This education project in Costa Rica is unique. All funding of these projects comes directly from our organisation and volunteer contributions, included in the programme fee. We receive no other outside source of income, apart from that raised through us and volunteer contributions. Suffice to say, without this funding and the volunteer contributions, the project simply would not exist.
Who we are helping and why: Costa Rica is becoming one of the biggest tourist destinations in Latin America, and the need to learn English to satisfy this popularity is a sure way of gaining employment for the many Costa Ricans who live in the Northern part of the country. Volunteers will be teaching both adults and children a set curriculum. These lessons allow community members the opportunity to increase their income from the tourist industry. Areas we are concentrating on are the local Police force, taxis, medical centres, supermarkets and shops, the local school, hotels and restaurants.
The owner of this company did a gap year trip in the early 90s which involved building a bandstand for a small village in Patagonia. While he was there, he realised the project was only helpful in developing the Western traveller as the village didn’t want a bandstand and only argued about who owned it. And so he set up a volunteer organisation which is useful to communities and provides them with resources and help with funding. Today, his projects offer travellers an opportunity to fully integrate into communities and to make a real long-term difference to the local people’s lifestyles.
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