Monday was our last day at the green rooms for the next few weeks. We were all sad to leave, and were especially sad to leave Brendan and Josie’s family, as well as our favourite Spanish teacher Lili. We are very thankful for getting to know these wonderful people and are going to miss them… Read More

This week we were able to go to the school every morning for two hours to teach English, play sports, and do crafts.  My first group was teaching English and I just want to start off by saying that it was amazing.  Almost all of the kids were attentive and tried their best to participate… Read More

Week three started off with furthering our mission of making the younger kids of the community more environmentally aware. Monday we presented to the kids in the morning and in the afternoon.  We went into several different classrooms with kids ranging from 4 to 12 years old.  Most of them were very attentive and some… Read More

Week two’s service was definitely a nice combination of physical work, creative outlets, and further immersion into the community.  The weekend began with a nice boat outing with a few of us Saturday morning.  On the boat we had the chance to see whales, turtles, fish, and even one small shark.  We were also able… Read More

Going into week one of our Costa Rican service trip I don’t think anyone here knew what to expect.  When we all initially met most of us were all tired and sluggish from the long plane rides over.  However, we all woke up a little bit when we arrived at our camp and realized just… Read More

It’s our last week together as a Leap team, and we’re busier than ever! This week, we’ve been at Parque Ecopaz, which is a public park and reforestation project. Our first day, we learned a lot about the park. Their goal is to provide a safe place for kids and their families to play, exercise,… Read More

What would a trip to Costa Rica be without a new animal or insect around every corner? Although we don’t have to worry about a toucan landing on our shoulder or tripping over sloths and monkeys, there’s still been a huge, amazing variety of wildlife seen here. In Matapalo, there were 7 beloved dogs that… Read More

Monteverde has been a very different experience, since we got to work in a variety of places! For the first week, we helped out at a local school with their gardening project. There were multiple different beds that needed work, as well as a cute car tire garden that we created! The best part of… Read More

The 6 weeks we spent at ASVO in Matapalo went by in a slow flash, everyone would agree. We couldn’t really say the days flew by quickly, there were always slow mornings and lazy afternoons to enjoy. However, none of us can believe that it’s already been 8 weeks, that we’re already in Monteverde! What… Read More

The Leap team took our nurturing skills down to the local school during our time in Matapalo as well. We found that the kids there were quite a bit more chatty than the turtle hatchlings, and also unlike the hatchlings, were able to run quite nimbly in any direction, instead of just making a clumsy… Read More