Scott Pralinsky: from Air Force chaplain to
Where and what Scott was BCR (Before Costa Rica)
Scott has done a variety of things, including non-profit work and
being a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force. Before coming to Costa Rica
he lived in Hollywood, California.
How Scott came to be in Costa Rica and what’s he’s
Scott came to Costa Rica on vacation in early 2004. He found the
people here so friendly (especially compared to folks back home
in Hollywood) that he decided to stay for good. Living in the San
José area and commuting to California, he finished his graduate
degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica.
In 2006 he and his Tico partner, Isaac Garcia, founded Tropical
a cultural enrichment program that arranges for visitors to study
Spanish by volunteering in local communities. Projects range from
working with kids in an indigenous elementary school on the Talamanca
Indigenous Reservation to working (underwater!) with endangered
Scott, do you have any advice to the average norteamericano
who says s/he wants to help "save the rainforest"?
“I'd say there are some simple things we can all do right from home.
Start there! Take a carbon footprint test like this one:
And certainly coming to a beautiful place like Costa Rica and
seeing / experiencing a rainforest firsthand gives one a different
level of respect. Come plant some trees! (Come see the damage we
see every day from people illegally cutting trees down!) Help us
go to some classrooms and talk to these kids about the environment.
It's fun. Then plant some trees with the kids. You'll love it.
Then take this same information back home and teach your own kids.”
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