green Communities in 2014, Jordan joined the team and now represents the non-profit internationally and in the U.S.
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    Arturo Valenciano

    Technical support , Small Planet Project

    About Me

    Arturo is the newest member of Green Communities, he started on November 2014. Arturo graduated from Read More Agronomy at the University of Costa Rica. Before finishing his career he began to work in alternative agriculture with Costa Rican organic farming associations, such as APODAR in Zarcero (besides Latin America and Caribbean agriculture technicians) and APROZONOC in Cartago, where he exchanged with the farmers organic agriculture and soil conservation knowledge
    for crop management. He participated in several courses related to the incredible world of soil microbiology, on topics such as mycorrhizal symbiosis, given by the University of Veracruz (Mexico) and the Center for Rural Studies and International Agriculture (Spain). Also, he participated in the “Sustainable Agriculture and Rural
    Development for Food Security” summer school at the University Los Baños, Philippines in partnership with the Food Security Center (Hohenheim, Germany) and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA).
    Arturo has always believed in sustainable agricultural systems in which the agrochemical use must be reduced and where soil organic matter, microorganisms and biological cycles activation are vital.
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    Juan Aguero

    Community Projects coordinator

    About Me

    Juan has dedicated 39 years to the agriculture of Costa Rican coffee in the Cloud Forest region. Sin Read More ce 2009 he has been in charge of coordinating with local families and directing projects in the community of Providencia.

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Be in Touch

Los Santos, Santa María de Dota, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Office : volunteering@greencommunities-cr.org

(506) 83187784 or (506) 88559386



U.S. Office : Outreach Director, Jordan Boone

Email: jboone@greencommunities-cr.org

1 (408) 3645396