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  1. Costa Rica Economia para el Exito

    5th and 6th graders from my Economia para el Exito class I thought in conjunction with Junior Achievement Costa Rica.

  2. Costa Rica Women Power!

    October 9th: Day Guaitil's Women's Soccer Team - Las Tinajitas - debuted for the first time their first new uniform, designed and purchased by them.

  3. Costa Rica Arroz de Maiz Fundraiser

    Men's Soccer Team cooking a typical Guanacaste dish (Arroz de Maiz) as part of a fundraiser to purchase a new uniform. Solo good!

  4. Costa Rica Children in Tortugero

    Children in Tortugero, Costa Rica rest on their front steps.

  5. Costa Rica Nicaraguan Girl

    A young girl poses for the camera on the Isla de Ometepe in Nicaragua.

  6. Costa Rica Working On the Potters Wheel

    A man makes a traditional Nicaraguan vase in Grenada, Nicaragua.

  7. Costa Rica Selling Bread

    A woman goes door to door selling bread in Grenada, Nicaragua during the early morning hours.

  8. Costa Rica Coffee Pickers

    The Bakere family from Bocas del Toro, Panama take a break from picking coffee in Santa Maria de Dota, Costa Rica.  The family has been migrating to Dota, Costa Rica for 15 years during the coffee harvest season of December to March.

  9. Costa Rica In the Coffee Fields

    A young girl hangs out in the coffee fields in Santa Maria de Dota, Costa Rica while her family picks coffee.

  10. Costa Rica Coffee Fruit

    A man measures coffee fruit in Costa Rica before loading it onto a truck.  

  11. Costa Rica Handmade Pottery

    Young man continuing the traditions of his Chorotega ancestors' craftmanship in the community of Guaitil de Santa Cruz.

  12. Costa Rica Snow

    Her name is Martha and is as white as the snow.  I took a picture of her when I was first integrating into my community by learning how to milk a cow - I failed lol

  13. Costa Rica Modern Volunteer

    Years ago, volunteers were assigned communities with no water or electricity, including no internet access. Today, I don't think I could be as productive and resourceful as I am with these things.

  14. Costa Rica Carbon Making

    The Torres-Torres family makes carbon for income.

  15. Costa Rica Mid-Service Training

    The American Ambassador in Costa Rica address Peace Corps volunteers while the PC country director looks on.

  16. Costa Rica Culture Day

    Children in Copey, Costa Rica dress up in honor of culture day.

  17. Costa Rica Leaving Home

    Rosio and her son Ian spend time together outside their home in Copey, Costa Rica.

  18. Costa Rica Election Time

    Children in Costa Rica do some political lobbying during election time in December.

  19. Costa Rica Cow Milker

    Rafa works nearly 80 hours a week milking cows at a dairy farm in rural Costa Rica.

  20. Costa Rica Family

    Mario and his son Ian spend some down time in their kitchen in Copey de Dota, Costa Rica.

  21. Costa Rica Reading Time

    Students look over the shoulders of each other while reading aloud at an English learning center in Copey, Costa Rica.

  22. Costa Rica Quiet Reading Time

    Students enjoy free reading time at an English learning center in Copey, Costa Rica

  23. Costa Rica Tamales

    Tamales are prepared during the Christmas season in Costa Rica.

  24. Costa Rica Kitchen

    A typical Costa Rican kitchen

  25. Costa Rica Tamales

    Tamales are wrapped in plantain leaves for the holiday season in Costa Rica.

  26. Costa Rica Making Tamales

    Two women make tamales for the Christmas holiday in Costa Rica.

  27. Costa Rica Photo Camp

    Children in Copey, Costa Rica explore taking photos during a summer photo camp.

  28. Costa Rica Manzana de Agua

    Manzana de Agua (water apples) are a fruit found in Costa Rica.

  29. Costa Rica Exploring

    A child explores looking through a viewfinder during a summer photo camp in Costa Rica.

  30. Costa Rica In His Garden

    Don Lorenzo has a passion for gardens.  He spends much of his time in his garden and greenhouse in Copey, Costa Rica.

