Dear our Lovely GLA Squad Animal Rescue Alumni,
We still can’t believe how much time has past since our trip in Costa Rica! I can still remember meeting you all the very first day at the airport. I remember orientation day like it was yesterday and what felt like hundreds of icebreakers that we all did to get to know each other. You are most likely back in school or working on your next steps in life but we wanted you to know that here in Costa Rica we are still thinking about all of the memories and the impact that we have made!
Everything that you guys have done here in Costa Rica has truly made such an incredible impact! We are so proud of the hardworking young adults that you are and the bright future that you have at your fingertips. Each and every one of you has positively effected our lives, the dogs at the animal shelters lives, Antonio’s family’s life, VIDA’s life, and the community as a whole. As you all know, you were the first group to complete this Animal Rescue 21 day Program and we want you to know that your legacy will live on. Due to your generosity in making and contributing to the Animal Shelter GoFundMe account: the dogs are getting plenty of food, toys, medical care, and beautiful living conditions with fresh coats of paint. Your names will forever be written on the walls as a memory of the hard work, love and dedication you ALL contributed. We hope that the knowledge that YOU have gained on this trip will serve you in the future communities you are a part of! We all met people from different backgrounds than our own and it is important to remember to give back when possible.
We thank you ALL for all of the fun memories we have made together! Our group was very close knit with only 13 students and we could not have asked for better individuals to make this trip the blast that it was! We experienced Costa Rican culture by learning to salsa, eating rice and beans at every meal, listening to Champu sing his favorite song, interacting with the community, taking hikes through the forest, visiting Ruins and Basilicas, and becoming friends with Marvin Junior’s family. We visited local markets, frolicked on horses, learned the coffee making process, went white water rafting, flew through the trees zip-lining, became pro surfers and paddle boarders, and you all assisted in spay and neuter surgeries! This trip has truly been one for the books and you ALL have accomplished so much. We will always remember what a blast this time was together! Thank you all again for helping to make so many special memories in this amazing place!
Some special moments from our trip:
-Working on the animal shelter by paint chipping, painting, walking and loving the dogs.
-Going horseback riding, some of us for the first time ever!
-Flying through the sky zip-lining.
-Learning the process of making organic coffee.
-Visiting ZooAve and seeing all of the amazing birds, a Danta, monkeys, sloths, and so much more!
-Yelling “Pura Vida” as we white water rafted down the San Carlos river!
-Celebrating two special birthdays and the 4th for July!
-Visiting local school children and teaching them about animal well being and playing games with them.
-And how could we ever forget Karaoke night?!
We have accomplished so much! Never forget how special you all are and how much of an impact you have made. Summer 2018 spent in Costa Rica will never be forgotten!
Quinn and the Costa Rican Team