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November 5, 2012
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November 5, 2012
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me ha ayudado a hacer algo importe y bueno para el planeta y que ay que ayudarlo siempre porque es lo mas hermoso que dios nos ha dado :)

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 30, 2012
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October 30, 2012
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la reserva es una excelente fundacion que ayuda a reforetar los bosques de la zona

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 15, 2012
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October 15, 2012
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Working at La Reserva was the best experience of my life and I feel privileged to have been apart of the wonderful work they do every single day. During my time there I got to see first hand the importance of La Reservas work and work with the people, like the Maleku, whom the charity helps support. I learnt about forest regeneration at all levels and how imperative it is we support the natural regeneration of tropical forests as La Reserva does. I can't recommend this organisation, its work and members enough - if you can support it in anyway it will be one of the best things you do.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 24, 2012

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April 24, 2012

I have been working as a volunteer with La Reserva Forest Foundation for almost 3 months now. I have learned and seen alot about this great organisation. The dedication to reforest and preserve the tropical forests is amazing. The people that work here and that work with us are inspiring. La Reserva recently reforested an area near the Rio Sol, its a corridor for flora and fauna to migrate and spread to different locations. These corridors are of high importance and La Reserva is doing a great job creating these corridors. Next to creating corridors and slowly reforesting the world, La Reserva helps the local and/or indiginous people by providing jobs in helping maintaning these reforested areas. Also La Reserva helps in educating those who are involved or interested in reforestation and preservation. I have gain great insights of what I would like to work with in the future. Preserving the worlds tropical forests can be done by giving forests a higher economic value than its destructive values (timber, agriculture), in my opinion carbon sequestration is a great solution. I would highly recommend this organisation to any other future volunteer.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 23, 2012

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April 3, 2010

As a former board member and "volunteer," I was helpful in many ways in the founding and organization of La Reserva. It was intense work, because Roberta and Dan are intensely involved in this project... more

April 23, 2012

As a volunteer, I served as a founding member of the Board of the La Reserva Forest Foundation, watching it grow from an idea to a committed and energetic leader of reforestation efforts in the Arenal Tempisque Conservation Area, an area cited as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO as one of the most important watersheds in Central America. Inspired by what La Reserva was doing, we planted thousands of trees on our own property nearby and have been rewarded with the creation of a mini biological corridor for hundreds of species. This has been rewarding work indeed, and we applaud the persistence and dedication of La Reserva in creating a new culture of growth and conservation around Lake Arenal.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

April 3, 2010

As a former board member and "volunteer," I was helpful in many ways in the founding and organization of La Reserva. It was intense work, because Roberta and Dan are intensely involved in this project, with a passion for living trees and creating forests to preserve the aquifers and offer opportunities for animal populations to migrate. Costa Rica is one of the most bio-diverse countries on the planet, and we are losing that diversity at an alarming rate. Just one example: the howler monkey population has dropped by 50% in just the last 15 years -- mostly due to loss of habitat, as well as the forest "bridges" that connect one habitat with another. Working with Dan and Roberta is an education -- not just about forests, but about what it means to be so dedicated and energetic in the pursuit of one's dream. Their trajectory over the past few years has been electrifying. They are now known everywhere, including among all the environmental institutions, both public and non-profit. They participate in some of these organizations and carry their message wherever they go -- especially in the local schools. They give tours of the forest they've created, collect seedlings, sell indigenous trees from their nursery, maintain the thousands of trees they've planted, and manage a thorough-going communications program. This is truly an organization worthy of support!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

deciding to dedicate the greater part of our farm to reforestation. La Reserva planted the seedlings -- they were tiny! -- but the miracle has been how fast they have grown. Many have been inspired by this plot and have decided to reforest themselves.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all great and all passionate about what they're doing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 13, 2012

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April 13, 2012

La Reserva Forest Foundation is amazing. This foundation has a team of dedicated people who work endlessly to try to make a better world for the rest of us.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 13, 2012

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April 13, 2012

The work of La Reserva Forest Foundation is so precious, that all words would be not enough. La Reserva is saving our Earth, in fact is saving us, our civilization.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 11, 2012

