True Nature Travels Blog

On Thanksgiving and the True Nature Education Mission

A note from Joshua–

In a time where our world is becoming more and more of a global community, what better way to become part of the bridge of support we are creating than by finding a way to give back to those in need.

As Thanksgiving approaches our united focus comes to that of sharing appreciation for all that we have as well as sharing with those that might not have as much.

The essence of Thanksgiving lies at the heart of True Nature Education. We planted the seeds of this grassroots company fresh off of moving into a small rural village in Costa Rica. So moved by the authentic openness, generosity, and hospitality of the local, simple-living Costa Ricans, we then vowed to implement a service component into all of our programs, from yoga retreats to corporate retreats to travel abroad programs.

The CREER Service Organization, TNE’s sister organization, continually strives to do in-depth research to understand the true needs of the people in the villages of Costa Rica which we visit. Here are the three areas of service which our volunteers take part in when joining us in Costa Rica.

Our Three Primary Areas of Service

Village RenovationThis 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 renovating church infrastructure. During this type of work, we can always utilize the skills of professionals, and at the same time, we have plenty of jobs for those who have never done this type of work before.
Landstewardship–Costa Rica is globally known 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, doing a reforestation project as part of the Children’s Eternal
Intercultural ExchangeWe believe the greatest source of service comes in the area of connection. The great teacher Thich Nhat Hanh shared that “the greatest service we can do for the planet is cultivate happiness and kindness within oneself.” In the spirit of these words, we cherish our opportunity to engage through inter-cultural exchange during our service opportunities. Just a few of these examples include taking part in a local fiesta, playing in a village soccer game, visiting the local school, and speaking Spanish and English with the local ticos.

As 2013 approaches, TNE is excited to he hosting a diverse catalog of programs, giving you the first-hand opportunity to give back to the global community we are all a part of. Find our more about our spiritual investment in service through the Costa Rice Service & Adventure Program.