Hello again all!  As our last final days here in Havana come to an end and we reflect on our visit here, I can’t help but feel both happy and sad to go; happy because we will see you all very soon and have missed you all very much, and of course, sad to leave… Read More


Hello All!   Long time no talk;)     After leaving the beautiful valley of Viñales, the group headed off to our first project site for volunteer work; the small yet absolute cutest ocean town of Playa Girón.  Upon arrival, we took the first day to become more well acquainted with the community, went on… Read More


              The game count we did in the Wild West sector on Sunday was much more successful than the Gemsbok study at the start of last week as we saw Gemsbok, Springbok and Red hearted beast. Half way through the game count we decided to climb a mountain called Jenga to see if we… Read More


Galapagos Part 1:   We saw many new faces at the Hacienda Tranquila. The first person we saw, the one who picked us up from the airport, was Geovanny. Geovanny was the lead organizer of activities at the Hacienda. He was from the Galapagos and, he and I quickly found out, we both had lived… Read More


Nine weeks. If you were to tell me nine weeks ago that I only have one week left in Costa Rica, I wouldn’t believe you.    We began building our own turtle hatchery at Banana Beach in Santa Teresa on Monday. Jakera decided they would like to take on the mission of helping out the… Read More


  Adventure week   Quilotoa:   Our first destination during our adventure week was the Volcano Quilatoa. We stayed in a low-ceilinged hotel which had a nice lodge feel to it. The hotel sat on the outskirts of a small tourist town about ten acres in size.    Standing in the town it’s hard to… Read More


    This week began with another goodbye on Monday to our good friend Connor from Chicago. It was a weird couple of days getting use to not having him around. You are missed here in Costa Rica, Connor, and will continue to be missed. But I’m happy to say I now have a great… Read More


Last week we returned to having Spanish class again every morning and volunteering in the afternoon. Which meant more beach cleans ups and helping build the green house. On Wednesday morning Michael, Connor, Coco, Henry, myself and few others not in the leap program went on a little fishing trip. Four total fish were caught.… Read More


Tsachila Community:    The Tsachilas, recognizable by their red-dyed hair, live separated, agrarian lives. There is no main Tsachila villiage; the families who are part of the Tsachila community live on their own farms, separated by the jungle from other community members. Therefore, even though the Tsachila “villiage” we stayed at, Búa, was the largest… Read More


Amigos y familia! This concludes our second week here in La Habana Vieja and I think I can speak for all of us in saying, we have had an absolute blast. We have all learned a significant amount  more Spanish from our Spanish lessons, have explored our stomping ground here in Havana quite thoroughly, and… Read More