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!
I’m NOT an expert (an "expert" 2 ME knows 101%-NOT me). I believe in sharin info•helping where I can! And with over 2,200 entries, so some things might be out of date, so if you find old info PLEASE help each other by getting the updated info & sharing it with me to revise. At least you have some basic info to get you started.
Better yet - do you have extra time on your hands & looking for a volunteer project? Since this blog is a labor of love & RARELY does anyone share a donation (even though MANY have said how much it's helped them), I could REALLY use help updating info. Spanish speakers ESPECIALLY welcome since my VicLish can be somewhat limited at times!!

Has my blog helped in any way? Helped find something•brought more EASE? More exposure or business?
I welcome you to show YOUR appreciation for my efforts!
(see below other ways to show your appreciation)
The easiest way is with PAYPAL - Attn: LivingLifeInCostaRica@gmail.com
(you do NOT need to have a PayPal account to do this - just a credit or debit card)
Do YOU have/know of a Business•Event•News•Place•Things 4 Sale•Rent to add? Email:


• APPLE LAPTOP - Do you have a Laptop you're not using? Mine recently broke so I'm using a lender. Must be new enough to run current Skypes & have an SDCard slot.
• Amazon.com or GoDaddy.com Credit•Gift Certificate (attn: SarongGoddess@gmail.com)
• Something else to share?? A gift certificate or invite for your business? I'm open!! (at times I'll add other things here that I'm seeking)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

TOURISTS - Coming for a Visit to Costa Rica? What will YOU do to GIVE BACK•DONATE to the People/Land of Costa Rica???

Are you coming for a Visit to Costa Rica? 

You'll be enjoying the sites and scenery of this beautiful country.  MAYBE interacting a tiny bit with the maid at your hotel that's lucky to make $350/month to support her WHOLE family - who won't have extra money for Christmas gifts - heck - who may not even have $$ to make a special Christmas dinner.
Added to right around the corner is the start of their school year - How's she going to come up with a couple hundred $$s for a uniform, backpack, shoes and school supplies - money they do not have

You have "stuff" sitting around not being used - right? 

Why not help gather things to bring with you & SHARE!!!

Shoes you've worn just a few times?  LOTS of Office and School Supplies (DESPERATELY NEEDED as the families have to pay for all that)?  Old Soccer Equipment?  Games?  Little Kids Books?  Baby clothes/things?  Old Clothes (especially beachy clothes)
Heck, even ladies Undergarments (especially bras) and Socks are a luxury for most!

What will YOU do to GIVE BACK to the People/Land of Costa Rica???
The holidays are coming up - as well as "Tico's" "Summer Break" (because when North Americans have their Summer Break from school, it's Costa Rican's Rainy Season - and their driest [hence hottest] time of year is our "Winter" - most kids on the Tico school schedule are off around the middle of December till February-ish) and there are LOTS of people•families•kids that have little or nothing.

If nothing else, why not consider leaving behind things you know you're not going to use for awhile - if at all.  Things that weigh your suitcase down. 
Leave behind your toiletries like
Shampoo • Conditioner • Soap • Hair Gel
Sunscreen • Bug Spray • Sandals • Bathing Suits • Summer Clothes you KNOW you're not going to use for months!!  How about that 1/2 full bottle of ketchup, rum, bread.
(NOTE:  If you're doing this, please write a note to their boss saying that you have gifted this to them - or they may get in trouble for stealing.  Also, please do NOT necessarily NOT leave them a tip they have coming towards them as $$$ is the MOST IMPORTANT thing many can use!!).


I think it would be a GREAT idea for business owners dealing with tourists - be you a hotel, restaurant, tour operator, driver, car rental agency - to post on their websites and Facebook pages and correspondences to clients - to encourage tourists to bring things to GIFT BACK to the people of Costa Rica - ESPECIALLY for the holidays (and provide a list or a link to a site to get more info).

I did that with my former guesthouse which became a Donation Drop-Off Point for charities.   It was AWESOME what many guests and other tourists brought - because we asked!!  They ESPECIALLY brought school equipment, sports equipment and shoes!!

Gail Nystrom  
with the 
Costa Rica Humanitarian Foundation
(read about old posts at - facebook.com/groups/156808054815 )  
(8-390-4192 •  GNystrom@racsa.co.cr
I consider this woman Ms Volunteer Costa Rica!! 
Gail's been living in Costa Rica for over 30 years - having come initially with the PEACE CORP.
She works SOOOO HARD to help some of the poorest of the poor in Costa Rica - in areas all over - though especially in La Carpio

So what will YOU BRING to Share•GIFT to local less fortunate you encounter in Costa Rica??

No comments: