We have officially launched our fundraising efforts to make JumpStart Costa Rica a reality at 14 sites across the country. As mentioned in our previous post, thanks to our partnership with the Peace Corps Costa Rica and their remarkable volunteers, we'll be bringing these intensive, free, vacation English camps to communities from the northern border with Nicaragua, to the southern border with Panama. The diversity is incredible - a Caribbean port city, two indigenous communities, beach towns and mountain regions - and these kids really need your help to have their first-ever opportunity at learning English, something their peers at larger primary schools can take for granted.
How can you help? For complete information on tax-deductible donations in the U.S. or Costa Rica, please check out the column at right! For more general info about the program, please check out the rest of this site.
And we received some more inspiring news yesterday: A group of JumpStart coordinators from the Peace Corps are looking to run 26.2 miles at the Panama City Marathon on Dec. 7th, and raise money for their camps with every mile. Take a look at how even a few dollars per mile adds up to a big contribution toward JumpStart:
$1/mile = school supplies for one student for the whole camp
$2/mile = snacks for one student for the whole camp
$5/mile = transportation for a group of students for the whole camp
$10/mile = the entire cost of sending one student to camp
Again, for donation information, please look to the right; to register your gift in honor of a particular PCV racer, email firstname.lastname@example.org.