Join with Global Doing Good to ensure a brighter tomorrow for at-risk Costa Rican students through environmental education.
Where did we get the name "Leaf Cutter" Project?
There is an amazing group of ants that we can find in the rainforest of Costa Rica. The work that these ants do is nothing short of extraordinary. They build huge colonies that are lead by the Queen, who has the most imporant role of constantly laying eggs which then grow into workers, minimas, and soldiers. The worker ants are some of the first farmers ever on the Earth and travel far and wide to cut and carry many different kinds of leaves. The minimas are small and hard to see but clean the colony of parasites. The soldiers protect the colony and the Queen from predators. The role of our Leaf Cutter Project compares perfectly with these small creatures who all have a very important job.
Queen: If the Queen dies, the colony dies. Similarly, if we let the rainforest disappear, we might also.
Workers: Leaf Cutter participants (students) who need to work hard in order to learn about the environment and how to protect it.
Soldiers: High school teachers and parents (both in the U.S. and Costa Rica) who protect and take care of the students.
Minimas: The work behind-the-scenes of Global Doing Good is hard to see but nonetheless very important.
Goals of the Leaf Cutter Project:
- Develop a program of environmental education between Liceo Ambientalista and Global Doing Good with the idea to give students the tools they need in order to increase their knowledge of conservation, ecology, and tourism.
- Pave a path for students interested in rainforest conservation where they can develop more focused career goals for after high school.
- Provide participants the opportunity to interact with and educate students from the U.S. about rainforest conservation.
- Grow these student participants into tour directors or tour guides for future Global Doing Good and Global Travel Alliance educational tours to Costa Rica.
The Leaf Cutter Project is a unique program in Costa Rica where high school students from a rural area with few opportunities to grow as professionals can learn about the rainforest, conservation, and tourism. They can then use that new found education and information to share with other Costa Rican people and students from the U.S.
Design a program for high school students where they can learn about how important it is to take advantage of the rainforest in a sustainable way, and then teach this lesson to people from various age groups and countries. The project continues after high school because these students can now compete for a better future and career for themselves and their families.
It is our hope that the work of young people - much like the leaf cutter ant - will not only benefit their own lives, but the human and natural resources of Costa Rica.
Get Involved Now!
You can participate in the Leaf Cutter Project by simply making a donation to Global Doing Good by clicking here and specifying Leaf Cutter Project during the donation process. On the following pages, make sure to note that your donation is dedicated to the Leaf Cutter Project. Are you a group that wants to participate? Contact Ryan Sparzak, the Director of Global Doing Good, and he can help you and your students, church, or family get started.