Juan Carlos Arrieta

Born and raised in Costa Rica, Juan Carlos Arrieta studied biology, sustainable development, and tourism management in college. He later served as program director for the Costa Rican branch of Youth Challenge International, a nonprofit organization that works with student volunteers from around the world on international development issues. Juan Carlos has worked for 15 years as a naturalist guide in the cloud forests and volcanic valleys of his home country. He also manages his own eco-friendly plant nursery and landscaping company. When not on the trail, he can be found mountain biking, horseback riding, or reading.