¡Hola! Hello from Parrita, Costa Rica where 55 students have arrived at Beachside Service Adventure! Students arrived from the wee hours of the morning into the wee hours of the night. We are eagerly awaiting our final student to arrive, Seoyun, to join the group after long travels. Then we forge into the week ahead – making friendships, adventuring, getting dirty at service projects, and learning about each other, the community, and ourselves.
Today began with getting to know the GLA team, home base, and enjoying the freshly prepared traditional meals. Students were able to get a swim in the pool while the sun was shining and bright. It wouldn’t be a day at Beachside without an afternoon rainstorm to provide a cooling reprieve from the hot and humid morning. Everyone is taking it in stride, getting to know their groups, spending a bit of free time relaxing in the hammocks, and dodging huge raindrops when the sky opened up.
As the week progresses there will be more activities and adventures to come, as the Beachside Service Adventurers embark on their Costa Rican journey!
Buenos dias! After settling in and getting to know everyone, today is the first day of adventure in Parrita, Costa Rica. The sun is shining and the air is hot and humid: the perfect day for an adventure on the beach.
By: Christina Lempinen Cabana
Date: August 8, 2017
Today everyone woke up very excited and a little bit nervous because today we had a full day of service ahead of us. We grabbed our packed lunches and headed towards the buses.The bus ride to the service site was full of laughter and songs.
After a few hours of working, we ate our lunches and played soccer with the school kids. The kids were full of energy and were super energetic! After these few days, we’ve gotten to know all the other kids a lot better. The mentor groups have gotten a lot closer and everyone gets along super well. Looking forward to the days to come.
Jake Angelo and Mackenzie Brennan
Date: August 12, 2017
Our day started with a wonderful last breakfast of cereal, muffins, fruit, and ham omelettes. Everyone ate and chatted until it was time to go to their adventures. Today was everyones last adventure and the mood was still full of energy. During the bus ride to Tubing Callie played loud popular Spanish music to keep everyone going. In the beginning of the week the bus would have been semi-silent with the occasional Spanish word that everyone could pick out of the music. Today everyone was chattering with new friends that they had made throughout the trip, and almost everyone was singing along. The words to the song more familiar now after three other fantastic adventures, and many days of fulfilling service.
The journey was long but pleasant. Once the adventure group got to tubing everyone was all smiles. We slipped our way down to the waterfall and splashed around while waiting for a river guide to speak to us on safety. The instructor was loud and energetic- she made everyone laugh while simultaneously showing everyone what to do if they flipped. She pulled Mackenzie and Edie out to the tube and proceeded to show what it looked like to flip over off the tube. Once they were fully wet and everyone’s stomachs hurt from laughing; they walked to the river to begin their final adventure.
The instructor helped us all get in our tubes and sent us away. Anxiously, everyone waited to see who the first would be to flip…it was Mackenzie and Chloe. Our tubing trip was full of adventure and surprises. It was interrupted by a snack break which included fresh pineapple and cookies. Our adventure also included endeavors such as getting separated and washing down the rapids, though, everyone was safe and shared a laugh at the end.
Lunch consisted of rice, chicken, and fresh salad which tasted delicious (like all the other meals). After, everyone had packing time and time to rest. Later, we will have our story slam which will consist of everyone’s best crafted stories from the trip and past experiences. Also, at 9pm, we will have our salsa party and a time to say goodbye/reflect on all the great times we’ve had. It will be hard to say goodbye to this beautiful country and the friends/memories we have made but we are excited to share our experiences with everyone else! Pura Vida y Adios!