San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Arenal Report

Thanks to Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, which brought its youth group from California to join Salvando Corazones for a week of community service in Nuevo Arenal. The group painted the Salvando Corazones children’s home.

The students also volunteered in schools, organized two soccer games in the plaza and held a fiesta for the community in the town gymnasium. Everyone enjoyed the food and music, and parents and children joined in various games, including relay races. 

G-PAW (Guanacaste Province Animal Welfare) foundation is sponsoring a spay/neuter clinic in Río Piedras and Tilarán at the Salón Comunal Aug. 18-19. Coordinator Judy Reisman requests that people contact her by email to make appointments ( The cost is $10 per animal. Sponsorships are welcome. Remember, patients should not eat or drink for 12 hours before surgery. 

The Robson and Chambers Explorers Group selected Costa Rica as this year’s destination for their annual survey of places to visit. The group is based in St. Louis, Missouri, with associates in Colorado and North Carolina. Their Trans Balo bus included two professional Costa Rican tour guides, who are keeping the group’s itinerary full and moving at a rapid pace.

At a stop for lunch in Nuevo Arenal, Cary Robson and Butch Chambers expressed favorable impressions of Costa Rica’s natural beauty, environmental diversity and friendly people. Next stop: Playa Conchal, on the northern Pacific coast.

Welcome to first-timers Melinda, Wes, Tyra, Wade, Bobbie, Michael, Jon and Sarah, all of whom are eager to share Costa Rica’s “pura vida.” 

–William & Jean Priest

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