Wednesday July 24, 2019
Students trickled in slowly on Arrival day, leaving equal time for getting to know each other and resting up from a day of travel.
For those who arrived through the afternoon, lunch was on offer from a family owned restaurant across the street from the hotel. where they enjoyed typical Costa Rican fare (rice,beans,choice of meat, veggies,salad and fried plantains!)
After naps, games and more arrivals, students stretched their legs with a walk to dinner at Tortillería, a local fusion restaurant.
With full bellies and new friends, students got a quick orientation from Mentors Jacob, Angelina and Cathy. The last arrivals enjoyed their meals in the hotel, while discussing the following day’s journey to home base and big ziplining adventure!
Thursday July 25, 2019
The next morning brought the whole group together for the first time. Over breakfast, students acquainted themselves and prepared their day packs for the first big adventure.
Ziplining didn’t disappoint, as students spent their midday soaring over the rainforest canopy. Complete with tapir sighting and hearty lunch of rice, beans, pasta, salad and fruit juice, everyone had plenty to chat about as the van departed for the Green Gold Eco lodge, where the students will call home for the next week!
After a stop at the local market Maxi Palí for some snacks and any last minute provisions the final leg of the journey took them past expansive banana plantations owned by Chiquita, Dole & Del Monte. Director Brie prompted students to consider working conditions, pesticide and herbicide runoff and deforestation as discussion of the term ‘banana republic’ became something more tangible than just a fast fashion outlet.
A 15 minute boat ride and short walk brought students into home base, where dinner of pasta, garlic bread and salad waited.
After orientation and safety guidelines, students finally settled into their off-grid jungle home.
Friday July 26, 2019
This morning the group woke up to a fresh breakfast. Our first activity was the farm tour in which we saw a sloth iguanas cayman a giant wasp nest and some beautiful butterflies. We were all excited to try variety of coconuts and pass them around to drink the juice. After the farm tour we had lunch and then a lecture about the different types of turtles in the area and how they can be helped.
Then we all walked out to the beach to learn about the tracks of the turtles and how to find their nest. We then all came in and did a debate about building Shoreside hotels. We all learned a lot about listening to different perspectives. After that we all had some free time before dinner. We are now on preparing for a first night patrol. Fingers crossed we see a turtle!
-by Lola, Claudia, Sara, Veronika
Sunday July 28, 2018
Today we went into Parismina for the first time and it was beautiful. We got to see baby turtles be released into the ocean. We learned how to measure sea turtles and how to relocate turtle eggs so they hatch safely and are camouflaged from poachers. We saw some cute dogs on our way to grab chocolate cover bananas and ice cream from a local shop. All of us split into two groups and went off to make empaladas which were so tasty. On our way back we were followed by some community dogs all the way back to base camp. Then we had free time for the majority of the rest of the day, which including coconut hunting and hanging at the beach. Then we ended the day with a delicious dinner and games.
-by Liv, Kai, Leah, Leila
Today we went to Parismina and went to the elementary school where we got to play with little kids and teach them some games. Next thing we did was get smoothies from a small shop. We met a very sweet, local boy from town. After this we played sports with the towns’ people. Following this, we went to a market filled with beautiful, handmade crafts and bracelets. It was amazing to be able to support local artisans in Parismina.
We then went to a soccer game, which started with local children, but then evolved to include the local teens as well.
It was incredible to be able to feel fully immersed in Parismina’s beautiful and colorful culture.
We went out for night patrol after dinner and were lucky enough to see the beautiful nights sky. Just a few minutes into our night patrol our group came across a green turtle!!! We watched the turtle dig her nest and lay her eggs. After the turtle laid her eggs, we reburied them to hide them from poachers. In total there were 110 eggs! It was an astounding experience. We watched the turtle return to sea and reflected about our journey and the people we met and experiences we’ve been fortunate enough to have.
Brian, Jackson, Bryn, Kennan