What We Do
We use community storytelling, digital archiving, and research and education to promote and support rights to land and culture.
We are dedicated to protecting the land rights and cultural heritage of the people of the southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Our goal is to assist the community of Caribe Sur in growing a living public archive and making information about their history and rights more easily accessible both within and outside the community.
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NEWS & EVENTS
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Stories from Caribe Sur is a project produced collaboratively by the Rich Coast Project, members of the communities of southern Caribbean Costa Rica, and students from The Media School at Indiana University. The first chapter Sur includes six podcasts that were co-produced by student volunteers from the Indiana University Media School, local story facilitators from Talamanca, and members of the Rich Coast Project staff.
From September 2nd to 4th, 2017, Hidden Garden Ethnobotanical Sanctuary inaugurated its new Bush Medicine Circle with the First Annual Afro-Botany Conference. In a traditional style, they celebrated with a gathering of elders, teachers, students, plant lovers and community members, sharing wisdom as well as food, music, dance and ceremony.
El 25 de abril de 1981 un grupo de estudiantes del Colegio Agropecuario de Talamanca realizamos una visita a la población de Amubri, ubicada en el distrito de Bratsi, dentro de la Reserva Indígena. La visita se hizo con el fin de concocer las costumbres y usanzas de los indígenas.
We worked with a group of 12 local kids from Puerto Viejo to develop a short fiction film about the connection between people and the environment in the South Caribbean of Costa Rica. A team of communications students from the University of Costa Rica offered workshops on storytelling, script development, casting and production. The kids then filmed this short film... COMING SOON
We spent the 2016-2017 year based in Puerto Viejo, continuing the growth of the South Caribe Roots Archive and working with students from Caribe Sur, San Jose and Indiana. We welcomed new volunteers, received 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, and produced three participatory media projects with local residents.
On the second day of the 2017 Alternative Break Program in Puerto Viejo, half of the group of Indiana University Kelley School of Business students volunteered at the First Baptist Church, right in the center of town.
On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, students from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University visited the Hidden Garden Wellness Center to help construct an African Sacred Grove.
Students from the Kelley School of Business are returning to Costa Rica for the third year through a partnership between the Rich Coast Project and Kelley Initiatives for Social Impact.
Students from the University of Costa Rica (UCR TCU 127) joined the Rich Coast Project in Puerto Viejo for a week of participatory video and photography aimed at documenting local Puerto Viejo history and culture.
A photographic comparison of the crossing at Parquecito in Puerto Viejo, 1983 and 2017.
Una comparación fotográfica del cruce Parquecito en Puerto Viejo, 1983 y 2017.
Republicado de Nuestra Talamanca Ayer y Hoy (1983)
Por Maritza Rugama, Presidenta del Gobierno Estudiantil, 1981-1982, Colegio Agropecuario de Talamanca
Durante los años 1981 y 1982, los alumnos de décimo años del Colegio Técnico Profesional Agropecuario de Talamanca participaron en un proyecto especial, con el propósito de rescatar las historias, las costumbres y las raíces culturales del pueblo talamanqueño. Salieron del colegio con grabadoras, cámaras y cuestionarios, en busca de personas mayores que les pudieran contar las experiencias vividas.
The year is coming to an end, and we have so much to celebrate! 2016 brought tremendous transformation as we watched our programs grow in participation and community presence. We've rounded up the top stories from 2016 - check them out HERE.
By Tori Ziege
"This is what journalism is all about: bridging race, class, age and ethnicity to tell true stories, connecting people across borders and most importantly—across the bubbles that limit our everyday conversation."
On Monday, November 21, 2016 a group of residents of south Caribbean Costa Rica will spend an afternoon sharing stories with students from the Media School at Indiana University in a "story exchange" facilitated by the Rich Coast project and following the innovative, empathy-building methodology developed by Narrative 4.
The South Caribe Roots Archive recognizes the vital importance of documenting local history and preserving the individual and collective cultural identity of the south Caribbean, and offers one solution to the imminent threat of knowledge loss: participatory archiving.
We've been back in Puerto Viejo for over one month now, and so much has happened. Our first student group of the season is set to arrive in a couple of weeks, we're preparing a local exhibit of photographs from the South Caribe Roots Archive, and gearing up for big advances in our organizational structure. Take a look at what we've accomplished and at what we have in store.
The annual SCRA Calendar features historic photographs and information contributed by community members and collected by the Rich Coast Project. We are calling on local businesses and allies of the Caribe Sur community help us put this valuable community heritage back into the homes of residents by sponsoring this year's SCRA Calendar.
This post is the first in a series of behind-the-scenes notes written by RCP staff and volunteers.
By Katie Beck (RCP Founder & Director)
It's Friday, October 7, 2016. Today marks one week since we've been back in Puerto Viejo, and oh what a busy week it has been!
Students of the Hidden Garden's Traditional Latino Herbal Medicine joined the Rich Coast Project for a morning of learning from local community members about the bush medicine they grew up with.
An interview with Mel Baker in Punta Uva
This interview is part of a growing digital archive of the communities of Caribe Sur, Costa Rica, organized by the Rich Coast Project in collaboration with many local residents and organizations.
RCP volunteers will be recording stories from March 13-15, 2018, in Puerto Viejo, Playa Chiquita, Punta Uva and Manzanillo. You can interview someone you know, or come with your own stories to be interviewed by our team.
Los voluntarios de RCP grabarán historias del 13 al 15 de marzo de 2018 en Puerto Viejo, Playa Chiquita, Punta Uva y Manzanillo. Puede entrevistar a alguien que conoce, o venir con sus propias historias para ser entrevistado por nuestro equipo.
Join the Rich Coast Project and students from Indiana University's Media School for an evening of story sharing. Members of the RCP team will guide a series of facilitated story exchanges based on the method developed by Narrative 4, a nonprofit dedicated to "building a community of empathic global citizens who improve the world through the exchange of personal narratives."