Nature Air, Costa Rica’s domestic airline offering flights in Costa Rica and the region, recently started promoting in-flight safety with the help of 30 students from the airline’s educational foundation NatureKids. The kids, aged 5 to 14 practiced their lines for about a month before a film crew flew down to their home town of Drake Bay to turn them into the stars of the show. The final product is a professional update to their regular flight safety briefing, which was previously done in person by the pilots:
“Flying into remote communities across Central America and helping to build a tourism economy is very important to us as a company, and we quickly discovered that one of the biggest needs within these communities was English speaking ability,” says Alex Khajavi, founder and president of Nature Air.
The children practiced their “lines” during their twice weekly English classes before filming the video at the landing strip in Drake Bay. The video is now being shown at the Nature Air terminal prior to when guests board their flight. And the reward for all the hard work? The group was given the chance to fly for the first time and see their home town, in the remote Osa Peninsula, from the skies above.
“Being able to communicate in English is an invaluable skill within Costa Rica, and we hope our safety video not only brings smiles to our customers’ faces but also serves as a lasting legacy for our Nature Kids to brag about with friends and family,” says Khajavi. “Over the years, these Nature Kids will become famous as they are watched by over 100,000 travelers who fly with us every year.”
Khajavi founded NatureKids as a Costa Rican foundation dedicated to working with low-income families. Through English language, computing and environmental education programs, NatureKids collaborates with these local families to bring viable and affordable education to remote communities.