Tamarindo is a mystical place, full of palm trees, awesome waves, beautiful sunsets and great people. But as a tourist destination, it can be easy to forget that the surrounding areas are not as idyllic.
CEPIA Costa Rica
helps to put things in perspective. CEPIA (Culture, Education and Psychology for Infants and Adolescents) is a local non-profit organization that provides opportunities for children and families in Guanacaste. Many of these families face extreme challenges. Unemployment, poverty, violence, and health issues are regular occurrences within the communities of Guanacaste.
Founded in 2005, CEPIA provides services like computer literacy, job training, health education, English language learning, and other much needed services for all ages including adults.
CEPIA works to integrate their programs into the daily lives of children and families through after school programs, professional trainings, educational projects for at‐risk youth, psychological help for victims, the food bank, the library, and movie nights. It’s an awesome organization that really takes the “Pura Vida” lifestyle to a higher level, operating with a holistic philosophy.
It is with this understanding that Neptuno volunteered to be a part of CEPIA’s programs through surf instruction. Every Saturday, CEPIA sends a group of children to Tamarindo to participate in surf lessons.
Most of these kids live further inland, and would not otherwise get an opportunity to come to the beach, let alone get a chance to experience surfing. Needless to say, the kids are always excited to participate.
To be a part of something that gives a child an experience they wouldn’t otherwise have, is priceless to us at Neptuno, and we jumped at the opportunity to be involved.
Our manager and head instructor, Ariel Fernando, really does a great job with the kids, ensuring that every lesson is fun and safe.
Surfing is such an awesome, breathtaking experience that we want as many people as possible to have a chance to surf. When the children at CEPIA experience the freedom and adventure that comes with surfing, they begin to expand their horizons and dream bigger.
And that’s what we’re here to do. To make you dream bigger than you’ve ever dared.
So don’t be afraid when you see that big wave coming. You can’t stop it, but you can learn to surf it.