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Service and Adventure Program Builds a Bridge of Support from the US to Costa Rica April 30, 2009

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 This past March, 18 participants from the United States traveled to Costa Rica to take part in the CREER Costa Rica Service and Adventure Program. The program took part in two villages in the Southern Pacific Region of Costa Rica. Site #1 was in the Beach Village of Matapalo. While in the village The CREER Service Team worked hand in hand with the local villagers painting a  mural , building a beach volleyball court, cleaning the beach, and creating a new Welcome Sign for the village. In addition to service work, the group, which consisted of people from ages 15 to 72, spent time at the incredible Matapalo Beach, learned to surf, made jewlery with a local jeweler, went horseback riding, and visited Manuel Antonio National Park. 

The second half of the program took place in the mountain village of La Florida. The main mission at Site #2 was to renovate the La Florida School. The CREER Service Team painted the school, sanded and varnished desks and chairs, repaired windows, and worked in the school garden.

One participant shared, "This is the most meaningful trip I have ever been a part of. I have been on vacations all over the world, doing service in Costa Rica has changed my life."

CREER has three Service Programs planned for 2010. There will be one program in January (TBA) followed by two programs in March 20-27 and March 27-April 3.