One weekend a year CATIE opens its doors to thousands of visitors for a healthy and educational recreation activity suitable for the whole family: The International Fair that is held on the university campus with the backing of the institution’s Social Responsibility Program.
Science, art, music made in Costa Rica and music from other countries, sports activities –such as the CatieNatura race–, cultural and children’s events, as well as events created to raise awareness of other cultures, such as samples from other cuisines, are just part of what CATIE’s International Fair has to offer. The fair fosters cultural exchange by the more than 20 nationalities represented at CATIE with the beneficiary institutions and the general public.
CATIE’s International Fair has a history spanning more than 27 years and one of its main objectives is to raise funds for social welfare institutions in the canton of Turrialba. In 2011 and 2012 alone, the CATIE International Fair raised more than 26 million colones for social welfare institutions in the area.
The fair is organized by a committee consisting of CATIE staff members who work voluntarily on the entire process for the activity.
Moreover, there are several work teams that take charge of every detail of the fair. Along with the social welfare institutions that will be the beneficiaries, CATIE students of different nationalities form a work team for each country with a presence at the institution.
The fair becomes a reality thanks to the support of several sponsors, who get involved with the noble cause of raising funds for the area’s social welfare institutions.
The CatieNatura race has been included in the International Fair since 2011 and it brings in hundreds of athletes who complete a 10 kilometer race.
CatieNatura has become a unique athletic event in Costa Rica because it has an environmental focus. The athletes run in the lush natural setting and CATIE plants three trees for each runner enrolled. These trees become part of a Commemorative Plantation that CATIE tends.