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In this photo we are all getting ready to go out and have fun boating down the river. I love this photo because my favorite part of Costa Rica was playing in the river and eating delicious fruits. This shows what went on before that amazing experience took place.  -Ali Hannum

  When visiting the chocolate plantation in Sarapiqui, we had the chance to try some delicious hot cocoa. Our guide, Fofo, told us that Aztecs called this the “drink of the gods.” We helped to make our cocoa by grinding up the cocoa beans used in the drink. After making the cocoa powder, the chef at the chocolate plantation poured hot water over the powder. After the cocoa was made, we had the opportunity to add spices, honey, and powdered milk to our drinks.    -Ana Meschievitz

When visiting the chocolate plantation in Sarapiqui, we had the chance to try some delicious hot cocoa. Our guide, Fofo, told us that Aztecs called this the “drink of the gods.” We helped to make our cocoa by grinding up the cocoa beans used in the drink. After making the cocoa powder, the chef at the chocolate plantation poured hot water over the powder. After the cocoa was made, we had the opportunity to add spices, honey, and powdered milk to our drinks.   -Ana Meschievitz

  This photo was when we went on a nature hike at OTS. We saw many of these little boars, which are called peccaries. They were all rummaging through the forest looking for food. This was very cool to see an animal like this in their real habitat.  -Cecilia Sergi

This photo was when we went on a nature hike at OTS. We saw many of these little boars, which are called peccaries. They were all rummaging through the forest looking for food. This was very cool to see an animal like this in their real habitat.  -Cecilia Sergi

  We are going to the orphanage to deliver food and necessities to the orphans.     - Evan Stringer   One of the activities we did on the trip was visiting an orphanage. This photo was taken right before we went into the orphanage.  We had purchased a bunch of supplies for the kids there. When we went, we dropped off all the items and went outside and played with all the people. We played Cops and Robbers, soccer, and tag. We had so much fun meeting the kids and were so sad to leave.   -Jasmine Cheng

We are going to the orphanage to deliver food and necessities to the orphans.    - Evan Stringer

One of the activities we did on the trip was visiting an orphanage. This photo was taken right before we went into the orphanage.  We had purchased a bunch of supplies for the kids there. When we went, we dropped off all the items and went outside and played with all the people. We played Cops and Robbers, soccer, and tag. We had so much fun meeting the kids and were so sad to leave.   -Jasmine Cheng

  In this photo all of the kids and Mr. Griffith were playing the game “Where’s My Water Bottle.” The goal of this game is to get the water bottle to the opposite wall, everyone has to touch it and if the tagger sees the water bottle you have to start all over. It was so fun; we played it a lot.  -Izzy Reublin-Geer

In this photo all of the kids and Mr. Griffith were playing the game “Where’s My Water Bottle.” The goal of this game is to get the water bottle to the opposite wall, everyone has to touch it and if the tagger sees the water bottle you have to start all over. It was so fun; we played it a lot.  -Izzy Reublin-Geer

  In this photo, I am reacting to getting the best birthday present/surprise in my life. This happened on the first night of the trip, when I had just finished eating and was getting ready to go. I was disappointed, because that day was my birthday, and I hadn’t gotten any birthday wishes or presents. That, however, would change. Just as I was about to go to my room, two waiters came out of nowhere and gave me a birthday cake with my (middle) name on it! It was then that everyone wished me a happy birthday, and I got to eat the cake, making it an amazing start to the trip and birthday for me.  - Kade Love

In this photo, I am reacting to getting the best birthday present/surprise in my life. This happened on the first night of the trip, when I had just finished eating and was getting ready to go. I was disappointed, because that day was my birthday, and I hadn’t gotten any birthday wishes or presents. That, however, would change. Just as I was about to go to my room, two waiters came out of nowhere and gave me a birthday cake with my (middle) name on it! It was then that everyone wished me a happy birthday, and I got to eat the cake, making it an amazing start to the trip and birthday for me.  - Kade Love

  This is an unripe coffee bean dripping rain after a storm. During our coffee tour it rained hard. We had to wait inside until it settled down a little. In this photo, the rain had ceased and there were some drops that lingered on the plants. The beans are green, meaning they are unripe and not ready to become coffee yet. They will turn red when they are ripe.  -Kieran Larson

This is an unripe coffee bean dripping rain after a storm. During our coffee tour it rained hard. We had to wait inside until it settled down a little. In this photo, the rain had ceased and there were some drops that lingered on the plants. The beans are green, meaning they are unripe and not ready to become coffee yet. They will turn red when they are ripe.  -Kieran Larson

  This picture was taken from a bridge when we went on a hike at OTS (Organization for Tropical Studies). It is a picture of the river that we went rafting on the following day. It was a great, big river that seemed to go on forever. It was so beautiful.  -Maia Davis

This picture was taken from a bridge when we went on a hike at OTS (Organization for Tropical Studies). It is a picture of the river that we went rafting on the following day. It was a great, big river that seemed to go on forever. It was so beautiful.  -Maia Davis

  Our group was determined to spot a sloth, and searched diligently for one on our hike at the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS). When we finally beheld one, it was peacefully hanging from a branch in a tall tree, occasionally moving. Because they move so slowly, algae grows on sloths in a symbiotic relationship, and you can see that it’s back is tinted green.  -Mira Juniper

Our group was determined to spot a sloth, and searched diligently for one on our hike at the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS). When we finally beheld one, it was peacefully hanging from a branch in a tall tree, occasionally moving. Because they move so slowly, algae grows on sloths in a symbiotic relationship, and you can see that it’s back is tinted green.  -Mira Juniper

  This is a pineapple plantation in Sarapiqui. The pineapple industry is a very important economic source for Costa Rica. This farm is organic and more farms in Costa Rica are trying to grow the fruit organically instead of using chemicals. Pineapples are grown on bushes and can keep reproducing from a special part of the plant. Some farmers choose to keep using the same plant to reproduce, but then the quality of the pineapple goes down. This pineapple plantation is one of the many that keeps Costa Ricans fed and economically stable.   -Riley Baskin

This is a pineapple plantation in Sarapiqui. The pineapple industry is a very important economic source for Costa Rica. This farm is organic and more farms in Costa Rica are trying to grow the fruit organically instead of using chemicals. Pineapples are grown on bushes and can keep reproducing from a special part of the plant. Some farmers choose to keep using the same plant to reproduce, but then the quality of the pineapple goes down. This pineapple plantation is one of the many that keeps Costa Ricans fed and economically stable.   -Riley Baskin

  This photo shows one of the many howler monkeys we saw in Costa Rica. This howler monkey is eating leaves on the edge of the rain forest at the pineapple plantation we visited. Howler monkeys are small, extremely cute, and very loud. Their name comes from the booming noise they make that we heard so often while near the Selva.  -Will Addington

This photo shows one of the many howler monkeys we saw in Costa Rica. This howler monkey is eating leaves on the edge of the rain forest at the pineapple plantation we visited. Howler monkeys are small, extremely cute, and very loud. Their name comes from the booming noise they make that we heard so often while near the Selva.  -Will Addington