Empowering children & families for a brighter future

El Puente is a non-profit organization located in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica. 

We offer community support in the form of food, clothing, emergency funds and educational opportunities.

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Mission & beliefs

“At El Puente we support education and innovation towards a brighter future. Today's students are tomorrow's leaders.”

barry and nanci - el puente founders


our vision

A world that works for EVERYONE!
A world that asks first,
"what would love do here?"

our values

We believe in equal opportunities and the importance of respecting and honoring individuals.


our goals

We are dedicated to empowering individuals towards a path of

make a difference

How You Can Help


Make a Donation

When you make a cash donation your funds go directly to supporting the community. With your support we buy food and school supplies for families. 



Sponsor a Program

Sponsor a program by making monthly donations. Sponsorship plans allow us to plan ahead and make commitments, empowering the local community toward independence and a raised standard of living.


Volunteer with Us

Work directly with us on-site.  Immerse yourself in the culture and become part of our community and practice your bilingual skills. Contact us today to find out how you can get involved!

you are always welcome!

Come Visit us

An hour, a day, a week or a month.   

Whatever the length of your stay in Puerto Viejo, you are welcome to meet our community and experience our day to day here at El Puente. 

Join us for a bowl of soup, take part in arts and crafts and catch the spirit of cross-cultural unity that is alive in our small center.

Come and discover how it inspires you.