Latin American Technical Education Foundation  



On June 24th, all five members of LATEF’s Board of Trustees met in Hone Creek, Talamanca, Costa Rica for a firsthand view of the building site for the campus of the Instituto Tecnico del Caribe.

Members and their traveling companions lifted shovels of the heavy, rain-soaked soil in a ceremonial groundbreaking on the cleared site, then hiked up the hillside to view the entire layout. 

The party discussed building plans and exchanged ideas and suggestions over lunch at Martin and Madeleine Schlasbach’s Miramar Cabinas, which overlook the site.  This Swiss couple have been a tremendous help over the past several years, and they are good neighbors.

The Board and their family members who accompanied them enjoyed the tropical beaches as well as a trip to a nearby river and natural waterfall.  But while they played as the tourists do, no one forgot the real purpose, which is to support the project of building and operating a school for local young people to learn trades they can turn into profitable businesses that strengthen their families and communities.  This is the mission of both ITC, which is the non-profit Costa Rican organization that will build and run the school, and LATEF, the foundation created to assist with the important role of funding this and other similar projects.

Bryce Froerer and his wife, Joan live in Huntsville, Utah with their four young sons.  Bryce is an attorney with the firm of Miles and Froerer in Ogden, Utah, and Joan teaches history at Sunset Junior High in a nearby community. Their first trip to Costa Rica went smoothly, in part because Bryce learned to speak Spanish in Mexico.

Steve Parker took a working vacation to Hone Creek in 1999 along with his wife, Mary, and their youngest son, Trevor. They helped to clear land and build a camp on the first property purchased for the school site.  When a better location for the school became available, this first piece became a home for John Summers, who is the director for ITC.

Mary Parker was unable to travel to Costa Rica this time (she’s even now planning a wedding for one of their four daughters), but oldest son, Craig was happy to represent her. Steve, a retired Air Force officer, is currently an engineer for the TRW Corporation, and Craig is a graduate student in mechanical engineering at the University of Utah. The family home is in Kaysville, Utah.

Nathan Seaich spent almost as much time growing up in the Summers household as he did in his own.  He visited John in Hone Creek in 2000, and this year he was anxious to return with his wife-to-be, Cheri. They are also busy planning their wedding for August. Nathan and Cheri will live in Pleasant View, Utah where Nathan owns and operates Alpine Painting.

Dr. Bob and Jo Summers could not have guessed six hears ago when, with John, they drove a truck and camper to Costa Rica to begin this project that they would be sharing it with these other great people.  Not the least of these great people is their granddaughter, Camila. John married Sharon Viquez Solano in 2000, and Camila was born on Christmas Day that year. The Instituto Tecnico del Caribe is being built through the support of her people in one nation, for her people in the other.

Last modified: January 03, 2014