“A big part of this program is learning about sustainability and how we can help with simple acts. We are learning about sustainable coffee farms and helping provide labor to local farmers who couldn’t afford the labor for the Eco version of coffee farming. We have pulled weeds, loosened soil, and fertilized with organic products! It is very hard work but it is really helping the communities and teaching us about what humans do to the environment and the simple actions that we can do to change it”
Making a Difference
“Helping a community to build can be truly rewarding, in more ways then one. I never knew that I could have the liveliness to complete some of the things that I’ve accomplished. As an example, I look children running around, and wonder how they have the energy and excitement for something like that. I’ve realized, however, that the reason why adults seem to have less energy than children is because adults spend all their energy thinking, as opposed to children, who spend all their energy doing. Through the service in Costa Rica, it has become more apparent that doing is infinitely more valuable than thinking.”
Service & Rafting!
“The past week in Costa Rica has been full of service and learning, but there has been plenty of adventure and excitement as well! The afternoon rafting got on to an exciting start, when one intrepid crew of rafters became carried away with just the basic commands of “forwards” and “backwards” and decided to advance to the next level command of “upside down,” while trying to save another member of their crew who had decided to take an impromptu swim through a rapid. Fortunately, everyone responded quickly and intelligently to the situation, and soon enough we were once again forging on through the river. Everyone had a fantastic day, and our rafting adventure (or misadventure) will definitely be one of the highlights of the trip!”
The Adventure Continues…
“Every day has been a new experience with no single day like any before it. The experiences I have individually gained have started to make a visible impact on my person-and my Spanish- and it has only been one week! Everyday brings something new with the best part being that no matter how hard you try, it is impossible to predict exactly what will come.”
Want to learn more about the Costa Rica: Spanish Service Adventure experience? Check out the program guide and put yourself in the shoes of our volunteers in this lush Central American nation.
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