Wolaba Youth Project aims to create a space for the youth of Puerto Viejo, Limon. We want to provide a place where children can learn and share ideas and talents that they would otherwise have no access to. This is a place for them to ask questions, share ideas, and be provided the mentorship and guidance as they navigate their own experiences in life.
Our youth is the future, and we want to focus on empowering them with an environment that embraces their ideas and identities as they navigate becoming the leaders of tomorrow.
WHAT DOES "WOLABA" MEAN?
We are located in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, a small town located in the Limon province of Costa Rica. "Puerto Viejo" translates to "Old Harbor," the original name given by the Jamaican settlers whom spoke creole, a Caribbean dialect of english. Old-harb-or= Wo-la-ba!
FOUNDATIONS OF THE PROGRAM
Music is the foundation of roots culture. In Reggae tradition, music has always been the source of creating community among people. We want to spread the message of unity that lives in reggae music to the youth so that they may continue the legacy of one love.
Living in harmony involves understanding our role in keeping the balance between humans and the earth while caring for the land. Our program focuses on teaching the process of cultivating land in a sustainable and equitable way that follows the traditions of those that came before us.
Living in a coastal town, it is important for our youth to understand the importance of preserving the Caribbean Sea. A primary focus is introducing surfing, bodyboarding, and other water sports that allow us to foster our inane connection to the water. This involves learning the patterns and behavior of water to best keep ourselves and others in the community safe, while accepting the healing properties of the sea.
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SURF AND BODYBOARD TRAINING
We provide daily surf training, dependent on the swell. The goal is to consistently work with the children at their own pace and allow them to advance through the sport while participating in local competitions and activities.
WORKSHOP: THE HISTORY AND PROPERTIES OF CACAO
The Caribbean Coast is known for its rich Cacao. This workshop aims to teach the history of Cacao and its connection to past generations. This workshop will also explore the cultivation and different uses of the plant.
EVOLVING CLASSROOM: UNDERSTANDING THE ESSENTIALS
So often we wish that there was someone who taught us how to balance a checkbook, when to make a doctor's appointment, or how to care for our animals. The curriculum of this class will evolve based on the needs expressed by the participants. We want them to feel well prepared as they navigate their lives.
July 24-26, 2020
Our inaugural camp workshop! We will kick off our first event with a morning surf session followed by a lesson in roots and reggae culture. Following we will run a dj workshop where attendees will learn the skills necessary to create their own community through music. All events will follow sanitary protocols to ensure the safety of all participants.
July 31-August 1, 2020
Our second focus is learning about the earth. Participants will be guided through a tour of the history and properties of cacao, followed by learning the process of harvesting this incredible superfood!
August 7-9, 2020
Hosted by a professional guide, we will take a tour through the historical locations of our area and learn about the various organisms that live within our climate here in Talamanca.
August 15, 2020
Showtime! It's time to show the community what we've been working on. With their mentor, students will perform their own personal set!
August 21, 2020
Teaming up with one of our very own local reggae bands, Students will be able to hear their music and explore their own musical talents.
August 28-31, 2020
DIA DE LOS NEGROS
This workshop will be focused on celebrating the culture of the Afro-Caribbean people in Costa Rica. This year will be a bit different, in place of traditional events students will be able to share what they have learned about the history of their culture with the community!