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Everyday Ways to Help

Become a Friend by Becoming an Associate
One of the best ways to support the SCLC is to stay connected with us by becoming an asociado or associate.  You will automatically be put on our mailing list, but we can also learn more about you and your interests and see how we can collaborate!   Click here to share your information.
Join Our Mailing List
Scroll down to our website footer to give us your email address so you can stay in touch with us and learn what is going on in Sarapiqui and at the Center!
Spread the News
Do you know someone interested in volunteering?  Tell them about our Short-Term and Long-Term Volunteer programs.  Do you live in Sarapiqui?  Stop by and check out your Library.   Or learn about the courses and activities being offered.   Share the news about the Learning Center with interested people!
Enjoy a Community Rural Tourism Activity
Are you interested in learning about the community in Sarapiqui?  Do you like authentic and meaningful tourism activities? Plan a rural community tourism activity.  These activities are the primary means of income for the Center, and each activity helps support our operation as well as providing income for the local person providing the activity.   Our rural community service activities are different from regular tourism offerings in important ways.  First of all, SCLC rural community tourism activities are not the commercially available tours that most hotels sell since we look for activities that are small-scale and not set up as a business in the traditional sense.  We offer activities that aim to provide meaningful engagement with the local people; we want the local provider (be they a farmer, homemaker, or artisan) to learn as much from you as you will from them.   And finally, our rural community tourism activities support our mission of helping to support sustainable ways of life.   Click here to browse our activities and make a reservation.
Contributing With Amazon’s Smile Program

Just by adjusting your browser setting when you log on to (see instructions below), Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the SCLC.

  • Sign in to on your desktop or mobile phone browser.
  • From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Select your Charity.
  • Select a new charitable organization to support.
  • Attached is a screenshot for how it looks when you have success.

Whether as a Volunteer at the SCLC or from afar, there are so many important roles and tasks that are needed for the Center. Our onsite Volunteer Programs are a critical engine for the Center, especially for our EFL program. However, help is very welcome even for those that would like to collaborate from afar or cannot do a full onsite volunteer program. Here are some of the skills that we need at different intervals: copy writing, grant writing, translations English-Spanish or vice-versa, accounting expertise (especially Quickbooks), non-profit management, fundraising, etc.

If you are able to consider helping us handle tasks and functions with your time and talent, please tell us about this by filling out our associate form and letting us know in the “ways to contribute section” about how you can help!

Pack for a Purpose
Pack for a Purpose is a program that enables travelers to identify philanthropic organizations near the areas that they will be visiting and bring needed supplies for their organization. Through this organization, visitors to Selva Verde Lodge & Private Reserve and other lodges in the area learn about the Center and our programs. The supply list on Pack for a Purpose corresponds to the library program, the school supply packages, and art supplies for a group of artisans in our area. Bringing needed supplies through Pack for a Purpose is a great way to add meaning to your journey to Sarapiquí. Click here to go to Pack for a Purpose.