Today we woke up early for a traditional Costa Rican breakfast in San Jose, packed our bags and headed off to Osa. Along the way we made various stops such as a smoothie shop, a market and beachside lunch. To our surprise we caught a glance of a couple White Faced Monkeys.
Yesterday, on the 21st, we visited our mentor Sandro’s organic farm where we enjoyed learning the process of refining cocoa beans into hot chocolate and cocoa face masks. Later in the day, we endured a crazy rain storm, and went to a field day rally with the locals of Rancho Quemado. Today, we split into two separate groups, one whose mission was to build water filters to clean grey water so that runoff in the community is safe for the plants in the environment, and one who will build a community garden with indigenous plants to help bring biodiversity closer to the town. Also, other than just doing service, the two groups had the opportunity to ride bikes deep into the rainforest to look for animals and animal footprints, and were able to explore a local farmers land and take a swim in a natural waterfall pool.
July 26, 2017
In the morning we took a trip to zip lining, where we got to experience an amazing view, and seven zip lines over and through the breathtaking rainforest. In the afternoon, we met at the school in Rancho Quemado where we assisted in setting up the party for one of there national holidays being held the following day. Our morning began at 7:20 with breakfast, followed by an 8 o’clockmeet up at three different locals houses, where we helped prepare traditional dishes to bring to the party at the school. At the school, we watched the students preform dances, the locals speak about the significance of the holiday, and a special musician which played the “marimba” or xylophone. We ended our day with our service groups, either working on the filter or painting a new sign for Rancho Quemado.