For the past
few years, we have focused the attentions of Journey Weavers and
Aventuras Yemaya on programs in Costa Rica. Birding and outdoor
adventure opportunities abound in the ecologically diverse natural
environment of this small, friendly country. Internships, volunteer
opportunities, and individually designed programs tailored to
meet your particular interests and dates are also available.
Future plans will
include biking and art history in the Netherlands, watercoloring
in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and a variety of trips in Guatemala.
In addition, Journey Weavers, in conjunction with the Spanish
Language Institute (SLI) in Cuernavaca, Mexico and The Costa Rica
Spanish Institute (COSI) in Costa Rica, offers Spanish language
programs for the general public and special summer programs for
teenagers. Working with the Cuba AIDS Project, Journey Weavers
also provides ways for U.S. citizens to travel legally to Cuba
as part of a licensed humanitarian project.
- Journey Weavers: Educational Travel, Ithaca, New York.
For many years, Sandy taught English, English to Speakers
of Other Languages, Women's Studies, and directed the Study
Abroad Program at a community college in upstate New York.
As part of her work, she regularly took students and community
people to Mexico to study Spanish and traveled to Peru,
Venezuela, and Chile to train teachers in methods of teaching
travels also include research trips to Russia investigating
the ways in which women combined work and family responsibilities.
For two years, she directed the Antioch Women's Studies
in Europe program, traveling with a group of twenty students
for three months at a time. She is also currently a group
leader for Elderhostel and Road Scholar, and as such has taken groups to
Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Netherlands, and
Upon her retirement,
Sandy started her own business, Journey Weavers: Educational
Travel, as a way to continue doing what she most loves —
sharing different learning experiences with others. Her
interest in Costa Rica began while she was still teaching
and designed a course exploring women's development and
environmental projects in the country.
with Ana Zamora was crucial to the success of that program,
and Ana and Sandy decided to continue working on future
projects. In 2003, they began with three extremely successful
trips — two birding and one women's hiking — and
have many new projects planned for the next few years.
Ana Zamora - Aventuras Yemaya, San Jose, Costa Rica. Even as a
young Costa Rican woman, Ana had been involved with people who
were working, studying, and volunteering in her country. She is
very interested in learning about other cultures as well as sharing
her native country and culture with others.
In 1982, Ana was
a participant in an exchange program with Canadian Crossroads,
a volunteer organization designed to promote cross-cultural understanding,
where she worked at the crisis center for battered women and children
in Manitoba, Canada and assisted with counseling and program development
with the local Native Indian community. On her return to Costa
Rica, she continued to work with the organization and was in charge
of setting up placements for Canadian participants as well as
encouraging additional Costa Rican participation.
In 1988, Ana was
awarded a U.S. scholarship for professionals which enabled her
to complete a Masters degree in Social Science and Women's Studies
at Mankato State University. In Costa Rica, she organized an exchange
program for women from other countries interested in learning
Spanish, participating in various outdoor adventure activities,
and traveling in Costa Rica. One of her projects was the founding
of Casa Yemaya, a conference center and residence which offered
opportunities for women to participate in a variety of cultural
and sustainable development projects.
For over 20 years,
Ana worked at the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje
(INA), a governmental organization that develops training programs
for men and women throughout the country. Her focus was on
programs for women to help then learn to work together to improve
their economic and personal lives.
In 1998 when she
met Sandy, who had similar interests, they put together a trip
for students and community people from the U.S. Since then they
have been organizing programs and providing opportunities for
others to experience the pleasures of Costa Rican culture and