Would You Take A Minute To Comment On A Post If It Meant That A Costa Rican Child Would Have An Opportunity To Follow Their Passion? Here’s Your Chance.

UPDATE: As described and promised via the below post (Would You Take A Minute To Comment On A Post If It Meant That A Costa Rican Child Would Have An Opportunity To Follow Their Passion? Here’s Your Chance), we have donated a number of futbol (soccer) shoes and shin guards to Costa Rican schools. Please read more about our donation (and plans to continue donating in the future) here: Thank You Readers And Travellers For Making This Happen. We Could Not Have Done It Without You.

photo courtesy of Rhubarb & Rose

photo courtesy of Rhubarb & Rose

photo courtesy of Another Part of Me

photo courtesy of Another Part of Me

soccershoes2

This is pretty cool. It isn’t everyday that I can say that I have published 100 posts, get to support an overwhelmingly great cause, and officially turn the big 3-0. But truth be told, the stars have aligned and everything seems to have fallen into place this week. Not only does this blog post mark the 100th published article since we first launched Costa Rica Travel Blog just over 2 years ago, but this celebratory post calls attention to one of the greatest topics I have ever had the pleasure of writing about. Throw in the fact that I’m turning a year older this week and it appears there’s no more room for icing on this big ol’ well-lit cake. Things are proving sweet enough.

IMG_3574

So what’s the best birthday present or pat on the back I could ask for? About 1 minute of your time.

Ricky and I operate the “Travellers For…Donation Project”. It’s our small way of giving back when, where, and how we can via our business, Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated. We’re regularly evaluating the organizations we choose to financially support through the project and are humbled by the growing number of initiatives that are available to decide between with each passing year. For all of the ‘bad people’ in this world, far more ‘good people’ exist and it’s inspiring to learn how much they are doing for others.

Most recently, Ricky and I decided to get involved with the Escuela de Futbol Tres Equis, which is a small-scale Costa Rican organization that aims to provide local children with opportunities to engage in sport within their community. Offering complimentary physical education and sporting equipment to those who are unable to afford to follow their passion (futbol, otherwise known as soccer to Americans and Canadians), the school depends on people like you and me to help carry out their vision. Specifically, second-hand outdoor soccer shoe contributions and monetary donations (applied towards the purchase of used equipment) are needed to help provide the program with the gear it needs to run.

escueladefutbol

Ricky and I have already decided to collect as much equipment as we can so the program can support as many children as possible. Now we’re turning to you, our faithful blog followers, for your encouragement. Sure, we could easily cut a cheque to the organization and call it a day, but there’s something far more moving about a community uniting for a cause. No, we’re not asking for your money or even your child’s used soccer shoes. We are asking for your voice. Since actions evoke action, and inspiration inspires, and we’d love to hear your thoughts about paying it forward. Perhaps it will invite another reader to do the same.

IMG_3580All we are asking for is a comment left below that offers us your take on philanthropy – a thoughtful quote, an example of how you’ve given back, an explanation of how kindness changed your life, and/or a caring thought. Why? Because great power exists in learning from the experience and wisdom of motivated others. In turn for each comment (as long or as short as you wish – one comment per reader please), we will donate $1 towards the purchase of soccer shoes for the Escuela de Futbol Tres Equis. Considering the low cost of second-hand shoes, you’d be amazed at the number of brand-name footwear and shin guards that a few dollars can buy. Since our first goal is to fund the purchase of enough soccer shoes to outfit an entire child’s team, asking readers to comment below (under the “leave a reply” prompt) to help make this happen is hardly an unachievable task.

Throughout the entire draft of this post I couldn’t help but think of K’naan’s “Take A Minute”. If you’re not familiar with the song, I highly recommend a listen, at least once. It’s a symphony for peace wrapped up with a challenge – daring listeners to get up and give back. He sings,

“Nothing is perfect man, that’s what the world is
All I know is I’m enjoying today
You know ’cause it isn’t every day that you get to give.”

He couldn’t say it better. We may not always get opportunities to ‘make a difference’, or maybe we do, but we only choose to see opportunities as the ‘chances to give’ that they are when we are in the mood to carry them out. Either way, pockets of opportunity present themselves and it’s up to us to decide what to do with them. Today, we’re asking you to comment below and pay it forward. To those of you who take a minute to do so, we thank you in advance and hope you are able to take from others’ shared comments some motivation of your own.

