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- 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.
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-The Global Leadership Adventures HQ Team
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 26
Buenos días from Paraiso!
All students expected to arrive yesterday for the 21-Day Spanish Service Adventure are here at home base. As we get to know each other and this new environment, we look forward to welcoming Esha on Tuesday.
Stay tuned for more from the SSA21 crew, from here on out from the perspective of our student Leaders of the Day.
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 26
Day 2 in Costa Rica, brought to you By Olivia Rhea. First things first, to start our day we enjoyed a very nice breakfast and a cool welcoming to those who joined. After breakfast, we all got ready and gathered together for a presentation that lead to our very well known swim test. We flew through our test like race horses.
We then all kicked back till lunch time. At lunch, we had some great chicken and rice that just set us up for the whole day up until dinner time!
Throughout our day up until dinner, we had some local speakers speak with us about this very beautiful country they are from! It was very interesting and amazing to get to know all the different things that go on here and get to know more of our surroundings.
As we were wrapping up our talk with the speakers, we got a break that got us rebooted for the rest of our presentation. After our presentation, we had free time up until dinner, we all came together as a group, played some games, and got to know each other a lot more.
As dinner was being prepped we had a little more free time and enjoyed ourselves. Dinner came, we grubbed our food, finished up & cleaned up! At last we all gathered as a group for a group meeting and shared our roses, buds, and thorns of the day and trip! At the end of our day on Day 2 we had a very chill time!
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 27
Day 3 in Costa Rica, narrated by Carter Donald. We had an amazing day, but as you know, all great days start with a great breakfast. Today we had cereal with milk, fresh fruit, and some toast. We all enjoyed breakfast and were prepared for the day ahead.
Following breakfast, we had some time to get ready. We then traveled to a nearby field that we will work on. When we arrived, we were greeted by some locals who were kind enough to share an indoor space to put our bags and rest if needed. We began working on the field by preparing the land to plant new grass. However, after we took our first break it began to rain and we had to end early.
To occupy the extra time, we decided to play soccer at a nearby indoor field. It was a fun and action packed game, and even our leaders decided to join in.
After the soccer game we headed back to base came where an amazing shower and lunch were awaiting us. For lunch we had chicken and rice, chips, beet salad, beans, and mango. It was just what we needed to power back up.
After lunch we had a break before a short activity. For this activity we worked in groups to engage in a discussion regarding the education system in Malaysia.
Soon after our discussion we began conducting our Spanish placement interviews, and we then played a few games and split off into our respective groups.
To transition into the end of the day we had a great dinner that consisted of fish, papaya, potatoes, and salad.
We ended the day with some shout-outs and Rose Bud Thorn.
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 28
Day 4 in Costa Rica, brought to you by Lily Knudsen. Today was another great day! For breakfast we had pancakes, fresh watermelon and pineapple, and orange juice. After, we went to be prepared for the service project.
During the project today, we leveled out the ground and started laying sod. Since we had gotten money exchanged last night, we all headed down to the market for some Costa Rican snacks to try.
After we came back to home base, we had some delicious lunch. We had pollo, or chicken, with rice and beans, watermelon, cabbage salad, and carambola juice (starfruit). We then had some free time. everyone got in the pool to cool off from the surprisingly hot weather, where we played frisbee.
To occupy the rest of our free time we played cards together.
For a few hours after, we worked on our Spanish with our adjusted groups. After Spanish Class, our delectable dinner was ready which was: beef, corn, potatoes, plátanos, with a sauce, and pineapple juice.
We ended the day with a special guest speaker to talk about the history and background of Costa Rica.