Bonaire needs people with open, versatile and strong personalities who will use their talents to advance Bonaire as a whole. To achieve this desirable prospect, Mangazina di Rei especially wants to challenge children, young people, disadvantaged groups and entrepreneurs (including kunukeros) to develop a broader view of society. By means of Bonairean culture (way of life) we are making them enthusiastic about their heritage, music, nature, agriculture, entrepreneurship, recreation and tourism.

“Everyone, large and small, has talent! At Mangazina di Rei you will surely find your place, inspiration, cohesion and the route to a solid future.”CEO TMA international

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Talento Kultural

Talento Kultural is a program for children and youngsters who are interested in Bonairean culture. They are coached by various elderly people and professionals who work in the cultural sector.

The children receive music and singing lessons. Every child chooses a krioyo instrument or a dance and together they rehearse songs that match a cultural theme. The four annual themes are Simadan, San Juan i San Pedro, Musika Folkloriko and Pone Barí Ronka. As a conclusion to each theme, the children perform at Nos Zjilea. In this way the typical 'krioyo' way of playing Bonairean music is conveyed to our youth, which prevents it from being lost.

Besides learning to play a krioyo instrument or a typical Bonairean dance, the children also learn other skills, such as presenting themselves, working together and self-discipline. They feel proud of their achievements and this builds their self-esteem and self-confidence. By participating in this program, children have a chance to discover their talents and they are given the opportunity to put them to use during the program and the presentations.

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“From an early age on I knew I had musical talent and at Mangazina di Rei I was able to develop it further. In addition I learned a lot of other things, such as working together with others, making decisions, respect for the elderly and self-discipline. I also had the opportunity to participate in a film project during my time at Mangazina di Rei. This has fired my desire to take a course to become an actor or director myself. If all goes well, I will start my studies next year!”Rogen Pineda Mateo
Participant Talento Kultural

“Great work! Keep it up so that our children can continue to develop their talents. They are the future of Bonaire.”Parent Talento Kultural Participant

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Nos Zjilea

Every last Saturday of the month, Mangazina di Rei organizes a cultural educational event called Nos Zjilea. At 'Nos Zjilea' local residents and tourists get together and enjoy Bonairean culture. Talento Kultural has the opportunity to perform at this event and to show the audience what they can do. They are often supported by well-known Bonairean bands, such as “Tutti Frutti”.

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Teaching Orchestra

Recently Mangazina di Rei has entered into collaboration with Stichting Leerorkest (Teaching Orchestra Foundation) from the Netherlands. This unique project uses their well-known methodology to teach children to play an orchestral instrument in no time so that they can join their teachers in performing in a symphony orchestra. The first teaching orchestra has started at Kolegio San Luis Bertran in Rincon. For more information see website

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Educational programs for schools

Mangazina di Rei offers educational programs for schools. During these programs we introduce school children to various cultural aspects. They receive a tour of our exhibition and they take a music workshop or bake their own “repa”. They are also asked to complete an assignment, which helps the experience they were offered to take root.

Schools perceive our educational programs to be well-organized, educational and child-oriented. Teachers feel that students’ participation is very good and that the programs are in line with their level of knowledge and with what the students are able to relate to.

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“The miscellaneous workshops that last a maximum of 10 minutes are just right for the children, so that they remain focused and involved in the material. The workshops are also very interactive.”Teacher Kolegio Kristo Bon Wardador

“The educational program was very diverse and included various kinds of activities such as listening, making music and exercise games.”Teacher Kolegio Rayo di Solo

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Talent Class

The talent class is a training and work experience program especially for teenagers. By carrying out various kinds of assignments in the cultural park they go on an interesting quest during which they discover where their talents lie and how they can further develop and deploy them. This gives the teenagers a better insight into their own capabilities and helps them to become more confident in making choices for a successful future. Because: usa bo talento ta hasi bo kontentu!(translated into English this means: using your talents will make you happy and content!)

This program is offered to after-school-care students in collaboration with the Bonaire Youth and Future Foundation.

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Mangazina di Rei offers pupils, students and disadvantaged groups the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in a business-like working environment. Guided by coaches, students find out how the Cultural Park Mangazina di Rei is run and what kind of skills and talents are required to do so. In order to discover their own talents and to develop the necessary competencies and work skills, they follow courses, they receive training and they practice undertaking various jobs in the cultural park.

