Costa Rica

University of Washington Athletes in Matambu, Costa Rica

On Monday, May 12th, community members from Matambu, Costa Rica, watched eagerly as student athletes from The University of Washington filed out of two small buses and began unloading their belongings.  What initially caught the eye of the community was all of their fancy clothes and nice shoes- and not for the reason you would […]

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Columbia River High School Working Together in Guadalupe, Costa Rica

In his Republic, Socrates stresses the indispensability of young men and women leaving their towns to experience the world and to see what dwells within it.  Courts for Kids is a fantastic avenue, facilitating the exploration of young individuals, including Columbia River High School students of Vancouver, Washington, to experience cross cultural exchange in a […]

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Jesuit HS New Orleans in Fila Tigre, Costa Rica

The drive to Fila Tigre took longer than expected. A bus with the Courts For kids staff picked up the Jesuit NOLA group at the airport around noon, and headed “straight” from the airport to the town of Fila Tigre, which ended up being about 12 hours, with stops for food and rest rooms along […]

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Kansas State Wildcats in Linea Vieja, Costa Rica

One word – transformational! Our recent trip to Linea Vieja in Costa Rica was nothing short of extraordinary. The 20 wildcats from Manhattan, Kansas experienced a week that truly exceeded anything we could have every imagined. Waiting in the airport on day one there was much excitement about what the trip could be.  There were […]

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Kamiak High School students in San Gabriel, Costa Rica

A wave of heat slapped 14 Americans in the face as they disembarked from a sleepy five hour bus ride from San José, the capitol of Costa Rica, onto the dusty main road that runs through San Gabriel, a rural community near the Nicaragua border.  The night before at a hotel near the airport and […]

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Union, Mountain View, and Ridgefield High School students in Quebrada Grande, Costa Rica

What difference can ten days make? Honestly, I thought that this trip would have been a wreck. Two of my closest friends backed out because of medical issues, so I was on my own.  What would I have done for over a week under the blazing sun of Guanacaste eating nothing but beans and rice? […]

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Kaiser Permanente volunteers in Piedades Sur, Costa Rica

‘Rich Coast’ is literally the translation for Costa Rica, and indeed, it is. It is as rich in culture, as it is in beauty. This past summer, I along with approximately 17 other AMAZING people, had the opportunity to open our hearts and lend our hands in building a concrete playground court for kids. For […]

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Henrico Co. IB and Kaiser Permanente Volunteers in Costa Rica

During our trip to Rancho Quemado, Costa Rica with Court for Kids, I “caught” a chicken. I learned to patch up a wound like an EMT. I was drenched in sweat every day. I ate rice and beans with every meal. I learned to level concrete. And I had the most amazing experience of my […]

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UCF Knights Without Borders in Cañalete, Costa Rica

(Source: UCF Knights Without Borders – http://www.ucfknights.com/genrel/081015aad.html) (Photos courtesy of Peace Corps Volunteer Christine Tornabene – Twitter @ctornabene) 26 University of Central Florida student-athletes and staff, the UCF Knights Without Borders team, traveled to work with a Courts for Kids community in Canalete, Costa Rica. Day 1: Mary Mulcahy (women’s golf) “Today we left Orlando […]

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VCU Intervarsity in Tárcoles, Costa Rica

Bumping along a winding, green road from the San Jose airport in Costa Rica, I got my first glimpse of a different country. We were a mix of students and alumni from Virginia Commonwealth University’s InterVarsity Christian Fellowship with varying degrees of Spanish-speaking ability, physical strength, and curiosity. As soon as we stepped off the […]

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