Educational support in Mal Pais, Costa Rica

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
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Gardening in full swing!
Gardening in full swing!

Dear Supporters,

We recently hosted another service project, as usual, the volunteers were enthusiastic and worked up a good sweat. We are now in our rainy season and our gardening classes have already started. The service project volunteers helped us prepare the soil in the garden to plant corn with the students and we also did some weeding with the students, as well as the constant raking of leaves and clearing up of the half eaten mangoes that fall daily this time of year. It is important to really keep up the grounds maintenance during rainy season as Dengue is a serious threat and it only takes a very small amount of water for the mosquito larvae to thrive.

Since April we have been collecting seeds from local fruit, vegetables, plants and trees and the students are excited to get their hands in the soil and plant all the seeds and watch them grow. Gardening is such an important part of our curriculum as it teaches so much more than just planting seeds. The lessons learned are really valuable life skills - nurturing, diversity and collaboration to name a few. It's also pretty amazing having the opportunity to inspire young gardeners and help them realize how important Mother Earth is and our role as guardians of this beautiful planet. 

We have also nearly completed the outside play space that was started with previous service project volunteers and the students really love it! 

Last month we celebrated cultural diversity and it was really interesting to hear the student’s views on this topic. We had a lot of fun learning through discussion, games and art projects and the students have kept the topic alive via our weekly peace practices.

Our students at Futuro Verde are doing really well and the school is now an official IB candidate school with new land purchased and building permits ready for submission, to build the first green school in Costa Rica! We have started a capital campaign to help with the building costs that are projected at around $900, 000.

The vision of a world school here in our rural community is truly and quickly becoming a reality. We thank you all for your continued support.

Please know that you all make the difference.

Only Love

Sonya, Futuro Verde

Collecting seeds
Collecting seeds
Hard at work!
Hard at work!
The Service Learning team!
The Service Learning team!

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Learning how to use chopsticks!
Learning how to use chopsticks!

Dear Supporter, 

Here at Futuro Verde we have a World Culture class that takes our students' on a journey all around the world. This year has been no different and we have already visited many places - China, Italy, Spain, Nicaragua and Australia. The students really enjoy learning about different countries, continents and cultures. 

For our young learners, we use hands-on activities like group investigation, traditional art, music and food. Students also learn about the geography and history, indigenous people, plants, animals and many other fun lessons to introduce global issues and awareness. It is important to link the students to the size and diversity of our planet and all living

We feel that is is vitally important to create a space where the students become aware of and learn about the size and diversity of our planet and all living beings. We encourage these young learners into peaceful and environmentally friendly practices. 

As our young learners grow, we hope they will continue to promote peace, harmony and sustainable practices. Sharing the love for one another and our beautiful planet earth. This is the future we wish to see and together through education, example and empathy we make the difference. Thank you all for your continued support, generosity and love. Much gratitude.

Thank you all for your continued support, generosity and love. Much gratitude.

With Gratitude,

Sonya

Hands-on learning is the best!
Hands-on learning is the best!
Only love for the whole world
Only love for the whole world

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Our gratitude tree
Our gratitude tree

Dear Supporter

As the year draws to a close, we'd like to share our tree of thanks with you all. 

Our tree symbolizes growth, connection, gratitude and love. Our students and volunteers decorated the tree with gratitude hearts to express what they were grateful for. It is a wonderful way to end the year, in reflection of all that has happened during the course of the year. It seems to go by so fast, but when we reflect on what we have accomplished, it is incredible to think how much we managed to fit in. We are continually grateful for all of the support we have received from each and

We'd like to say to you, our donors, that we are continually grateful for all of the support we have received from each and every one of you. This project was founded with the belief that education and love and a love of education can change the world as we know it - thank you for helping us make a difference - together we make the difference, to be the change we wish to see. Happy Holidays to you all! xxx

We wish you all a happy holiday season and we are so looking forward to seeing what 2016 has in store for us!

With Gratitude, 

Sonya Danchik, project manager

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Our service learning group from the USA.
Our service learning group from the USA.

Dear Supporter, 

We recently hosted another service project for volunteers from the USA. This time, the location was our bilingual early learning centre in Mal Pais and the work was full manual labour!

With our wooden outdoor playgrounds on their last legs, it was obviously time to create a new play space for all of our adventurous students. The plans were made to create an interactive sandpit that would also serve as a herb garden and hopefully look like a natural river bed and keep us on budget. The weather was Costa Rican hot and the sweat started to pour shortly after the project began. We were tasked with lifting heavy river stones, buckets and wheelbarrows of white gravel and soil from a neighbour’s property. 

We still have much more to do, but the effort and team spirit from all the volunteers was tremendous, with students cheering us on as we worked. The students certainly are eager for this new project to be finished.

The project also helped host another service project last month with IB diploma students from the island of Jersey, U.K. visiting Futuro Verde and forging a relationship with the school for a future exchange program and also continual collaborative projects between the schools using technology as a means for the students to communicate on topics such as social justice and environmental issues.

In such a short space of time we have literally changed the common learning experience for students in this rural area, and we thank you all for supporting and helping this vision became an absolute reality.

With Gratitude, 

Sonya, Futuro Verde

Full on manual labour!
Full on manual labour!
Carrying the stones over for the new garden
Carrying the stones over for the new garden

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The team responsible for the maintenance in July
The team responsible for the maintenance in July

Dear Supporter,

In July we organized another service project group to go to Mal Pais Public school and continue with the work we started with our previous group. It was great to see how much the corn we had previously planted with the students and teachers had grown, and the students were very excited to show it off to us.

We all quickly got straight into our tasks, volunteers working alongside the teachers and students. We painted the exterior of the new classroom, yard work with machetes and rakes, planting, and general resource organization. We also had time for a fun yoga class with the students. At the end of the day, we were all hot, sweaty and dirty, but pleased with all the work we had accomplished together. There is still much to do and many more service project groups planned for the near future.

Our early learning project in Mal Pais welcomed 5 new students in July and we also celebrated Annexation of Guanacaste on the 25th of July with a wonderful dance and song presentation in traditional dress. Followed by a collaboration lunch open to the community.

We continue to work with Futuro Verde our local bilingual and environmental school. The project is exciting for us as Futuro Verde hopes to make bilingual progressive education more accessible to students, no matter their ethnicity, social-economic, religion or developmental state. As Futuro Verde pushes towards becoming a world school, it is actively looking for support to help raise the much-needed funds for the move to their new location.

Thank you for your generous support. 

With Gratitude, 

GVI Charitable Trust

Look how much our corn has grown!
Look how much our corn has grown!
The neat and tidy classroom!
The neat and tidy classroom!

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Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Location: Exeter, Devon - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.gvi.org
Project Leader:
Kate Robey
St Albans, Herts United Kingdom

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