Educational support in Mal Pais, Costa Rica

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
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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Dear Supporter, The month of May was Science Fair Time in Costa Rica and all of our graduates from the Mal Pais Education Project were excited to present their projects to the judges, their parents and peers. All the students now attend Escuela Futuro Verde in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade and it was great to see how well they have been doing in their studies since they left Mal Pais. We were amazed and proud by all of our graduates who put a lot of effort in their projects, especially our native Spanish speakers who presented this year in English! Our graduates continue to leave us in awe with their enthusiasm to learn and their excellent report cards. Their parents feel very proud of all their wonderful achievements and the teachers at Escuela Futuro Verde are also exceptionally pleased with their progress academically, socially and emotionally. The Science Fait was such a wonderful opportunity to be a part of with so many of our past students and seeing how they are all thriving and continuing to grow each and every day. Thank you for all your support, together we make a difference! All the best

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Construction of the new classroom
Construction of the new classroom

Dear supporter,

Is it March already!? We trust you had an amazing festive season with your loved ones and that the Ney Year is treating you well.

Since our last report in December, things have been really busy in Mal Pais! Our 12 new sponsor students have arrived and are settling in well. We are excited to see them progress through the course of the year. Our three new volunteers have also been a tremendous help and helped us to kick off 2015 with a brand new construction project!

Thanks to your funding, we have been able to build a new classroom for our pre-school. Although the construction has been slow over these last few months, we are proud to announce that the room has finally been completed with a beautiful mural that they children helped to paint as well! 

With the addition of this extra room, we will be able to increase our capacity and help more children in the local area get the education they deserve during this crucial phase in their young lives.

Thank you for your continued support.

All the best,

Sonya Danchik

The classroom is starting to take shape!
The classroom is starting to take shape!
Painting the new classroom
Painting the new classroom
The final product!
The final product!

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Organization Information

Global Vision International Charitable Trust

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