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April 11, 2012

I did an internship at La Reserva for 5 months last year working as Executive Assistant to the CEO, Roberta. As a student of Modern Languages (French and Spanish) in England, I am currently undertaking the 'year abroad' aspect of my degree for which I spent my Spanish half in Costa Rica. Roberta was extremely helpful and welcoming from the start, and after a very friendly Skype interview, found me a host family nearby who are friends of hers and Dan's. At La Reserva I was given a wide range of tasks ranging from translations, letter writing and blogging to video making, calendar design, production and promotion and accompanying them on day trips to Maleku tribal villages! Roberta, Dan (Roberta's partner), Suzy (the very friendly Chihuahua cross who greeted me every day with excitable muddy paws), Gino (the Great Dane who greeted me every day with a very large not-overly-pleasant slobbery kiss), the La Reserva parrot and Squeak the loudest snoring cat I have ever met, really have something special at La Reserva. Even the walk up is pretty surreal, with captivating views out over Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano looming in the distance, quite often a rainbow or two framing the idyllic scene following the afternoon rains in wet season. The work that La Reserva does is innovative, wide ranging and essential to the survival of the rainforest and its inhabitants both human and animal. The unconditional love that Roberta and Dan have for the earth and its inhabitants is really rather inspiring and it is their enthusiasm and passion that keep LRFF going through thick and thin. I had a fantastic time in Costa Rica working at La Reserva, and I am hoping this summer to return or to volunteer in some way from England, possibly to help set up an LRFF UK!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Set up an LRFF UK and tap into the very large European 'Eco-market', potentially a huge pot of funds for LRFF.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I was the first Intern that they had had so there was understandably little structure already in place. This gave me a lot of freedom to take on my own projects but it might be an idea to produce an 'intern instruction manual' or something similar so that future interns can get on with the work that needs to be done and can be more autonomous without having to ask Roberta about things that need to be done all the time.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Before working at La Reserva, I didn't really understand the value of restoring forests and the impact it had on people and living things. Working at La Reserva has taught me the importance of this on living things in both the immediate environment and throughout the world.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like I could make a difference!

March 29, 2012

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February 21, 2011

I had the opportunity to fund raise for any organization in the world and chose to donate my funds to LRFF. This organization is run by intelligent, driven leaders that I've had the pleasure of meetin... more

March 29, 2012

La Reserva Forest Foundation (LRFF) is an incredible organization working towards restoring the Costa Rican rainforest. As a college student in California, I haven't had the pleasure of returning to Costa Rica to directly volunteer with LRFF, but I plan to in the future. They are so smart with what they do, considering all aspects on life in Costa Rica from the trees and vegetation to the monkeys and other wildlife, and the farmers and people trying to make a living. I've throughly enjoyed giving some of my very little income as a monthly donation, and have loved reading the periodic emails sent to me about their diverse and focused projects. LRFF is an awesome non-profit that I'm thrilled to continue to be intimately affiliated with.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 21, 2011

I had the opportunity to fund raise for any organization in the world and chose to donate my funds to LRFF. This organization is run by intelligent, driven leaders that I've had the pleasure of meeting personally. Roberta and her staff are truly inspirational. I hope one day to return to Costa Rica to visit their neck of the woods and plant one of their countless trees that are helping to restore our precious rain forest. Thank you LRFF for your extremely hard work and amazing accomplishments!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my everyday life. I know that our air is cleaner and full of more oxygen because of LRFF.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand them to more locations across Central and South America because they do great work and I know they could handle the expansion with their passion and drive.

February 24, 2012

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1 previous review
February 23, 2011

I moved to Costa Rica hoping to be able to engage in reforestation and wildlife preservation efforts. I met Roberta and Daniel of La Reserva Forest Foundation at their first ever fundraiser. Despite h... more

February 24, 2012

I have nothing positive to say at this date. Sorry.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unsure

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 23, 2011

I moved to Costa Rica hoping to be able to engage in reforestation and wildlife preservation efforts. I met Roberta and Daniel of La Reserva Forest Foundation at their first ever fundraiser. Despite having virtually no funding or support at that time, they were planting trees anywhere they could get an agreement from landowners. I was moved by their dedication and commitment to reforestation and habitat restoration. I am proud to work with La Reserva regularly and have seen the foundation take on bigger challenges and become better organized and more effective in our efforts. Community outreach, educational programs, nursery creation projects, animal rehabilitation and reintroduction and biological corridor program, and ongoing forest docent programs along with cultural restoration projects are among the expanding efforts being made at La Reserva. In 2009 we planted 10,000 trees and more still in 2010. Other lands we have reforested are showing signs of returning fauna and diversification of flora in the few short years since being planted! This makes me even more excited about the work we do with La Reserva Forest Foundation. Roberta Ward Smiley and Daniel Spreen are a true inspiration and deserve to be supported and encouraged in their work at La Reserva Forest Foundation.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

revisiting reforested sites and seeing the return of the forest slowly but surely. I have helped rehabilitate injured wildlife and participated in release programs. I have participated in tours that leave the people fascinated and excited about forests and the importance of trees. I have seen the hillsides that were denuded become thick with trees and felt the change in local climate as a result of having more forested areas to trap moisture and clouds.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to secure some form of regular funding to support La Reserva. Being a foundation, La Reserva spends all their funds on reforestation. No money is provided for administration and no money is provided for personal compensation. This means that Dan and Roberta are always at the edge, financially speaking. If I could find a way to alleviate that, I would make that change.

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