Dear K’naan, you helped me write this
By showing me to give is priceless.

*Learn more about Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated’s “Travellers For…” Donation Project and the Escuela de Futbol Tres Equis: http://www.puravidaeh.ca/travellersforproject/

QUESTION TO COMMENT ON: What’s your take on philanthropy? What have you received or done to give back?

Pura vida!

65 responses to “Would You Take A Minute To Comment On A Post If It Meant That A Costa Rican Child Would Have An Opportunity To Follow Their Passion? Here’s Your Chance.

  1. I have been reading your blog and website as I am planning a trip to CR soon. I have a lot of used and new soccer jerseys. Would love to bring them to donate. Let me know if you could use them!
    Thx, Lori

    • Lori –
      That would be amazing! How incredibly kind of you to offer. Whereabouts in Costa Rica do you plan to visit (ie. which areas/cities) and at what time of year do you plan to travel? Perhaps we can co-ordinate something! :)
      Pura vida!

  2. I’m very much glad to you for the blog, Because it’s giving information about what we should to do before go for the trip. I’m a traveler, that’s why it will very much helpful for me.

  3. Great idea. As someone who works with kids, it’s always inspiring to see others doing what they can to help youth.

  4. What a beautiful idea. Thank you. When I am in need I hope the kindness of others will shine upon me. However, I could in no way hope for that kindness if I were not willing to give it freely myself. Therefore, I live my life giving when I can, in gratitude for the times I have been and will be helped in my life. Thank you for doing the same :-)

    • keepitupkt –
      We agree 100%! Giving seems to be routed in the “Do unto others…” concept – that there is no receiving without giving, or similar. How selfish some individuals can be when they expect others to “do for them” without an appreciation for the need to “do for others”. So glad to hear that you live your life by example, putting kindness out there. We wish the best for you, and that all the kindness you have shown to others will (as you note) shine upon you if/when you are ever in need. :)
      Pura vida!

        • keepitupkt –
          That’s what life is all about. Go glad to have met and been inspired by you. Thanks again for contributing! :)
          Pura vida

  5. Thanks for this post and I hope that you continue to get comments and shoes for the Costa Rican young sportsmen! Thank you also for finding and following my poetry blog.

    • Sibylle Ingeborg Preuschat –
      Thank you so much for your interest and your desire to comment! Your poetry is beautiful – I think I forgot that I was at work for a moment while reading through them. Great Haikus! :)
      Pura vida!

  6. I believe that people should give when they can of their time, energy and money. I also am a firm believer of “Charity begins at home.” I am certain to show my children and grandchildren that I care about them, through giving my time to help them and spending quality time. I also, if I am ever “ahead” in my humble budget, give to local area projects. I have also liked to help out at my church, schools and if someone at work is in need. This is lovely how giving and thougthful you and your husband are!

    • reocochran –
      You managed to inspire us three or four separate times via your comment. How incredibly giving you must be to offer so much. It is refreshing to come across people like yourself throughout our travels. Not only incorporating ‘giving’ into your life, but adopting a ‘giving lifestyle’ – that is (in our opinion) the true meaning of humility. Thank you for sharing! :)
      Pura vida!

  7. We volunteered for two months in Guatemala teaching English at an all-girls public school. I felt that we received so much more than we “gave” and I still feel a warm glow in my heart when I think of that experience. Anita @ No Particular Place To Go

    • Anita & Richard –
      That is amazing to hear! So many of us struggle to even take a minute out of our day to do something rewarding for others, let alone devote 2 months to educating girls in Guatemala. I am so glad that you are able to continue to draw from that experience, allowing it to warm your heart (as you mention) and likely put a smile on your face. You may have “No Particular Place To Go”, but your sense of direction is pretty clear to me. :)
      Pura vida!

  8. It never ceases to astound me that the people who have the least, seem to actually have the most. The most joy and the biggest hearts. I just volunteered at an orphanage for the first time and I was overwhelmed at the needs waiting to be met and wishing I could offer more than my time. These kids are lucky to have people who are care enough to make a difference in their lives. No matter how big or small.

