Helaine Wemple is the Live the Osa, LLC owner and program director. She presently lives in New Hampshire, but her second home is Costa Rica where she lived for a total of 9 years. She spent 3 years in Puerto Jimenez, working with U.S. High School student groups and presently is a High School Spanish teacher continuing to lead yearly group trips to the Osa Peninsula. She has many connections and friends in the community, which make this program possible.
Marlene Salazar Cordero is the internship coordinator and the owner of Hospedaje El Ceibo, a family-run lodge in the Osa Peninsula. She grew up in this region and her large family also lives in the area. Her husband, Luis is also from Jimenez and has extended family in the area. These invaluable connections make this program possible. Marlene has 4 children, two of whom live with her at El Ceibo. Sagri and Konsi are both in elementary school, and welcome international guests into their home and their lives.