Ways to help the elderly Costa Rica

Help For The Elderly / February 6, 2017

This is initial post in a string by Gioia Kuss ’99, recipient regarding the 2014-2015 David Bird International Service Fellowship. For her task, Gioia took the woman expert photography and design skills to a little coastal city of Mastatal in Costa Rica. Right here she shares some initial photographs and experiences upon arriving in Costa Rica in February, 2016. A gallery of her photography work can be seen at LensCulture.

Arriving in Costa Rica, green was the prominent landscape color, unlike the snowfall (or ice) we left in Vermont. Ribbons of purple became visible as interwoven strings of subjected soil throughout pastures and along roadsides as my plane descended. It really is a jarring juxtaposition: rich green plant life with aesthetically striking areas of red eroding soil from roadway cuts, various other real human activities, and deeply worn livestock paths crisscrossing pastures that drape down steep slopes, volcanic in source. Urbanity additionally quickly arrived to view; although high-rises were absent, pleasant temperatures inside upland basin surrounding San José and economic opportunity spawned a thriving and active Central United states city.

On the floor, I happened to be straight away hit because of the social norm of apparently small kindnesses passed away between men and women. Young men eagerly gave up their particular chairs from the bus to elderly riders. Random people went of these option to help a befuddled visitor (myself) where to find many unmarked coach prevents along roads without brands. Path maps for numerous independently operate coach outlines try not to apparently occur.

Walking in city, I noticed a general dearth of an adult populace. Since statistics reveal Costa Rican life span becoming higher than residents associated with US, I became interesting. Rapidly, I surmised some of the impediments for life inside Costa Rican city for a person with limited transportation. Streets tend to be divided from pathways by big gullies to support stormwater runoff through the rainy period. Most had been a little over a foot deep however measure nearer to two foot deep and large. Stepping off the sidewalk curb, in a manner americans are acclimatized to, signifies a step down of 18-24 ins generally in most Costa Rican cities and places. Occasionally at the conclusion of a block there is certainly a metal or cement ramp, or piece of plywood simply big enough to support a dolly, to bridge this yawning infrastructural abyss. Under these types of ramps or interspersed along the tangible swale, without any covers, there are big holes disappearing downwards. Stormwater from town roads and all sorts of other city effluent goes directly into the lake that operates through the region. These holes, big enough to take small children, additionally may play a role in the possible lack of misbehaving toddlers that we saw. Whatever the case, the flexibility to leap next door gutter – using complete leg expansion – is a necessary function of touring the town.


Heated hospitality, rampant erosion, and disparate quantities of infrastructure would turn out to be recurring motifs during my Costa Rican sojourn. Amount of time in the capital gave me a data point of Costa Rican culture to bring beside me into the rural landscape. Mastatal, a tiny hamlet with 100 residents, was where we invested most my some time in which my fellowship project would develop.

Gioia Kuss is a professional photographer, printmaker, and land-­‐use planner from Weybridge Vermont. The mixture of art and science in her own academic history notifies her images of natural and man-­‐made frameworks and operations, alongside her sense of environmental habits when working on a land administration plan, playground, or commercial design. Her photojournalistic design and sensibility along with her capability to connect to individuals were enhanced by her act as a counselor in Vermont communities, of damaged by extreme flooding after Tropical Storm Irene. These experiences drove house how important and vulnerable culture is from results of weather change and environmental degradation.

While securely rooted in Vermont, she has lived-in Paris, Switzerland, and lots of states over the US. Speaking other languages has aided in her quest to know various cultural and natural environments whilst travelling extensively.

As a specialist she works together people and groups to aid personal and organizational development and academic outreach. In photography, she works together customers to capture pictures that fit their editorial communication goals, and a lot of recently has developed individual jobs that explore the way in which we as humans survive along with the planet:

Land Views—Alchemy of Soil, Water and Community, which explores how nature and culture combine to impact the land, and our perception of man’s devote environmental surroundings through farming and landscape design; and Mastatal—Portrait of a Changing Community that documents an easy method of life in rural Costa Rica.

Gioia obtained a BA from Middlebury College and an MA through the Conway class of Landscape Design. Additionally, she's got taught mathematics, research, and art at Ecole d’Humanité a global senior school, and Printmaking at Green Mountain College.