Accommodation

    Hotel Belmar

    Project #1

    The School of Cebadilla de Abangares, Guanacaste serves 15 children from ages 7 through 12 years old. The students served by the school come from families with few economic resources.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, Solar Calculators, and Wide-Ruled Paper

    Reference Materials:
    (English and Spanish) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD

    Flash Cards:
    (English and Spanish) Alphabet, Math, and Word

    Laminated Wall Charts:
    (English and Spanish) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English and Spanish) Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math

    Art Supplies:
    Acrylic Paint Brushes and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Educational Software

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Bananagrams, Puzzles, and Scrabble

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, Tennis Balls and Whistles

    Clothing/Shoes:
    New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and New or Gently Used Children’s Shoes

    First Aid/Health:
    Band-Aids and Sanitary Napkins

    Office Supplies:
    Pencils, Pens, Rulers, Scissors, and Solar Calculators

    Gardening:
    Books about Gardening, Cloth Caddy for Small Tools, Gardening Gloves, Small Pruning Shears, and Trowels

    Project #2

    The Rangers and Monteverde Medical Corps seek to educate men and women in a holistic way by helping them to develop all kinds of skills in a large variety of fields and service.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Markers, Pens, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

    Reference Materials:
    (English and Spanish) Dictionaries

    Flash Cards:
    (English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish) Alphabet, Math, and Word

    Wall Charts:
    (English and Spanish) Human Body, Science, and World Maps

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English and Spanish) General Science and Health

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Puzzles

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Frisbees, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Tennis Balls

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Antibiotic Ointments, Plastic Gloves, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

    Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
    Acrylic Brushes and Paints and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

    Project #3

    The Monteverde Conservation League is a non-governmental, non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, conserve, and rehabilitate tropical ecosystems and their biodiversity. They administer the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, which is the largest private reserve in Costa Rica. It covers over 22,500 hectares of tropical forest and is engaged in conservation activities and environmental education.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, and Rulers

    Wall Charts:
    Science and World Maps

    Text/Reading Books:
    Biology

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Antibiotic Ointments, Band-Aids, Bars of Soap, and Plastic Gloves

    Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
    Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Craft Scissors, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

    Project #4

    The Santa Elena Preserve was created, thanks to the determination of the community, to share tourism benefits and use them as tools for common development. Proceeds are used for the protection and management of the reserve and to provide a better quality education in the school and surrounding schools.

    Needs

    Camping Supplies:
    Camping Cutlery, Duffel Bags, Mosquito Nets, Roll Mats, Sleeping Bags, and Small Cooking Pots

    Field Devices:
    Batteries of All Sizes, Binoculars, Digital Camera (Small) with Memory Stick, GPS (Handheld), Laptops (Working/Solar), Mobile Phones (Old), and Torches/Flashlights

    Medications:
    Antiseptic Ointment and Powder, Band-Aids, and Bandages for Wounds/Plasters

    Clothing:
    Boots (Rubber boots in European sizes from 36 to 43)

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of September 18, 2020

    Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them.

    Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
    • Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
    • The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

    Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.