About Us

Education - Community - Research in Costa Rica

The Monteverde Institute (MVI) is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1986 in the mountainous Costa Rican community of Monteverde.  The MVI was established to guide the increased tourism in a positive and productive manner for the benefit of the visitors and local community. The MVI accomplishes this goal by integrating academic programs, research, and community initiatives into dynamic programs. Students, staff, local experts, and community members interact to address local issues through participatory research, academic studies, solution design, and implementation.

The institute’s programs are based on the belief that in order to achieve sustainability—both locally and globally—a combination of environmental, social, cultural, economic, and technological factors must be carefully considered. To that end, MVI fosters a synergistic approach that blends international study abroad, applied research and community engagement. Its programs focus on sustainable development, ecotourism, Spanish language and culture, conservation biology, community health, land use planning, integrated water resources and social justice.


Its 38-acre campus forms part of the famous Monteverde Reserve Complex, an area of natural preserves that protect more than 65,000 acres of endangered tropical forest. This location underlines the importance of MVI’s commitment to sustainability.

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What We Do

About Our Programs & Courses

Our programs, projects and courses engage the three cornerstones of our mission: place-based education, applied research, and community development.

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Who We Are

Monteverde Institute

Get to know our staff, board of directors and partners. All very important in making this project possible.

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Our Commitment to Sustainability

Monteverde Institute

The Monteverde Institute in Costa Rica considers its impact on the natural and social environment of Monteverde in every facet of its operations.

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30 years of Education for a Sustainable Future

All Win agreements with strategic partners enable MVI and our partners to better serve our students & local Costa Rican communities.

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