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.
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….
A few months ago, Catherine, member of the Samara community and supporter of CREAR, had the vision to create a large mural in the Salon Comunal. With her partnership with HeArtsAboveReality and CREAR, this dream became a reality. Check out the link for the inside scoop on this amazing project, and great organization
"No te arrepentirás," my friend jokes with the taxi driver as we get into a cab on our way to Boca del Toro, a gorgeous viewpoint that overlooks several beaches; knowing neither of us have enough Colones for the usual fare-price to get there and back we reassure the driver he will not regret taking us there.
After just about 2 two weeks of being in our new location, the Salon Comunal of Samara, we have encountered our share of issues. Don't get us wrong, the Community Center is wonderful, offering ample space, a public and communal area for the children and community at large, room for the library and for organizational growth.
Change is in this air this week as CREAR changes offices. After being stationed in a garage for the last 1.5yrs, CREAR has been giving the opportunity to move into the Salon Comunal of Samara.
A big hello from La Asociacion CREAR! After 2 weeks of mid-year camp with the children of Playa Samara and El Torito, we return to program as usual for the local community. This year’s mid-year camp was a major success thanks to the help of a number of volunteers, local business and agencies. Here is a little recap of the activities.