Find out more about the various programs you can sponsor

After-school program

Children and teenagers are taught weekly by volunteers and staff in 17 villages: English language, computer instruction, arts and crafts, swimming, martial arts, surfing, soccer, dance, yoga, kids' club, girls’ club, etc. Weekly a total of 500 children benefit from these classes. In January and in July Summer Camp is organized for 100 children daily.

Check out the Surf 4 youth program

Early Intervention center

56 children age 6-13 living in high-risk situations (extreme poverty, family conflicts, violent neighborhood, etc.) are receiving daily integrated support (emotional, academic, physical-nutritional) at the center between 7 am and 5 pm outside their 4 hour time spend in public school. Program financed by PANI (national Child Protection agency).

Psychology and Holistic Health

CEPIA staff provides weekly psychological and educational counseling to children that were referred by teachers, parents, and others. Our professionals offer support to victims of sexual abuse, physical and emotional maltreatment, and commercial sexual exploitation, through 800 sessions a year. Volunteers and staff also organize workshops about gender violence, bullying, drug addiction and alcoholism, sexual education, etc. for hundreds of youngsters.

Youth group

High-risk youth (teenagers excluded from school, living in the street, in poverty, prostitution, pregnancy, with family problems) participate weekly in a program that consists of English classes, Computer instruction, cultural activities, volunteering, teamwork, psychological counseling, educational and material support. Every year 20 teenagers participate in this intensive program to promote their empowerment and autonomy in the future. The teens that finished the program return mostly to formal education or training. In total, 120 young people receive today follow-up from CEPIA staff, which means our staff and volunteers have strong knowledge about the challenges teens face and the individual and social dynamics of this generational group.

Care for children in poverty

Volunteers and staff visit families that ask for help. 11 mothers and their children living in extreme poverty have been selected yearly to participate in the integrated women’s empowerment program: receive weekly support (food, clothes, furniture, school necessities, etc.), participate in trainings, workshops and volunteering, meet monthly. In addition, the participants are helped in finding a job and in seeking governmental help of housing, medical care, etc. At Christmas, 700 families receive food, toys, school supplies and school uniforms.

Professional Trainings and Employment

CEPIA offers training and courses to 600 people (older than 15), such as beauty care, English, yoga, cooking, surf instructors, bartending, pool maintenance, entrepreneurship, administrative assistant, etc. Some of these training programs are developed in collaboration with the National Apprentice Institute (INA).

Daycare center of integrated attention

CEPIA opened a daycare in the Community Center where infants, whose mothers have a low income and work or study, receive preschool education. Beneficiaries: 56 boys and girls between 2 and 6 years, from 7 am - 4 pm. Financed by PANI and IMAS.


CEPIA offers every year a package of school supplies and school uniform to 650 children and teenagers. Some children receive a scholarship for school, high school or even university thanks to the individual donors.


CEPIA realizes projects of reforestation and cleaning of schools, beaches, and streets in collaboration with other organizations, businesses, and public institutes. Environmental education, recycling, and environmental friendly actions are part of everyday life at CEPIA and part of every activity, course or project.


Music school

Music education gives students an opportunity to experience different cultures, which leads to more acceptance of others. Music education improves and develops language skills. Music stimulates the brain, and with its varied sounds and lyrics, students are exposed to a large amount of vocabulary. Music provides an outlet for creativity, crucial to a child’s development. Because music is an outlet for creativity, it can relief stress. Music education requires teamwork and collaboration. While playing instruments together, students develop listening skills. Music education fosters greater work ethic and discipline in children.

Library & Play

The library in the CEPIA center daily lends books and didactic materials.

Legal orientation

A qualified attorney offers free legal advice to victims of violence and abuse. The lawyer also ensures the follow-up of victims during their legal process. She also offers legal advice on issues of migration, alimony, labor rights, among others.

Social Business

The community center incorporates social companies within the center, as mechanisms of self-financing and vocational training centers for participants and beneficiaries:

  • Mini Shop CEPIA: Second-hand clothes of the women's group
  • CEPIA Restaurant: authentic dining experience in Guanacaste
  • Going Local: a volunteer experience for tourists. Huacas Cultural Community tour by young adults from the village

Vida Mujer Project

The organization offers women a copper t (intrauterine device) and gives the necessary educational information to motivate women to use this method for birth control. 500 women have already benefitted of the project that promotes sexual and reproductive rights.

Watch the video explaining the details ->

Women’s empowerment

Women are invited to participate in the women’s circle, women committee, Vida Mujer project as well as women’s entrepreneurship, in order to strengthen their social, emotional, and economic development.

Children with special needs

The program offers weekly physical and art therapy as well as monthly hydrotherapy and field trips.

Community Orchards (Guana-huertas)

Since the covid19 pandemic CEPIA is partnering with the University of International Cooperation and Costa Rica Regenerativa, providing technical and social support to communities and individuals in order to create vegetable gardens, practice regenerative agriculture, improving people’s food security and autonomy as well as regeneration of soil and ecosystem.

Partners & Associations in Close Collaboration


  • PANI (National Organization on Infancy): CEPIA identifies and accompanies children and their families in the process of information, counseling and reporting abuse and violence. In addition, CEPIA finances some necessities of the shelter in Santa Cruz.
  • Ministry of Public Education (MEP): CEPIA received permission to work in the schools and with the teachers. CEPIA also works with the MEP to improve teachers’ training and basic and higher education.
  • Associations of Integral Development (ADI): CEPIA collaborates with the association of every village to improve health conditions and infrastructure for children and teenagers.
  • Public Force: CEPIA and the Public Force of the villages collaborate in situations of violence, crisis, and school desertion. CEPIA organizes trainings for officials from the Public Force.
  • INA: collaborations on matters of education and professional formation for teenagers and adults.
  • Ministerio de Ciencia, tecnología y telecomunicaciones
  • National Women’s Institute (INAMU)
  • Ministerio de Salud, CCSS & Clínicas EBAIS (Health Ministry)
  • UNED (Distance University)
  • Ministerio de Justicia y Paz
  • Ministerio de seguridad, OIJ
  • Ministerio de Bienestar social y familia; IMAS (Instituto mixto de ayuda social)
  • IAFA
  • Universidad Libre de Costa Rica
  • Cuerpo de Paz / Peacecorps USA
  • Consul de Nicaragua (en Liberia)

Civil Society:

  • Asoc. Banco de Alimentos
  • Centro Civico para la paz, Santa Cruz
  • Fundación Acción Joven
  • Fundación CRUSA International
  • Asociación Abriendo Mentes
  • Escuela comunal La Paz
  • Colegio Católico Huacas
  • Do it Foundation
  • Asociacion Salvemonos
  • Nutrivida
  • Fundación CALI
  • Paul Chester Children's Hope Foundation
  • Fundacion Futuro Brillante

Private companies participating in our programs:

Beach Side Clinic, Optica Huacas, Hospital Clinica San Rafael Arcangel, Oceanconnect, Hotel Selina, among others.