  31. Costa Rica Evening

    The sun goes down over the mountains surrounding Copey de Dota in the region of Los Santos in Costa Rica.

  32. Costa Rica Getting Ready

    Four Peace Corps volunteers look over a bridge before climbing up Mt.Chirripo, the highest peak in Costa Rica.

  33. Costa Rica Traditional Dance

    A traditional dance group performs in Copey, Costa Rica in March 2010.

  34. Costa Rica Interview

    A youth in interviewed by a national news program for a community mural in Copey, Costa Rica.

  35. Costa Rica Paint Hands

    A youth takes a break from painting a mural in Copey, Costa Rica.

  36. Costa Rica Culture Mural in Copey

    The process of creating a community mural in Copey, Costa Rica.

  37. Costa Rica Class Photo

    Children pose for a class photo at the end of the school year in December in Copey, Costa Rica.

  38. Costa Rica La Basilica

    The Basilica is one of the oldest churches in Cartago, Costa Rica.

  39. Costa Rica Cafecito Time

    Traditional cafecito (or afternoon coffee) in Costa Rica is served with coffee and some sort of bread or sweet treat.

  40. Costa Rica Plantains

    Plaintains outside of a vegetable shop in San Marcos, Costa Rica.

  41. Costa Rica Empty Lot

    An empty lot serves both as a bottle storage and a horse pasture in San Marcos, Costa Rica.

  42. Costa Rica Arroz con Leche

    Helping a community member make rice pudding for a fundraiser my town's womens soccer team organized that day. Traditionally, women cook on wood stoves.

  43. Costa Rica Yard Clean up

    Young man cleaning his backyard under the heat near a corn field that was full of garbage, dirty clothes, old shoes, corn, plastic bags and many more things.  Love the brightness of this photo!

  44. Costa Rica International Women's Day Photo Exhibit

    In honor of International Women's Day, I organized a month-long photography exhibit in my local bakery with photographs and writings by eleven women on the theme, "What does being a woman mean to you?"  There was an "art opening" that was celebrated with a traditional afternoon "cafecito."

  45. Costa Rica International Women's Day Photo Exhibit

    In honor of International Women's Day, I organized a month-long photography exhibit in my local bakery with photographs and writings by eleven women on the theme, "What does being a woman mean to you?"  There was an "art opening" that was celebrated with a traditional afternoon "cafecito."  

  46. Costa Rica International Women's Day Photo Exhibit

    In honor of International Women's Day, I organized a month-long photography exhibit in my local bakery with photographs and writings by eleven women on the theme, "What does being a woman mean to you?"  There was an "art opening" that was celebrated with a traditional afternoon "cafecito."  Pictured, is the "cafecito."

  47. Costa Rica International Women's Day Photo Exhibit

    In honor of International Women's Day, I organized a month-long photography exhibit in my local bakery with photographs and writings by eleven women on the theme, "What does being a woman mean to you?"  There was an "art opening" that was celebrated with a traditional afternoon "cafecito."  Pictured, is the "cafecito."

  48. Costa Rica Just Another Day In Tortuguero

    My wife and I relaxing on a very hot and humid day with our frequent visitor, Mocha.

  49. Costa Rica Brave Guard Dog

    "Perro que ladra, no muerde" -- A "dicho"

  50. Costa Rica Pies de B

    Kicking clay is one of the steps artesans take as part of the pottery-making process. In a big mantel, you mix 100% with 50% of iguana's sand and water.  Step, kick, step until consistency is adequacte to make pottery. I had the opportunity to do it and it felt amazing! Hardwork indeed.

  51. Costa Rica Pateando Barro

    Local artesan of Guaitil de Santa Cruz is kicking a mix of clay, iguana's sand and water as the third step of the preparation process to produce handmade Chorotega pottery.

  52. Costa Rica Holy Week!

    During holy week, it's a tradition in rural Costa Rica to make corn-based products (pastries) that would accompany a usual coffee break during the day.  This one is one of my favorite pictures and they are called rosquillas; perfectly shaped minidonut-looking things made with lots of cheese.

