We’ve arrived! We’re all a bit tired-especially one student who ended up traveling 24 hours to get here!
We’re packing up the bus and heading off to the cloud forest of Providencia, where we will be spending the majority of our three weeks.
While today is all about the “who-are-yous” and “where-are-you-froms”, tomorrow is the four-letter word that we oh so love: work. Or in Spanish: ¡a trabajar!
We opened our tents to the fresh, Costa Rican air and walked through the Home Base, waking up all of the other hardworking volunteers. We devoured some delicious omelettes, which were well needed due to the array of activities we had lined up for the day ahead. We headed down to the organic coffee farm and fertilized the trees with our own, homemade, 100% natural fertilizer, made of manure and coffee skins. After four hours of sweating, we took a short hike to the waterfall where we got our well-deserved swim. We soaked up the sun and then ate some lunch, while everyone rushed to finish the homework our Spanish teachers had assigned us in class the day before. Class went on as planned, and then we had some free time before dinner. Once everyone was stuffed from our amazing meal, our mentors helped us work off dinner by teaching us how to do the native dances of Costa Rica and many other Hispanic countries, such as the merengue and salsa. After a few shorts lessons, we got the hang of it and danced the night away until it was time for bed.
~Amanda and Eve, Spanish Service Adventure (June 30-July 20)
Today we started off by waking up the group around 6:45am. At 7am, we went to breakfast and talked about the plans for the day and switched up the roles on mixing up the bocachi. One of the groups worked in the fields finishing up the last groups work and started on a separate new field. The other group spent their time mixing the bocachi, and carrying heavy loaded bags. When the work was done we had an amazing lunch and went to Spanish class directly after. During Spanish class we went to the local soccer field and played a game of charades in Spanish. After Spanish class we had almost two hours of free time before we came together for dinner.
We started today with a little taste of home- grilled cheese sandwiches.
We started our day off with a classic country breakfast consisting of scrambled eggs, sausage and pancakes. Delicious! Then we headed out to service to continue working on trenches to collect rain water which would come later in the day.
¡Hola a todos!
After an amazing breakfast, we trekked up the VERY steep road that leads to the reservation so we could clear more of the trail we are working on. We made a lot of progress today and finished just before the rain started.