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-The Global Leadership Adventures HQ Team
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 28
Hola! Today was arrival day – It was a typical Costa Rican day with the morning bringing sunshine and the afternoon bringing showers. Students were greeted by international Director, Ferney, and mentors Lundon and DJ at the airport and bused to our first meeting point at Hotel Robledal where they were welcomed with lunch, water, and new friends!
Lunch comprised of pasta and the first of many Casado platters, a traditional Costa Rican meal that usually includes rice and beans, a salad, fried sweet plantains, and a protein – either fish, chicken, pork, or beef with a mango refresca drink to top it off. After lunch students were briefed on code of conduct, safety protocols, and assigned to their rooms to shower and decompress from their long day of travel; student’s settled in with games of UNO, trivia, reading a book, and of course, much needed naps.
By dinner time 13 of our 18 students had officially arrived and met for dinner in the dining area as a group. The staff introduced themselves to the students with some fun facts and then after dinner the students gathered for an icebreaker game and some more orientation!
At 9PM students reported to their rooms for curfew and lights out at 10PM. We are still awaiting 5 leaders (Matea, Aiyanna, Braiden, Nicolas, Zoe) to join us before we make the 4hr trek to our first official home base – we can’t wait!
Signing off of a much needed R&R arrival day – Mentor Lundon