Guaruma has three primary branches: Education, Services, and Research.
We provide after-school classes and ecotourism services in order to achieve our goals of rural community development and environmental conservation. To maximize our impact, we encourage our students to become leaders in their communities. Some students have spoken out on ecological issues, taught photography classes, given workshops to children on the Bay Islands, and offered night courses for adults.
Our project generates income for the local communities through ecotourism services while promoting the conservation of the tropical forest. Our student nature guides frequently lead hikes along a trail that they themselves maintain. Additionally, older students participate in Guaruma Plus, our graphic design program, and create products such as logos, catalogs, posters, and menus for local businesses. Through our agroforestry project at Mango Verde, we are introducing sustainable land use practices in the Cangrejal watershed and producing agricultural products targeted for commercial use.
Our unique combination of educational programs, tourism services, and a dedication to the conservation of the natural beauty of the area is what makes Guaruma such an innovative project that maintains the interest and support of the communities in the region.