martes, 11 de junio de 2013

Our community service.. NMSU Students showing their potential

Some of our community service collaborations and experiences!

Escuela ( Elementary school) Mariano Cortes

 There was another great day in the schools in Turrialba. The national curriculum has an Art Festival day in which all the students have an opportunity to share their artistic talents (Dance, Song, Drawing etc.). Some of our NMSU students were able to be judges in the festival at the elementary school.

Dr David Rutledge, Mayra Madrid, Angela Garcia and Yollanda McMillion at Escuela Mariano Cortes!

Luis, Ruben and Patrick were seated in with the students to watch the transfer of student leadership at La Suiza Colegio. The gym was packed and there was not much of a breeze blowing through the room. Regardless, the ceremony is really cool because the students repeat the the process of transferring power 
from one student body group to another. Also, students from other schools (elementary to high school) come to view the transfer of power and eat lunch with the new student leaders.

While the some students were sweating it out in 
the gym, Gabriela was sweating it out in the macadamia nut factory. She worked side by side with the employees and learned a ton about how industrial engineering impacts the workers' at a 
personal level.

Another great day of working for Poncho( Alfonso Garza) and Jody Easley was helping during a presentation of Tourism in Turrialba. Both of these students were able to help clean up and sort the trash produced from this event. They learned about recycling in Costa Rica and how it is connected to the status of hotels and tourism activities.


We also support the National festival of art at Colegio Tecnico Profesional La Suiza with a music presentation: song cielito lindo. Singer Mauren Navarro with part of the club members

Colegio Clodomiro Picado T, Turrialba.

Part of our club working at Instituto Clodomiro Picado  T. in Turrialba Town, Costa Rica

Armando Altamirano, PHD student at NMSU expressed that " the best healthy food is served in the "comedores" of the schools in Costa Rica

PHD student Armando Altamirano( first left) with staff of Colegio Clodomiro Picado T.

Colegio Tecnico Profesional La Suiza

Some of our students with staff of Colegio Tecnico Profesional de la Suiza- Turrialba, Costa Rica

 Alfredo  Barrio (Arts and Sciences) and Sthephanie Newell (ACES) working in CTP La Suiza farm.

 Luis Arreola (Business and Agriculture), Stephaniew Newell ( ACES), Patrick Martinez ( Agriculture) and  Ruben Baca ( Business)

Ruben and Alfredo enjoying a regular day at Colegio de La Suiza
Alfred Barrio "Steph, Ruben, Patrick and I had the opportunity to work in the kitchen at La Suiza. That day, the culinary students were making food for a catering project, so they allowed us to inject seasoning into the meat." we also got to make sausage that day.

NMSU students making sausage "meat we cut up"

Stephanie cutting up the meat

Stephaniw Newel learning how to inject meat to be smoked

Alfredo Barrio adding spices in the sausage preparation


Patrick Martinez ( NMSU Agriculture student)at Colegio Técnico Prosional de La Suiza

Alfredo Barrio taking inventory of the farm equipment at la finca, they were engraving the equipment


Stephaniw Newell engraving the equipment

Stephanie Newell in Colegio Tecnico Profesional La Suiza farm

NMSU students with Colegio Tecnico Profesional de La Suiza!

Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ)

Gissel Anais Martinez NMSU criminal Justice' student made her practice in OIJ Turrialba 

The proper way to tie a prisoner 
  Gissel with some of OIJ staff.

Gissel Anais Martinez NMSU student
Criminal Justice!

Hotel Wagelia

Valeria Gutierrez ( NMSU International Business and HRTM student ) had the opportunity to make her practice at hotel Wagelia in Turrialba)

Valeria with some of Hotel Wagelia staff

10 comentarios:

  1. Hello,
    I had the privilege of joining "Lets Go Costa Rica" club and travel to that beautiful country the summer of 2013. It was a life changing experience that allowed me to be a part of the community and learn about their customs, manners and cultural aspects. I volunteered for a week in the Professional Technical College of La Suiza, very close to the city of Turrialba where I got to teach music and business classes to the students.
    It was undoubtedly one of the most satisfying experiences of my life because I got to know students and professors and created friendships that have lasted to this day.
    Costa Rica is rich in culture and natural beauties and I encourage anyone who is thinking about joining to do so, you will not regret it!!!

    1. Thanks Rubén! I am glad you had a wonderful time in Costa Rica

  2. This was a great adventure in getting to know other people, other countries and other cultures. The experiences these students lived, as well as myself, will stay with us our entire lives. Getting to deeply know our adoptive families from Costa Rica, living in their homes, sharing their food, their thoughts and basically everything they have as if we have known each other for many years, is priceless. This learning activity goes deeper than just learning about other cultures, deeper than been immersed in a foreign language program, this is about bonding, about working shoulder to shoulder with the local community and establishing bonds that will last a lifetime.
    Armando Altamirano

    1. Thanks Armando for having being part of this process!

  3. I really want to thank Dr. Navarro not just for this opportunity, for her patience, vision and for her leadership. My experience in Costa Rica was as an Intern at Casa Turire in the administrative area. I have learnt how a Hotel runs from the front desk to the marketing area. Leaving in Costa Rica as an intern helped me to develop an independent behavior. This was an experience for life that i will never forget. The most important fact is the time that I spent learning the culture, costumes and life at this wonderful country.
    Poncho Garza.

    1. I am so happy you had this experience.. gracias Poncho!

  4. Lets Go Costa Rica!
    An experience that will always be dear to my heart. While in Costa Rica, I had the opportunity to learn first hand about the mission and philosophy Costa Rica has for its education system. I learned from 1st and 2nd graders and teachers that have been implementing the practices that I was learning at my university. I had the pleasure of living with a Costarican family. My host sister introduced me to her friends, took me hiking, taught me to make "warm sugar water." The family loved me and accepted me as one of their own.
    Multicultural Education in Practice

    1. Gracias Angelita! I am glad you had a good time in Costa Rica!

  5. Lets Go Costa Rica! gifted me with one of the most beautiful, enlightening, and mesmerizing experiences of my collegial career. Travel abroad had never been a luxury in my family's timeline, and thanks to Dr. Navarro and her initiative to provide a travel abroad experience to the students of NMSU, I was able to embark on a wonderful journey. While in Costa Rica, I experienced the ocean for the first time, created everlasting bonds with both my host family and my travel buddies, and abandoned the mindset that I would never indulge in the wonders of the world. This program opened the gates to further travel abroad, and I will forever be grateful to Dr. Navarro for gifting me with the courage to explore and discover the beauty and delights that our world has to offer.

    1. Javier me hiciste llorar, hermosas palabras
      Javier, you made me mourn, beautiful words