Just checking in to say hi and that we miss you lots and think of our trip this summer often. We assume that you guys are probably missing the Costa Rican weather and beaches as much as we are at this point. We had so much fun surfing with you guys and hope you all are able to continue in the future. It was so awesome to see you guys get better each day and get really into it. We won’t forget being out there and looking out to the ocean and back at the surrounding islands and trees. We’ll be daydreaming about that for a long time.
We also want you to know that the impact that you had during service will not be forgotten. From having lots of fun with the students at Forjando Alas to brightening up the Parquecito for the whole community to use, it was definitely a rewarding and important experience. I think we all learned a lot about service from Travis and about different cultures and ways of living from the people we met in Bahía Ballena. You guys all have the potential to be great leaders in your own communities and we hope you are putting some skills you learned here to good use back home.
Rafting and yoga were two highlights from the trip as well. We hope you all enjoyed paddling through the rapids together – or at least doing your best to. It was really cool to see how Pilar’s yoga sessions and talks really impacted some of you. We also had fun during the activities together, like creating skits, sharing our ‘lollipop moments’ with each other, and making it up the mountain to see the whale tail. We’re proud of all you guys accomplished on this trip and hope you think of it often!
Here are some fun memories we have from the trip:
-Cooling off in the pool after long and hot days of surfing and service
-Hitting cement blocks with a sledgehammer during service
-When some of us flew out of the raft
-When some of you guys did a room redecoration of the bunk beds
-Singing after lights out
-All the silliness during our World Cup conversation
-Meeting students at Forjando Alas
-Playing soccer with an ex-professional player
-Getting creative painting the tires at the soccer field
-Playing at the beach while taking a break from surfing
Wishing you all the best!!
Supreme Patrick and Yoo Jen