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Sunday, July 24, 2016

My Week in Costa Rica

Lose yourself in generous service and every day can be a most unusual day, a triumphant day, an abundantly rewarding day! – William Arthur Ward

Our team at one of the local schools.

I had the joy and privilege of spending the past week in Costa Rica. I led a team of some of the most amazing people to work with the Give A Book Foundation that my brother, Carl, has operated there for nearly 20 years.

Our team, though small in number by design, was comprised of people from all walks of life including some special friends from Canada.

We had the opportunity to go into six schools to distribute books, love on the children, and see the world through their eyes. And what a beautiful world it is.

Playing with the children at one of the schools.

The children are so excited to get their new books!

What more needs to be said?

Team members reading and interacting with the children.

The children, teachers, and workers in the schools were so appreciative of the books and welcomed us like heroes. Give a Book has also formed great partnerships with Peace Corp volunteers to assist in the efforts in the local schools. The Rotary Club has long been a supporter of the foundation’s literacy initiatives.

It was Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis who said, “There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” And that is the driving force behind the work of the Give a Book Foundation. Instilling a love of reading and literacy over the past twenty years has enlarged the lives of countless children and has helped hundreds of schools.

Team members working in the warehouse of the Give a Book Foundation

The experience with Give a Book is quite unique. Each trip is customized to not only meet the objective of the organization but to place you in a specific region of the country where you’d like work. That can be in the Central Valley region, along the coast, or out in more remote locations including the Rain Forest.

In addition to being involved in the schools there is the special opportunity to be immersed in the local culture that most people never see.

Then of course there is the opportunity to take in the most spectacular sights and scenery you can feast your eyes upon. From the Poas volcano, Doka Coffe Estate, the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, etc. this beautiful country will capture your heart.

Poas Volcano

At the LaPaz Waterfall Gardens

My week in Costa Rica was amazing. It was not my first trip there and it won’t be my last. I am planning more.

If you are as passionate about books and literacy as I am and would be interested in being on a team with me in the future let me know. I’d love to take you. Of course, you can work directly with Carl as well.

For now, let me encourage you to visit the websites of the Give a Book Foundation and the incredible work they do.

Visit their Facebook page at:

If you’d be interested in joining me on a trip email me at:
To reach out to Carl about a trip email him at:

With my brother, Carl (left). His heart for the children of Costa Rica and literacy is truly inspiring.

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