Reto Juvenil Internacional is dedicated to organizing and implementing projects in four major areas: health, education, community development & empowerment, and environmental conservation. Thanks to the strong relationships formed between our organization and the local governments and citizens of cities in 14 countries, RJI has been able to carry out hundreds of projects in these four areas. Click on the boxes below to read more about how RJI is making an impact in these four areas.
In many countries where Reto Juvenil Internacional operates, people experience food insecurity and health-related challenges tied to poverty. RJI volunteers tackle projects aimed at improving the health of people in underdeveloped or impoverished communities. Past projects with a health focus include constructing latrines in Límon, Costa Rica, providing clean water and improving healthcare access in Guatemala, and conducting health and dental care campaigns in Jamaica. In addition to providing healthcare services and infrastructure, RJI volunteers raise awareness of health issues such as Dengue, Malaria, HIV, teen pregnancy, and drug abuse. RJI hopes to continue increasing access to underserved populations for primary eye-care, dental campaigns, medical check campaigns, nutrition programs, and primary attention health centers. Create an impact by being a volunteer in our health programs.
RJI volunteers often work in areas that are rural, but with rich biodiversity and agriculture. The volunteers participate in projects that help local people tap into, protect, or profit from the natural resources in their communities. RJI helps communities work towards the conservation of plant and animal species and the environment by conducting research and collecting data, reforestation efforts, and educating communities about conservation. RJI supports environmental education & volunteer programs in local schools, as well as ecotourism projects to build lodges, trails, lookouts, administrative infrastructure for national parks, reforestation programs, and more. RJI volunteers have helped turtle rehabilitation in Guanacaste, Costa Rica; ecotourism efforts in Nicaragua; and reforestation projects in Alajuela, Costa Rica.
Extreme poverty is often part of the status quo for people living in areas where RJI operates. That poverty is a factor in creating barriers to education. RJI volunteers focus on projects that help to break down barriers to education. RJI volunteers’ past education-centered projects include teaching English classes in Nicaragua, building schools in Belize, and building latrines for local schools in Cartago, Costa Rica. As a volunteer with RJI you can support communities to establish and manage pre-schools, build classrooms, school dining rooms, school sport courts, administrative offices, school fences, roofs, and vegetable gardens. You can arrange donations, scholarships and resources for these communities, or help devise programs for youth development, life skills, leadership, English and transitional curricula in primary and secondary schools.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & EMPOWERMENT
Lack of basic infrastructure, gender inequality, and poverty are why RJI volunteers often tackle community development projects. Volunteers work to improve the living standards of people in rural communities through varied means. These include empowering communities to have a role in improving infrastructure, and increasing community access to markets, services, and sustainable drinking water. RJI volunteers have built community halls, suspension bridges, aqueducts, road access, bus stops, and computer centers. They have organized and empowered women groups and development associations to reach the most disadvantaged villages. Examples of past projects include building a work center for women in Puntarenas, Costa Rica and facilitating gender issues training for local women in Honduras.