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BLOG POST FOR JUNE 28
We’re all finally in the land of Pura Vida and our program couldn’t have started a better way. All our students landed in San José today and their luggage is here with them.
We had various arrival times throughout the day; from 10am to 11pm. Students had the opportunity to enjoy the swimming pool at the hotel (after successfully passing the swim test, of course), interact with each other, play cards, sleep, and rest.
We had some late arrivals so we’re looking forward to eating our first meal as a whole team tomorrow morning – and of course we’ll take our first group photo then.
We couldn’t take photos of everyone given the difference in arrival times but we promise we’ll take more photos tomorrow 😉
We’re all excited for our early start tomorrow morning to travel to our Homebase in Parismina. We’ll stop somewhere along the way and go ziplining, so we’re also looking forward to that!
The team – Marco, Mag, Grae, Jason, and Luismi
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 29
This morning we woke up pretty early to get breakfast and left the comfort of our hotel in Alajuela. After a couple of hours we arrived at our Zipline location.
We all got a great rush of adrenaline as we descended through 10 different cables – some of them were so long you couldn’t even see the end!
The group faced their fears and supported each other to overcome this challenge.
A few more hours of driving and we arrived at Caño Blanco, where we took a boat through the beautiful Parismina river. We made it to our Homebase just before the sun set, settled into our new rooms, enjoyed a delicious dinner, showered, and played a game which allowed us to start bonding with our Mentor Groups.
BLOG FOR JUNE 30
Today was our first full day at home base. We woke up to rain and monkeys, which was a warm welcome to Costa Rica. We enjoyed a nice breakfast and then participated in orientation activities, where we got to know both our peers and staff members better. After a couple of hours, we sat down to enjoy a delicious lunch, followed by a trip to the beach once the rainy weather had cleared. The water was very warm and relaxing, and everyone had a great time.
Once we all had showered and cleaned up, we had an informative presentation about the local turtle endangerment and what we would be doing to help over the next few days. After the presentation, we ate a unique dinner to fuel us for the night patrols that would follow.
All in all we had a great first day and are excited to see what the future holds.
Andrew, Nicholas Ho, Julie
BLOG POST FOR JULY 1
Hola familia y amigos!
Today was filled with ocean and agricultural fun! After breakfast, our host Jason gave us a tour around his property, the Green Gold Ecolodge. We walked around the property trying passion fruit and other tropical fruits. On the way to the beach Jason used his famous machete to fend off howler monkeys from his precious fruits. He also fed his pet cayman, Juancho. We ended the tour trying different parts of a coconut tree.
After lunch we found ourselves at the beach filling up multiple bags of trash to prevent turtles from ingesting it. Afterwards we took a dip in the ocean and came back to the lodge to freshen up and bond with each other. Tonight we had cake in celebration of Sarah’s 17th birthday. Happy birthday!
We ended the night with a debate about conservation. We’re looking forward to our adventures tomorrow!
Leah, Edith, Douglas, and Blake
BLOG POST FOR JULY 2
This morning we tried a new tropical fruit, it was pretty good. Then we got ready for another adventure, the boat tour! On our way to the dock we saw white faced monkeys and a mamma sloth and her baby. Then we got picked up by the boats. Our guides for the tour were Jason and Jerry. They were very good at spotting camouflaged animals. We saw caymans, lots of birds, howler and spider monkeys, iguanas, basalisks, and butterflies. Overall the two hour tour was very educational and relaxing. When we got back we ate lunch and took siesta to get ready for our 3 hour night patrol.
Then we had beach clean up, we filled 2 bags today. We really learned about the effect of trash in the ocean and how to help. Then we took a quick swim and did a small game. After the beach we came back and showered to freshen up for dinner. Now we’re getting ready for patrol. It is going to be a late night!
Added note: we saw our first turtle during our patrol. It was a hawksbill, which is extremely rare to see!
Jae, Olivia, Lily, Santi
BLOG POST FOR JULY 3
Hola from Parismina!
We started off our day with a delicious breakfast with banana bread. Later we rode in the back of trucks and drove to the local town where we got a tour of the village. After the tour of the village we took a cooking class where we learned to make empanadas. We ate lunch and had an arm wrestling tournament. The locals set up a market for us to shop around, like an art fair. After that we played soccer with the kids and let’s just say they were a lot better than us. It definitely made their day and it made ours too. That ended the day in the village and after some of us went to the beach. We have night patrol tonight and that will be a wrap for day 6.
Justine, Tatum, Ava, Ilan
BLOG POST FOR JULY 4
Today, some of us started off with morning yoga at Homebase. It was very fun and relaxing. Then we gathered for breakfast, which was so yummy. After breakfast we headed to the beach for our last beach day. The waves were very fun and the weather was extremely nice. The water was refreshing sand we spent a lot of time in the waves.
After the beach, we showered and played cards before lunch. Next, we played some group games and prepared for our dance in the afternoon. Once the dance teachers arrived we began dancing. We learned different dances including salsa, merengue, bachata, and the chacha slide. Dancing was a blast and we all had a lot of fun together. After dancing we searched the beach for sprouting coconuts during our forest reforestation project. We planted the coconuts near the beach so they had a better chance of surviving. They should be ready to eat in 4-6 years! It was really rewarding to plant the trees, and some of us got the opportunity to swim one last time. At dinner we ate empanadas and now we’re getting ready for our last night patrol.
Added note; on our last night patrol some of us were able to see another Hawksbill sea turtle, which was an awesome way to close our night patrol service in Parismina.
Lucie, Sarah L, Keira, Sarah O
BLOG POST FOR JULY 5
This morning we got COVID test for our trips back home at 6am. We then packed up our day bags, are breakfast and headed out on our white water adventure. We spent 4 hours rafting on the Pacuare river, the 3rd most beautiful river in the world. The river had world class rapids, beautiful scenery, wild life, slot canyon, and experienced guides. The weather was beautiful and sunny for the most part, with slight showers.
After lunch we headed back onto the water for one last big rapid and ended with a leisurely swim in a beautiful canyon. We then headed back to Homebase where we packed up for the trip back home and had one last leadership activity.
Audrey, Anna, Bella, Nikolas, Izzy
BLOG POST FOR JULY 6
Today we had our last breakfast at the Homebase. Then we traveled and stopped for lunch at a place where we ate casado and bought some traditional sweets to bring as souvenirs. We then continued our trek to Alajuela where we had dinner. We then had an amazing cake to celebrate Leah’s birthday.
At night we had a closing ceremony where we showed each other appreciation for all the experiences we shared together this week.
We wished everyone safe travels back home and got ready for the early departures tomorrow.
The GLA team