The Community Development Program (CDP) is a learning platform that promotes knowledge exchange between students and communities. It contributes to developing our students’ skills and attitudes and to strengthen their qualities as change agents who are capable of participating in the formulation and implementation of projects that promote an improvement in the quality of life in Guacimo’s communities.

The CDP’s three core objectives are:

  • FStrengthen awareness raising and social and environmental commitment in EARTH students by interacting with local and community stakeholders.
  • Support the teaching-learning and research processes for faculty and students at EARTH University aimed to generate changes for rural sustainability.
  • Generate knowledge and experience exchange between EARTH University and local and community stakeholders to promote rural well-being.
  • The core areas in the Community Development Program are:

  • Sustainable Agribusiness Development Management: by promoting best agricultural and livestock practices, designs for integrated farms, renewable energy types, proper waste management, and environmental education.
  • Responsible Party: Luis Carazo Badilla, MSc.

  • >Organizational Social Development Management: by developing interpersonal skills that promote the strengthening of organizational structures and social empowerment.
  • Responsible Party: Kimberly Coto Vargas, MSc.

  • Business Management: by developing an entrepreneurial mentality and raw material transformation processes by developing business plans and administrative processes, (accounting, commercialization and marketing of rural micro-enterprises).
  • Responsible Party: Paula Morales Flores, Esq.

    Community work

    Each year more than 140 students participate in different projects of community extension:

  • Project leader students in their final year of university career (Fourth Year)
  • First and Second year students who cooperate in community projects
  • Advisory professors
  • Project managers
  • Hours dedicated to the community. Each year:

  • Fourth year students: 6,480 hours.
  • First and Second year students: 13,320 hours.
  • Advisory professors: 2,700 hours.
  • Project managers: 6,702 hours.
  • Goals of becoming involved in the 2019-2021 strategy

  • Strengthen the hosts’ knowledge and skills in production and commerce.
  • Contribute to strengthening micro enterprises and small organizations in relation to subjects revolving around organizational structure and entrepreneurship.
  • Strengthen communication strategies for information that is relevant to the population, specifically for matters related to tourism and environmental management.
  • Strengthen young people at educational centers related to environmental management, youth participation, and entrepreneurialism.
  • Success Stories

    Success Stories

    Lidia Hernández, hostess (2015-2018)
    Farmer from the community of Santa Rosa, Río Jiménez de Guácimo

    EARTH University taught me how to improve pastures and paddocks for livestock, and how to prepare my organic orchard and bio-garden. In addition, I participated in talks related to sending chickens out to forage, how to produce cheese, and how to make hearts of palm marmalades and preserves. I learned a lot and really appreciate everything they taught me. For example, in the greenhouse I have beets, celery, cilantro, tomato, and green onions. I eat them at home and to give some away to my neighbors. Never in my life did I think that my farm would have everything that I needed to eat and it moves me to plant more crops. I would tell new hosts to capitalize on the opportunity that EARTH gives us and to move forward because students have to learn from us and we have to learn from them.

    Wilberth Vargas, host. (2015-2018)
    Farmer from the community of Santa Rosa, Río Jiménez de Guácimo

    The students at EARTH University taught us to work as a family so everybody becomes involved in all the farming activities. Before that, I worked alone. Now it is a family activity and my daughters are learning how to work on the farm. They taught us how to raise vegetables, how to prepare concentrate for pigs and chickens and have organic compost. Everything they taught us has left me speechless. We are currently continuing with the projects. We enjoy eating the fresh foods that we produce and being aware of what we are eating. Now we eat vegetables and chickens from our own farm. I would recommend the new hosts to have the desire to learn and put their soul into the work. I am not educated, but I feel that I learned a great deal with this whole process.

    Telephone: +506 2713-0000. Ext: 5008
    Email: programadesarrollocomunitario@earth.ac.cr