Our team

Get to know the people behind the scenes and between the trees.

Our team consists of passionate and professional volunteers. There are six permanent board members, an advisory board, and several ambassadors. All of us work on a voluntary basis, so all donations go directly to the purchase and protection of rainforest.

The board

The board consists of founders Maarten and Matthijs, who have been operating from Costa Rica since 2017, and 4 permanent board members in the Netherlands, who meet on a regular basis.


Martin Havik


Freelancer in sustainability and active rainforest protector. Nature lover in heart and soul. Involved since 2012.


Melchior Schenk

Board member

Filled with passion for the overwhelming nature of Costa Rica. This organization is my way to protect it.


Matthijs Bol

Vice chairman and founder

Tropical forester, nature lover and idealist with a touch of realism. Fell in love with Costa Rica and initiator of this beautiful foundation.


Maarten van der Beek

Board member and founder

Biologist, lover of the rainforest and biodiversity. Preferably outdoors all day, every day. As founder and director I’ve been here from the first hour. Now the project manager in Costa Rica.


Jeroen Bos


Grew up in nature as a forester son. Now working with passion and ambition for this beautiful foundation and beautiful forest.


Jorn op den Kelder


Financial advisor with special focus on sustainability in the context of the transition to a circular economy. In the past of Costa Rica surprised by the beautiful nature during a tour.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board gives advice on decision-making on strategic matters for the organization. The AB can provide solicited and unsolicited advice and acts as a sounding board for the board.


Patricia Rietveld

International Finance & Admin

Ernica Woudenberg

Relationship manager partnerships

John Schellekens

Entrepreneur and founder of I-Kwadraat

Ernest Jan Haverkamp

Lid Directie Handhaving UWV, Hoofd Business Control & Kwaliteit

Our volunteers

There are several ways to commit to our foundation and the rainforest. We are always looking for reinforcements. So do you have two hours a week to spare, and would you like to spend it useful, together with a group of fun and driven volunteers?

Join us!


The ambassadors represent the foundation, support the cause and endorse the mission and vision.


Andre Nijhof

Professor of Sustainable Business and Stewardship at Nyenrode Business University

Alexander Koenders

Nature Photographer & Entrepreneur

Jos Wieleman

Retired bank manager

Henk Siepel

Director at Institute for Water and Wetland Research, Radboud University

This could be you!

Will you become our new ambassador?


Want to be part of our team? We’d love to meet you!