Today was a fun last day filled with adventure. It included rafting in the afternoon and an adventure race in the morning. For the adventure race we had to go around many different stations, making tortillas, dancing salsa, milking cows, rafting, and doing a Spanish interview! In the afternoon we did some fun rafting and swimming in the Sarapiqui River. For the rest of the day, we hung out playing foosball, chess, and other fun games. Tonight we closed our trip with a candle circle and enjoyed our last night together. Be there in 5!
- Jack, Skylar, Neil, Simon, Caroline, & Sebastian
Today was quite the tourist adventure. We started our day with breakfast with our host families as usual. Then we drove to the Arenal Volcano for ziplining around there. We went on 13 different lines going from tree to tree. It was super fun and really beautiful! Afterwards we went to lunch at a restaurant and had a very fresh lunch. Following that we went to La Fortuna and saw the Fortuna waterfall. There we swam in a little pool to the side and took some fun underwater photos. Now we are heading back for a closing dinner with all of our host families. This will even include a talent show starring Neil singing Mans Not Hot. See you soon!
- Simon, Jack, Neil, Sebastian, Skylar, and Caroline
The seventh day of the trip has already come and gone. As always, we ate breakfast with our homestay families in the morning, and also hung out with them for a bit. Today was also our last day working on the community project. We overachieved our goal in the project by finishing a whole walkway between the classrooms and the bathrooms. Our donations also helped our foremen, Pica and Pito, finish a roof on top of the walkway that we built. After that, we headed back to out community to have an amazing cooking class. That dish that we made was called Olla de Carne, consisting of beef, potatoes, and other vegetables. Following our amazing home-cooked lunch, we did some activities in the community center to help our communication skills. We are now about to head to our homestay families for another amazing dinner. We are very excited for the activities tomorrow!
Today we started with breakfast with our families, then we took a bus to a school supported by TeachUNITED. There we played with the students and also observed the students using the tablets from TeachUNITED. After we swam in the Sarapiqui River and ate lunch at the Eco Lodge. Later we did a botanical tour and tried many unique plans and fruits, We also ate a banana, coffee, and vanilla ice cream. Goodnight!
- Skylar, Neil, Sebastian, Caroline, Simon, Jack
Today, we continued to work on the community project. We mixed a lot of cement and played some games with the local students, including red light green light, futbol, and duck duck goose. In the afternoon, we drove to see the two sides of farming in Costa Rica. The bad side being the pineapple and banana plantations, because they use lots of chemicals and destroy lots of local rainforests and kill the animals living in them. After seeing this, we visited the good side of farming, sustainable farming. At sustainable farms, they produce all organic foods and don't use any chemicals. We also got to hold 3 day old puppies, hold a piglet, and a kitten, while eating arepas and drinking coffee (Skylar definitely didn't drink any). Another fun day will conclude with our host families!
- Sebastian, Jack, Neil, Simon, Skylar, Caroline
Today, we started the day eating breakfast with our homestays. Then we went to the elementary school where we learned what our service project was like. We mixed and poured cement and carried lots of loads of rocks and dirt. We also got to play some games with the preschoolers who are very cute! Afterwards we drove to the ecolodge where we ate lunch and took a refreshing swim in the Sarapiqui River. Later we had an amazing tour of the whole cacao process through the cacao tree forest. We tasted the chocolate at every step of the process, from cacao pod and beans all the way to a chocolate bar. Now we are nice and hyper and are heading to dinner with our new families.
- Simon, Neil, Caroline, Skylard, Jack, and Sebastian
Today we started our day by eating an early breakfast at our homestays. Shortly after we played some Costa Rican UNO with our host families. Later we went on a short hike through the jungle down to the lake where we went on a boat tour. During the tour we saw many animals including many types of birds and an iguana! After the tour it poured rain on us as we ran through the jungle to shelter. In the afternoon we hung out with our families, and even learned how to milk a cow! Having lots of fun here! We miss you...NOT too much though! Thanks for sending us!
- Caroline (John Cena gorilla), Neil, Simon, Sebastian, Jack, and Skylar (Naked Mole Rat)
We arrived! Last night we stayed in the Eco lodge after a long day at the airport, and on the bus. The food was amazing, and everyone stayed away from the mosquitos, and ended the day with a good night’s sleep. Today we played a soccer game with the local kids, made many new friends, and drove to our home stay community in a small but comfortable bus, while playing an intense game of UNO. Our home stay mothers are very nice and welcoming, and the houses are small and cozy. We will get to spend the rest of the day to get to know our home stay families. We kind of miss you.
-Skylar, Neil, Caroline, Sebastian, Jack, and Simon
Hello family and friends of the WLS-Boulder Costa Rica program,
The group made it to Chilamate Rainforest Eco-Retreat safe and sound after a long day of travel! Everyone is tired but happy, healthy, and excited to get started on activities tomorrow. They will update the blog tomorrow with more details after a good night's sleep.
Thank you for your continued trust and support! Feel free to call the WLS office at 303-679-3412 with any questions or concerns.
The WLS team