The Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center (SCLC) is an independent non-profit organization located on Selva Verde Lodge’s property. Along with SCLC programs like EFL (English as a Foreign Language) classes and Rural Tourism activities, Selva Verde continues to run the library. In order to satisfy our current readers’ wishes and hopefully expand our outreach to the community, Spanish new or used books in good condition for individuals ages 10 and up is the most needed. Selva Verde looks forward to increasing its efforts to grow the Spanish content of the library.
Being a non-profit organization located in a rural environment, certain office supplies are expensive or difficult purchase locally.
At the beginning of each semester, the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center (SCLC) gives out school supply packages to children from low-income families. Yard sales are used to support specific projects in the area. For this reason, the SCLC welcomes donations of clothing in good condition.
Members of the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center’s women’s group, Morphas, create handmade jewelry and decorative items, combining their hobby with a way to earn an additional income. They sell their products at two gift shops in the area, as well as directly to the visitors after some of our tourism activities.
Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.