CEPIA stands for Culture, Education and Psychology for Infants and Adolescents and is a Costarican non-profit organisation that seeks to promote culture, health, sports and education for children and teenagers and their families from poor backgrounds in the communities of Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
The organization CEPIA offers these children, teenagers and families a wide range of programs:
after-school program for 300 children and teenagers offered weekly by volunteers
psychological assistance for children victims of violence and abuse, on a daily basis
Integrated Education for teenagers dropped out of school and living in a vulnerable situation, all year round
Professional training for teenagers and adults (weekly cooking course, computer instruction, English course, Eco-jewelry, Crafts, Beauty Care among others)
Scholarships for children and teenagers living in poverty or reintegrating the educational system (school supplies, uniforms,transportation…)
Material support for single mothers living in extreme poverty (in exchange for volunteer work)
Public library open every Saturday afternoon
Events for the family (monthly movie nights, conferences for parents twice a year)
Reinforcement of public schools through material support and training for teachers once a year
The programs of CEPIA are aimed at children and teenagers from 3 to 20 years old attending public schools and teenagers not attending school for reasons related to poverty, unhealthy environments and learning disabilities. All our programs involve the families of the children.
For more information about CEPIA visit there website: http://www.cepiacostarica.org/EN/
The province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, is famous for the folkloric fiestas. Each village or town organizes at least once a year, but mostly twice a year, a fiesta. Most fiestas start at Friday and end at Monday.
A fiesta is held on the center place that each village or town has. For villages this place is also the soccer field. A week in advance the men of the town build the arena where the most important part of a fiesta is held: the bull-riding.
Bull-riding in Guanacaste means that a rider tries to stay as long as possible on the back of the bull while the bull is jumping up and down in circles. When the rider is fallen off, the bull runs around in the arena and tries to hit the brave men that are running around in the arena as well. As soon as the bull nears someone, he jumps on the surrounded woodwork to bring himself in a save position.
Around the arena are all kind of stands selling drinks, food, cloth, whatever you can think of and there is also a fair.
The bull-riding is held every day between 5 pm and 8 pm. After that there is “Baile” in the community hall.
The first evening of the fiesta starts with a show where the queen of the year is presented to the public.
Although the fiestas typically are held for the Costarican people, a lot of tourists like to be part of it as well. So if you are on vacation in Guanacaste, try to find out which town in the surroundings has their fiesta during your stay.
Amigos de Educacion is founded in 2000 by Suzye and Barry Lawson, Amigos de la Educación, is a non-profit educational and scholarship foundation. They provide quality educational services to students and teachers from kindergarten through university living in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
The vision of Amigos de la Educacion is to create a school environment where young people are empowered, self determined and confident enough to achieve their fullest potential, regardless of their background or current circumstances; thus, actively engaging in the future of Costa Rica.
The Annual “Have a Heart” Charity Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday February 14th at the Hacienda Pinilla golf course. The annual Valentine’s Day event is the major fund-raiser for Amigos de la Educación Foundation.
The $ 150 registration for the tournament includes: Cocktail Party on February 12th, Cart, Green Fee, breakfast, gift bag, lunch and a 9 complementary holes of practice on February 13th.
Register for the golf tournament at the Amigos’ office in Tamarindo (2653-1945), Plaza Tamarindo, Suite A-10, weekdays from 9-5pm.
Tamarindo, Costa Rica is specially know as a surfing beach. But there are a lot of other activities to do around Tamarindo besides of surfing. Some of these activities are:
Canopy Tour. What better way to start your canopy tour than at the top of the Guanacaste tree, the national tree of Costa Rica. You will ascend this tree by a winding staircase until you arrive at the first platform that is 20 meters up. Then you will zip from one platform to another with the use of cables and pulleys, above on of the last unique and impressive dry forests in the area.At these heights you can see and listen to many animals, for example, monkeys, iguanas, raccoons, armadillos, and a great variety of native and migratory birds, as well as a great quantity of butterflies, a part of the biodiversity of plants, trees and lianas.
Sailing or Fishing Tour. In front of the beach of Tamarindo are a lot of sailing and fishing boats. They all bring you offshore. No matter if you are fishing or sailing, you will be able to see a lot of the sea life like the Green Turtles, Leatherback Turtles, Dolphines, Wales, Sail fish and all kind birds. Most sailing tours start in the beginning of the afternoon and end just after sunset. For a Fishing tour you hire the whole boat for a day or half a day.
Day Spa. If you just want to relax and let other people taking care of you there is the possibility to go to a day spa. Two resorts, both up in the mountains, away from the crowd of Tamarindo, open there doors to let you enjoy there beautiful place and there excellent services. Start your day with a yoga experience, relax at the side of the pool or take a massage or what ever you like to have to take care of your body.
New construction and expansion of the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR ) means increasing arrivals and more visitors to our area, making the Gold Coast of Guanacaste a much more attractive location for international vacationers. CPM vacation rentals in Tamarindo, Playa Grande, and Hacienda Pinilla are about one hour by car from the Liberia airport.
Seven more airlines have added flights for a total of 14. New flights coming from Denver, Canada, Amsterdam, Prague, London, Brussels and Chicago now arrive in Liberia. Additionally, Sun Country Airline will start flying on January 13th from Minneapolis.
A Global Exchange office will be operating in the new terminal for changing currency from a visitor’s home country into Colones. If traveling with dollars, no exchange is necessary.
The new airport terminal will start full operation on November 12th.
Here is a list of the airlines that are flying into Liberia. Perhaps on your next visit you will get a better deal on your flight!
Air Berlin (Inicia Noviembre 2011)
Cancún /Cancún International Airport
Dusseldorf / Dusseldorf International Airport
Toronto / Toronto Pearson International Airport
Montreal / Montreal International Airport
Calgary /Calgary International Airport
Halifax / Halifax International Airport
Nueva York / John F. Kennedy International Airport
Orlando /Orlando International Airport
Dallas / Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
Miami / Miami International Airport
Houston / George Bush International Airport
Newark / Newark Liberty International Airport
Delta Air Lines
Atlanta / Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport