Costa Rica Project
Since 2009, Tyler Junior College has been providing its students with service work opportunities in Costa Rica, and their efforts have attracted increased participation from its crosstown neighbor, The University of Texas at Tyler. The institutions believe the project has significance to college students and Costa Ricans alike.
This year, TJC President Mike Metke was joined by UT Tyler President Rod Mabry. The service work was arranged by former Peace Corps volunteers John Hays, TJC foreign language department chair, and Peter Rogers, a UT Tyler assistant professor of civil engineering.
The initial focus of the trip was in the Guanacaste mountain region, where the town of Dos Rios welcomed them for three specific service projects – assisting with general maintenance and upkeep at the community clinic, performing informational health-care presentations at a school and taking part in a reforestation effort.
Dos Rios is remote, to say the least. It is two hours by car from the nearest city and almost an hour from the closest paved road. Internet access and telephone service were extended to the local high school about two months ago, but they are not standard in homes. Residents don’t have cars but rely on a once-a-day, round-trip bus service for retail and government services.
After four days in DosRios, the travelers enjoyed sight-seeing days in other parts of Costa Rica,including the Monteverde cloud forest, the Caribbean port city of Puerto Limón and the nation’s capital city of San José.
If you are interested in joining us for our eighth-anniversary Costa Rica Project in 2016, please contact John Hays at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out this video slideshow overview of our 2012 Trip!