We have some exciting changes happening with our Chapter in anticipation of receiving the Costa Rica Delegation in September 2016. Click on newsletterjuly2016 for our July 2016 newsletter to catch the latest news.
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 Signup.com 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 SignUp.com:
For Astoria: http://signup.com/go/yLTNF9
For Bend: http://signup.com/go/e68r1Q
For Hood River: http://signup.com/go/GMXd3k
For Portland: http://signup.com/go/uccYEj
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 SignUp.com.
SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Gayle Wallace (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com.
Thank you for your continued support for building a better relationship with our Tico friends.
We will be having our annual potluck at the residence of Karen Graham on Saturday, August 27. Please bring something tasty to share. The time of day will be announced shortly.
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
Wtfoley79@gmail.com; in Bend/Sisters area contact Lee
Haroun at firstname.lastname@example.org; in Portland contact
Marguerite Hills at email@example.com; Astoria-Cannon
Beach area contact Ned Heavenrich at
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope that whoever is working on this website is able to import some of the breathtaking images of BOTH the Pacific Northwest and Costa Rica. If you would like to send me some of your favorite images, use the comment form below and please accept my gratitude for your interest in our partnership.