The mission of La Asociación CREAR is to provide supplemental educational, recreational, and career opportunities for community members, primarily youth with limited resources, in the rural beach communities surrounding Playa Sámara in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, by offering a wide variety of innovative programs focusing on academic and artistic education, environmental consciousness, health, and socio-cultural development.
In July, I was fortunate enough to be invited to speak in San Antonio, Texas at the Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) Annual Forum on behalf of CREAR.
Instead of working in a dark office fetching coffee and making copies or following around a politician prepping for election season, this summer I decided to take on an internship that is much more exciting, interactive, and practical. I knew I definitely wanted to get a TEFL certification, but to earn credit for my university I needed to have a plan for the entire summer, which meant I couldn't wait around to get a job after TEFL. Lucky for me I found CREAR through the TEFL website and planned to volunteer here for two months after getting certified.
I’ve always been a very logistical person. Facts are my friends and searching through numbers to create infographics is my playground. When given the task of sorting through CREAR’s numbers to find information for the annual report, I was excited to explore the magnitude of CREAR’s impact. Outside of the stray dogs, wild iguanas, and pesky mosquitos we provide a home to here in Samara, we’ve become a place for a multitude of community members to come and learn.
On May 28th, our Executive Director, Andrea Keith, was invited to speak at Social Shot, an initiative developed by individuals and entrepreneurial organizations with the objective of generating a positive impact on the planet through social enterprises. Social Shot’s mission is to present social entrepreneurship to promote, encourage, and inspire ideas and projects.
Another year gone by and another story of growth and evolution; different from years in the past where Asociacion CREAR experienced the bulk of their change externally, the biggest change of 2015 came from within. After four years of dedicated service, Johannah Waite resigned from her position as Developmental Director inspiring a radical renovation of the internal structure of CREAR. She maintains a presence at CREAR as a member of the Board of Directors, a new component brought on by the recent restructuring.
Este verano nuestra querida Andrea fue la ganadora del Premio Yo Creo acordado por la Universidad Latina en Costa Rica en conjunto con el Premio Yo Emprendo asignado por la universidad hondureña, UNITEC. El premio se entrega a una persona joven que ha fundado o co-fundado una organización o proyecto con alto impacto social.
The Monkey Who Should Be in the Major Leagues:
My Experiences Teaching English in Sámara, Costa Rica
Have you ever played dodgeball? Have you ever played dodgeball with a half-eaten piece of fruit? Have you ever played dodgeball with a half-eaten piece of fruit against a monkey? Well, I have, and all my years in gym class couldn’t have saved me from being on the receiving end of a slimy, juicy, have-eaten mango splattering across my chest.
5 Monate Freiwilligenarbeit bei CREAR
Ich habe für CREAR, einer Organisation zur Förderung Kinder und Jugendlicher, ca. 5 Monate gearbeitet und konnte verschiedene und vielfältige Erfahrungen machen.
Cela fait maintenant deux mois que je suis à Samara. Le temps passe si vite. Lors de mon arrivée, je me suis demandé comment allais-je pouvoir rester quatre mois dans cette petite ville tranquille avec une seule rue principale amenant directement sur la plage. Je ne comprenais pas non plus pourquoi toutes les personnes que je rencontrais tombaient amoureuses de ce lieu. Originaire de la banlieue parisienne, je suis quelqu’un qui aime sortir, découvrir de nouveaux lieux, rencontrer des gens venant du monde entier….