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Global Water Stewardship: International Solutions to Global Issues

GWS in Dominicalito, Costa Rica

As any dedicated wastewater treatment engineer does when traveling, Global Water Stewardship (GWS) founder Mohammed Haque asked, “So what do you do with your wastewater here?” on his first visit to Costa Rica in 2013. The answer was sobering, particularly in light of the abundant natural beauty and environmental diversity for which Costa Rica is…

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CREST: On a Journey to Transform the Way the World Travels

Center for Responsible Travel logo

The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) has been both inspiring us and supporting us for many years now. For their work in the tourism industry, and having to do with coastal tourism in particular, makes them undoubted Ocean Guardians. We want to thank them for all they do to drive our industry forward, and for their unwavering support of…

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Driving Community Change with Geospatial Technologies

Geoporter Osa Costa Rica

Geoporter is a non-profit that works to place geospatial technologies in the hands of residents to investigate community resources and issues. Geospatial technologies involve GPS, satellite imagery, and computerized mapping, enabling community residents to access information and data to make critical decisions. Residents from communities of any size are involved from start to finish in…

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How Responsible Tourism Supports Human Rights

Bodhi Surf community projects

This is the conclusion of an eight-part series that examines how Bodhi Surf School ranks as an ecotourism destination; read parts six and seven, here. Throughout this series, we have analyzed how successfully Bodhi Surf School has embodied the principles of Ecotourism, as outlined by Martha Honey in “Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise?”…

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The Making of The Bodhi Wave Documentary

The Bodhi Wave documentary poster

Read about The Bodhi Wave, a documentary being made in 2016-17 by Canadian indie filmmaker, Jazeen Hollings, in her own words! The Bodhi Wave is an environmental/travel documentary focused on the lives, ambitions, and struggles of the four-change makers of Bodhi Surf School. But there will be more on that later. I think it’s appropriate…

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Why Travel Alone in Costa Rica

Traveling alone in Costa Rica

“You are so brave,” a woman told me when I mentioned I was spending three months in Costa Rica for an internship at Bodhi. I was shocked at first, why am I brave? But the question really got me thinking… Why travel alone? What I love about traveling alone is that I become this fiercely…

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From Two-Piece Suits to Bathing Suits

Bodhi Surf internship

I’ll admit, I’m a little delayed in writing this. I’ve been living in Uvita for about a month now and have been doing all I can to embrace my new lifestyle. I’m coming to Costa Rica and working at Bodhi Surf School after four intense years working as a management consultant at one of the…

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Responsible Travel Immerses Visitors in Local Culture

Local employees surf camp

Parts six and seven of an eight-part series that examines how Bodhi Surf School ranks as an ecotourism destination, read part five here This blog series has investigated how Bodhi Surf School has measured in respect to ecotourism, using the template of Martha Honey’s seven essential qualities of ecotourism from her book, “Ecotourism and Sustainable Development:…

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How a Tourism Business Provides Tangible Benefits for Conservation

Financial benefits for conservation

Part five of an eight-part series that examines how Bodhi Surf School ranks as an ecotourism destination, read part four here So far in this blog series, we have explored how Bodhi Surf School measures up to Martha Honey’s seven tenets of ecotourism. We learned how Bahia Bahia-Uvita is a natural paradise, how Bodhi ranks in terms of…

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