Tuesday July 24, 2018
Welcome to Costa Rica!!
Yesterday was a successful arrival day! We spent the day relaxing at our hotel and getting to know each other. We are all so excited for our last student to arrive this afternoon, and once Kaci is here, our community will be complete! As we say in Costa Rica…Pura vida!
Hannah Calloway, International Director
Thursday July 26, 2018
Today we did some hard work! We worked in mud with ants and other wild jungle insects as the humidity was with us. We all were sweating and working but everybody was positive, no groans or complaints. It showed how much the kids here don’t care about the conditions as long as we can help the community and just simply our planet. The surfing, ziplining and dancing and other fun activities are just bonuses.
-Written by Pipa, part of the student blog team (paparazzi!). See photo below for this session’s list of leadership roles and those who decided to take them on!
Saturday July 28, 2018
Today we went swimming in the whale tail beach. While walking with friends and mentors, it was filled with fun and facts. There was no dull moment with our group or I’m guessing any group. As you are walking half way through the whale tail you look back to the main land and see how the tail look works both ways. It was truly breath-taking and did not make you miss home. It was paradise. In the afternoon we did service at the tree nursery! It was a great day.
Written by Pipa, pictures by Kayla
Monday July 30, 2018
Usually Mondays aren’t everyone’s favorite. Waking up early isn’t everyone’s favorite either. But today was magical. We all were so excited to wake up at 5:30 and get ready to go on a beautiful hike to Corcovado park. The boat ride was mind blowing. As the air blows in hair with cultural music playing around as you see your peers smiling aside you. We saw a baby humpback whale and its mama. It was breathtaking and all your problems went away as you saw these amazing mammals.
When people capture these animals in pictures you may just think “wow, a whale”. But when you see them in real life, as you put your phone down, it becomes something else. You feel as if it’s just you and the whales. And it is. The hike was just as beautiful. We saw small mammals and insects we wouldn’t normally see. Spider Monkeys that swayed on trees. It was truly a beautiful and once in a life time experience for some kids.
Written by Pipa
Photos by Kayla
(Student Blog team)
It was hard to say goodbye to this group, a few tears were shed as we watched your flights depart. What a wonderful, funny, engaged and passionate group of young people. You inspired us with your dedication to service work and the joy with which you participated in activities. Your ideas and creativity as well as your willingness to engage in new ideas motivated us and reminded us of why we love this job. We are so proud of all we achieved together. We look forward to each of you continuing your journey and hearing of the positive changes you manifest in your personal lives and in your community. Keep being awesome PTP 3.
With lots of love from your GLA team, Sam, Gerrie and Hannah.