Author Archives: armikaipainen

Supporting a women’s cooperative

Our ucalgarycares program in Chira Island is never complete without a trip to the artisans’ cooperative in Jicaro. This cooperative (like La Amistad cabins and like the Pianguas association) started in the year 2000. Making necklaces and bracelets out of … Continue reading

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Ceviche

After harvesting pianguas (it’s hard word navigating those mangrove trees and roots, and retracting your limbs from the mud), we indulged in some ceviche, right there in the boat!

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It’s not the jungle… they’re mangroves!

Our trip may not take us to the jungles of Costa Rica, but we have visited the ecologically valuable mangrove forests of Chira Island – the largest remaining mangrove forests in Costa Rica’s Pacific region. These forests are home to … Continue reading

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Needle in a hay stack

This morning we hunted in the mud, lots of mud, for these elusive shellfish. Most of us were successful in finding at least one amongst the mangrove roots. It’s quite possible that our clothes have never been this dirty. But … Continue reading

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Ecotourists

Our ucalgarycares program focuses on community-based rural tourism and ethical international engagement. On average, $5 of every $100 spent by a tourist stays in the local community, but we endeavour to more positively impact the communities on Chira Island by … Continue reading

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Making English fun!

This year, our group planned a few ‘English lessons’ designed to motivate elementary students to study English. For the first time, we also ventured beyond Montero y Palito School. Some students also worked with the San Antonio School and the … Continue reading

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Fun and adventure

I can’t believe it! More than half of our trip is already over! We’ve had so much fun, and our group has bonded so much. We’ve been working on the computer lab for 4 days now. It’s starting to take … Continue reading

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ucalgarycares: Costa Rica, day 8

Over the past 4 days, we have watched our classroom evolve from an empty metal skeleton into a half-complete classroom. We wrapped the outside with mesh, mixed cement under the burning hot sun, and learnt from the pros as we … Continue reading

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