Mangazina di Rei has a lot of experience with workplace training for various target groups.


“Here at Mangazina di Rei, I discovered my talent for working with the elderly. I always thought I wouldn't be able to work in the healthcare sector because I am in a wheelchair myself. That is why I tried to apply for a job in administration. During my apprenticeship at Mangazina di Rei, I had the opportunity to complete an assignment for a group of elderly people. After that, the care facility where these elderly people reside offered me an internship and later on I was offered a job. I am very happy because now I can use my talents every day!” Gemar Bernabela
Participant Apprenticeship Program

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Kunuku Lifestyle Challenge

Mangazina di Rei has developed a teaching concept, which we have called “Kunuku Lifestyle Challenge”. “Kunuku Lifestyle Challenge” is a project for children and young people from 6 to 14 years old. Bonaire has a solid “kunuku” history, which means that in the past (50 to 100 years ago) many people grew their own fruit and vegetables and raised livestock on their own piece of land (kunuku). Unfortunately the current generation no longer does this very much. Mangazina di Rei wants to bring children closer to this “kunuku” history by means of this educational program. Currently we are unable to offer this program.

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Internship opportunities

Mangazina di Rei is recognized as a training company by ROA CN (Labor Market Educational Council of the Caribbean Netherlands) and we offer internship opportunities to students in secondary (MBO) and higher vocational education (HBO) from Bonaire and the Netherlands. As a recognized training company, we coach students in a responsible manner during their practical internship and we help them to develop competences.

We offer various internships in positions and areas such as: tour guide, musical entertainer, educational employee, group worker, receptionist, hospitality sector, sales employee, event organization, marketing, public greenery and maintenance worker. In this way we are bringing in expertise and the students have a place to gain experience and practice what they have learned at school.

Internship Examples

  • Writing a business plan – student Business Administration
  • Developing educational material - student Cultural Social Education
  • Developing teaching materials about heritage - student Heritage
  • Creating a plan for a cultural event - student Event Organization
  • Developing an App for the park - student Geo, Media and Design
  • Design outdoor space at Mangazina di Rei - student Landscape Design
  • Developing a module for new employee orientation - student Educational Sciences
  • Developing tools for work place training - student Social Pedagogy
  • Conduct research on the reasons for visiting the park - student Applied Mathematics
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“At Mangazina di Rei there is a pleasant working atmosphere and a team that knows how to work together and has solid plans for the future. Every employee is involved in the plans and decisions and so they put their hearts and souls into their work for the cultural park. It was also fun to work with the disadvantaged groups and to see that everyone can achieve something concrete and contribute to society at their own level.” Mariangela Oleana
Fourth-year student Business Economics at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
April-September 2013

“I have great appreciation for Mangazina di Rei’s management. Despite the limitations Bonaire has to deal with, they are one hundred and fifty percent committed to taking Mangazina di Rei Culture Park to a higher level. The perseverance, determination, creativity and especially the pleasure with which they try to achieve this goal has led me to admire this project greatly. In addition to that, they have managed to inspire and motivate me to pursue my goals and to realize my dreams.”Luc van Rossum
Third-year student Landscape Design at the Higher Agricultural School
in Den Bosch - January-April 2014

“I am a Dutch student and was able to see what working in a different culture is like. I was given a lot of leeway to conduct my own research and develop an educational program. The Kingdom Representative had invited all pupils in grade 6 to visit the new exhibition at Mangazina di Rei. A plan of action was needed for this event and I took the initiative to design it in collaboration with my internship supervisor. We welcomed more than 200 pupils and they all reacted with great enthusiasm. I would like to thank all Mangazina di Rei colleagues for their guidance during my internship.”Marieke van der Eerden
Third-year student Cultural Social Education at the HAN University of Applied Sciences
February-July 2016

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We have various volunteers who help us with activities, promotion and teaching children and young people. We are in the process of designing an attractive volunteer policy with accompanying manuals and training courses.

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Mangazina di Rei is always eager to work together with senior citizens who want to offer their knowledge and experience. These seniors like to share their knowledge about the past to help save their wealth of information from being lost. In addition, the information they share is very instructive for future generations since a lot of historical wisdom is based on a very respectful interaction with each other and with nature.

Would you like to share your knowledge with younger generations?