January 2018 Board Update

OPOA Board is excited to share some of the great happenings which took place in 2017. They were:

* Donated $3,000 to fund a solar electric system in the indigenous community of Yorkin in southern Costa Rica. (We will be contributing approximately $600 per year for the next 5 years to help maintain the system.)

* Provided the Jump Start program to teach a prescribed intensive English curriculum to approximately 50 Costa Rican 6th graders going into 7th grade.

* Donated $500 to relief for Hurricane Otto and also raised $450 from individuals for this cause.

* Implemented the High School Exchange program for 25 students from Costa Rica to come to Oregon for 8 weeks and stay with host families and either go with host family’s teenager to school or follow a Spanish teacher. Likewise, 25 US students went to Costa Rica last summer to live with host families in Costa Rica and attended high school.

* Taught English to 60 adults and adolescents in Tilarán for 9 weeks.

* Participated in the Adult Exchange Program where 10 adults from Oregon went to Costa Rica for a month and lived with host families in four areas to participate in educational/cultural activities. Similarly, organized the Adult Exchange Program for 4 adults from Costa Rica who stayed with host families in four different areas of Oregon as an educational and cultural exchange.

* Paid $800 for Liability Insurance for our members.

* Paid our annual dues to National Partners of America of $250.

These volunteer activities happened because of your strong commitment to Oregon Partners of America and funds that we helped raised, donated or paid through our membership dues. At this time, we are collecting the dues for the calendar year 2018, which are extremely important to our organization. Dues are as follows:

· Individuals $25

· Couples $35

Please send your check for one of the above appropriate amounts by February 1st to: Peggy Ast, 3220 Forest Gale Drive, Forest Grove, OR, 97116. If you think that you are receiving this letter requesting your dues in error, please contact Peggy for verification. Her email address is peggyaboyd@yahoo.com. Thank you for all your time, contributions and interest in Oregon Partners of America this past year. May 2018 be just as fruitful!

2018 JumpStart Details

Volunteer to Teach English in Costa Rica – January 2018!

Oregon Partners of the Americas is recruiting experienced teachers to teach English in
Costa Rica. Volunteers receive one-week hands-on training and then teach four weeks. A
TESL/TEFL (Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language) background, and ability to
speak basic Spanish, are helpful.

THE PROGRAM: JUMPSTART! Volunteers provide 4 weeks of intensive English instruction
to students who are beginning high school (7 th grade). These students, usually from
underserved, rural areas, have had little or no previous English instruction and therefore start high school lagging behind other students, academically, and are at greater risk for dropping out. JumpStart occurs in the month of January and the first week of February, just before the Costa Rican school year begins. Class size is usually limited to 20. Results from the first five years have been very positive. Learn more at JumpStart on Facebook,

The teaching team at each camp may include a Costa Rican English teacher, a Peace Corps
Volunteer and/or other international volunteers (e.g. Oregon Partners). There is a local
coordinator at all sites where Volunteers are assigned, to handle logistics.
As a Volunteer, you first attend a three-day, hands-on training in San Jose. Teaching
technique is covered, as well as familiarization with the fully-developed JumpStart curriculum.

You then travel to your site and teach Monday through Friday, for four weeks. The weekends
are yours to enjoy: travel to and explore nearby attractions, visit the beach, the mountains, stay in a hotel if you like, or just hang out at your site and relax.

QUALIFICATIONS, COST, LOGISTICS: JumpStart is requesting about 10 volunteers for
2018. It is not necessary to be a resident of Oregon to volunteer. Volunteers who are likely to have a successful experience are people who have traveled in foreign countries, are flexible and adaptive, have classroom teaching experience (especially English as a
Second/Foreign Language), and speak at least basic Spanish.
Oregon Partners Volunteers pay their own way. Costs include airfare, bus and taxi transfers, hotel costs, and living costs of lodging and meals. Most Volunteers stay either in a hostel or with local Costa Rican families for about $100 per week, which includes 3 meals a day.

Oregon Partners can offer advice on flights, hotels, and buses. The hostel or home stays
with Costa Rican families are arranged by the Peace Corps and JumpStart. It is important to
know that home stay conditions and food may be basic. The weather may be warm and
humid, depending on location.
INTERESTED? Contact Sara Packer at sarapac@msn.com, and let’s talk!

OPOA Potluck on August 27, 2017

Sunday, August 27th

RSVP by Sunday, August 20th to nopogayle@live.com

OPOA Board business meeting will be held 11am-1pm, and the Potluck Picnic from 1pm-4pm. Home of Karen & Steve Graham, please request a map, if needed. Bring swimsuits for a dip in the pond!

Here are the details!!

Salads/Sides: last name A-H

Main dishes: last name I-P

Desserts: last name Q-Z

Beverages: Everyone!

Costa Rican Artist

A video of Costa Rican Partners member Doris Murillo, explaining her recycling artistry.  Samples of her art are shown at the end of the video.  Beautiful work, Doris!!


Salem Outreach !

Volunteers spent many truly HOT & HUMID hours at the Riverside Park in Salem, chatting with those stopping by our booth about various Oregon Partners projects, including the various English teaching programs and both high school and adult exchange opportunities.  Despite 101+ degree record temps, our volunteers and those stopping by were troopers!  We’ll follow up soon to contact those who left their email/phone information, and hope others contact us through the homepage contact sheet.  Hopefully we can re-build our Salem subcommittee of stellar volunteers!

Volcano Eruption!!!

Volcano in Costa Rica erupting today!  Video sent by Partners member near Liberia, Costa Rica.  Specifically, it is called the Corner Volcano, and is located in the Guanacaste mountain range (el Volcán Rincón de la Cordillera de Guanacaste).

Wildlife finds Sanctuary in Alturas

Volunteers Wanted at the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary in Dominical, Costa Rica about two hours south of Puntarenas!

Have you ever wondered what it takes to keep an animal sanctuary going on a daily basis? Do you have a passion for animals but don’t know how to express that passion? We have a solution! The number one question we get is “how can I help?” There are so many ways to help; donating items like blankets, towels, cleaning supplies, medical supplies, monetary donations of any amount and also your TIME!

If you or a friend is interested in being a volunteer, check out their call to action here.