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Haley Whitley

After graduation from Seattle U in '06, with degrees in psychology and Spanish, Haley Whitley took a vacation in Pavones, Costa Rica, a remote town with many foreign residents. "There's an amazing surf break there," says Whitely, who had visited an aunt in Pavones when she was a junior at South Eugene. "I bought a beat-up surf board and fell in love with it." When her funds ran out, Whitley stayed on and made ends meet by tutoring home-schooled kids in English and offering community classes at a local school. "No one was teaching English," she says. "Whatever I could provide was better than what they had. My biggest class was 15 people, ages 10 to 50." Before she returned to Eugene in June of '07, Whitley and her college friend Raphel Weber, an ESL teacher, had founded Escuela Camino Claro, a community education center. While Weber keeps classes going, Whitley is in Eugene planning an ECC fundraiser for February 9 at the Fenario Gallery, with music by Kudana and members of Reeble Jar, local wine and beer, and a silent auction. Learn about ECC at caminoclaro.org.

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photograph and story by Paul Neevel

Eugene Weekly / 13 December 2007

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