Hey Andrea, Ava, Benjamin, Casey, Caroline, Clarice, Espencer, James, Joshua, Maggie, Martina, Mecca, Paige, Peyton, and Rolan!
By the time you are reading this, you will all probably be back at school, your memories of surfing, playing sports, and doing service in Bahía Ballena, Costa Rica a fond yet distant memory. As your leaders, we too have wonderful memories of our time spent together.
We are reminded of the fun times we had working with the local kids at the Flor de Bahia Elementary School when we pass them in the street and they want to give us a high five and reminisce about the fun times they had this summer.
Our aim was to help teach you how to surf, and during your five surf lessons in the Marino Ballena National Park, you guys impressed us so much with your great listening, tenacity, and courage to paddle all the way out. Your surf skills developed greatly during your ten days with us and we sincerely hope that you will be able to take that skill forward with you in your lives.
More than anything, we were so stoked that you all began to understand why it’s so important for surfers and anyone who spends a lot of time in or near the ocean to work together to keep the marine environment clean, healthy, and beautiful. We learned that everything ends up in the sea, so we can all do our part regardless of where we live by cutting back on plastic use, reducing our consumption, and preserving energy and water. All of these actions will help to protect our wonderful Planet Earth — the place that we call home — as well as the world’s oceans.
Your aim this summer was to help create a space where the local kids could practice and perfect their sporting abilities, and you guys were oh-so-successful in this mission. Through these camps, our program made a very positive impact on the local kids in the community of Bahía Ballena this summer by showing kids from all walks of life that sports are fun and can bring people together. You guys worked a lot, learned a lot, and we hope also had a lot of fun.
Some of our sweetest memories with y’all:
-Your closeness with one another
-Our impromptu dance parties
-Watching some of you demonstrate your soccer skills with the locals in Esteban’s family’s indoor soccer field
-Our epic rafting trip down the Savegre River with Cristobal, Luís, and Ronny
-Playing 2 Truths and a Lie while spoiling our dinner appetites with ice cream the first night
-Your love and appreciation for Nelson
For us, it was a blast and even better because we got to share it with all you guys — our second GLA Surf, Sports, and Service Adventure group of the year!
It was a pleasure to have y’all this summer! Stay in touch.
~Dave, Adrianne, Jenny, and Gibran