A fully-fledged superhero!
A few weeks ago there was a nationwide teacher's strike here in Costa Rica that lasted 3 days. So we decided to jump in take the opportunity to host a school camp in El Cocal.
For this camp, we decided to split the volunteers into 3 groups, each in charge of creating 1 day of activities for the kids. Superheros, Minions and cardboard zoos were the themes of these fun-filled 3 days!
Day 1: Superheros
All of the kids had to choose the qualities of their favourite superheroes- helpful, loyal, fast, brave- and convert these qualities into camp rules. For example, 'always help others when they need it.' It is safe to say that the kids loved playing superheroes for the day and their excitement was amplified by the superhero accessories they got to make! The firm favourite was the cape making. Armed with white sheets, fabric markers and paint the kids were tasked with making their own unique capes for the day.
The imagination and creativity of the kids is amazing to witness! One very memorable cape was made by an 11-year-old girl who declared herself 'Saviour of the World' vowing to help anyone affected by poverty and war.
Day 2: Disney
The kids in El Cocal are Disney- obsessed and many even came on day 2 dressed in their Disney clothes! Although everyone has their favourite characters, there was a general agreement that Minions were the ultimate Disney characters. It was an amazing sight seeing 30 children running around in Minion masks after our first activity!
The Disney fun continued throughout the day with more mask making, wand and crown making and even face painting. At one point we had a student painted up as Elsa from Frozen, holding an 'evil villain' wand and dressed up as a Minion!
Day 3: Zoo
The animal theme is fun but also very important here in El Cocal. There is not much education about animals and animal treatment, so this was the perfect theme to bring this up.
We started the day by creating a zoo of animals out of recycled goods. The kids learnt about what animals live in what ecosystems and how they all fit together. We also spoke about animals being treated well and what that means. In the end, they seemed to grasp the concept that animals have feelings too and we need to be kind to them.
The fun continued with decorating t-shirts with favourite animals and sports activities at the end of the day. It is of equal importance to let the kids be creative and active as these are both ways to engage in a healthy lifestyle, free their minds of any frustration and negative they may be carrying with them.
Camp is a great way to provide the kids with a safe place to be when school is out unexpectedly as well as have fun and build stronger relationships in the more relaxed and informal environment.
GVI Costa Rica
We loved seeing the creative side of the kids
Fun and games at camp!