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                        How to Connect Locally while Traveling Internationally: Budget-Friendly Destinations in Central America
How to visit budget destinations in Central America while connecting to the local people and culture
Guatemalan Eco-lodge Vacationing or Volunteering in an Eco-Friendly Guatemalan Mountain Lodge by Lies Ouwerkerk, Senior Contributing Editor
Imagine waking up to the first rays of sunshine casting their spell on smoke puffing volcanoes and a lush valley just in front of you. And then realizing where you actually are: in a comfortable, rustic king size bed inside a secluded, window-walled tree house, with a hammock waiting for you on a private deck, your own bathroom with a hot shower just down the stairs, and a message pinned on the wall: "Welcome! This tree house is built into the oak tree. If the wind is strong, it will sway a little bit..."
Dominican eco lodge Seeing the Real Dominican Republic: A Stay at Tubagua Eco Lodge by Lebawit Lily Girma
An illustrated description of an off-the-beaten path stay at a magnificent and award-winning eco lodge in the Dominican Republic, far from the usual all-inclusive beach resorts.
Saving the Galapagos Man vs. Man: Saving the Galapagos by Tim Leffel
A story of the government and locals working together to manage the ravages of tourism using green energy and other more responsible alternatives.
Honoring Tradition in Oaxaca, Mexico, for the Day of the Dead by Jim Kane
Tenjapa Homecoming in Mexico by Jim Kane
Making a Positive Impact with Culture Xplorers by Jim Kane
Living Festivals: Getting Into the Local Spirit by Jim Kane
Responsible Travel and Ecotourism in Mexico and Central America by Ron Mader
Xochimilco Gardens: Tourism Maintains Jobs for Thousands of Worker by Ron Mader
Responsible Shopping at the Markets of Oaxaca by Ron Mader
Mayan Community Tours Enrich a Visit to Mexico's Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve by Alison Gardner
Ecotourism and Volunteer Conservation Work in Costa Rica: Monitoring Wild-Release Macaws Hatched to Fly Free
Rafting to a Jungle Lodge in Costa Rica: Indulge in a Sustainable Adventure by Katherine McIntyre
Rural Community Tourism—Costa Rican Style: Get to Know the People, Their Culture, and Their Environment
Discover Guatemala's Richness Through its People and Rituals by Jim Kane
A Day in the Life of a Mayan Village: Community  Tourism in Guatemala by Volker Poelzl
Travel in Honduras, Naturally by Terry Redding
Trekking in Patagonia: Explore Argentina's Pristine Mountains and Support Native Communities by Volker Poelzl
Travel to Study the Jaguar in the Pantanal, Brazil by Marsha Johnston
The Coca Plant Paradox: A Simple Little Leaf With a Complicated History in South America by Tim Leffel
Saving Machu Picchu by Tim Leffel
Eco-Volunteer in Argentina
Responsible Travel in Brazil: The Race to Save the Amazon by Volker Poelzl
Preserving the Flora and Fauna at Iguassu: The Border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay by Isabel Eva Bohrer
Galapagos Islands: Fragile and Fabulous by Alison Gardner
Responsible Travel in Belize: Treasures in Culture and Nature by Volker Poelzl

Volunteer in Ecuador and Experience 4 Worlds
Lead Adventures are local specialists who know Ecuador & Galapagos intimately. Thirty volunteer programs offered throughout South America. Whether you are young or mature, shy or extroverted, laid-back or adventurous, Lead Adventures has something for everyone (individuals, groups, families). Live with like-minded volunteers and quickly make new friends. Four locations: Andes, Coast, Amazon, Galapagos with these featured projects: Galapagos Experience (3islands/3weeks, volunteer and travel); Animal Welfare & Rescue Ctrs. (Andes, Coast, Amazon), Humanitarian, Sports Coaching (Football, Tennis, Golf) and more!! Time off can be spent exploring the locality and furthering your adventures. Spending time on one of our eco-friendly projects or assisting in a humanitarian project will give you a unique travel experience whilst changing lives forever, including your own!
Volunteer in Ecuador and the Galapagos with Lead Adventures Dates: Year round. Most programs start every Monday of the year.
Cost: Depends but as local operators our costs are significantly lower than external agencies.
Contact: Lead Adventures Ecuador & Galapagos, Juan Leon Mera 1574 y La Pinta (2nd floor office 2A) Quito - Ecuador
Tel.: US/Canada 1 800 579 3905 or Ecuador 5 932 254 1633
Email: info@lead-adventures.com.
Websites: www.lead-adventures.com
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ICADS Costa Rica/Nicaragua — Full Semester, Summer & Spanish Month-long Programs
For over 30 years, ICADS has provided community based study abroad programming in Central America.

