Seth Haven, a 2006 graduate of Belfast Area High School and a Civil Engineering and Sustainable Design student at Vermont Technical College, has been chosen to participate in an Earthwatch internship called “Costa Rican Coffee from Community to Cup.”

Earthwatch (, the world’s largest environmental nonprofit volunteer organization, is based in Metro Boston. Its mission is to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.

Since its founding in 1971, the organization has supported nearly 1,360 projects in 120 countries and 36 states. More than 93,000 volunteers have contributed $72 million to scientific fieldwork.

Haven will be traveling to Costa Rica on Aug. 16, where he will work side-by-side with local coffee farmers and researchers at Coope Tarrazu, a farming co-op in the small town of San Marcos de Tarrazu. The goal of the internship is to help coffee farmers and scientists create coffee farms that are better for the environment and for their communities.

This internship has been sponsored by the Barbara Greenewalt Vermont Student Fellowship 2011. Seth Haven will be in Costa Rica from Aug. 16-23 and will then return to Vermont Technical College to continue his studies.