We at Costa Rica Vacationing leverage incredible people, networks and resources to create deeper impacts. Through large-scale volunteer engagement and collective giving, all of Costa Rica Vacationing’s investments of time and money are made in the communities.
For the past two years we have been thrilled to participate in a project called Guardian Angels. Every three months, between 150-200 children from one of the poorest neighborhoods of San Jose, gather in their local community center. They are treated to a morning of activities including educational instruction on a variety of topics, gifts, and a meal.
During Christmas, we participate in an event called 500 Smiles For 500 Children with the local churches. Collectively, we are able to help and lift the spirits of people living in very humble conditions in the mountainous regions around San Jose with numerous donated items.
American Football Team clean up. Being on the coaching staff of the American football team assisted in a trash and recycle pickup drive in the area. It was a good testimony to the neighborhood that we care about doing our part and keeping it beautiful.
In December our whole family living in Costa Rica at the time traveled up into the surrounding mountainous area of San Jose to a remote orphanage in Guadalupe Alto to bring some Christmas cheer. We brought clowns, animal twisting balloons, gifts, food and "goodies" bags for all.
We produce a show for the Day of the Child at a daycare center for the children of the workers at one of the national insurance companies.
At a large school in La Garita, Alajuela near San Jose; over 300 children, parents and teachers gather for a morning of entertainment, food and lots of love and fun.
We gathered shoes and clothing items, basic toiletries and loads of cheer to share with the patients at a psychiatric hospital. We spent a good morning talking, visiting, singing and dancing with these precious ones who followed us all the way to the parking lot, waving and cheering and begging us to return.
PANI Orphanage Tibas
These are photos of our little Christmas show performed when we visited a government-run orphanage in Tibas. Over the years we have been able to spend time in a few of their orphanages in our immediate area. It’s always a blessing to visit and encourage the staff and play with the kids.
We arranged to have several children and their parents meet in a local community center for a morning of entertainment and delicious food. This was in a mountainous neighborhood outside of San Jose, Puriscal. The families enjoyed a main course of chicken, rice, refried beans and potato chips(typical party food here in Costa Rica). The highlight was cake and ice cream! It was fun celebration for all.