Thanks for the checking out the blog for this Global Leadership Adventures program!
Here are a few things you can expect:
- We typically receive 2-3 blog posts per week here at GLA Headquarters from our program staff and students, so please don’t be alarmed if you don’t see a blog post daily – that’s totally normal.
- Blog updates sent on weekends may not be posted until Monday.
- Due to many factors, including but not limited to internet accessibility, photos may not always be available to post onto the blog. Sometimes onsite program staff are only able to send text back to Headquarters, where our team updates the blog.
Cell Phone Policy: The GLA cell phone policy is currently in place this summer to help foster meaningful connections between students. This means your student’s phone will be collected every day and returned to them throughout the program during designated spaces of time we call ‘tech time’. Actual tech times and regularity will vary greatly by program location. During designated ‘tech time’, your student may use their phones as they wish. Please note that your student may not always choose to use this time to get a hold of their parents. If you are not hearing directly from your student each day, you can assume that no news is good news! We strongly recommend you follow the blog to follow your students’ experience without talking to them every day. If you are a parent and would like to get in touch with your student directly, you can call us at +1-619-758-3031 and we can set up a formal time for you to connect with your student.
Thank you for your patience and understanding, and we hope you enjoy following along on these unforgettable adventures.
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-The Global Leadership Adventures HQ Team
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 25
Welcome to the Animal Rescue 21-Day Program blog!
We are looking forward to sharing our Costa Rica adventures with you. Join us for the next 21 days as we hike, cool off in the waterfall, zipline, go rafting, take a dip in the hot springs, and look for sea life on a catamaran. We will play soccer with local teens, learn how to make empanadas, go souvenirs shopping at a local market, and take Latin dance lessons.
Our group is looking forward to our service learning, especially assisting at the veterinary clinic.
Most of our group arrived by 6 pm today. We got acquainted at the airport waiting for our new friends to arrive by playing a competitive game of UNO and other card games. Our last group has arrived and is in transit to the home base. We look forward to meeting them in the morning. They all enjoyed their first meal together of traditional Costa Rican foods..
It’s already a pleasure to know our group. They were excited to make new friends and begin our Costa Rican journey.
We can’t wait for the service learning and activities to begin.
Carter, Leala, and Vanessa, will join us for our full group photo tomorrow. Can’t wait to meet you.
The GLA Team,
Gina, Tef, Sam, and JuanK
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 26
It was our first full day in Costa Rica. We welcomed Carter, Leala, and Vanessa during our morning introductions and fun ice breaker games. Everyone was very talkative and made new friends. We pulled our masks off for a group photo.
We learned about our Emergency Evacuation Plan and W.I.T.S. Our team will see to it that the students are staying hydrated, carrying or applying Insect Repellent, Toilet Paper and Sunscreen. With safety discussed, we enjoyed a delicious lunch.
Our leader Tef pulled out the yoga mats and led us in a reflective leadership meditation. It was nice to practice self-care together.
The students were given a generous tech time to charge phones after a long travel day yesterday. But we noticed they spent most of this free time talking with each other, playing pool and foosball in the reception area.
In the evening, the hotel manager, Alon, stopped by to share the 15 year history of Lands in Love with our students and tell them about the service options. Many were excited to learn that taking care of the property’s horses has been added to our service tomorrow.
After dinner we met in our mentor groups for reflection and to begin leadership discussions.
Chosen student leaders of the day will write tomorrow’s blog.
The group is off to a great start!
The GLA Team,
Gina, Tef, Sam, and JuanK
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 27
Hi, there! We are Kylie and Zoe and we’re the first leaders of GLA’s Costa Rica Animal Rescue Project for Monday, June 27th. We are so excited for the adventures and activities ahead of us for the next 3 weeks!
I (Kylie) started my day off with the stables! I got to work with three other girls in caring for both the horses and goats as well as their surrounding environment. We had the opportunity to wash multiple beautiful and friendly horses, scrub essential equipment, as well as organize and clean the rooms for the animals. It was very intriguing to grasp the daily lives of the hardworking caretakers of the stables and see how much they really care for these animals. We even got to watch as a horse was medically treated and cared for on his back.
I(Zoe) started my day off with cleaning the camp grounds. Among one of two hikes today I endured, we, as a small group, went through the steep and rocky jungle of the resort. Our leader, Julio, gave each of us a trash can and rake and we picked up large leaves, plastic bags, and branches. Also, on the cleanup we saw very cool trees, and we even climbed under. We also discovered different and unique plants, and we were even able to safely taste some sour leaves that grow in the forest!
We ended off our day with one of the most breathtaking hikes we’ve ever gone on! This was a steep and rocky hike, but at the same time, extraordinarily fun and enjoyable. Our first incredible sight was the monstrous waterfall that revealed beautiful mossy rocks, several different species of plants and animals, as well as a connecting stream!
After taking countless pictures and videos, we walked through the stream, continuing on our trail. We finally reached the gorgeous river flowing throughout the rainforest. There were huge boulders, refreshing waters, dark sand, and endless trees and waterfalls not far in the distance! A lot of us even went into the water which gave us plenty of time to relax and cool down after our long hike! Although the walk back was inevitably difficult after walking all uphill, we’d say it was totally worth it, and we would definitely go back!
After a delectable dinner, we had the pleasure of receiving a wonderful and creative presentation on the history of Costa Rica from a former Lands in Love worker and Tico! We learned about many traditional foods, the currency difference, holiday celebrations, and some interesting lingo commonly used in Costa Rica! It was a very fun night where we were engaged in an awesome conversation. We even got to try Mamoncillo which is the red fruit with a hairy exterior, but a clear, grape like fruit on the inside!
This day was a very activity-filled day, keeping us very occupied. Day 1 of service was a success, and we cannot wait for more to come!
Happy 16th Birthday Aidan!