I (Vicki Skinner - aka "THE Sarong Goddess") created this blog in 2007 to share DETAILED Finds•Lists•Info•Events•Experiences to help bring more EASE to people living in, visiting or thinking of moving to Costa Rica since DETAILS are NOT easy to find!
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Thursday, March 20, 2014



The Women’s Club of Costa Rica (WCCR) which has been active for 70 years serving local communities and especially raising LOTS of $$ for scholarships!!  They are an English speaking group and beginner level English is welcome. 

WCCR is a Philanthropic Organization supporting education, primarily through scholarships and development of school libraries for children of Costa Rica.

They promote Friendship through Service and social events such as neighborhood teas, lunches, mini-fundraisers, dinners and other themed events, plus major fundraisers.

Their friendship mission is accomplished by welcoming new women into the community and introducing them to their fascinating variety of members.

The Women's Club of Costa Rica is a philanthropic organization supporting education , primarily through university scholarships and development of school libraries for children in Costa Rica.

Building friendships, granting scholarships for Costa Rican young people, and donating books and equipment to public school libraries to encourage children’s interest in reading for fun

In the past 5 years, they have donated over $250,000 to community service projects.

They raise a LOT of money for scholarships to help some of the best students in Costa Rica that don't have the means!!!  Past WCCR projects have included the first mammogram machine in Costa Rica, and the development of an award winning program to raise awareness of domestic abuse.

They have over 350 members from many corners of the globe, ranging in age from 18 – 95 (it does tend to be an older, more higher economic crowd compared to some of the other groups).


UPCOMING 2015 EVENTS Neighborhood Socials bring together newcomer new members with some of their neighbors!
North Neighborhood Social:
Saturday - February 14 - 2pm

East Neighborhood Social
Wednesday - February 18 - 10am 

West Neighborhood Social 
Saturday - February 21 - 3pm


Interest Groups are additional activities members do together
English In Fun
English is Fun has now completed its first month of conversational English classes! 18 children at Escuela España in San Antonio de Belén have attended the weekly English is Fun after school class for one month now and their enthusiasm for English is growing! Each week the children are boldly greeting their WCCR teachers with phrases like, “Welcome teachers, so glad to see you today!” and “My favorite food is sushi! (Yup, that’s right, sushi!) The children are singing and dancing “the Hokey Pokey” and making all the animal sounds for “Old McDonald had a farm.” They are playing memory games, telling the story of their families using English and speaking with
confidence. Every WCCR member who has said “yes” to the call to volunteer has left each session knowing they have added value to a child’s life. Now we are getting hugs along with the greetings from the children. We have just 4 more weeks in this pilot and then we will assess if we have enough volunteer support to continue. The children, the school and the teachers have made the commitment ...now it's up to us. If you would like to make a difference in a child’s life.


Cinema Fans Are you one of those people that keeps a list of your favorite movies? Do you find yourself quoting lines from your favorite films or being able to list the last 5 films of your favorite actor? Are you a documentary fan or a connoisseur of foreign films or a Masterpiece Theater enthusiast? Do you hear about a film and immediately add it to your favs (favorites) list on Amazon or Netflix? Well, Cinema Fans is for you! Each month we explore a different genre of film: Classics, drama, musicals, foreign films. We nominate our favorites, select one and screen it together while enjoying wine, bocas and popcorn!

3rd Tuesday from 1-4:30pm in Escazú. 


Writers GroupDo you have a book inside of you? A memoir? A blog? Journal entries stuck on a shelf? Poems just waiting to be put on paper? Have you been so busy just doing your life that your writer self has been left behind? Well, all that is about to change with the introduction of The Writers' Workshop. Here is a place where your writer self can take wings through the act of writing, sharing your writing and giving and getting feedback. Just imagine spending one morning a month in the company of other writers, would-be writers, and appreciators of the written word. And then imagine communicating with one another during the month through a blog.


Walkers and Hikers
Have you been just itching to put on your hiking shoes and explore the hills and valleys around San José? Places like Poás, San Isidro de Heredia, Termales de Bosque, Barva Volcano, Santa Ana and beyond? Well, you are not alone. There are lots of like- minded woman who are eager to meet you at the trail head and explore this gorgeous country on foot.

Book Clubs
Out-of-the-ordinary group that reads and reports on books from its own library.

 Cariari -  This group of raucous, fun-loving and dedicated book enthusiasts meets in Cariari on the first Friday of the month. 

Le Cercle Francophone

La Cercle Francophone is a group currently consisting of French speakers from France, the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, England, Argentina, Norway and Morocco. They meet at a restaurant the 3rd Thursday of each month. 
 September 30th at 12 noon the group will meet for lunch at the Vegetarian Restaurant Buho in San Pedro 

Amantes del Libro Espanol

Theater Lunching Out

Amantes del Libro Español - María Eugenia Chacón,

Creative Cooking
This talented group of innovative food lovers learn to make interesting dishes from local products that will delight your family and dazzle your guests! You will leave every class with new recipes to add to your repertoire. Creative Cooking meets the first Wednesday of each month; however, due to travel schedules, the next one will be December 3rd.
This is a woman's organization but they have a group that's mainly for the husbands - Amigos Asociados that lends a hand when needed. (I don't think it's very active though)

Meetings are generally held the 2nd Wednesday of each month around the Central Valley starting at 9:30am.

Membership is 10,000/year - payable in December (pro-rated if after December).



2-285-1276  •  president@WCCR.org

Know any women living in Costa Rica - or thinking to move here?  Expats, Nationals that speak English??
Please share this link with them!

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