Both Fall & Spring Semester Programs include seminars, Spanish classes and a study tour to neighboring Nicaragua. Social Justice and Development (Internship Program) participants then engage in an 8-week mentored internship while Environment and Sustainable Development (Field Program) students explore multiple ecosystems and design a research project that is typically carried out in rural communities.

See more on the Summer Internship Program on our website under programs.

If you only have a month, ICADS offers Intensive Spanish courses every month combining Spanish language study with afternoon service learning projects.
Internships in Costa Rica Internships in Costa Rica with ICADS Dates: Spring 2018: January 29 – May 4. Fall 2018: September 3 – December 7. Summer 2018: June 4 – August 10. Spanish Intensives 2018: See info on Intensives under “admissions.”
Cost: Semester Program: $12,150, Summer Internship: $4,875 (both $500 deposit). Spanish Intensives: $1,990/1,790 (high/low season) ($300 deposit).
Contact: Carolina Arias Núñez, Communications Coordinator, 6703 NW 7St SJO 826 Miami FL 33126
Tel: (011) (506) 2225.0508.
Fax: (011) (506) 2234.1337.
Email: carias@icads.org
Website: icads.org
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Beyond Touring — BELIZE Eco Tours & Programs
Best of Belize Eco Tour
Swim, explore, climb, see exotic birds, relax, snorkel, dive, and truly help others less fortunate. This 8-day affordable high end eco tour covers the highlights of Belize, 1) Maya ruins, 2) tropical forests, 3) World Heritage Site barrier reef, and 4) cave tubing & exploring. Also included: Meaningful cross-cultural experience that truly 'gives back' to Indian Church Village, in northern Belize.

Visit: www.beyondtouring.com

Birding tours in Guatemala, Cayaya Birding
Cayaya Birding supports with its tours various conservation programs in rural communities in Guatemala.

Visit: www.cayaya-birding.com.

Campanario Biological Reserve
Environmental education programs (all ages students), field trips, Rainforest Camps, Teachers' professional development programs.

Visit: www.campanario.org

Costa Rica Conservation Trust (CRCT)
Socially and Environmentally Responsible Travel to Costa Rica Program
If traveling to Costa Rica, make sure to support socially and environmentally responsible businesses. Support locally-owned green lodges and tour companies. Costa Rica Conservation Trust (CRCT) is compiling a list of hotels, lodges and tour companies that are treading lightly on the fragile ecosystems of this land, and that are contributing positively to the auto-sustainable development of Costa Rican local communities.

Visit: www.conservecostarica.org

Culture Explorers
Custom Immersive Tours
Culture Explorers is an award-winning small tour operator that offers small tours in such places as Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, and other locations worldwide. Culture Explorers emphasizes participation in the living culture of the countries visited as part of immersive small group journeys. They will allow you to explore the traditions, meet local friends, support important positive impact projects through their visits. Each departure coincides with an important local festival or celebration.

Visit: www.culturexplorers.com

Ecology Project International
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Ecology Program (STEP)
This tropical hotspot and travel destination contains an amazing 5% of the worlds biodiversity. Costa Ricas Caribbean coast where Ecology Project Internationals program site is located is the fourth most important nesting beach worldwide for Leatherback sea turtles, a critically endangered species. Through our Sea Turtle Ecology Program, youth from Costa Rica and around the world work in partnership with the Pacuare Nature Reserve to conserve and protect these sea turtles from extinction.
Baja & the Sea of Cortez Island Ecology Program and Whale Ecology Program
The Sea of Cortez hosts 39% of the worlds marine mammal species and was recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. From John Steinbeck to Aldo Leopold, Baja California Sur has captured the worlds imagination and become a unique travel destination. Through our Island and Whale Ecology Programs, Ecology Project International students from Mexico and around the world work in partnership with local institutions to conserve Baja California Surs desert and marine environments.
Galapagos Islands Ecology Program
One of the first UNESCO World Heritage sites, the spectacular Galápagos Islands host a unique flora and fauna found nowhere else on Earth. Through our Galápagos Islands Ecology Program, Ecology Project International students from the Galápagos and around the world work in partnership with the Galápagos National Park and local institutions to conserve the archipelago. Students travel to several locations on three different islands, studying and experiencing this magical place.

