The GEOPORT Program
Mission: The GEOPORT program will send geospatial education professionals (GEOPORTers) to communities around the globe; to train and work with local community members, using geospatial technologies to address their environmental or social needs and challenges.
Learn more about the GEOPORT Program on the Facebook fanpage!
Help make a difference and support the program! It only takes $7500 to send one GEOPORTer to Costa Rica for a month. All proceeds go to support efforts "on the ground" to change the world!
Costa Rica Project-2012
Meet the first GEOPORTer
Amy Work will serve as the first GEOPORTer, with her placement in Bahia Ballena. As an education coordinator for IAGT in Auburn, NY she works with with K-12 teachers and college faculty members across in New York and the country to increase students understanding of the world by integrating geospatial technologies into learning environments. As a geographer, she has taken an adventurous route working with colleagues around the globe to share her expertise while learning and exploring our vast world at the same time. Through travels to India examining carbon sequestration projects with rural farmers, out to sea on the JOIDES Resolution to explore ocean drilling science and leading a group of college students to Panama to investigate the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, she is thrilled about the opportunity to live in and work with youth, educators, and community residents in Bahia Ballena using geospatial technologies. Amy is headed to Costa Rica in August 2012!
Become a GEOPORTer Partner and get some cool rewards. In addition, all U.S. partners of GEOPORT will receive a tax deduction statement for the amount of the donation minus the value of the reward received.
Partnership Reward Categories:$5 ~ MariposaWeekly emails with project updates.
$15 ~ RanaFollow an interactive map of whale sightings and digital imagery as the project progresses.
$25 ~ ColibriGEOPORT t-shirt.
$35 ~ TucánA small hand-crafted item from local artisans made from recycled materials.
$50 ~ Lapas RojoA stunning printed image of local wildlife. Also access to interactive maps and project updates.
$75 ~ PacaThe opportunity to Skype with the GEOPORTer.
$100 ~ TortugaA choice of fallen butterfly wing on sand paintings.
$135 ~ Mono CongoHand carved wooden bowl (natural or sealed).
$175 ~ CocodriloSkype with local residents or school class (your choice) during the GEOPORTers stay.
$250 ~ TapirBeautifully designed coffee table book of key players, businesses in action, conservation initiatives, breathtaking scenery, ecoregions and climate descriptions of the country.
$500 ~ JaguarChoose a lively colored hand-carved mask designed from the region’s indigenous Boruca peoples highlighting a celebration of nature’s protection over expanding colonialism of a bygone era.
$1,500 ~ DelphinThe total package of access to the interactive maps, Coffee table book, your choice of locally made mask, jewelry, or painting, and a Skype session. Also, the GEOPORTer will show you around if you happen to visit the location during the program. You also will receive access to future GEOPORT locations and visits and the opportunity to connect for a Skype session.
$5,000 ~ Ballena: Corporate SponsorshipTwo night stay at La Cusinga Lodge and inclusion of corporate logo and link on the GEOPORT website.
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