Seeking Host Families in Astoria, Bend, Portland and Mount Hood for mid-September 2016

Oregon Partners of the Americas is hosting a group of visitors from Costa Rica for the month of September in Oregon.  The goal of this program is to introduce both partners to the culture of the other, through language, food, shared housing and experiences. We find that lasting, friendly, relationships occur in a more natural manner this way: new friends from another land become like family. This program is NOT for those seeking an inexpensive vacation but, rather, those that seek to share the wonders of each country, and the willingness to become ambassadors of both.

We are seeking new Host Families in all four host cities for the Costa Rican Partners who will be arriving on the 8th of September.  We are trying a new system called to help recruit and organize our upcoming SignUps of Host Families.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click on one of these links to see our SignUp on

For Astoria:

For Bend:

For Hood River:

For Portland:

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Gayle Wallace ( to sign you up manually.

The Costa Ricans will be involved in Partners-guided events and activities planned for most days.   We can arrange for day hosts if you can not be available during the day.  For more information please email

Thank you for your continued support for building a better relationship with our Tico friends.


¡Ojo! Costa Rican visitors will arrive on Sept. 8


The Costa Rican visitors will be in Oregon in September:

the coast from September 8-13, Hood River 14-19, Bend

20-24 and Portland from September 25-October 2. The

Farewell will be in Portland on October 1. Our time with

the Costa Ricans is enjoyable and the month goes fast.

Hosts are needed for 14 visitors-13 women and 1 man are

coming. If you can host in Hood River, contact Tim Foley at; in Bend/Sisters area contact Lee

Haroun at; in Portland contact

Marguerite Hills at; Astoria-Cannon

Beach area contact Ned Heavenrich at


Teaching in Tilaran 2017

My first attempt at blogging! Lulu Heavenrich and I [Ned Heavenrich] are attempting to get an English teaching program up and running from February through April. We have some very good applicants who want to go down to CR and be a part of it. Tomorrow we have a telephone call with Naibe Lopez Lopez who is spearheading this effort down In Tilaran to get some details about volunteers coming down. Friday, July 29, Lulu and I will meet with applicants in Portland.

We had our meeting with 8 people in attendance and talked about using the JumpStart curriculum as a base for teaching. There will be two classes daily, an afternoon class for retirees and Companeros and an evening class for high school students and municipal employees. Classes are 90 minutes long and go from Monday through Thursday. We will begin teaching on February 6, 2017 and the final class will be April 27, 2017. We are still looking for volunteers who are willing to teach for 2 week intervals, mainly in April. If you are interested please contact me at