10/22/12

¡Vamos al parque de diversiones! WorldTeach Costa Rica

The students of La Escuela Antillas Neerlandesas celebrating Independence Week!

What kid doesn’t dream of going to the amusement park? WorldTeach volunteer GraceAnn Barrett is making this dream a reality for many of the students of La Escuela Antillas Neerlandesas in La Luchita, Costa Rica!

With the chance to go on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the amusement park in San Jose, the students have been hard at work trying to raise money through bake sales and craft fairs. With the community’s limited economic means though, raising adequate funds has been difficult.

That’s why GraceAnn, the English Club, and the members of the La Luchita community have organized a special two-day School and Community Fair to meet a fundraising goal of $2,000 for the trip. The extravaganza will include everything from a local arts showcase, to Bingo, to soccer competitions!

If you choose to donate, you can help fund this amazing event which GraceAnn hopes will not only allow the students to go on the trip, but also will benefit the community as a whole. La Luchita is an isolated community, where little money remains in the town due to high unemployment and a lack of skilled labor.


The fair will hopefully attract outside attention to the town and help to stimulate the otherwise stagnant economy. Even more, the fair will help give the parents and students the experience and confidence to hold such trips and events every year. As GraceAnn puts it,


Getting a hug from Elisa!


“The goal is to teach the children that a long day of hard work and months of careful planning can yield great benefits, like their trip to San José’s amusement park. The goal is to leave something behind for a community that is otherwise being left behind, as its strong and able bodies are forced to leave their families and community to earn money elsewhere and send what they can back to keep the village alive.”




If you would like to donate to this amazing project, follow these simple steps:

1.) Visit the WorldTeach donation page: https://www.kintera.org/site/c.buLRIbNOIbJ2G/b.6150667/k.E809/PayDonate/apps/ka/sd/donor.asp?c=buLRIbNOIbJ2G&b=6150667&en=8nLAKFNmF6ICIJMgH9JDLQMALlIJJOMvFhJFINOvFjKQK4I

2.) Enter the amount of the donation.

3.) Under the tab "Donation Specified for," select “Contribution to Volunteer Fee/In-Country Project”

4.) Under the tab "Country of Service," select “Costa Rica”

5) Fill in your name, address, and credit card information.

6.) You’ll receive a confirmation of payment, and later on, before tax season next year, you’ll receive a receipt showing that you made a tax-deductible donation to the nonprofit, WorldTeach!



If you decide not to contribute financially, please keep the La Luchita community in your thoughts and prayers.

Thank you, GraceAnn for the fantastic work you are doing! Good luck!



If you would like to build strong communities like GraceAnn, visit our website at www.worldteach.org! If you have any additional questions, feel free to email us at info@worldteach.org or give us a call at 857.259.6646.

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