Monteverde Institute's Newsletter

In this newsletter, you will find the main activities that we are working on during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Virtual Spanish Classes

Want to be a part of the MVI? Join us in Virtual Spanish Classes.
Because of the Covid-19 Pandemic, it's not possible to physically visit, but you can make an in-depth virtual visit, learn, make some new local friends online and discover the rich history, traditions, and biodiversity of Costa Rica while you learn or polish your Spanish.

Our participatory classes will virtually bring Costa Rica to you, and have you interacting with your Spanish teacher and local families!

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Virtual internships

The Monteverde Institute offers and facilitates virtual internships for those interested in contributing to our work in the Monteverde community and, in the process, gaining tools to advance sustainability in their own lifestyles, home communities, and academic studies.

For more information, visit our website or write to Fern at

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Virtual internships symposium

On August 14th from 8:30 am to 10:30 am, our virtual interns will share their work in a virtual symposium on Zoom.
You are welcome to join us and watch the presentations on this link
Symposium presentations
  • Environmental Issues in the Costa Rican Media during the COVID-19 Pandemic by Patricia Waters and Katlyn Tagliabue
  • Qualitative Analysis, Community-based Research and COVID-19 by Ky Miller
  • Stream Water Quality in the Monteverde area by Claire Gabel 
  • Bird distribution in the Crandell Reserve: comparison between neotropical migrants and resident species by Margrit Rindlisbacher in Spanish

Our actions during the pandemic

As in most of the world, Monteverde, Costa Rica has been impacted by COVID-19. Monteverde is a progressive rural village whose economy relies almost solely on tourism, creating widespread unemployment and problems with our food supply, The Monteverde Institute has been working with the community to provide different kinds of help to people who have lost their jobs during this challenging time.

Below are some of the main actions that we have taken to support the community:

Reforestation Program

Our reforestation program has distributed and planted over 16,000 trees this year! A huge thank you to the families of the Monteverde Friends School and community volunteers who have made this year a success with their hard work planting and distributing trees.  This program restores deforested areas, augments biological connectivity, protects water sources, and sequesters carbon dioxide. Seeds are collected and all trees are native.  Our reforestation research informs us of the success of this program and provides necessary data for calculating survival, growth, and carbon sequestration.

From Our Roots

Is a program that provides short videos with traditional recipes hosted by community members, with the goal of recovering our cuisine traditions. Try these delicious recipes at home by following our Facebook page to watch these videos.

Monteverde Produces

Seeks to encourage the use of small spaces at home where many vegetables can grow. With the help of experts and volunteers, seedlings are produced and transplanted into Institute-designed grow boxes creating a portable garden that is donated to families in the community. We are giving virtual assistance with experts in organic farming to those who have home vegetable gardens. If you want to join the community conversation regarding home gardening, with questions answered by local experts Gerardo Calderón, Orlando Trejos, and Rigo Alvarado, you can do it here.

Monteverde Dis-Frutable

Helps reforest with fruit trees, at the same time it supports the future of food security for families. The seedlings were donated to the program and then exchanged with farmers for other faster growing banana seedlings. With the help of volunteers, these were planted on various farms. Thank you to all who have donated fruit trees and bananas, delivered trees, and planted them!

Monteverde Thrive

Is working to help develop a sustainable economy respecting social and environmental limits. The goal is to help diversification, participation and inclusion whilst generating a minimum amount of waste. So far we have managed to buy local produce to support families in need, create a directory of locally produced items, and are supporting capacity building in administrative abilities. If you want a directory of local producers, please access our interactive map.

Small Jobs Programs

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have provided paid work to over 75 people in the last two months.  Given the economic crisis caused by the pandemic, this has been an important program to assist local families buy food or pay their utility bills.  We have a list of more than 100 workers that need this program.  Please see our GoFundMe if you would like to help.

We are also participating in Enlace Monteverde, a commission formed by the community to help all the community during these difficult times.

Enlace Monteverde

We are a member of the different committees of Enlace Monteverde. This commission was formed to identify the difficulties that community is confronting due to COVID-19, this information is collected though surveys that are sent out. It is divided into 5 subcommittees that provide solutions to the needs identified such as wellbeing, food banks, food delivery, among others.

A huge thank you to all of the people who have donated, initiated programs to collect funds, created work for local families, and have worked in our programs to care for the residents of this zone.

If you want to support our work in the community, you can donate by clicking the following button. We really appreciate every penny.
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