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, and you made history as the first ever GLA summer Sea Turtle Initiative group! 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 on moonless nights with starry skies to Timmy and Jimmy in Room 1 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:
-Eating more rice and beans than anyone ever imagined
-The crazy driver at the zip lining place
-Making our own hot chocolate from cacao on the organic farm tour
-Cooking lunch together—patacones and picadillo!
-Learning to surf—Hang Ten!
-Intense mafia games
-Making smoothie bets with JP
-Capture the flag at dusk
-Using real aloe to treat the inevitable sunburns
-Kibu the cat
-Playing “pato pato ganzo” with students at the local school
Thank you for a great program! And of course, PURA VIDA!
-The Costa Rica Sea Turtle Staff (Clint, JP, Remy, and Erin)