Samaritan Amigos: Giveback100 Day 32, 33 & 34

Day 32 saw us Giving Back in Alajuela which is the second biggest city in Costa Rica, sitting just 30 minute outside of San Jose. Fun Fact- San Jose Airport is actually in Alajuela Province!

We were given an amazing opportunity to travel to Alajuela and volunteer in a local Samaritan Centre.

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This centre is the home of roughly 45 adult males who have been taken in because of a past which has led them to the streets or in desperate need of help. Many of the guests of this housing facility are drug addicts, or have suffered side-effects from substance abuse which needs to be taken care of sufficiently.

Just Three Amigos went there ready for a new experience of giving back as we had not come across a centre like this in our Giveback100 Project thus far. However, as always, J3A were ready to help and give what we could!

 

Javier, a Physical Therapist employee at the centre, told us that the guys rarely get the opportunity to go outside and stretch their legs and play sports. Of course, these are human and still have (or had) hobbies like sports and exercise in their past! So J3A were keen and ready to bring them to the closest Soccer Field and show them what we know best- SPORT & EXERCISE!

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Teamwork makes the dream work!

We did some great stretching and breathing exercises with Javier and then J3A led a football session to try and loosen up the limbs and release some endorphins with these guys! They loved it and it were clearly keen to stay out but unforuntately we were on a time limit! There was a sense of positivity in the air whilst playing football with one eldery guy diving to the floor to save a shot!!!

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You can check out our YouTube Channel here to see how our GIVEBACK 100 Project is keeping! And please if you have any ideas or suggestions on how we can give back in other ways please get in touch. We want to help as many people and inspire as many people to give back as possible!!

If anyone has any ideas on how we can give back and volunteer in different ways then please get in touch with us on Social Media as we want to help as many communities as possible and inspire many more people to GIVEBACK!!!

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Byron, Damon & James

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DAY 33- Samaritanos

Day 33 Giveback was a similar yet innovative give back for J3A! We were back at the Samaritan Housing Centre ready to give back to the guys!

It was good because we knew the guys and they were more familiar with us today, which meant we could be more productive with our time during our volunteering here. Volunteering in Costa Rica has seen us move on a lot, and it is good to go back to the same place more than once so we can have more of an impact with our volunteering!

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After loving the exercise so much from our last give back here, the guests of the Samaritan Housing Centre told us they would LOVE to go to the soccer field again! Who are we to turn down a soccer session?

We took the guys to the field again, changing our session up a bit, playing some bowls, and FOOTBALL BOWLING. They liked playing bowls, but they LOVED playing football bowling where they had to kick the ball to knock down the skittles! It was great fun and it was a pleasure to give back some time and football knowledge to these guys who really need to get outside and exercise as much as they can.

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You can check out our YouTube Channel here to see how our GIVEBACK 100 Project is keeping! And Please if you have any ideas or suggestions on how we can give back in other ways please get in touch. We want to help as many people and inspire as many people to give back as possible!!

If anyone has any ideas on how we can give back and volunteer in different ways then please get in touch with us on Social Media as we want to help as many communities as possible and inspire many more people to GIVEBACK!!!

 

Adios

 

Byron, Damon & James

Just Three Amigos

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Day 34- samaritanos basketball/walk

Day 34 saw us invited back to the Samaritan Centre to help out the guys and giveback some more time and energy to the guys there.

We came a bit later today, just in time to help serve them lunch. They have 2 sessions to sit down lunch so we volunteered to help the Chef prepare the food, serve it (and feed the guests in one case) and then do the same for the second session. They were nice enough to feed us some lovely local food too!

After lunch, we teamed up with Javier, the Physical Therapist, to bring a couple of the guys for some basketball! Although we took a few of the guys to the basketball court, the main reason was to help Alvaro, a disabled guy, practice his walking.

Alvaro was shot twice 2 years ago and has not walked since this week when J3A helped Javier aid him with 5 steps! This was amazing for him and you could tell he was so excited and happy! Unfortunately, Javier cannot always help Alvaro with his walking because he does not have the assistance to carry him when Alvaro can no longer walk. So Javier capitalised on J3A being there and used us to help Alvaro!

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It was another amazing milestone for Alvaro as he managed 7 steps!!! This was amazing, and was inspirational to watch because he was struggling so much but he pushed through the pain knowing what was on the other side of pain!

This was our last day at the Samaritan Centre as we will be moving on tomorrow! We’d like to thank everyone who works there and all of the guests for accepting us and allowing us to volunteer and give back. In particular, thank you to Javier. He is a real great guy who gives so much to that place and doesn’t get the recognition he deserves! He even invited us to play football with him and took us out for some dinner – so Thank You Javier and Good Luck!

If anyone has any ideas on how we can give back and volunteer in different ways then please get in touch with us on Social Media as we want to help as many communities as possible and inspire many more people to GIVEBACK!!!

 

Adios

 

Byron, Damon & James

Just Three Amigos

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