OUR PROGRAMS

Misión Gaia works with rural communities, local schools, governmental and private organizations in the Minca, Sierra Nevada area. Focused in three areas, our programs help strengthen educational and environmental practices and the responsible development of tourism. 

Below you'll find short descriptions of our three programs and a few highlights from the past years. For more information on current programs and activities, check out the What's new page.

Since 2011, Misión Gaia has been involved in a number of efforts aimed at increasing the quality of life for animals suffering on our streets by means of population control, reducing the presence of disease and raising public awareness about responsible care. 

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Since 2011, we have:

    • Organized 32 spay and neuter clinicssterilizing a total of 1,389 DOGS & CATS70% of which are abandoned.
    • Provided medical treatments to more than 980 animals
    • Organized community activities involving more than 108 local and international volunteers
    • Held an average of 4 periodic disease control campaigns each year.
    • Led 9 educational campaigns in local schools about pet welfare, responsible care and preservation of local species.
    • Printed and distributed more than 300 illustrated educational booklets for children

We now offer monthly health clinics for dogs and cats in the office of Mision Gaia in Minca. We provide veterinary consultations de-worming, flea and tick treatments, pre-treatment for spay and neuter clinics among other services, all at low costs or subsided for stray animals. To make an appointment please send us an email at info@misiongaia.org.

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Tourism to our region is rapidly becoming more popular and represents both a risk and an opportunity. We engage with our community about the growing tourism industry and develop plans on how to achieve more sustainable growth so that everyone benefits - the environment, the people, and the tourists.

Since 2011, we have:

    • Provided training to 15 local guides and equipped them with binoculars to pursue jobs in tourism.
    •  Performed an assessment in partnership with a team of students from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), in order to further initiatives for sustainable tourism development in the local community. The goal was alongside community members, regarding challenges, opportunities and attitudes towards tourism in Minca.
    • Launched a local recycling project, "MINCA LIMPIA", collecting, sorting and transportíng over 2.24 Tons of recycled material to date.
    • We have encouraged local people to be active on waste management and disposal, through participative actions by building a "Punto Limpio". This basic infraestructure helps keep the town clean and organized.
    • Hosted various community workshops on sustainable practices such as waste management and permaculture.
    • Connected local tourism ventures with volunteers who have led risk assessments, created 
      business plans, built permaculture systems, and much more.

Environmental Project “Minca Limpia” We are working to create a better system of waste management for Minca as it becomes an increasingly important issue amidst the rapid increase of tourism to the area. In January of 2015 we launched a recycling project in Minca aimed at involving locals and increasing awareness. We invite local businesses, institutions and residents to separate their waste and bring their recycling out every Monday morning, there is a new collection track. 

We are currently looking to partner with national and international universities, institutes and international governments to recruit interns for this program. Please contact us for more information.

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Our education program has three main elements. We provide our community with strategies to reduce environmental impacts, we help strengthen the existing education programs in some of our rural schools and finally we design and implement educational tools to be used within the schools and community. We understand the role and importance of creative learning for developing different personal and social skills. This is why we design and implement tools that include arts and sports in educational projects. 


Since 2011, we have:

    • Offered 6 courses, to more than 80 people covering topics like permaculture, waste management, ecological agriculture, bio-construction, wildlife and habitat conservation, animal welfare, and strengthening local productive activities
    • Hosted more than 70 volunteers. Their work included demonstration sessions, cooperative planning, team teaching, reflexive sessions and whole-school workshops.
    • Provided support to the rural schools in Montecristo, Bellavista, Vista de Nieves and La Tagua.
    • Designed an implemented workshops using art and sports as educational tools.
    • Developed workshops for more than 200 kids to create environmental awareness and entrepreneurship
    • We are offering Spanish lessons to foster cultural exchange between tourists and locals.
We are currently looking to partner with national and international universities, institutes and international governments to recruit interns for this program. Please contact us for more information.


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