When I moved to Costa Rica to start up my new nonprofit organization, I planned to create an after school program to help kids with homework, learn English and do some environmental education. This endeavor turned into much more than I ever could have imagined. From being a mentor to a counselor to a big sister and most importantly, a friend, these kids need so much more than just a teacher. The big issues they face at such a young age range from sexual abuse to extreme poverty. We work to help them keep their precious childhood alive by taking them on field trips to the beach, hiking, surfing and make short videos to share each magical experience. We connect with other schools internationally through Skype conversations and host workshops to help them gain life skills. We are “Forjando Alas” AKA “Building Wings”. Please check us out on Facebook and like us. Our larger organization, “Kids’ Foundation for Uniting Nations” (AKA Kids’ F.U.N.) connects children around the world through electronic media, shared service learning projects and the creation of community centers. Please visit “Kids’ FUN” on Facebook.
Courtney, 26, Costa Rica