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.
Our vision is a well-educated, socially conscious and enriched community with strong partnerships between families, schools, and community members.
The CREAR Association, founded in 2005, is a non-profit organization in the rural beach communities in and around Playa Sámara in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. CREAR offers a wide variety of services to the local members of the community, primarily children, all completely free of charge. We seek to provide a venue where children and young people can develop their artistic talents through creative art-education initiatives, while simultaneously learning life-long skills that will offer them a wider and more fulfilling range of employment opportunities in the future. We aim to enforce an environmental and social consciousness in our students so that they may take that awareness back to their homes and continue to educate future generations.
Although good primary and secondary schools do exist, both private and public, children often attend school for only 3 to 4 hours per day and are frequently left without adequate supervision, as many parents must work full time to maintain their families. Our program utilizes this free time by providing not only fun activities, but an opportunity for personal, social, academic, and career growth. La Asociación CREAR thus provides the children with new learning opportunities that not only enhance their own educational and personal growth, but that of the town's future.
CREAR offers art and technology classes, and many more with wide-ranging topics to two local communities four days per week, enriching the lives of 200 students from Sámara and the surrounding areas, including El Torito, Matapalo, Cangrejal, and Cantarrana.
CREAR offers a day camp during Costa Rica's summer and winter seasons. Each day, 50 to 75 children participate in fun and educational activities and excursions.
In-School Assemblies and Community Presentations
We provide in-school assemblies and community presentations to hundreds of residents in Playa Sámara, El Torito, San Fernando, and Santo Domingo on critical environmental issues, such as energy and recycling.
CREAR host a fun, laid back Teen Night on Thursday from 6-8pm. The concept is to offer teens (ages 13 to 18) a safe and welcoming environmental to hang out and be themselves. CREAR holds different arts and crafts each week, along with focus groups on important issues facing teens in this area. The goal is to integrate the teens into a healthy routine and eventually offer internship positions.
La Asociación CREAR gains a larger presence in the community every day. As we grow, our programs and services will continue to be offered to the community at no charge. A key objective is to increase funding and staff so that we may implement future projects and expand our existing programs.
Our goals for the future include:
- Continue to provide after free school program with classes in the arts, languages, technology and the environment
- Offer summer day camps with fun and educational activities and excursions around the country.
- Develop scholarship program to send children to educational away-camps
- Develop a community garden
- Offer CREAR Awards to the community
- Create the CREAR BiciTaxi – Rickshaw program
- Establish own office/building/space and recreational center for CREAR
- Obtain U.S. Non-profit Status 501(c)(3)
- Expand outreach to more schools in the area surrounding Sámara
- Increase participation in volunteer program
- Develop Adolescent Apprentice and educational programs
- Increase partnerships with other non-profits…Omprakash network
- Work with Zona Azul Foundation to increase programs
- Collaborate with Triskallian Volunteer group
- Host the CREAR Carnival
- Obtain grants to help fund program expansion
- Create a CREAR mobile classroom.
- Large scale volunteer community improvement projects in surrounding communities
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