  53. Costa Rica Children of the CEN

    Students from my community Barbacoas de Puriscal pose for a picture at the Children's Nutirtion and Education Center

  54. Costa Rica Making Lomos

    Our local community Children's Nutrition and Education Center of Barbacoas de Puriscal made "lomos" one of Costa Rica's many delicious typical foods.

  55. Costa Rica All Smiles In Tortuguero

    The children of Tortuguero share a laugh with each other

  56. Costa Rica Breathtaking

    Punta Islita Hotel in Costa Rica

  57. Costa Rica Oxen bringing our firewood.

    Oxen are often used for transportation and firewood is essential to everyday life, as everyone in my town cooks over a fire. 

  58. Costa Rica Digging a Well

    Thirsty? Start digging! 

  59. Costa Rica Hand Washing Fun

    Children of the Nutrition and Education Center in the community of Barbacoas de Puriscal enjoy washing their hands before lunch.

  60. Costa Rica Dinner Date

    Going out for dinner has a different meaning in this particlular situation.  Fishing is a large part of the culture here in Tortuguero, Costa Rica.

  61. Costa Rica Guava

    This fruit is called 'guayaba' in Spanish and my youth group uses it for their business. They created a small business called GUAITFRUIT which produces and sells jelly in the community.  I took this pic during their production process.

  62. Costa Rica Wall Art

    Islita is a beautiful place in Costa Rica near the beach.  Community members are very talented and a group of artists decorate the walls and businesses w/ ceramic.

  63. Costa Rica Fun

    Kinder and first graders in the lunch room!

  64. Costa Rica Future Artists!

    I worked with the elementary school in the community so they can participate in OneWorld Classroom's International Art Exchange Prog. 37 students particpated and I took a pic of some of them at the end. We had a lot of fun! 

  65. Costa Rica Young Moms

    I co-faciliated a gender workshops to a group of adolescent mothers. This is a picture I took while they were doing their group work.  Their children were with them...

  66. Costa Rica The Eg Vendor

    Don Fernando and his wife sell eggs from their home daily to local community members.

  67. Costa Rica Sisters

    Two sisters take a break on a bench in Tortugero, Costa Rica.

  68. Costa Rica On fire!

    This is the oven artisans in Guaitil de Santa Cruz use to burn the finalized pieces prior to selling them. It heats up to 1200 degrees using wood!

  69. Costa Rica Making Empanadas

    A group of moms planned a big fundraiser where they sold the most popular foods, one of them was empanadas filled with chicken rice or cheese or beans.  Super delicious! I joined them to learn how to make them and failed a few times but can say I learned pretty good lol

  70. Costa Rica Empanadas, anyone?

    Mom supporting a local fundraiser by helping out making some delicious empanadas! Custom is fry them on a wooden stove.

  71. Costa Rica Longevity

    This is Don Climaco.  A 79-year old hardworking man I call abuelo who is resting one hot afternoon in his favorite chair where no one interrupts him.  He does this every day after he comes from work.

  72. Costa Rica YaY!

    Kinder and first-graders in their school's lunch room being silly! I took a picture of them when I was taking photos of the students that participated in an International Art Exchange.

  73. Costa Rica Baile Tipico

    This drawing was chosen as one of the winners for the Drawing Competition I put together at my elementary school. It was created by Dayana, a little girl who is very shy yet talented currently in 4th grade.

  74. Costa Rica Trash pickup

    A group of community members came together to organize a campaign agaisnt Dengue.  This is a community member picking up the tons of garbage that were collected that day to deposit them where the municipality would pick up.

  75. Costa Rica Trash Cleanup

    Community members doing a garbage cleanup as part of their campaign against Dengue.

  76. Costa Rica tired!

    This is me at my training community coming home from work completely exhausted. I was cought by my lil host sister who learned how to use my camara.

