We hope your school years are off to a great start, and you are still filled with fond memories of summer days in Gandoca, Costa Rica! It was such a joy to share part of our summer with each of you! What an awesome time we had together!
We loved exploring the biodiversity of Costa Rica on the Caribbean coast with you. From seeing sloths and monkeys in the wild to night patrols with starry skies (and lots of mud!) to looking at strange bugs while waiting in line for zip lining to fresh fruit juices at each meal, we hope that each of you walked away from the summer with a new eye for nature and ideas about how you can live more sustainably every day.
Thanks for the energy and curiosity each of you brought to our service and our adventures! You each have unique gifts that will allow you to impact the world in meaningful ways. We hope this trip has inspired a passion for travel and service!
Here are some specific memories of our time together that we hope will make you smile:
-Watermelon and banana tshirts in Puerto Viejo
-Painting signs (and sometimes each other) for turtle conservation and beach protection
-Making our own hot chocolate from cacao on the organic farm tour (no, it wasn’t a mango…)
-Cooking lunch together—patacones and picadillo!
-Learning to surf—Hang Ten!
-Assassin, mafia, and “Baloney Sandwich” games during free time
-Dog count: 107
-How many days without a nosebleed?
-Costa Rican cookies in the first aid kit and cake for Danielle’s birthday on the last night
-Playing “pato pato ganzo” with students at the local school
-Sports day beating the British
Thank you for a great program! And of course, PURA VIDA!
-The Costa Rica Sea Turtle Staff (Clint, JP, and Remy)