For thousands of years, the value of service has been an important part of society. In a time where our world is becoming an increasingly global family, both growing and struggling together, we believe that our choices are more important than ever. The choice to serve, especially when you travel abroad, is an honorable and noble choice that we celebrate with our participants.
CREER Service Organization: Our Roots
At the core of True Nature’s values is an emphasis on community service. True Nature Education sprouted out of the CREER Service Organization, a non-profit organization dedicated to provide sustainable solutions for the healthy evolution of the native Costa Rican culture.
The CREER Service Organization continually strives to do in-depth research that aims to understand the true needs of the people in the villages of Costa Rica which we visit. Because of this, the service projects that we will partake in on this trip will not be known until 2-3 months prior to the trip when we assess the current needs.
We believe it is our responsibility to create an international bridge of support focused on education, sustainable contribution, and a balanced integration of cultures; providing a progressive model of a holistic, charitable organization.
With a focus on the rural areas of the country, CREER gives support through offering resources such as jobs, educational programs, micro loans, and volunteer opportunities that will result in balance and long-lasting opportunities for the Costa Rican people. It is CREER's goal to look in depth at the true needs of the people of this incredible country, offering all that is possible in fulfilling its mission.
Structural Work: This area of service focuses on a physical structure in a village that we are visiting. Some examples include painting a local school, building a playground, and/or renovating a church roof. During this type of work, we can always utilize the skills of professionals, while simultaneously providing plenty of jobs for those who have never done this type of work before.
Land-stewardship: Costa Rica is globally recognized for its incredible natural environment. During our time in the country, we do our part to support the nature and the wildlife which surrounds us. In this area of service work projects have included working on a community garden, volunteering at a turtle restoration project, and/or doing a reforestation project as part of the “Children’s Eternal Rainforest.”
Intercultural Exchange: We believe the greatest source of service comes in the area of connection. In the spirit of these words, we cherish our opportunity to share through intercultural exchange during our service opportunities. Some examples of this include: taking part in a local fiesta, playing in a village soccer game, visiting the local school and speaking Spanish and English with the ticos.
“The greatest service we can do for the planet is cultivate happiness and kindness within oneself.” – Thich Nhat Hanh