Archive | February, 2009

National Geographic and Changemakers Announce Geotourism Innovation Competition $$$$

27 Feb

National Geographic and Changemakers Announce Geotourism
        Innovation Competition
Deadline: May 20, 2009

National Geographic and Ashoka Changemakers
( ) have announced the second annual
global Geotourism Challenge. This year’s theme is Power of Place
— Sustaining the Future of Destinations.

This collaborative competition is designed to identify and show-
case innovators, both individuals and organizations, that direct-
ly or indirectly promote tourism that sustains or enhances the
geographical character of a place — its environment, culture,
aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.

The competition is open to all types of organizations (charitable,
private, or public) from all countries. Entries must describe
how a program or activity is new and different. Projects must
be beyond the idea stage and able to prove success on the local,
regional, or global level. The innovation should demonstrate the
potential to be successfully replicated in other places and to
become self-sustaining.

Competition entries will be posted online and made available for
anyone to view and collaborate with by providing new ideas and
connections to new resources, and by asking insightful questions.
A panel of judges will select finalists from the entries, and
the Changemakers community will then vote online to select three
award winners. The three winners will each receive a cash prize
of $5,000.

Entries must be submitted in English or Spanish. Visit the
Changemakers Web site for complete competition information and
to nominate or enter a program.

RFP Link:


From the Harbor Reef: FRI, Feb 27 Tropical Jazz

26 Feb
Dear Friends:

We would like to invite you this coming FRIDAY, February 27th; to join us in our FRIDAY

Music Night featuring the magical sounds of the Tropical Jazz & Blues of Bill Macpherson

and friends and Peruvian Special Menu.

 Two seattings 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

 For reservations please call to 2682-1000.

 Starting at 6:30 p.m. untill 10 p.m.

Look forward to see you there.


Queridos Amigos:

Tenemos el gusto de invitarles este VIERNES 27 de Febrero a otro mas de nuestros Viernes

de Jazz Tropical con Bill Macpherson & amigos en Harbor Reef, con Menu de Especiales Peruanos.

Para reservaciones por favor llame al 2682-1000.

 Esperamos contar con tu presencia,

 Harbor Reef

UN launch HIV-AIDS prevention program in Costa Rica–see Kelly was right!

26 Feb

In previous blogs, I wrote about my shock at the lack of HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention and education campaigns in Costa Rica…I got a lot of flack from some editors, stating that the stats were good (even though the stats were based on the very few Ticos with the courage to actually take an HIV test!)  Low and behold, the UN announces a new launch for HIV/AIDS programs in Costa Rica…so someone is listening, or paying attention after all!  There is hope!  Here is a recent article, from Inside Costa Rica, dated Feb. 25.

Costa Rica, UN launch HIV-AIDS prevention program (from

The Costa Rican government on Tuesday signed an agreement with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to implement a joint program to prevent HIV-AIDS.

The program will focus on youngsters living in Puntarenas and Limon, two main coastal cities of Costa Rica. Costa Rican President Oscar Arias attended the signing ceremony. A study on youngsters in the two cities regarding HIV-AIDS was released during the event.

The study, which was based on a sample of 800 teenagers between 13 and 18 years old from both cities, showed that there is a formidable lack of knowledge about methods to prevent HIV-AIDS among the young in the region.

In Limon, 52.5 percent of the youngsters correctly identified ways the disease can be transmitted, and in Puntarenas only 43.3 percent could do so.

Only 26.5 percent of the teenagers in Limon and 34.5 percent in Puntarenas knew of methods to prevent HIV-AIDS, while the UN goal for 2010 is no less than 90 percent.

The study also showed lack of a favorable attitude in the use of condoms as a preventive method, as only 27.7 percent of teenagers in Limon and 18.9 percent in Puntarenas, use condoms in their sexual relations.

According to the poll, 51.6 percent of the youngsters in Puntarenas and 59 percent in Limon have had sexual intercourse before the age of 16, while 24.6 percent in Puntarenas and 6.8 percent in Limon began their sexual activity at the age of 13.

The results are alarming, as a high incidence of occasional sexual relations was detected, coordinator of the poll, Marco Fournier said.

“The problem is not the frequency the youngsters have sexual relations, but the conditions in which they have them: with little knowledge, without condoms, one-off relations, and with people older than they are. And we are worried that 14 percent in Puntarenas said they even had sexual relations against their will,” Fournier said.

He said they collected samples in Limon and Puntarenas because these two cities have long been suffering from serious social problems.

“The results are worrying. There is a very low knowledge level and the teenagers barely have 40 percent of the information they need,” Fournier said.

He said the results of the poll showed the necessity of a radical change in sex education in Costa Rica, a project that has stagnated for many years.

Paid year-long prestigious fellowship in Latin America! (Bogota, Colombia)

25 Feb

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Date: 2009-02-20, 12:43PM EST

Atlas Service Corps seeks nonprofit leaders from around the world to apply for their 2009-2010 fellowship positions in Bogota, Colombia. All expenses are paid in this prestigious fellowship program, including a living stipend, health insurance, visa, travel, training, and a $2,500 end of service award. Applicants must have 3 or more years of experience in the nonprofit sector, a college degree, and fluency in Spanish. Candidates from the U.S. are placed at organizations in Bogota like Give to Colombia and Oxfam GB. In addition to volunteering full time at their host organizations, Fellows are enrolled in a management development training program and join a growing network of nonprofit leaders from around the world. For more details about eligibility requirements and the application process, please visit: The deadline to apply is April 1, 2009.


  • Location: Bogota, Colombia
  • Compensation: All expenses paid plus end-of-service $2500 award

Regular Events at the Gilded Iguana

25 Feb

Just in case you are new to Nosara:

We, locals, regularly go to the following events at the Gilded Iguana (

Every Tuesday: Live Music, 7:00 pm. Usually a local band, named Medicine Show, performs popular, make-you-want-to-sing-along (and definitely makes you dance) to cover rock and reggae, with a splash of Latin and country songs. I highly recommend you get there early, around 6pm; stay for cocktails and/or a good dinner, or make a table reservation—because this place gets packed on Tuesday evenings!

Every Wednesday/Sunday (noon-five): 2 for 1 Bloody Mary’s at the Pool Bar! Hail Mary!

Every Friday (noon-five): C1500 Margaritas at the Pool Bar!!! Que rico! There is always a good crowd of locals, expats and tourists at the Gilded Iguana. Dino is the man!

Pura Vida!

On Craig’s List: Amazing Video Footage Wanted – Paid (anywhere)

22 Feb

Amazing Video Footage Wanted – Paid (anywhere)

Reply to: [?]
Date: 2009-02-15, 12:47AM CT

Amazing footage wanted: rescues, animals, funny clips, extreme sports crashes, crime, and more. We pay for footage. Please send a description of your footage, link if you have it, and contact information.

  • Location: anywhere

Habor Reef Invite: Monday Night Music with MARTA CASTRO

21 Feb

“We would like to invite you this coming MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd; to join us in our Monday Music Night featuring MARTA CASTRO this time with CHEF`S SPECIAL MENU. 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

For reservations please call 2682-1000 or visit the Restaurant.

 Queridos Amigos:

 Tenemos el gusto de invitarles este Lunes 23 de Febrero a otro mas de nuestros LUNES DE MÚSICA esta vez con MASTRO CASTRO en Harbor Reef y MENU ESPECIALES DEL CHEF.

 Para reservaciones por favor llamar al 2682-1000 o en el Restaurante. Esperamos contar con tu presencia.”

 Harbor Reef