Mélida Barbee was born in Guatemala in 1972. In 1973 her family moved to Costa Rica where she became a citizen and permanent resident. Meli attended Country Day School in San José and graduated from UC, Santa Barbara with a BA in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on tropical regions. Mélida worked as an international adventure guide for over 10 years. She lead international students and adults on surf safaris, mountain biking, cycling, sea kayaking, rafting, and trekking adventures, primarily in Costa Rica and the USA. Over the years, Mélida recognized the need for outdoor programs that inspire greater outdoor appreciation, environmental awareness and conservation for Costa Rican young adults. Soon her passion for the outdoors, lust for adventure and work with national conservation efforts inspired the creation of Adventures Under the Sun. With years of experience as a professional athlete, Meli integrated physical activities as a key element to all AUSun programs. She trains and competes heavily in various sporting events including various sporting world championships and races. The training it has taken to accomplish these huge physical challenges have had a big impact on Meli’s personal life, her life values, health and life style. She hopes to influence younger generations to become more physically active in the technologically and media influenced world we live in today.
Mélida presented on the TED stage – See her presentation here.