Saturday, January 4, 2014

New year, new web home...

To all our GVI friends & family out there...

Happy New Year!!!  

We hope you've all enjoyed the holidays, at home with loved ones, on the road experiencing new cultures, out volunteering at GVI projects around the world, or wherever this blog finds you.

Here in Costa Rica, to get ready for the new year, we've been reflecting on all the great things from 2013...

In Jalova, from training sessions with our partners at the Ministry of Environment, environmental education for local children & adults, working hand in hand with our partners at PANTHERA to make our jaguar study even better -- and getting it in the news! -- to volunteers helping hatchlings to the sea, patrolling the beaches & working up close with sea turtles, Jalova olympics, holiday feasts, starting our new monkey survey, jaguar cubs on camera, great green macaws, and even agami heron sightings, 2013 has been a great year.

GVI volunteers helping local kids with our environmental puzzles at Tortufest (local annual turtle festival) 

GVI Staff Marcelle helping a local student learn to identify a jaguar 
Quepos' 2013 highlights included our first-ever Under 18s volunteers; an incredible construction project to improve the school and provide a play area for the kids; a recycling program and helping the school win the Blue Flag Environmental Award for another year; volunteers participating in school events doing everything from singing & dancing to playing the cups; an incredibly successful bodyboard tournament fundraiser, and the inauguration of our new GVI classroom and library within the school -- 100% built, painted, decorated and filled with supplies by GVI volunteers & supporters.  We can't wait to start using it next year for our literacy, math, tutoring & art programs!

Merry Christmas from children at El Cocal school in the new GVI classroom!
Remembering all the successes and fun of 2013, we want to thank all of you out there who have followed us, supported us, volunteered with us and otherwise made GVI's Costa Rica programs so fantastic!  We are looking forward to building on all of these events and adding even more to make 2014 our best and most impactful year yet!  And.. even more exciting... we'll be sharing it all with you very soon on a brand-new, soon-to-be-announced platform --- keep your eyes peeled as we say goodbye to our old home here on Blogspot and move into our new updated version for 2014!

Feliz año nuevo from Team GVI Costa Rica!