Have you ever heard of a summer volunteer program for high schoolers where you learn to surf? Well, you can do just that on GLA’s newly updated version of its Costa Rica: Sports Service Adventure program. And I’m not talking about just grabbing a surfboard and trying to learn on your own. At this teen surf program, you’re trained by professional surfers with an eye for waves and a lot of experience working with everyone from first-timers to near-experts. But watch out: you may get schooled on your first day on the waves.
But don’t be afraid! By the time all is said and done, you’ll be standing up and following through on the board like the new pro you are.
During this volunteer/immersion and Costa Rica surf camp combination program, you’ll spend some time helping the local children by teaching them your favorite games, like beach volleyball. You’ll be working on projects with a direct impact on the community, and the surfing is something you’ll learn to appreciate in the context of how locals depend on it for tourism.
How cool is that? They always say teaching others is the best way to learn! And understanding the issues facing the surrounding community will help you to value the ocean and its meaning to those who live by it.
Why not challenge yourself on a program that gives you a chance to show your sportsmanship, learn leadership skills and encourage others to work to improve the environment?
Contributed by William Pate