Floresta is based in San Diego and partners with local non-governmental organizations in third world countries to address the problems associated with deforestation and poverty. Floresta does this through holistic community development that provides:
- training in innovative agriculture/sustainable forestry - micro-credit - marketing assistance - Christian discipleship - strategic partnerships

Full Name: Floresta USA, Inc.

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Floresta has programs in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Oaxaca, Mexico. They partner with local communities who have a goal of self-sufficiency. Volunteers of Floresta's overseas programs usually spend about one week in-country and assist with a variety of community projects.


Conditions in third world countries can be very demanding. Participants should be in excellent health and have a taste for adventure. Generally speaking, we prefer volunteers be between 18 and 60 yrs. old and have valid passports. Experience may vary.

Financial Arrangements

Financial arrangements vary. None of the volunteer opportunities with Floresta are subsidized. All travel and expenses must be paid for by the volunteer. Usually, the participant should expect to spend between $1,000 and $2,000 for a 7 to 9 day trip.

Contact Information

Web Site:


4903 Morena Blvd., Suite 1215
San Diego, CA 92117

Phone: 858-274-3718

Fax: 858-274-3728

Registration / Application

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History: Floresta was incorporated in San Diego, CA in 1984 and was founded by Thomas Woodard who had a vision of reaching out to the poor of the Dominican Repubic. Tom decided to share the love of Christ by helping to empower poor farmers through economic development.

Current age range of advisors: 20 to 55 years

Current average advisor age: 35 years

Field Projects executed: 2 in 2001.

Advisors sent on field projects: 40 in 2001.

Budget: $877,000 (fiscal 2001) - 85% international

Regional Activitiy: Floresta currently has projects in 3 countries in 2 Regions (Caribbean: 2, North America: 1)

Mission Statement

Floresta is a Christian organization whose mission is to reverse the spread of deforestation and poverty by tranforming the lives of the rural poor.

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