Community Support Program
Like a number of isolated rural areas in Costa Rica, infrastructure in the community where the Pacuare River put in and the Pacuare Lodge are located is scarce and poorly maintained by the government.
Consistent with our belief that responsible tourism should benefit and respect local communities, Aventuras Naturales works directly with people and institutions in the area in a variety of ways.
Primary School Assistance
There are three primary schools located along the Pacuare River between Tres Equis and Siquirres. These schools, in Bajo de Tigre, Linda Vista , and Guyacán, are where local children receive their first years of instruction. With a lot of enthusiasm but very few resources, they are each run by a single teacher who teaches all grades in the classic one-room schoolhouse. Located in poor communities and with limited resources, , it is a struggle to provide even pencil and paper for each child.
If you wish to make a donation directly to this school assistance program, you can do so in our offices when you pay for any of our tours. If you wish to make a donation without taking a tour, just e-mail us for instructions on how to do so. Donations are transferred in their entirety - no administrative or other fees are deducted -directly to the school boards, who in turn utilize the funds to purchase much-needed school materials and services.
Please remember that even a very small donation of US$5 can do a great deal for these poor schools. If you are going on one of our overnight Pacuare trips, and making an additional donation of US$100 or more, we would be delighted to arrange a personal visit to the Bajo de Tigre School. Here you can meet the teacher and some of the local school children.
As you can see from the following photographs, our most recent donor was able to assist us in providing the Bajo Tigre School with a much-needed computer system, including software donated by Microsoft. The shy smiles on the faces of the school children speak a thousand words and touch the soul more deeply than just a simple "Gracias". This computer will aide these children for years to come as they learn the vital computer skills that will aide them as they make the transition into a fast-paced, ever-changing workforce.
In the community where the Pacuare River put-in is located, we have improved and maintained roads, which were previously almost abandoned, as well as the cable car local residents use to cross the river. We have placed our cellular telephone at the service of the community for emergencies - previously there was no easy communication available. Finally, one of our most enthusiastically received efforts has been the sponsoring of a local soccer team.
Please click on the following link for extensive information about the
Origin, Development, and Commitment to Exemplary Sustainable Tourism Practices of the Pacuare Lodge Project. (PDF File)