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The Gift of Giving – Costa Rica Community Service

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We can’t believe that we’re already halfway into our trip, and we are loving our time here in Costa Rica!

It’s been incredible so far and the whole team seems to be falling further and further in love with this little piece of land that translates to “Rich Coast” in English. Our time in Tamarindo took us to the edge of the coast, where the sand meets pristine, blue waters and the surfboards met our feet. Surfing was an amazing experience with Logan, Sophia D. and Camille leading the way! Danielle found her sea legs within minutes, while Zack and Max figured out how to ride those waves of power all the way back to the shore with the help of our spectacular coach and guide, Anthony. He told us to hop on the board, when to start paddling, send us sailing with a heavy push and then yell, “OK, STAND UP!”

After we finished up and washed the ocean out of our hair, we went next door to an outdoor patio with an amazing view of the water. It was great to relax with a beautiful view and hang out with each other after such an amazing activity. When we got back to the hotel, it was time to hand off the Funky Flamingo torch to yet another person…

(Before I continue, I should make you aware that our second Funky Flamingo was Danielle, for outstanding hard work on our community service project at the school, and general awesomeness when it comes to positive energy at all times).

We have crowned….

BROOKE!!! She constantly displays warmth and care, and she always makes an extra effort to show kindness towards the whole group and anyone we’ve spent time with.

Before reaching Flamingo, we had a blast at the mud baths, starting with a 10-minute sauna experience to flush toxins out of our pores, and followed it up by covering our body from head to toe with mud. Sunbathing followed to let it dry, and then we finished by washing it off in the lake – so much exfoliation and our skin felt terrific! Sophia K. jazzed up the faces of Sam, Alex and Katie – wowing everyone with her artistic skill. The award for the greatest percentage of their body caked in mud goes to Max – he piled on about an inch of mud and gave himself a facial in the process.

Ziplining in the rainforest was amazing! Wow. It was not just a zipline —it was a zipline course. 45 minutes of zipline after zipline, flying over and through canyons, and rappelling down walls. Sam and Danielle bravely hung upside down, arms flying through the sky as they zipped from platform to platform!

Community service this week ended on an extremely high note. Our team worked super hard to paint a big portion of a local house that was in need of some TLC. Dark and light blues, greens and whites were carefully splattered onto the walls of both the inside and outside for a family that really appreciated it. Baby Isaac, one of the children who lives in the house, seemed to like Danielle the most. He was nothing but smiles around her (and vice versa)! We were extremely impressed at our team’s ability to work so diligently and persistently, to finish the entire job in such a complete and careful manner. The house looked great by the time we left and the experience really seemed to bring out the best in everyone. Props to Simone for painting much of the high stuff that no one could reach, Katie and Sophia D. for their amazing attitudes painting the inside of a room, Claudia for being flexible and working in those tight spaces, and the ladies working outside who kept their spirits up by writing the lyrics to a new song while working! Logan was so inspired that he decided to give the shoes he was wearing to one of the teenage boys who lived there. His act of kindness inspired the rest of our group to figure out new ways we could help others!

It’s been an incredible ride so far! We can’t imagine what another week and a half will bring onto our paths. Tomorrow is Arenal — the famous park with a volcano and hot springs.

The Westcoast Blogge

We can’t believe that we’re already halfway into our trip, and we are loving our time here in Costa Rica!

It’s been incredible so far and the whole team seems to be falling further and further in love with this little piece of land that translates to “Rich Coast” in English. Our time in Tamarindo took us to the edge of the coast, where the sand meets pristine, blue waters and the surfboards met our feet. Surfing was an amazing experience with Logan, Sophia D. and Camille leading the way! Danielle found her sea legs within minutes, while Zack and Max figured out how to ride those waves of power all the way back to the shore with the help of our spectacular coach and guide, Anthony. He told us to hop on the board, when to start paddling, send us sailing with a heavy push and then yell, “OK, STAND UP!”

After we finished up and washed the ocean out of our hair, we went next door to an outdoor patio with an amazing view of the water. It was great to relax with a beautiful view and hang out with each other after such an amazing activity. When we got back to the hotel, it was time to hand off the Funky Flamingo torch to yet another person…

(Before I continue, I should make you aware that our second Funky Flamingo was Danielle, for outstanding hard work on our community service project at the school, and general awesomeness when it comes to positive energy at all times).

We have crowned….

BROOKE!!! She constantly displays warmth and care, and she always makes an extra effort to show kindness towards the whole group and anyone we’ve spent time with.

Before reaching Flamingo, we had a blast at the mud baths, starting with a 10-minute sauna experience to flush toxins out of our pores, and followed it up by covering our body from head to toe with mud. Sunbathing followed to let it dry, and then we finished by washing it off in the lake – so much exfoliation and our skin felt terrific! Sophia K. jazzed up the faces of Sam, Alex and Katie – wowing everyone with her artistic skill. The award for the greatest percentage of their body caked in mud goes to Max – he piled on about an inch of mud and gave himself a facial in the process.

Ziplining in the rainforest was amazing! Wow. It was not just a zipline —it was a zipline course. 45 minutes of zipline after zipline, flying over and through canyons, and rappelling down walls. Sam and Danielle bravely hung upside down, arms flying through the sky as they zipped from platform to platform!

Community service this week ended on an extremely high note. Our team worked super hard to paint a big portion of a local house that was in need of some TLC. Dark and light blues, greens and whites were carefully splattered onto the walls of both the inside and outside for a family that really appreciated it. Baby Isaac, one of the children who lives in the house, seemed to like Danielle the most. He was nothing but smiles around her (and vice versa)! We were extremely impressed at our team’s ability to work so diligently and persistently, to finish the entire job in such a complete and careful manner. The house looked great by the time we left and the experience really seemed to bring out the best in everyone. Props to Simone for painting much of the high stuff that no one could reach, Katie and Sophia D. for their amazing attitudes painting the inside of a room, Claudia for being flexible and working in those tight spaces, and the ladies working outside who kept their spirits up by writing the lyrics to a new song while working! Logan was so inspired that he decided to give the shoes he was wearing to one of the teenage boys who lived there. His act of kindness inspired the rest of our group to figure out new ways we could help others!

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It’s been an incredible ride so far! We can’t imagine what another week and a half will bring onto our paths. Tomorrow is Arenal — the famous park with a volcano and hot springs.

The Westcoast Blogger