We are Team Costa Rica for UT’s Projects with Underserved Communities (PUC)! PUC is a joint partnership between the Cockrell School of Engineering and the Steve Hicks School of Social Work that provides students like us with the opportunity to design and implement a community-driven international project. We invite you to join us as we partner with Siempre Amigos, a local non-profit organization, to improve community amenities in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Region!
From left to right: Cassidy Powell, Lauryn McCosky, Tarynn Luttrull, Aparajith Kannapiran, and Arjun Bellamkonda
This upcoming summer, we will be traveling to Lorena Village. Here, teams in previous years renovated the community soccer field and installed a sustainable drainage system that could stand up to the region’s rainy season. The field is located centrally within the village, bordered by the primary school and church. As the field nears its first season, soccer teams will travel from surrounding villages to play. Our team will be adding critical amenities to the field that improve accessibility and establish it as a gathering space for the entire community. Our project will be centered around the construction of a staircase for players and children, which will allow the primary school to also use the field for gym classes and prepare for the future implementation of a community pavilion. This pavilion will serve as a space for women to sell food during games and host educational events. We need your help in making this vision a reality!
Plaza de Fútbol de Lorena
We are excited to be working with Siempre Amigos and the community of Lorena for the third year in a row! Siempre Amigos was founded in 2011 to improve the lives of families and individuals living in conditions of poverty and vulnerability in rural areas of Guanacaste. Their support allows us to connect with the people of Lorena to address specific needs identified within their community. With the additional help of technical, cultural, and faculty advisors throughout the year, we hope to make lasting improvements to the field plaza that will foster relationships within the community and allow for year-long enjoyment of Costa Rica’s national sport.
Community children helping install earthen swales for drainage during Summer 2021 implementation
We Need YOUR Help!
Your contribution is vital to the success of our project! Please consider making a tax-deductible* donation today to help us reach our goal of $15,000. Our team has committed to covering all of our personal travel expenses, so everything donated will go directly to the completion of our project. You can also support us by sharing our message with friends and family or becoming an ambassador for our project.
¡Gracias y Pura Vida!
*All contributions through our HornRaiser page are considered charitable donations to UT Austin, and are tax deductible. The Tax ID number for UT Austin is 74-6000203.