    • mrb1290 –
      That is such a kind thought and point, “the people who have the least, seem to actually have the most”. Doesn’t that always seem to be the way the world works? Saddening, in some respects, but beautiful, raw, and real in so many others. We’re glad to hear that you volunteered at the orphanage. That must have been an incredibly emotional and rewarding experience. I’m sure you’ll carry it with you wherever life takes you. All the best throughout your future travels! :)
      Pura vida!

  9. Nice blog telling what you have to do before you go for the trip. can be said as a very beautiful and informative blog.

    • johnyang –
      Thanks so much for your comment and compliment! ;) Would love to see you in Costa Rica someday – all the best to you where you are!
      Pura vida!

  10. I received 4 months of hospitality and kindness from a 75 year old costarican woman who welcome me into her home during my semester abroad in Costa Rica. The lessons I learned from this woman are innumerable. Her cooking still has me craving gallo pinto every morning! Leaving Costa Rica was so hard because I did not know how I could thank the many people who had given me so much from the very little they have. I hope to return soon!

    • rmbjorke –
      That is such a touching comment! If she is anything like the elderly Ticas I know, she likely smiled all of the time and embodied the qualities of a strong, family-oriented, independent woman. I’d sure she would love to see you again – whereabouts did you visit when you were in-country? Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us! :)
      Pura vida!

  11. “For all of the ‘bad people’ in this world, far more ‘good people’ exist and it’s inspiring to learn how much they are doing for others.” That sums up one of the great things about giving, in addition to helping someone, which is of course eminently worthwhile, it’s a vote for belief in human kindness, which is far stronger than our hate, but gets much less airtime. Keep up the good work!

    • vagabondurges –
      To paraphrase your point – Giving is a vote for belief in human kindness. This is one of the greatest things I have ever heard. Its both a pat on the back for the good work completed and inspiration for overcoming the challenges ahead. Thanks for commenting and working with us to promote love, not perpetuate hate! :)
      Pura vida!

  12. Giving to others is a reminder to onesef that we are all one family, and that we are all interconnected on a level we do not fully understand. Helping others is helping the community, which eventually helps everyone in it. Love the work you do!

    • Raphael –
      Well said. It is incredibly important for us all to recognize our position within the greater community and in relation to everyone else. I love that you said that “we are all interconnected on a level we do not fully understand” – 100% true. Thank you for commenting and giving to this cause (aka. the greater community). :)
      Pura vida!

  13. Wow! Love this! Mother Theresa always said: Do small things with a lot of love! and Give until it hurts! – these Mottos always inspire me to help people!

    • rainb0wbubbles –
      That is beautiful! Give until it hurts – what a wonderful motto to live by. Thanks so much for taking a minute to inspire us and others! :)
      Pura vida!

    • plewis1553 –
      Beautifully put. Thank you so much taking a moment to comment and spread some love. :)
      Pura vida!

  14. Hi there! I understand this is somewhat off-topic but I
    had to ask. Does managing a well-established website such as yours take a massive amount work?

    I am completely new to blogging but I do write
    in my diary on a daily basis. I’d like to start a blog so I can
    share my experience and feelings online. Please let me know if you have any kind of
    suggestions or tips for brand new aspiring bloggers.
    Appreciate it!

    • Matthew –
      It is great to hear that you are thinking of taking up blogging! Depending on what you plan to write about, it can be a lot like keeping a journal (except your journal’s pages are posted online for the world to read). As for the time commitment, you will get out of blogging more than you put into it, so the amount of time required for upkeep will depend entirely on that which you strive to obtain from the experience. If you wish to write for cathartic purposes, you may find that you will only write/post when you feel the need to do so. On the other hand, if you aim to write/post for a particular purpose, such as to develop a rapport/relationship with fellow bloggers and/or to provide readers with worthwhile information that they cannot locate elsewhere, you may find yourself wanting to write on a more frequent basis. Bottom line, write only when you want to write. If this is every day, then the time commitment will be great but so too will be the reward. If you find yourself writing to keep up with a schedule and not because you have something important that you’re longing to say, then the time commitment should be less. Our best advice? Write every day that you’re happy doing so, and not a day more. :)
      Pura vida!

  15. What a wonderful thing to do! We hope to include some kind of service or giving back during our family rtw trip in 2021. I’m inspired by your work!

