This short video from the Costa Rican Institute for Mixed Social Services talks about an innovative new program for migrant workers on Costa Rican coffee farms called 'Houses of Joy,' which offer nutrition and safe care for migrant children. The video is in Spanish, so be sure to click on the subtitles option (CC in the right-hand corner of the video) to watch in English!
What we're watching:
This 1956 anthropology classic from Horace Miner dives into the complicated and mysterious culture of the Nacirema peoples of North America. Careful, there's an important twist here! This is a reminder on cultural acceptance; seen from the outside, we all look pretty strange. (If you aren't sure you get the joke, click here to read more!)
Quote we're inspired by:
"There is only one way to see things, until someone shows us how to look at them with different eyes."
Over the course of the past few weeks, the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education had the pleasure of hosting a group of MPH students from the University of San Francisco. They came to Costa Rica to better understand global health, using Costa Rica as a case study and classroom, highlighting major global themes such as migration, poverty, universal healthcare and cultural sensitivity.
Why the selection above? We're reflecting on these issues as well! As part of the course, we visited a coffee farm in southern Costa Rica, which hosts the Ngobe Bugle indigenous people who migrate from Panama to Costa Rica to pick coffee each year. The 'Casas de Alegria' are a cross-sector approach to providing healthcare and support to the workers and their children. In preparation for the visit, we asked the students to read the Nacirema article and reflect on how quickly we judge that which we do not understand.
This was our first course addressing public health, and the results were fantastic! If you're an educator and would like to talk over the possibility of starting an educational program with us here in Costa Rica, please reach out. There's nothing we like more!
See you in two weeks for our next Three Thought Thursday!