Category Archives: E. Kaipainen’s posts

Montero y Palito School gets a computer classroom

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Learning about community development and sustainable tourism in Costa Rica

In a week’s time, I’ll be arriving with a team of 24 students and 2 staff members in San José, Costa Rica for our annual Calgary Serves International program. Each year, this program brings something new. Last year we worked … Continue reading

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Fundraising for a Calgary Serves partner: Our School at Blair Grocery

This year’s Calgary Serves project in New Orleans is all about community development and food security. Our team is looking forward to returning to an innovative little school and urban commercial farm in the Lower 9th Ward to volunteer this … Continue reading

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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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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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Me llamo Haider Kirmani

(I wrote this just before our departure…) Almost Midnight; 11:39pm, May 1, 2011. So that makes it roughly three hours and twenty one minutes before I’m supposed to wake up, six hours and fifty one minutes before the flight departs, … Continue reading

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Support from a Calgary Serves alumna and others near and far

I work with exceptional students and community leaders; Calgary Serves group members form strong bonds with their teammates and often stay in touch beyond their projects. I always enjoy hearing from our ‘Calgary Serves Alumni’ and two weeks ago, I received … Continue reading

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Hola

Hola Amigos! My name is Amy and I am the Program Assistant for the Calgary Serves Costa Rica 2011 trip! I am a recent graduate from the University of Calgary and have degrees in Sociology and Nursing. Throughout my studies … Continue reading

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