Category Archives: Chira Island 2011

Celebrating 4 years at the Montero y Palito School, Isla Chira

Check out the series of projects our students have worked on with the Escuela Montero y Palito over the last four years of the ucalgarycares program.

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Chira Island, Development and Community-Based Tourism

Chira Island is home to 3,000 people and is made up of several rural communities. Chireños earn a living primarily through subsistence fishing or farming; beyond these, there are few opportunities for employment. In the last fifteen years, fish stocks have declined … Continue reading

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“La cancha” – our project with the Escuela Montero y Palito

This year, Calgary Serves students worked on one large project – completing the first basketball court on Chira Island, at the Montero and Palito Elementary School. With the support of laborers from the community, the school and VIDA, a non-governmental organization in San … Continue reading

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Safe and sound in San Jose

Our group is closing out our service experience in Costa Rica, and we´ll be returning to Calgary tomorrow. This is just a quick update to let anyone who is concerned know that we are all safe and sound in San … Continue reading

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May 13th, Justine Gosselin: A change in attitude

It`s crazy to think it`s already our last day here. The basketball court is done and may I say looks amazing, I`m so proud of the team for getting it done, and hope the kids and the community enjoy it … Continue reading

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The people we meet: May 10th, by Shaista Hasham

The people we meet: 10th May There are times when the people we meet in our lives impact our lives in ways we never thought they would. Those people leave cemented footprints in our hearts – and as much as … Continue reading

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Earlier this week my 17 year-old host brother asked me to help him with an English project. He had to develop a brochure about a tourist ‘attraction’ on Chira Island. Assuming that everyone would choose “La Amistad,” the ecological cabins … Continue reading

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The Island Life

Hola Amigas, We have been on the island for almost a week and here are some of the things that we have learned and experienced so far: –          It is like a different time zone because we wake up so … Continue reading

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Dear God, Save us all – Amen! (May 8th, by Shaista Hasham)

Dear God, Save us all – Amen! (May 8th, 2011) by Shaista Hasham Many people on the Island go to Church on Sunday. My host family shares in my views of believing in a God, but not attending a particular … Continue reading

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Lost in Translation: By Shaista Hasham, May 4th

I was definitely expecting some trouble translating from Spanish to English (and vice versa), but who knew the beginning of my troubles would be at the airport! The misunderstanding made us really late for our flight – right after the … Continue reading

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