Authors: Cecilia, Antwan, Alex, Hannah, Evan
Costa Rica was an amazing experience, but what made it more amazing was being able to help the community. We did many different service projects that made the trip more interesting: we planted trees, helped out at a local orphanage and we painted and cleaned a community center. It was very inspiring to help out a community in Costa Rica.
Our first service project took place on a farm in Sarapiqui. We meet up with an amazing woman who organized this project, and a farmer who wanted to help the environment by having us plant trees on his property. We went to a barren piece of land and we started to plant trees. We planted lots of different types of trees and it was very fun. One of the trees was a White Almond. Green Macaws love this tree so they wanted to plant a lot of these so that more macaws would come to the property. This service project was very engaging and fun because we got to do something active while knowing that our hard work would help the environment in the long run.
The next service project we did was helping out an orphanage in La Fortuna. We went to the local grocery store to buy many materials that the children need. We bought diapers, milk, laundry soap, butter and more. Once we were done with all of the shopping, we got to drop off the groceries at the orphanage. We even got to visit the children. We played and hung out with them and it felt really good to have fun with the kids.
The third and final service project we did was paint and clean a community center in San Luis. We separated into three groups and did three different activities. We painted, we dug, and we helped clear branches that had fallen from the recent heavy rains. We really liked this project because we had lots of different tasks. We painted a locker room a light blue color. We dug because there was a landslide. We had to move the dirt to flatten out the land. The last task we did was help clean up branches. A storm had hit, and all of the branches had fallen down, so we helped by picking up sticks.