As in the past, Global Travel Alliance staff and Costa Rican residents Daniel Granados and his wife Andrea served as coordinators. Their job is to find families that qualify for a home, coordinate with a contractor, and take care of the details of housing and feeding the students from Houston.
Homebuilding in Costa Rica has garnered the attention of groups all across the United States. As we look forward to fall, 2014, and into 2015, ten group leaders have already indicated they would like to reserve a time slot for their volunteers to participate. The groups range in age from adults to teens. Some hail from churches and some from private and public schools.
Besides building the home, the crews have some very interesting experiences as noted in some of the following comments:
I learned that termites do, in fact, taste like breath mints. Question: how did that amazing revelation come about?
Frogs are scary creatures. Hmm. Must be some rather large ones down there.
On the more serious side, kids were touched and impacted in multiple ways by the experience.
I learned that we have it too easy compared to the lives of those in not so prosperous areas of the world.
But going to Costa Rica isn’t just about homebuilding. Our travelers will get a close-up look at this amazing country that has been called the Switzerland of Central America. Participants will walk the rain forest trails where they will thrill to a large variety of flora and fauna. One of the most astounding sights is watching a flock of Macaws take wing. Ancient and active volcanoes are also prevalent in the country. Some hikes encompass eight different eco-zones. And don’t forget the Costa Rican beaches, some of the most pristine and beautiful in the entire world. You can experience all this and more while you assist a needy family move from a tin and scrap wood shanty into a serviceable new home. Call Global Travel Alliance today toll-free at 1-866-313-2577 and ask for Steve, Bryan, or Jeff for more information about homebuilding in Costa Rica.
Maybe you can’t make the trip yourself, but your support for these life-changing projects would be greatly appreciated. Please be advised that these homes, while sturdy and weather proof, are built to very minimum standards. They total 600 square feet with a common area and two bedrooms. The bathroom facilities and cooking area are outside. Materials for one home cost in the range of $7000. Thank you for considering supporting our homebuilding projects in Costa Rica.
As the group coordinator and Global Travel Alliance Vice President, Steve Maehl, noted after the Concordia project , “We continue to build bridges and change lives through efforts such as these.”