    • rtw2021 –
      WOW! I am officially jealous! We’d love to take an RTW trip someday. I know it’s a few years away yet, but we wish you lots of fun and success throughout your journey once it begins! :)
      Pura vida!

  16. Great thing to do – have a small online store and sell lovely things from places away from home – so to offset the travel involved – donate 10% of the product price to different Global Giving projects including helping the Tasmanian Devil. Also make Beeswax Candles and T-Lights and donate 1p/Candle or pack of T-Lights to Action on Addiction. Our store http://www.honeybeeswax.com

    • joseisa –
      Thanks so much for taking a minute to comment. We’ve added $1 to the fund because you did so. :) Thank you again!!
      Pura vida!

  17. Please Donate One Dollar to these Childrens!

    Pura Vida From Panama, in Panama we also support the Childrens and the Youths.

    • Joe Q –
      Will do, neighbour (hope all is well with you in Panama!). We will donate $1 for each comment on this blog post (including our comment replies) towards the fund. The money will then be used to purchase secondhand soccer (futbol) shoes for children participating in the Escuela de Futbol Tres Equis school program (Costa Rica). We absolutely LOVE this initiative and are thrilled to read the comments of others driving its success! :)
      Pura vida!

  18. Philanthropy builds so much hope for the world. I really consider myself to be a citizen of the world rather than just one country and I’m always hoping that people work towards that belief for themselves because once you begin thinking about the globe within all of your actions, not only does your focus change, but your lifestyle as well. How you spend your dollars on everything, how you give them, what you give to, what words you use, etc. It’s quite powerful. My work with Amnesty International taught me this. There are some people who are so committed that they give up the entire western world to be true global citizens; I don’t pretend to be as amazing as them, but I do try to give, in some way, to others every day. I wish you and your organization the best with this wonderful endeavor!

    • Laura Hilger –
      Thank you so much for your comments! That is such a great concept – being a citizen of the world, rather than just one country. If only everyone else would think the same way you do – wouldn’t the world be a different place? Thank you also for your kind well wishes – I too wish the very best for you and am grateful that you stumbled across our blog long enough to leave a lifelong impact on us. Thanks to you we aim to embody your vision – to “try to give, in some way, to others every day”. :)
      Pura vida!

      • Awesome!! I can feel your energy through my computer-so cool! I look forward to hearing how it all goes. Cheers!

    • Turquoise Compass –
      We just read your post “Responsible Tourism: Anyone Can Make A Difference” post and LOVED IT! Such a great read with an even better message delivered. You’ve done some AMAZING things and I’m sure the lessons you’ve learned throughout your travels and teaching are more rewarding than you could ever put into words. Thanks goes out to you for all you’re doing, and for furthering our own initiative by commenting on our “Would You Take A Minute To Comment On A Post If It Meant That A Costa Rican Child Would Have An Opportunity To Follow Their Passion? Here’s Your Chance” post. :)
      Pura vida!

  19. You are so right. Love what you are doing. When we give back to others, we are giving back to ourselves. As humans we are part of a global network.

    • Barbara Mojica –
      Thanks so much for your kind words! That is one of the greatest lessons to be learned from paying it forward – that kindness is a two-way street. Giving is not only rewarding for the receivers, but to the givers as well. Great point, and thank you for sharing! :)
      Pura vida!

  20. This is a seriously great endeavor. When we traveled to Africa a few years ago we brought school supplies for a school we were visiting on our cultural safari. The small amount we could bring with us wasn’t nearly enough to cover their needs, but every little bit works together to make positive change. Buena suerte!

    • aweekoraweekend –
      That is amazing to hear! What a great thought and an incredible way to give back while travelling. You are 100% right – every little bit helps! Thanks so much for commenting. :)
      Pura vida!

  21. Wow this is a really good project! Im costarrican but i leave in Spain, your projects are such an inspiration! As a costarrican in a foreing country I thank you for doing this for the people of my country! Hope you can get a lot of messages! I will reblog ( if you dont mind!) this on my blog maybe you can get more messages 😉

    • tanicr –
      Thank you so much for the reblog! That is very kind of you. Costa Ricans are incredible people. No need to thank us – the humility that Costa Rican culture gifts the world is thanks enough. :)
      Pura vida!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s