Service Learning


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.


Alternative spring break

Students from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business travel to the south Caribbean to spend their spring break a different way than most: in service. The Rich Coast Project team coordinates a week of activities that bring students into the community to engage in projects that leave a lasting impact on the community and the development of the South Caribe Roots Archive. Since 2015, students have worked with a group of women entrepreneurs in Manzanillo and spearheaded a beach sign project in Punta Uva. This year students will work in Puerto Viejo. 

IU Media School alternative break

In November 2016 a group of Indiana University students traveled to Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, to spend a week working with the communities of the south Caribbean in developing content for the South Caribe Roots Archive. They partnered with local story producers to develop podcasts and help host a public exposition and story workshop at the Casa de la Cultura.

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Northeastern law school social JUstice Program

Law students at Northeastern University School of Law provided thousands of hours of legal research support to the Rich Coast Project through the school's Social Justice Program (Legal Skills in a Social Context). During the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, students provided important background research on issues of international law affecting coastal communities and afro-descendants.