Our Community Commitment
In addition to helping students learn Spanish, Intercultura is also committed to contributing to responsible, sustainable development in the communities that host us. Approximately 3% of students' tuition fees is used to fund community development initiatives, environmental projects, cultural outreach events and to provide supplemental educational opportunities to local communities and staff members.
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We operate on the principals of the United National Global Compact (certified member) and Corporate Social Responsibility, meaning that we do not simply donate to charities, but rather get involved in meaningful ways to develop projects in literacy, the arts, children's education, women's protective services, gender issues, animal rights, conservation and the environment.
Intercultura focuses on supporting local micro-business development and environmental sustainability, and lobbies to improve community-wide infrastructure and working conditions. Our immersion programs are designed to facilitate students' participation in and utilization of local services during their program, thus bringing tangible benefits and real growth to the town. In addition, our volunteer programs provide a venue for foreign students to experience life-changing situations and contribute to the various sustainable development and educational programs we sponsor.
Though a for-profit enterprise, as part of our Community Committment we invest a majority of profits back into community, staff and facility development. In 2005 we founded the non-profit CREAR Association, offering free after-school programs and summer camps to local children, and in 2014 our staff began a non-profit program offering free English classes, childcare and meals to single mothers from disadvantaged circumstances. Our managing directors are active in volunteer community development initiatives; we serve on the Sámara Community Development Committee, Security Committee and Ecological Blue Flag Committee, and are involved in the UN-sponsored Modernization of Local Governance/Agenda 21 Commission in conjunction with the municipality. We also offer logistical support, materials and HR resources to various non-profit organizations in Heredia & Sámara.
The following are some of the organizations that we support and work with:
- CREAR Association: supplementary & creative education for local schoolchildren
- Puertas Abiertas: free English classes to low-income single mothers
- Rahab Foundation: rehabilitation for victims of sexual commerce and exploitation
- CREA Drug Rehabilitation Project for Young People, Heredia
- Oxford University Costa Rica Conservation Expedition
- Public schools in Torito, San Fernando, and Heredia
- Sámara Community Development Association
- Carrillo Wild Animal Refuge Centre
- Heredia Domestic Animal Shelter
- Heredia State Orphanage
- Sámara Pacific School
- Sámara Sports Associations
- Heredia Homeless Groups
- Nicoya Environmental & Sustainable Farming Project
- Turtle Refuge Project
- Alajuela Clinic & Hospital
- Children's Hospital Teletón
- Heredia & Sámara Emergency & Medical Relief
- Heredia & Sámara Police Force
And finally, our homestay program is run as a non-profit branch of the school's operations. See homestay family income breakdown here.
To find out how YOU can help, learn more about our Volunteer opportunities at both campuses.
INTERCULTURA GOES GREEN - SOLAR SCHOOL PROJECT
We recently started an exciting initiative at our Samara Beach Campus and installed solar panels on our school roof. Check out the video! We are proud that this project will generate energy, reducing our electrical consumption by two thirds. The savings that we´ll generate from the solar panel installation will be used to contribute to funding of community association development projects, including building sidewalks along the main roads for child and adult safety, improving management of waste waters, rebuilding of roads, and increased garbage and recycling collection.