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Horseback Riding, River Tubing, Hiking and Swimming – Costa Rica Community Service

Community Service Costa Rica checks in!

The Westcoast Blogger

Dear Parents of Community Service Costa Rica,

CR1 is in full swing!  After five days of continuous adventure and service our trip members are doing fantastic.  So far this trip we’ve had special performances by Michael, who can play one mean Native American flute, Alice whose amazing rhythm keeps us all dancing and our very own Cirque du Soleil beach act starring Jake, Tyler and Emily.

We were so excited with the completion of our first community service project with Habitat for Humanity.  The group continues to impress us with their strength and determination.  These innate characteristics paved the way to completing the foundation of a house and transforming what was once a pile of broken cement and dirt into the clearly outlined floor plan of a home 21 years in the making.  Led with special efforts from John and Alice, our tasks included clearing the work area, digging trenches, moving materials and mixing foundation.

The foundation was a grueling task that the trip members handled with such grace, thanks to our foremen; Ben, Adam and Justin.  The process involved gathering sand and rocks and mixing that with cement mixture and water.  After the dense mixture was complete the group helped pour the foundation into the trenches and then set out to make a new batch of mixture all over again. We are so fortunate to have such a caring and charismatic group and are so excited to see them grow even more.

The end of our first community service project led to 2 days of adventure in National Park Rincon de la Vieja (The Old Woman’s corner).  We had two jam packed days of horseback riding, river tubing, hiking and swimming at waterfalls followed by an extremely relaxing evening of pampering at the hot springs.  Now we’re on our way to Tamarindo, Flamingo where we’ll surf away the day and start our next community service project.

Hasta Luego!

Adam, Jamee and Avra