More than just individuals habiting a common location, we share a social ecology.
As moral agents within Osa’s natural world, we partake in commūnitās (Latin meaning fellowship). This enfolds at Blue Osa through the support of our partner employees as they work and play together, interact with guests, refine skills, and expand knowledge. These experiences, along with wages they earn, strengthen families—central to the peninsula’s well-being.
Schools, too, are part of this social ecology. Educating mostly Costa Rican children, Corcovado School is the only bilingual school in the region. “It is a tight-knit school,” the director observes. Most students move together from grade-to-grade, speaking English as naturally as Spanish.
With just ten students per teacher, the curriculum emphasizes environmental studies, sustainability, and community service. Field trips are frequent as are after-school community events. Plans are underway for a hydroponic system and a garden project. Of course, such instruction is expensive.
The average student’s family income is just a few hundred dollars a month; tuition is $3000 a year. Through the support of local groups, like Blue Osa, and individual donors, most students attend on full or partial scholarships with their parents committing to volunteer work.
In his book Communitas, Roberto Esposito observes that community is “a debit, a gift to the other.” We hope that through the support of our employees, their families, and community institutions we are honoring that debt.