65th Anniversary Celebration & Reunion

March 9th -12th, 2017

In March 1952, just months after settling in Monteverde, the founding Quakers opened the doors of Monteverde Friends School.  Now, 65 years later, we are inviting you to come celebrate with us Monteverde-style: potlucks, nature walks, square dance, coffee house/pizza night, ultimate Frisbee and volleyball, meeting for worship, and Friends and more friends.

Please come home to Monteverde on March 9-12, 2017 to reconnect with old classmates and friends, and see how the school has grown and thrived.  Or, if you’ve always dreamed of visiting Monteverde in person, what better first time than with the generations who have created this school and community?!

Please also visit our Facebook event page to let the world friends know you’re coming, and send invites to your friends and classmates.

Monteverde Day picnicWho can come?

This event is for EVERYONE who cares about Monteverde. There will be wonderful mix of visitors and locals, old and young, former students/teachers/parents and people making their first visit.  Please do bring your friends, your children… anyone who would want to experience our community.

What is the schedule?

  • Wed, March 7 – for those who arrive in time, we’ll enjoy sunset happy hour at the Belmar Hotel.
  • Thursday morning – half the group will do optional outings, while the other half will come to school for assembly, school tour, attend classes, and enjoy lunch prepared by the students.  If you can’t arrive by Thursday morning, we will put you in the Friday morning group to visit the school.
  • Thursday afternoon – optional outings, then “Wolf Talks” (our version of Ted Talks, with presentations and discussion about the social, environmental and economic changes in Monteverde and the school), then you’ll be invited in small groups for house parties – dinner and conversation in the homes of local Quakers and school families
  • Friday morning – reverse of Thursday morning – half to school, half to optional outings.
  • Friday afternoon – optional outings, more Wolf Talks (with students also), then the students will put on an evening Coffee House with pizza and open mic (start preparing your acts…)
  • Saturday morning – sunrise nature walk, class reunions with brunch, official 65th anniversary celebration with the community.
  • Saturday afternoon – community games (ultimate frisbee, volleyball, ping pong, Scrabble…), optional outings (or rest!), fundraising dinner, square dance with Benito.
  • Sunday morning – sunrise nature walk, singing meeting and meeting for worship, potluck lunch provided by meeting members, final hugs.
  • Sunday afternoon – bus transport back to airport/San Jose, or to Volcan Arenal and beach, or your own plans.

What does the $100 registration fee cover?

This fee is solely to cover the costs of the event, and to provide you with the basic program so you don’t have to be continually paying for things.  It includes:

  • One lunch provided by the students, either Thursday or Friday.  This money supports their class trip.
  • Dinner at Friday night coffee house.  This money also supports their class trip and graduation.
  • Brunch Saturday
  • Dinner Saturday night
  • Lunch Sunday
  • Local transport – we will have buses to get to all scheduled local events.
  • One MFS t-shirt or hat

What are the other costs?

Costs can vary greatly depending on your travel style and itinerary. Some costs NOT included in the $100 registration include:

  • Flight – round-trip flights from the US can be as low as $350 through services like Google Flights or Orbitz.  Southwest and Delta often have good deals also, or be a real shoestring traveller and take your chances on Spirit!
  • Accommodations – In Monteverde, you can choose to homestay with a local family for $40/night, bunk in a hostel dorm for $15, find an Airbnb or hotel for $75-$400/night.  Extra nights at the beach or in San Jose are similarly priced.  We can help – let us know on the registration form what you’re looking for.
  • Airport transfer – depending on your arrival time, we can provide transport for $40, or you can catch the Interbus service for $47, or the public bus for $6.
  • Food – While most of your meals in Monteverde are covered by the registration fee, a typical meal out costs $6-$20.
  • Outings – We are scheduling several optional outings such as hot springs, nature walks, horesback riding, art tours and a guided historical tour.  Some are free, others range from $15 (nature reserves) to $40 (ziplines), depending on the cost of entry fees and transport.

Is this a fundraiser?

The goal of this event is to come together and celebrate. We’ve included the core costs of all events and shared meals in the registration so you do not have to continually be pulling out your wallet – just relax and enjoy. Saturday night will feature the one fundraising event, comprising dinner (cost of the meal already included in the registration), entertainment, inspiring presentations, then a single opportunity to make a donation or pledge. This will be done by handing out pledge cards near the end of the meal to be put discretely back into a large envelope, so there will be no pressure. Whether or not you choose to make a new donation at this event, we greatly appreciate your show of support simply by coming to join us.

What is the transport plan?

We will organize buses to get you to and from all scheduled events.  Local taxi rides average $5 to get you around town.  We can arrange airport transfer for $35 (possibly less, depending on how many of you end up travelling at the same time).  If you choose to rent a vehicle from San Jose, we suggest a four-wheel drive.  And of course, walking around Monteverde is always a Joy.

Where do I sleep?

We can arrange for you to have your own room in the home of one of our school or meeting families (this is a great immersion experience, and helps our families make their tuition payments), or we can help you book a hotel or B&B.  March is high season here, so the earlier we can get you booked the better.

What will the weather be like?

March is the middle of dry season, with light wind, sunny days (70 degrees), and cool misty evenings (60 degrees). Read more about the area on our “Discover Monteverde” page.  If you choose to visit the beaches before or after, be prepared for 90 degrees in the day and 70 at night.

What should I bring?

Less is generally better and easier!  We don’t tend to dress up fancy around here, and there are plenty of stores these days if you’ve forgotten anything.  See our What to Bring page (though note it’s geared toward people moving here), and also our Living in Monteverde page, for more ideas.

How and when do I register?

As you can imagine, orchestrating this large an event from a distance is a logistical Joy.  The earlier you can let us know your intentions, the better we can serve you.  Registration is simply filling out the online form (see link below) and paying the registration fee (50% refundable up to Jan.31).  Closer to the event, we’ll get back in touch with you about details such as what optional outings you want, transport, your arrival and departure dates, the final schedule, and accommodations.