One of the things I learned was important to me was the sense of community I experience living here. About four months after moving to Costa Rica, we starting attending monthly “mixers” of a newly formed group made up of mostly gringos here in San Ramon. The idea was to learn from each other, sharing ideas, resources, and solutions to common problems. Over the next six to eight months, the group morphed into what is now called the Community Action Alliance of Costa Rica and it’s become one of the things we love about Costa Rica, and San Ramon in particular.
The Community Action Alliance is a community-based, action-oriented organization focused on resolving issues and improving the lives of all residents of Costa Rica, Ticos and gringos alike. The focus is in several primary areas: Citizen Security, Economic Development, Environmental, and Education. The organization accomplishes this through identifying clear and credible resources and bringing people together to develop solutions. You can read more about it here: http://actionalliancecr.com/.
We wanted to be involved, to make a difference in our local community, and when we were asked about a year ago to serve on the Steering Committee of the Action Alliance, we both said yes. In addition to weekly committee meetings, Paul has been involved in membership, helping Tico teachers teach English, and setting up monthly mixer locations, and I have been serving as Webmaster, designing and maintaining the website. As a group, we have been able to accomplish much that benefits our community, which you can read about here: http://actionalliancecr.com/2010_year_in_review.html. In addition, we are applying for 501(c)3 status in order to be able to accept tax deductable donations from the U.S. If this is something that interests you, please let us know.