  77. Costa Rica Mama y Machete

    Taken during community diagnostic interviews

  78. Costa Rica A Creative Outlet

    When my high school Spanish teacher came to visit my site in Costa Rica with ten of his students, his students and my first and second graders had the opportunity to express themselves through this fun art project using contact paper, glue, salt, and food coloring. 

  79. Costa Rica My Host Mom and The Woodfire Stove

    This is a picture of my 80 year old host mom in her beloved apron working over the woodfired oven.  The food always has this distinct taste that I'll be sure to miss when I leave.

  80. Costa Rica Grinding the corn

    During a reunion of the seniors group, one of the members grinds corn to make chorreada.

  81. Costa Rica Costa Rican Public School

    Second graders hard at work in the rural mountain community of Sabanillas de Acosta, San Jose, Costa Rica.

  82. Costa Rica Grinding the corn II

    Grinding corn for chorreada.

  83. Costa Rica Grinding the corn III

    grinding corn to make chorreada

  84. Costa Rica Cutting the Kernels

    Preparing the corn for grinding.

  85. Costa Rica elote

    a batch of steamed corn ready for consumption.

  86. Costa Rica remains of chancho

    my host family have a farm behind their home which serves as a lecheria and a carniceria as well.

  87. Costa Rica don carlos the butcher

    my host dad butchers a pig.

  88. Costa Rica bloody hand

    my host sister's hand covered in pigs blood.

  89. Costa Rica chancho's feet

    in the process of butchering the pig.

  90. Costa Rica cleaning chancho

    don carlos prepares the pig for butchering by removing the hair.

  91. Costa Rica woman makes rosquilas

    a woman makes rosquilas in region of guanacaste, which is known for its corn-based baked good.

  92. Costa Rica the bravado of youth

    a young man does a back flip into river Volcan off of a makeshift diving board as his friends look on.

  93. Costa Rica monkey bar mayhem

    kids hang upside from monkey bars in a playground.

  94. Costa Rica they were boys before men

    a student in la escuela volcan looks back at the camera as his fellow classmates reenact the events surrounding the holiday of their national hero, juan santamaria.

  95. Costa Rica they were boys before men II

    students at la escuela volcan reenact the fabled events surrounding their national hero, juan santa maria.

  96. Costa Rica a father and son

    a father and son pose for a picture.

  97. Costa Rica a man and his machetes

    a man poses with his machetes at his side.

  98. Costa Rica en el gimnasio

    kids kick around soccer balls while waiting for their "profe" to begin practice.

  99. Costa Rica waiting for the afternoon feed

    a pig looks beggingly at the camera, waiting for food.

  1. Costa Rica I Believe Now

    I arrived on May 23, 2010 to a small rural community in Costa Rica and found out that the best integration strategy was to join the women's soccer team.   Although I was a disaster - play better now - I decided to learn and practice soccer with the team more than twice a week until I couldn’t do that anymore. It was a Sunday evening on mid-June of last year and by that time I already had soccer cleats.  I was still new to this sport so I didn't know I was supposed to wear certain gear th...

  2. Costa Rica The Six Month Mark

    Right after my three months of training in Costa Rica I had the overwhelming image in my head of a great white canvas.  Being provided with brushes, oils, paints, and a multitude of other resources, I was to design this canvas in the way in which I saw fit, in a way that would best serve the rural mountain community I was placed in, Sabanillas de Acosta.   Throughout the many years I spent in school and in my first job after college working for a law firm, I was told exactly what to do and h...

  1. Costa Rica So much fun!

    In rural Costa Rica, the only sport kids have access to is soccer. Two PCVs came together to organize a three-day camp in Guaitil de Santa Cruz to teach 4 different sports and importance of savings. In this video, PCV Tiffany Purnell teaches basketball to some pretty excited kids at our INED Sports & Savings Camp sponsored by a Kids to Kids grant (WorldConnect). The reactions to a competitive activity are priceless. 

  2. Costa Rica A glimpse of life in a Costa Rican Home

    Just a few minutes of life in our Costa Rican town.

  3. Costa Rica The Guanacasteca Yell

    A young boy performs one of the many different yells to be heard in Guanacaste.

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