Category Archives: Chira Island 2013

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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Cuál es el mundo ideal?

      El tranquilo, saludable, simple del campo ó el apurado, vanidoso, contaminado de la ciudad, cargado de necesidades creadas, inventadas por una sociedad consumista. Pero que disfruta de buenos centros educativos, hospitales y todos los servicios que ayudan a … Continue reading

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Calgary Serves Chira Island 2013: Day 3

Today, we were officially introduced to our host family. Although this was our first day to immerge in the local culture, our experience has already been unparalleled. Right after arriving in our family, we were immediately taken to a herd … Continue reading

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The Immersion Experience

We are finally on Chira Island! Our first few days have been great. On Saturday we met our host families. My family is so nice. I have two sisters aged 15 and 17, a stay at home mom, and a … Continue reading

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A computer classroom for a rural school

This year, the ucalgarycares team is building a computer classroom at the Montero y Palito School. The fundraising efforts of the team will fund the required air conditioner to keep the classroom cool in the incredible heat and humidity. The … Continue reading

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Calgary Serves Chira Island: Day 1

Wow, what a start! We arrived at the airport 3:30am in the morning with most people running on 3 or less hours of sleep, but I think it’s well worth it. Even with so little sleep (or no sleep at … Continue reading

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