Association for Development through Education Symposium 2018

Theme: Development and Missions Practices Using Local Resources

Dates: Wednesday October 31st- Saturday November 3rd.

Location: ADE Farm, San Rafael de Vara Blanca, Heredia, Costa Rica

Deadline for Abstract Submission: September 30th, 2018

Coordinators: Tomas Dozier, co-founder and community coordinator for Association for Development through Education (ADE), Angela Anthony, International Coordinator for ADE, and Emily Price, Project Coordinator for ADE.


Please submit queries and proposals of up to 250 words to:

ADE (Association for Development through Education) is a nonprofit organization sustained through educational initiatives, committed to the sustainable development of marginalized communities using education and the resources of each community for their own growth. Since our efforts are supported only by local pre-existing resources it is a completely transferable and reproducible model by anybody regardless of their lack access to financial resources. Our vision is to encourage people to radically live out their faith in God by participating in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20). We believe in holistic development using education and thus encouraging others to do the same creating a growth in the faith communities world wide.  The ADE Farm is located in the cloud rainforest on Barva Volcano, with beautiful views overlooking Poas Volcano and natural rainforest. We are about an hour from the San Jose International Airport. Learn more at

The symposium will include brief (up to 20  minutes) structured presentations, discussions, workshops, and local site visits, including a tour of ADE farm, and a trip to the world famous La Paz Waterfall Gardens. There will be an optional trip to La Fortuna Hot Springs or Pacific Coast Beach on Saturday for those who would like to and are able to attend (destination weather permitting). Presenters whose proposals are accepted will be offered free accommodations and a reduced rate for the duration of the symposium.  We invite individual or small team proposals (up to three people) that touch on topics including but not limited to those on the list below. Limit: 20 participants.

Cost: $790.00.  Costs include all food, transportation, entrances to all site visits, conference materials, airport pickup and drop off. Food will begin with dinner on Wednesday night until  breakfast on Saturday morning plus all meals during the symposium. Airfare is not included. Deposits are non-refundable. Cost for selected speakers is $395. For those who would like to stay for additional eco-adventure trip, it will be an extra $80 for meals, transportation, and lodging.

Possible Topics of Interest:

  • Sustainable development and going with nothing or limited resources

  • Integrating service learning & sustainability

  • Methods for not creating dependency in development projects

  • Environment justice and Creation Care

  • Food security,  psychology and the topics of wellness as a form of development

  • Local initiatives with global impact

  • Political activism and development

  • Relief and mitigation as a form of development

  • Empowerment and integration of equality measure for minority groups

  • The pros and cons of immigration integration in the realms of development