“I have always known I was a woman with dreams…

…but with little opportunity. And while I didn’t know what the dream was, now it has become the dream of my life.”    –Ester Echaverria, 2012 (VIDEO)

Costa de los Pajaros, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
Costa de los Pajaros, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

When Ester Echaverria was growing up in a small fishing village on the Costa de los Pajaros in Costa Rica, money was tight and her family couldn’t afford to send her to school. But three decades later, Ester has found a way to satisfy her love for learning and support her family.

 Ester tells her story in this short film with the help of Janet Fash and Janelle Wilkins, participants in our Monteverde New Media Expedition workshop. (watch video below)

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Little butterflies come to help Ester at the garden.

During our six-day filmmaking workshop, our talented expedition members produced  several short films to help promote community conservation efforts. Check them out!

Noé Vargas: The Bellbird Biological Corridor

Mercedes Diaz: A Cloud Forest Sketch

Christian Mena: The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Victor Manuel: The Farm

walk in the woods
Practicing photography in the cloud forest.

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