OUR HISTORY

    VIDA is a Costa Rican non-governmental and non-profit organization founded in 1988 by a group of college and high school students recognized the need to conduct environmental education in Costa Rica, to enhance the safeguard of protected areas (private or public), and to assist in community development.

    Since then, VIDA has steadily worked to bring these objectives forward trough projects and programs related to sea turtles protection, cetaceans and community forest reserve management), youth exchange programs based on sustainable tourism and skills development, environmental education (projects are related to the great green macaw, exchange program focus on migratory birds for primary teachers schools, house-waste management and recycling), community development (creation of forest reserves, construction of libraries for schools, building of water pipelines, bridges, schools, community halls).

    More than 140 projects are being realized together with the following cooperation and development agencies, and organizations like:

    • Canada World Youth
    • Centre for Youth Exchange CIU (Sweden)
    • Libraries Without Borders, Canada
    • Local groups Girl Guides of Canada, Girl Guiding UK and Boys Scouts of America
    • Winnipeg High School
    • Gonzaga High School
    • Crescent High School
    • Western Ontario University
    • Guelph University
    • Woodbridge College
    • École Mont St Louis
    • Ajax High School
    • Sexsmith High School
    • Andre Grasset High School
    • POTA (Slovenia)
    • IST Gap Challenge
    • Cascadia Research
    • Centre for Youth Exchange CIU (Sweden)
    • Government of Costa Rica
    • Canadian Agency for the Development (CIDA)
    • Youth Challenge International
    • World Wildlife Foundation (WWF)
    • Clean up the World (Australia)
    • Ericsson Costa Rica
    • Coopemex R.L.
    • Education Development Center, Educational Information and Resource Center , Hands Across the Water (EIRC)
    • The Global Sustainability in the Local Education Project (SOGEL)
    • Santa Elena Reserve
    • La Marta Reserve
    • Mc Donald´s Costa Rica
    • Fundecooperación
    • British Funds
    • National Parks Services Costa Rica
    • Costa Rica University (UCR)
    • FUNDANORTE, Tropical Scientific Center (CCT)
    • Education Center (EDC), New Jersey Conservation Foundation (NJCF)
    • Surgical Eye Expedition (SEE)
    • Youth Service International
    • Operations Antipodeans Abroad Victoria (Australia)