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Gaining Work Experience Before Finishing a Bachelor’s Degree

  I remember the moment that I found I was accepted to the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts Co-operative Education program. I was so excited to tell my family and friends because I was thrilled about the opportunity. I … Continue reading

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Thoughts Leading up to Homelessness at Home

Soon enough I’ll be away from the comforts of my home and sleeping on the floor in a sleeping bag along with the rest of the group for the ucalgarycares Homelessness at Home program. As I write with anticipation, the … Continue reading

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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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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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