Through collaborations with local and international partners, we coordinate projects that investigate and document the history, identity, and human rights of the Afro-descendant and other communities of southern Caribbean Costa Rica (Caribe Sur). 


South Caribe Roots Archive

The South Caribe Roots Archive documents the people, places and events in southern Caribbean, Costa Rica, through family photographs and stories. The project aims to work with the community to develop a digital information platform that is reflective of local knowledge, experience, and social justice objectives. Our primary objectives are to create and mobilize knowledge about this history and identity of residents of the southern Caribbean zone of Costa Rica; to build bridges and dialogue between academic and non-academic stakeholders, and to create a community-based digital archive that preserves community-identified cultural heritage.


Service Learning program

Our team coordinates interdisciplinary service learning opportunities in collaboration with U.S. Universities and professionals that facilitate cross-cultural knowledge sharing, the collection of local stories through participatory community-based projects, and the production of multimedia archival content for the South Caribe Roots Archive. We have worked with students from Northeastern Law School, Santa Clara Law School, and the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, as well as assorted short-term professional volunteers from various fields. This year we will also partner with the IU Media School.

Nuestro Puerto Viejo Ayer y Hoy

Nuestro Puerto Viejo Ayer y Hoy is a short documentary produced by local youth from Puerto Viejo during a week-long participatory workshop hosted by communications students from the University of Costa Rica through TCU-127 (Communications for Development and Social Change). 


Caribe Sur Wellness Traditions Documentation Project

The Caribe Sur Wellness Traditions Documentation Project is a multi-stakeholder effort to address a lack of documentation of the historic practices of the Afro-Caribbean communities living in the coastal lowlands of Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast. In collaboration with the Hidden Garden, our aim is to work in solidarity with local leaders and related groups to document the local use of natural resources for health and wellness and prepare community-legible resources to educate stakeholders on relevant health-related rights.