Share your time – and learn something new

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Books, caps, t-shirts, sunblocker – or maybe some barely used flip flops? At 16th september Silja and Ana from Banco de Tiempo organized a trading platform at the FOS office. A good way to get rid of things you don´t need and make someone else happy. After trading was done (what took quite some time since the members brought a wide variety of staff) everyone came together, drinking coffee, eating cake and enjoying some good conversations.

But this was just a special event – the main idea behind Banco de Tiempo is a little different: The mission is to offer an alternative economic system by creating a community of members who can exchange services and activities with each other for free. There are many different activities and services in many different areas such as sports, music, arts, languages, domestic chores, gastronomy, pets and much more. For example: Jose can offer two hours of guitar lessons to Maria, who can in exchange offer two hours of gardening to Pedro, who can in exchange offer two hours of tennis lessons back to Jose. Got it? Every hour is exchanged for another hour - and time is the only form of payment. The project is operating in San Jose and its surroundings and anybody who is at least 18 years old can join. It was iniciated by three ICYE volunteers with the collaboration of ACI Costa Rica in October 2014. Right now there are over 300 Banco de Tiempos in over 20 countries. Currently Banco de Tiempo ACI Costa Rica has about 60 members and is the only one in Costa Rica.

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