Upon returning to Kansas City, Missouri and settling back into my home, driving up and down the familiar streets and reuniting with friends and family I can’t help but to reflect on the life changing experience that my fellow Leapers and myself endured over the past ten weeks. The start of our last week began… 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


    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


The helping of the sea turtles continued again this week. As I had stated before, it is currently high season for the turtles, which meant more and more nests were hatching every night. Turtle season also means it’s the rainy season, that made some late night shifts more difficult than others.   Over at ASVO… Read More


Between learning Spanish, volunteering, helping out turtles, finding new places to eat and spending our free time laying on the beach or surfing, I can tell you that we are all enjoying the Pura Vida lifestyle. I recently broke my phone and had to get it fixed. So I’m going to catch you up on… Read More


Week two has already came and gone and I can’t believe how fast everything is going. It still feels like we just got here.   Our Spanish classes continued this week and we are adapting to our surroundings. I have finally accepted the fact that because of the extreme humidity, my towel will never be… Read More


Hey guys! Costa Rica has treated us very well for our first week. Jakera has been a great place for us to stay and we’re really liking the food. There’s still a couple of things that we are getting use to. Such as the rainy days, the dreaded walk from our hostels to town, how… Read More


Hey everyone! My name is Emily Dinovo and I am super excited to be blogging on behalf of everyone headed to Costa Rica for 10 weeks. I am 18 years old and just graduated from high school (12th grade) this pass May. My decision to take a gap year before I head off to college… Read More