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Newsletters from Costa Rica

Up until January 2015 our staff in Costa Rica regularly put together a newsletter, sent to volunteers working in Costa Rica at the time, those signed up to join a project in Costa Rica, and to previous volunteers. The newsletters contain information about the country and our projects, stories written by volunteers, advice on what to expect when volunteering abroad in Costa Rica, and much more. These destination newsletters are now replaced by a country blog, within www.mytripblog.org. If you're considering volunteer work abroad in Costa Rica the newsletters and the blog are a great way to gain more information.


1,87MB Costa Rica Newsletter - January 2015
The teachers are very few, so the time that the teachers have to give to the children individually is limited. I think that more staff would help the children so that the teachers are able to spend more time with them.

1,50MB Costa Rica Newsletter - December 2014
At eighteen years old, it is rare for a person to know what he or she wants to do with their life, yet this is precisely the time when decisions begin to be made that have the potential to affect a person for years to come. For this reason, it’s a common theme for students to take a gap year before beginning their university studies.

12,79MB Costa Rica Newsletter - November 2014
Navigating one's way through the seemingly irrational spellings of words in the English language can pose a challenge even to native speakers. English teachers work tirelessly day in and day out to teach their students the nuances of the language in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

1,16MB Costa Rica Newsletter - October 2014
“The purpose of the centre is to help mothers in extreme poverty,” says Ana Valerio, a supervisor at Centro Infantil: Luz Divina, where many of our care volunteers have been helping out since 2012. “Our mission,” she states, “is for the mothers and their children to have a higher quality of life.”

1,34MB Costa Rica Newsletter - September 2014
This year, 15th September marked the 193rd anniversary of Costa Rica becoming an independent state. In cities and pueblos all over the nation, local school children dressed in traditional attire and marched through the streets with drums, hand marimbas and national US ags to commemorate the event.

1,23MB Costa Rica Newsletter - August 2014
Summer vacation is the perfect opportunity to take a few weeks and explore places that one doesn’t generally have the time to explore throughout the year. These adventures provide a chance to gain practical experience in topics that were previously restricted to classroom lectures and videos. But there’s a difference between reading about a topic or seeing it on television and actually getting your hands dirty moving the stones and planting the seeds of change.

770KB Costa Rica Newsletter - July 2014
“It makes you think about what you have in life and what others do not have. It makes you think about material things, and how you don’t need them. You see them and all they want to do is give you a hug for some love and attention,” says Kitching. “I definitely recommend all the students to do something like this.”

942KB Costa Rica Newsletter - December 2013
From December 9th, some of our volunteers in program are part of the painting project at one of the best day cares of Liberia. Its name is “Kidztown”. Volunteers are helping from Monday to Friday during 9 am to 11am; the purpose of this is to beautify the place in which many children are part taking.

1,61MB Costa Rica Newsletter - November 2013
My name is Sabine Spoler and I’m from Holland. I came to Costa Rica almost three months ago and started working for Project Abroad. My project was called: ‘Teaching teachers’.

1,60MB Costa Rica Newsletter - October 2013
The Team of Costa Rica turned The National Stadium into a fortress during the most recent CONCACAF final towards Brazil 2014. With a yield of 100% at home, the team ended as following: after accumulating 5 wins, 10 goals for and 2 against.

1,17MB Costa Rica Newsletter - September 2013
We have 192 years of being an independent country, held around the country leading to the colors red, white and blue. We'll see "masquerades" with loud music, children and teen dancing in lines and the rhythm of the drums of the bands with their costumes and dress. We can already hear the drums of the bands that practice in schools.

1,76MB Costa Rica Newsletter - August 2013
On August 6th Projects Abroad started with English Lessons for adults in Liberia city. Many people were interesting to participate and be part of the group, that’s why we have now 2 different groups of for beginners and an intermediate group for people with a bit more English knowledge.

2,12MB Costa Rica Newsletter - July 2013
On July 1st our volunteers in Liberia started with some special projects as part of the July holidays. One of them was painting the soccer court, which consisted on help the college court at one of the placements that Projects Abroad works within the city; the name of this college is “Colegio Tecnico Profesional de Liberia”.

1,26MB Costa Rica Newsletter - June 2013
When Christina Garcia Mora came to Liberia in January 2013, she was looking for a job in order to support her and her two daughters. Not finding anything, she managed to get a bank loan of approximately $ 1.000 to set up a small shop where she could sell chorreados (a typical Costa Rican type of tortilla made from corn).

1,09MB Costa Rica Newsletter - May 2013
The reason for the celebrations in Costa Rica on the 1st of May happened in 1913. The holiday comes from the General Confederation of Workers and Germinal Center for Social Studies, bringing together intellectuals and workers.

1,37MB Costa Rica Newsletter - April 2013
Commonly called Juan Santa Maria’s day, Costa Rica is very proud of this historical feat in which students mark the day April 10th because the following day is a holiday. However, many students are marching in parades, and doing cultural activities because of this celebration.

1,26MB Costa Rica Newsletter - March 2013
Every year between April and March, the Catholic community celebrates what has been called Holy Week, which itself is a reflection of the pascual mystery; it commemorates the passage of Jesus Christ from death to life.

1,44MB Costa Rica Newsletter - February 2013
My mentality about life is different now; I am stronger and ready to deal with life's game. Now I want to go back to my country and make my floor, study with wastes management because I loved to work with waste in Barra Honda and try to paint my life in Germany with the Pura Vida lifestyle I lived in Barra Honda.

800KB Costa Rica Newsletter - January 2013
This beginning of the 2013 has been very important in Liberia city, because Projects Abroad volunteers are making a really nice job giving English classes for children and adults citizens from Liberia. The Project started on January 3rd and will be finished until middle of February when schools open again.

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