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King of the Wild Tubes – Costa Rica Community Service

Here is the latest from the Costa Rica Community Service gang!

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Can you believe it’s almost been two weeks since we arrived in Costa Rica? We’ve been having so many amazing experiences and a lot of fun along our way! 

Since our last message we departed from beautiful Puntarenas and arrived in Guanacaste where we quickly settled in, and grabbed a quick bite to eat before heading out on a majestic horseback ride. Sasha and her horse, “Waffle,” fearlessly led the way through the forest while the rest of the group trotted in pursuit.  The horse trail led us through several streams until we came upon our guides who took us tubing down a fantastic river. The tubing adventure quickly turned into a competition of who could tip whom first. Kenny reigned supreme as the king of the wild tubes!

The following day we had an early morning hike which brought us to an unbelievable waterfall. We spent some time jumping in and out of the water where Lucas provided the entertainment by displaying the proper techniques of a “cannonball”. We followed our hike with a dip in some hot springs and a mud bath. Paige immersed herself in the experience: completely covering her body with volcanic mud. The following day we journeyed to a little surfing town called Tamarindo; here our surf lessons took place. JD and Mira appeared to be naturals when it came to riding the waves. Way to “HANG TEN” guys!

After a few days of fun and adventure, it was time to get down to some community service business. We met up with Don Carlos who provided us with buckets of paint and a community center we were to use as a pallet. Izzy and Andie both took hold of the brushes and became Picasso in a matter of minutes. It was great to see the finished product at the end of the day.

Our day trip led us to having a fun game of evening soccer at a local sporting venue. The teams were divided and Josh provided the spark which kept his team within striking distance of a victory. Catie had other ideas and managed to get her team together and pull out the win! Day 11 called for a canopy tour that we were all excited for.  Lindsay overcame her fears of heights and zipped through the jungles of Costa Rica with ease. After all of our hard work, we deserved a night at the Baldi Hot Springs. Maya and the girls enjoyed every minute, especially the water slides. The evening was a lot of fun and was topped off with a movie.

The group as a whole enjoyed their experience with the Humanitarian Foundation which consisted of building and delivering bunk beds and also playing with the group of children at a local pre-school. Everyone is to be commended on their hard work and dedication to the project that supports the community of La Carpio.

Great job team! That’s all for now, we hope you enjoy our updates and photos!