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. It was a special treat to see a hawksbill turtle and use what we had learned in our turtle conservation talk to protect 169 eggs on our first night patrol. From seeing sloths and monkeys at the animal rescue center to picking yucca and feeding the chickens to learning about mangroves and planting mangrove seeds 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:
-Touring Alejuela with JP on arrival day and trying to convince people to break dance in the park
-Seeing if Canadian money really does smell like maple syrup and saying “out and about” at every chance
-Drinking coconuts on the beach on snorkeling day
-Making our own hot chocolate from cacao on the organic farm tour
-Cooking lunch together—patacones and picadillo!
-Learning to surf—Hang Ten!
-Sack races, spoon pass, and a volleyball tournament between mentor groups
-The huge storm that knocked out the power during packing on the last night at Home Base
Thank you for a great program! And of course, PURA VIDA!
-The Costa Rica Sea Turtle Staff (Clint, JP, Remy, and Erin)