Visit: www.ecologyproject.org

Ecotrackers Foundation
Volunteer Work in Ecuador
Ecotrackers works to preserve the cultural and biological diversity of Ecuador through the development of indigenous community in ecotourism and other projects. Volunteers are sent to 17 indigenous communities and 10 National Protected Areas, to stay between one week and 6 months and to carry out a variety of tasks that go from teaching English in children's school, until ecotourism and eco-production with patents, eco-development; and other projects such as reforestation, health & sanitation, and agricultural development. Ecotrackers is currently developing an experimental farm in the cloud-forest near Quito to demonstrate sustainable agriculture.

Visit:www.ecotrackers.com

EcuadorExplorer.com
Useful information about working and volunteering in Ecuador with links to about a dozen organizations with volunteer programs.

Visit: www.ecuadorexplorer.com

Galápagos Travel
Workshops in the Galápagos Islands. Specializing in comprehensive, educationally-oriented, professionally-led natural history tours of the Galápagos Islands. Each trip spends 11 days to 2 full weeks in the Galápagos, touring all the significant outer islands, and allowing for a maximum of wildlife observation. Three distinct itineraries available.

Visit: galapagostravel.online

Iracambi Atlantic Rainforest Research and Conservation Center
Located in the Atlantic Rainforest, Brazil we are offering people the chance to learn how to use a Geographic Information System (GIS) in a beautiful, but little visited part of Brazil. GIS is increasingly used in a number of different disciplines to collect and manipulate data - this course will provide the opportunity to learn about this in the context of land management planning. Learning the new skill will provide you with a way to learn more about Brazil.

Visit: www.iracambi.com

La Confluencia
Patagonia Voluntourism and Adventure Travel
La Confluencia ecolodge and farm runs voluntourism programs throughout the summer (Nov-Feb.) in Patagonia, Argentina. Participants will help with an number of projects within the Rio Azul Protected Area (part of the world's largest UNESCO Temperate Rainforest Preserve) such as trail maintenance, footbridge construction, and selective eradication of invasive species, as well as social assistance projects involving the local community, such as vegetable garden development, greenhouse construction, and home repairs. Depending on individuals' interest and fitness levels, various wilderness adventure options can be combined such as whitewater rafting and kayaking, trekking, horseback riding, and climbing / rappelling.

Visit: www.laconfluencia.com

More Local — Colombia Travel, Adventure Tours, and Excursions
All-new More Local offers innovative trip itineraries that take you deep into the daily life of rural Colombia. This is not your average coffee tour or Amazon trip! Through unique workshops with local people and involvement in local development and environmental projects, More Local is travel in its most experiential form. Meet local people, get to know about them and their livelihoods, and maybe even learn a few new skills along the way. It doesn't get more local than this!

Visit: www.morelocal.co

Mundo Verde Spanish School
Spanish school has links with development project in the rainforest and with many other voluntary projects to which students can be assigned (no fee).

Visit: www.mundoverdespanish.com

Quetzaltrekkers
Eco-Friendly Adventure Trekking in Guatemala
Quetzaltrekkers is Guatemala´s only all volunteer managed, non-profit trekking/hiking organization. Quetzaltrekkers offers multi-day adventure treks and one day excursions in the highlands of western Guatemala to an international clientele of outdoor enthusiasts. We follow locally sustainable and eco-friendly tourism practices. Volunteer guides are always needed.
At Quetzaltrekkers, we are all working as volunteer guides and we manage virtually all aspects of the organization. In our office you won’t find a boss or a supervisor but you will find a tight-knit team of dedicated volunteers. Working as a Quetzaltrekker guide is an incredibly rewarding experience and a lot of fun!

Visit: www.quetzaltrekkers.com

The Rainforest Education & Resource Centre (CREES)
Fauna Forever is a training, team building and environmental monitoring initiatives located in important biologically and culturally diverse habitats. There are currently two programs based in the Manu Biosphere Reserve, a conservation area in the Amazon rainforest of Peru. The programs are an adventurous yet professional way to experience and learn first-hand about humid tropical ecosystems and indigenous Amazon cultures whilst contributing to valuable on-going research.

Visit: www.crees-manu.org

Sustainable Living Center
Rancho Mastatal
Rancho Mastatal is a 219-acre environmental center bordering La Cangreja Rainforest Reserve. Offers customized educational programs for all ages, workshops in natural building, renewable energy systems, and tropical agriculture. Organic farming, gardening, and natural building methods practiced. Internships and volunteers encouraged. Beautiful waterfalls and swimming holes. Birds galore. Community focus.

Yarok Green Tours
Ecotour in Costa Rica
Total immersion ecotours in Costa Rica for families, groups and students interested in exploring the nature and wildlife of Costa Rica.

Visit: www.yaroktours.com

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