Your generous support through Global Giving has helped illuminate the dreams of students at EARTH University.
Illuminating these and many more dreams of our students and of disadvantaged communities around the globe is EARTH’s mission. In celebration of the holidays and in symbolic representation of this commitment, from November 21-22 we illuminated the iconic Jacaranda tree on our campus with our own energy. For 24 hours, some 600 students, professors, staff and friends of EARTH rode 10 bicycles connected to a generator to continually power 1,600 holiday lights, which symbolize the dreams of our students for 2014... which are made possible by supporters like YOU!
Join in and watch the celebration here! From Costa Rica and with much gratitude, we extend season’s greetings and our brightest wishes for a wonderful new year!
From our last update report, you got to know about the dreams of first-year EARTH students, Leonor (’16, Senegal) and Misael (’16, Belize). Now they want to personally thank you through a video message all the way from EARTH’s campus!
We hope you enjoy the attached video from Leonor and Misael, who send many thanks for your support in helping them study at EARTH.
We also invite you to view a live streaming of our upcoming Commencement activities on December 13 at 10 am Central Time through our website at http://www.earth.ac.cr/?lang=en.
In the spirit of thankfulness this November, I wanted to share with you stories of gratitude from two EARTH students. With your support towards their education, they are able to take back knowledge gained at EARTH to help their own communities.
First-year EARTH students, Leonor Fall (’16, Senegal) and Misael Perez (’16, Belize) come from different continents and cultures, but at EARTH they share a common goal: to obtain the skills necessary to change their communities and the world. Both students attend EARTH on a full scholarship, made possible by supporters like you.
Leonor hopes to return one day to teach sustainable farming techniques to producers in rural Senegal, and run her own farm to help reduce unemployment in the region.
Misael is interested in bringing back the knowledge he has gained at EARTH and help his family and community increase their crop production to earn more money for educating their children.
They are just two examples of EARTH students who received the opportunity of a lifetime, but would never have been able to attend a university without the help of our scholarship program.
Thank YOU again for your continued support of our students as they follow their dreams in becoming leaders of change!
On June 1-2, EARTH University opened its doors to more than 10,000 visitors for the EARTH Multicultural Fair. Organized and led by EARTH students, professors and staff, visitors came to eat traditional food from around the world, enjoy cultural presentations and dances and purchase goods from student artisans and vendors. As an act of solidarity, every year the entire student body organizes and participates in this incredible cultural experience in order to raise funds so that every fourth-year student can bring at least one family member to their graduation in December.
This annual event celebrates our spirit of global citizenry and our commitment to providing a unique environment for students to learn from each other and grow into world leaders. With students from 29 countries, it is no wonder that Spanish is a non-native language for approximately 15 percent of our student body.
Gifts like yours have helped to invest in intercultural and language programs at EARTH University that build the global network of young adults committed to fostering peace and prosperity.
Issa Daniela Secaira Mancia, a third year student from Guatemala, frames the importance of this unique aspect of EARTH, “Having classmates and professors from more than 25 countries has been the most enriching experience so far, as it has made me grow a lot as a person. Being part of a multicultural community like EARTH allows you to exchange cultures, ideas, points of view and knowledge, which is mutually beneficial. It also gives you the opportunity to expand your vision and learn more about the reality of many countries. In addition, you form such strong bonds that you end up with an extended global family.”
Students are enriched at EARTH, not only from our innovative educational model but also by an environment that celebrates each other’s cultures! We invite you to learn more about Global Citizenry by following the link below. Thank you for your support!
Muchas Gracias! Mesi ampil! Aguyje!
Along with our students, we move from the EARTH campus in Guácimo, with pervasive greenery from the constant rains of the humid tropics, to the EARTH- La Flor campus in Liberia, Guanacaste, with sepia golden tones painted by the tenacious sun characteristic of the dry tropic in midsummer. It is here where, for seven weeks, EARTH third-year students have the real-world experience of being leaders in sustainable development in Costa Rica’s dry tropics. During this time, they live with a host family in the community, spending two days working in a local business, two days doing community service and one day dedicated to academic activities at the La Flor campus.
Diego Delgado (’14, Costa Rica) and Aloyce Gonzaga (’14, Kenya) are surrounded by children from the Buenavista school in the community that carries the same name, located in Guanacaste. There, at an improvised volleyball court, they celebrate their “Sports Day.”
However, rather than just playing with the children, these EARTH students have decided to share their knowledge.
After having invited, house by house, all members of the community to get involved in a project to make soap out of oil and having no one show up, Diego and Aloyce decided to focus their project on children. In that way, through them, future generations are carrying the message of sustainability to the Buenavista households.
“The children collect 1,000 milliliters of used oil, and they take home 500 grams of soap,” Diego explains.
The soap is produced in a laboratory that belongs to the Buenavista Hotel, as a part of the hotel’s social commitment, where the students work at the beginning of each week.
“It’s a way for children to learn not to throw away oil, which is a huge source of contamination,” Aloyce explains. He also works with fifth and sixth grade students selling lemonade as a way to promote entrepreneurship. “The idea is to encourage the kids to start creating their products, do marketing and learn how to segment the market, as we do at EARTH.” Aloyce adds, “With this they learn to think as entrepreneurs at a young age.”
Under the bright sun of the dry tropics, from the hands of EARTH students, these projects begin to shed new hope in these communities. We thank YOU for your support of our students, which allows this innovative education model to reach communities, such as Buenavista!
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