I’ve done two Travel Minutes on how much I enjoyed my first trip to Costa Rica. I went there late last month to do a remote broadcast of my weekend travel radio show from the Four Seasons resort in the lush, northeastern part of the country.
But I was most impressed with a program with which the hotel cooperates that offers a great way for visitors to meet the locals and do good by doing well.
A non-profit, community relations organization called (in English) Growing Together works in the province of Guanacaste to help communities in the areas of education, leadership, tradition and cultural values. In Costa Rica’s most sparsely populated region, Growing Together gives a hand where it’s needed most.
As a travel journalist, I see this as an opportunity for visitors to get to know the community and locals beyond the usual cab driver or hotel front desk clerk. Make a reservation on the Four Seasons Costa Rica web site, and click on “Volunteering” under “Services & Amenities,” and learn how you can lend a for a day during your vacation. It’s a great way for parents to introduce kids to community service.