Justin Lotak sent this about a recent trip he made to Costa Rica’s Rancho Mastatal, for a Renewable Energy in the Developing World workshop:
The workshop was through Solar Energy International (SEI), if anyone’s interested in attending, and they have several other topics besides renewable energy. Over the course of a week, we installed a 40W solar panel with three LED lights, put a methane biodigestor in the ground, put up a 45ft bamboo pole with an anemometer at the top to measure wind speed, put together an electric bike, and built a solar oven. We were busy from 8am-10pm every day except one free day – and we learned a ton. The food was all vegetarian, but some of the best food I’ve ever eaten in my life (the two owners of the ranch, Tim and Robin, used to work in 5 star restaurants in Seattle, so they brought a lot of food knowledge
down with them).
Overall it was probably the best vacation I’ve taken – the small community of volunteers and the owners of Rancho Mastatal really have created something special down there, and I would highly recommend a visit to anyone.
Here’s the link to my photos (there are a lot):
Hope you enjoy!
Thanks for the story and photos, Justin. Looks like this was quite a trip.