Interact Adventure to Nosara, Costa Rica and Rotary Peace Fellows Sarah and Jonathan Nahar
Jul 29, 2019 12:00 PM
Interact Adventure to Nosara, Costa Rica and Rotary Peace Fellows Sarah and Jonathan Nahar

A special fifth-Monday "double-feature" day featuring BOTH the Interact Club AND Rotary Peace Fellows Sarah and Jonathan Nahar.

Part 1: The Interact Club
The Biblioteca David Kitson is a full-service library and community center with access to over 16,000 books, an internet connected computer center, and a variety of specialty programs located in Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Annually, the Elkhart Rotary Club sponsors Interact Club Members to visit Costa Rica for an annual service project. This was the fifteenth year that Elkhart Rotary Club's Interact Club went to Nosara.

The Mission of the Fundación Biblioteca David Kitson enriches and empowers the people of our community by encouraging the lifelong habit and love of reading; providing welcoming spaces that offer collections and resources that inform, inspire, enrich, empower and entertain; promoting educational and training opportunities as an integral part of the community; creating a link between cultures that builds local and global awareness through cross-cultural understanding and friendship. 

Members of this year's trip included students Carter Rief, Austin Arbaugh, Jon Rehmels, Abraham Hill, Will Nolan, Hadley Malloy, Kortney Buckley, Leah and Keely Duehmig, and Patricia and Genevieve Yeakey. The trip's chaperones were Jenny and Mike Nolan, Kelly Buckley, and Rotarian Ashley Bowen. On July 29, members of the trip will share their adventure with the club.

Part 2: Sarah and Jonathan Nahar - Rotary Peace Fellowship
Jonathan and Sarah Nahar participated in the prestigious Rotary Peace Fellowship Professional Development program in Bangkok Thailand. From January to April the couple joined of a cohort of peacebuilders from around the world. Each week a new peace scholar would teach new tools to assist in analyzing specific conflicts they were working on. Jonathan and Sarah will share about their experience in the program. 

Each year, Rotary awards up to 100 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centers. Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the fellows into experienced and effective catalysts for peace. The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.

In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,200 fellows. Many of them now serve as leaders at international organizations or have started their own foundations.

Join us on July 29 to learn more about this amazing program from Jonathan and Sarah.