Helping install solar panels on remote Costa Rica school

Michael Aprill Start Date: May 22, 2018 - End Date: Jul 14, 2018
  • Puntarenas Province, Puerto Jiménez, Costa Rica

My Travel Story

by: Michael Aprill Start Date: May 22, 2018 - End Date: Jul 14, 2018
Many of you may know that I'm working on my doctorate in Educational Sustainability. I am now about one-third of the way done.  My research will be focusing on climate change, the effects of climate change on marginalized populations and building resilience for those populations.  As part of my research, I feel it important to experience and see these effects within these populations first hand. I plan to travel to various locations and my first trip is to the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. My travels will take me 9 hours south of the capital where electricity ends.  I will be learning to install solar panels and then assisting with the install of solar panels on 2 remote schools in Costa Rica.  These schools normally do not have any electricity.  The cost to participate in this program is $1200.  The organization I'm working with is an official Non-Profit in Costa Rica and they focus on helping marginalized people gain access to solar power.  The money I paid to participate will go towards program expenses such as solar panels, money paid to my host family, and travel within the country.  Typically I would not ask for any help, but I'm hoping to help others as well and this will help keep my mission alive. Next summer I hope to work with women and children in Nepal and install clean ovens in their villages. I also hope to go to Africa where I can help farmers build resilience to climate change.  And, then hopefully return to Central America.  Thank you for any help you can provide.  
  • Puntarenas Province, Puerto Jiménez, Costa Rica