Thursday, July 11, 2013

Beyond el Campo Team Spends Summer in Costa Rica

This summer, a team of six volunteers have been on the ground in Costa Rica working on Reader to Reader's Beyond el Campo project to provide support for the growing public library and community outreach programs in the village of Santa Cruz de Leon Cortes.

After touching down in San Jose and doing some exploring in Heredia, they were ready to head to Santa Cruz and get to work!

The library Beyond el Campo built four years ago is running smoothly, and the volunteers have come up with some new and exciting projects and programs to implement during the summer ahead. These projects include:

• Improving the library’s facilities and aesthetics through painting, design, murals and the creation of creative and comfortable spaces for crafts, reading, studying, and leisure;
• Holding community events to engage and educate more of the community in the library and its many available services;
• Teaching English classes to community members;
• Engaging children and youth in summer learning activities to prevent summer learning loss;
• Creating new programs and offerings in the library that appeal to all ages, especially the elderly;
• Setting up the two new secured laptops in a computer lab, with wireless internet and technology workshops;
• And so much more!

The trip is ongoing, so stay tuned for more updates.

About Beyond el Campo

Beyond el Campo, a project of Reader to Reader's Springboard Program, seeks to combat the issue of educational inequality in Costa Rica by providing essential tools and educational resources to inspire success. Its goals are to provide a public space that serves as a community center for learning and creative engagement; to equip that space with resources that connect students with their own passions and interests; and to offer educational programs and workshops open to the entire community.

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