Costa Rican Culinary for Kids





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Project Description

Region: Central America

Country: Costa Rica

Location: Turrialba

Total Budget: $31,572

Area of Focus: Community economic development

Our project is Economic and Community Development Through Culinary Cuisine in Costa Rica. We aim to train young Costa Rican youth (girls and boys 16 to 20) in culinary arts. Training and mentoring by US and Costa Rican graduate students and chefs to mentor these young adults; develop and/or modify recipes using indigenous/locally grown foods; and teach nutrition components for enhanced cooking methods. Our goals are:

• Teach young adults who have tourism traffic in their cafes better culinary practices.

• Impart skill for young adults so they have the training to be employed in restaurants and tourist areas.

• Create a cookbook of recipes by students and mentoring chefs, publish and sell to help support The Sustainability House Culinary Project.

• Establish regular culinary events at CATIE (The Tropical Agricultural Research & Higher Education Center) to show case culinary skills of the young people using indigenous produce within their cuisine.

• Create a scholarship program for a select student to participate in formal Costa Rican advanced culinary school.

We continue partnering with the Cartago Rotary club as our host club as well as CATIE. Turrialba Hotel and Restaurant Chamber of Commerce has reached out to partner with us. We plan to add the University of North Texas and the Texas Women's University. We invite other district 5790 clubs and club members to participate.

Primary Host Partner

District: 4240

Rotary Club of: Cartago

Primary Contact: Carolina Montero

Email: carolina.monsol@hotmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 5790

Rotary Club of: Arlington (Sunrise)

Primary Contact: Sallie Moore

Email: salliemoore@texashealth.org

Project Status

Your project is "Fully Pledged". This means the amount of the pledges is equal to the total budget of the project. Now the project needs to be finalized and go through the approval process with The Rotary Foundation. This process gets started on the administration page.

Project listed for the 2020-21 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Cartago (4240)





Arlington (Sunrise) (5790)





District 5790 DDF





Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation






DDF contributions in grey are pending approval of the corresponding district committee.

Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

Project Supporting Documents

Costa Rica Project


Project Photos

History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


System Entry

System Entry: Pledge of $4,000 DDF by Karen McDaniel of the Rotary Club of Denton, District 5790.


by Sallie Moore

System Entry: Pledge of $4,354 DDF by Karen McDaniel of the Rotary Club of Denton Rotary Club, District 5790.


by Sallie Moore

System Entry: Pledge of $4,354 DDF by Karen McDaniel of the Rotary Club of Denton Rotary Club, District 5790.


by Sallie Moore

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by Sallie Moore

This project is proceeding. Delays have occurred due to covid. We shall be submitting the application and will change status accordingly.

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