about us

Our place-based academic programs include collaboratively-designed faculty-led courses, immersive long programs, internships, Spanish language, virtual programming, and a menu of presentations and activities. Our academic programs are unique thanks to their interface with MVI’s community relationships, on-going projects, and research.

who we are

The Monteverde Institute is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1986 in Monteverde, Costa Rica, to guide the increased tourism in a sustainable way by integrating academic programs, research, and community initiatives into programs to benefit both visitors and the local community.

Location

The MVI 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.

Our Organization

We work with the Monteverde community, local organizations, government institutions and grassroots groups, so they can identify the main issues in the zone and work with us in order to create new solutions with our different programs.

our partners

Learn how a community based on ecotourism is working towards a sustainable future through resilience, education, and community building.

Our history and what we do

Since 1986 the Monteverde Institute has hosted students to learn, research, and contribute to the well-being of the people and environment of the area. All profits above expenses go directly to community programs.

The history of Monteverde Institute has been documented by Dr. Leslie Burlingame. Click on the link to read it.

Facilities and Services

Our unique campus provides space for academic and community partners to learn, teach, gather, reflect, and create. Prototype solutions to local sustainability challenges lessen the environmental impact of our operations, inspire visitors, and provide replicable examples for local implementation.

Testimonials

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Data Management

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Board of Directors

President
Vicepresident
Secretary
Treasure
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Vocal 2
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Fiscal

Pedro Belmar
Celia Harvey
Maikol Cruz
Hazel Guindon
Elena Florian
Dinia Santamaría
Eugenio Vargas
Silvia Elizondo
Alexa Stickel

Campaign for

Sustainability

Fundraising Campaigns of the Monteverde Institute

Our priority is continuing to build programs that benefit both our visiting students and our local community.

Alliance for the

Monteverde

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Board of Directors, Alliance for the Monteverde Institute

The Alliance for the Monteverde Institute is a 501c3 public charity that provides financial & other support to the initiatives of the Monteverde Institute.

Planting

Sustainabilty

Restoring employment, food security, and forests 

Given the severe impact of COVID-19 on Monteverde, Costa Rica, a town whose economy relies almost solely on tourism, the community is eager to embrace new forms of sustainability—and you can fund these projects while providing income to people who have lost their jobs during this challenging time. Learn more on the following link: