May 17, 2018

The UWC Festival has a huge success!

The UWC Costa Rica Sports and Cultural Festival took place on April 11th and it was a day full of fun, soccer, basketball, games, dances, songs, fashion and even Zumba.  And it wouldn’t have been possible without you!

In the morning, 110 teenagers came together to compete in the Sports tournament in football soccer and basketball.  In total 5 high schools participated: UWC Costa Rica, Berkley Academy (private school), Santa Ana High School (public school), Lincoln School (private school), and UP Valencia (public school).  After a morning of matches and a final in the afternoon, the Santa Ana High School came out as the winner of both the basketball and football tournaments.

The afternoon saw us welcoming more than 100 guests from the surrounding Santa Ana community as well as other communities close to UWC Costa Rica to join our sports players and enjoy the cultural piece of the program.  

Among these guests were 15 very special people that participated in the Festival: children from La Carpio -a slum in Costa Rica -who participate in an after-school service project throughout the school year with our students.  For many of them this was the first time visiting our school, and they thoroughly enjoyed all that the Festival had to give! They jumped in the trampoline, laughed with our students while imagining what design they wanted to be painted in their face, and enjoyed helping to make their new balloon friends!  When the time came for the cultural dances and performance, they not only learned that Nepal is a country but also enjoyed and cheered as they saw a dance from this far-away land. Through games and dances these children got to experience UWC and take stories of dances, songs, and new games home with them.

Because of your gifts we were able to fulfill our mission to become a force to unite people across socioeconomic divisions.  Your donations we were able to purchase all the materials for the sports tournaments and in turn set the stage for a morning where a common passion to sports overshadowed the division between public and private schools.  Your gifts allowed us to show the world through dance, song, and games to children from the most disadvantaged contexts in Costa Rica. Thank you for joining us in this journey and keep your eyes out for the 2019 UWC Sports and Cultural Festival!  

You can also see more pictures of the event here

Feb 26, 2018

The student selection process is underway!

UWC Colombia National Committee Camp
UWC Colombia National Committee Camp

One of the students in this picture from UWC Colombia’s selection process camp will be joining UWC Costa Rica thanks to your support!

 At the core of the UWC experience lies our intentionally diverse community. This diversity wouldn’t be possible without the work of over 3,000 volunteers worldwide who lend their time, experience, and hope for a better world to invite young people in more than 159 countries to apply to become part of our movement.

Though every National Committee is unique –in response to the unique context of the country they serve –they all share one important thing in common: beyond selecting the future students of UWC they work hard to offer every young person that applies a transformational journey of self-discovery and empowerment as agents of change in their own communities and countries.

As you are reading this, the National Committees of Panama, Ecuador, Argentina, Pakistan, Yemen and Congo are in the midst of their selection processes. In the next few weeks they will host their selection camps where dozens of young leaders from across their countries –coming from different geographical, social, cultural, economic, and religious contexts -will meet and explore the agents of change within and learn together and from each other.

The Colombian National Committee –featured in the picture above –has already finished their process and are finalizing their nominations with their candidates and their families. Once the candidates and their families have accepted they will be ready to let us know who our future Colombian UWC Costa Rica student will be –and we can’t wait to meet him or her!

There are also some National Committees who are a bit ahead of the curve, like the Liberia National Committee who just sent us their student nomination. We are now getting to know this student and their family and starting the process to support them as they plan for their child’s trip all the way from Liberia to UWC Costa Rica.

As we get to know these students and their families, it fills us with great joy to share with them that alongside their scholarship thanks to you and 193 other generous members of our community we will support them in affording all the expenses related with traveling abroad and preparing for a brighter future through UWC.  Due to the success of our campaign, we are increasing our goal to $75,000 in order to also cover airfare costs for 1 round trip ticket for all of these students.

You have made it possible for these families to feel embraced by our community from the very beginning and let them know that we stand with them.

Thank you for not letting $5K Stop Them!

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