Since I can remember, I have felt inspired to seek a career in the humanitarian relief work that I feel is so desperately needed throughout our global community. In grade 11 at Shawnigan Lake School I participated in the EDGE Leadership Program along with 10 other students. We travelled to Ban Ruk Phandin, Thailand to construct a Learning Center for the local people—this solidified my desire to contribute to sustainable communities in areas of our world without the necessary avenues to fully develop their goals. I believe that merging cultural, social, and economic differences can provide solid foundations for sustainable educated communities.
This spring term, I am travelling to Costa Rica to work for their Humanitarian Foundation for 3 months with my best friend, Claire Linn. During this trip, Claire and I will be working in different areas around Costa Rica, on projects such as La Carpio, a daycare and educational facility for children living in the slums around San José, La Promesa, a community for women who have suffered extreme abuse and poverty, and the Cabecar project which aims to establish a more solid relationship between the Foundation and the Indigenous Community and to provide them with the educational, health, and agricultural facilities they need. We will be participating in other smaller projects as well and travelling as much as we can fit in between work!
During this trip, I would like to build networks with people looking to further develop the humanitarian cause. In this way, I hope to create the foundations for a relationship between the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation and my networks here in Canada—most prominently, Shawnigan Lake School—which will enable me to fulfill my vision for future projects.
This trip is also giving me the opportunity to further develop my experience with Humanitarian/Relief work. The blogging work I plan to commit to, at least on a personal level, will provide me with future points of reference, as well as the foundation for what I hope may lead to a future career in journalism. I also hope that this blogging will create awareness and offer a vehicle for conversation about the needs of the humanitarian community in Costa Rica.
My goal is to post a blog each week recording the moments of inspiration I have encountered along the way. Maybe these will also inspire you!
I will post again when I get my feet settled in San José. See you on the other side!
In the 2nd semester of her 3rd year at UBC, Sarah Kingstone is traveling to Costa Rica in honour of her humanitarian heart. She has given me permission to post her blog entries as she embarks on what will undoubtedly a life changing experience. Come along for the ride!