Saturday, June 25, 2016

Blog 2 Costa Rica 2016

Friday, June 24, 2016

Hola from Costa Rica!

Today was our first official day working on the community project. We were able to work with the students who attend the high school and get to know them better. It was great to learn from them about their school while observing and participating in classes, along with helping to improve parts of the school through painting and refurbishing desks and chairs.

After our project, we went to Don Daniel's house (one of the homestay families) to eat lunch, explore his organic farm, and learn about his life, especially his experiences working in the pineapple fields. His story sparked a lot of discussion about how we could help stop the workers from being abused and the companies from using chemicals on the plants.  It also helped us to think about how we could make a difference no matter what age and no matter how big or small the action.

Finally, after dinner with our individual homestays, we attended discussions on gender equality and the differences between our countries. We really enjoyed hearing opinions and spending time with the local women and men in the community. We look forward to spending more time with the community, especially the students, in the remaining days.  We are so excited to tell you all about our experiences here when we return!  ¡Pura Vida!

Savannah and Cris

PS: In case you are curious, here we are with our host families!