This may be the model rural Costa Rican elementary school. EcoTeach’s commitment to supporting schools began with Huetares School. The needs of schools in poor communities was obvious and Costa Rica gives so much to it’s visitors.
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A local artist was commissioned to paint the buildings and create a welcoming environment for the local students..
Because of safety concerns, most schools in Costa Rica have high fences and many have guards.
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The children clean the school!
This covered area was donated by the EcoTeach Founders Margarita Alfaro & Ralph Carlson
Children are outdoors much of the time, this fence was build to protect them form a stream and cattle.
The school has two toilets but even they contribute to the "culture of the school.
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The kids, the children, the students, this. after all is why we're interested, they are the future we are responsible for. The uniforms remind us that in the eyes of the world they are all equal, one hour in any of the schools we support reminds us of what a wonderful time our youth can be and renews hope.
Children help support the school by performing traditional dances for visiting students
For farm kid, school is where they make friends
For children there is no language barrier
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Each year we send a request for a "wish list" to the schools in Costa Rica. Both large needs and classroom supplies. We ask again for the "dream list" which takes a bit more consideration.
Please note: If you would like to contribute towards the purchase of one or more of these items send a check to the following address and in the comment space designate the item(s):
Poulsbo, WA 98370 USA
If your planning to bring items down, let us know so we don't duplicate!
Santillana or RH Spanish textbooks
paper, chalk, construction paper, dry erase markers, adhesive vinyl rolls, masking tape, large manila envelopes, white envelopes
English and Spanish Dictionaries
erasers, scissors, colored pencils, playdough, acrylic paints, pencil sharpeners, glue, markers
computers for kids
tablet (smart device)
electrical upgrades in school
large pad locks
Please note: All large projects include a major contribution from the community that the school serves. Sometimes labor is all they have to give but the community and parents are vested!
The big project this year is a separate covered play area for kindergärtner's
Parents of children are also expected to supply clean uniforms every day, backpacks with the basics (notebooks, pencils, pens rulers..). At Staples in Costa Rica this would cost about $50, beyond what most can afford!
Each year we send a request for a "wish list" (RFP on foundation terms:) to the schools in Costa Rica. Often the list is very much the same from year to year. Classroom supplies are quite similar the world over. Paper, pencils and art supplies. We ask again for the "dream list" which takes a bit more consideration.
It gets down to the imagination of the leader or principal that transforms a poor school into a great rural school.
Fencing the entire back of the school, it took lots of volunteer time, local donations and a major donation from Kim Lockett and her Ecology Club at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School, Moraga CA. Every year her group does fundraising for a major improvement in Costa Rica. This year she will be bringing two separate groups of students for cultural/environmental tour with Ecoteach Travel.
The covered play area is the "commons" for most schools.
During the rainy season and with poor lighting in the classrooms, a special effort has to be made to make school life cheerful.
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