So this week we started with an early morning road trip to Monteverde. It was a treacherous journey. 3 hours on the mini bus and then a ferry ride and then another 3 hours on the mini bus again. Everyone was very tired when we arrived in Monteverde but we were all blown away by… 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

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 do you do in Costa Rica?” “So what do you even do in Matapalo?” “But what do you DO with the turtles?” These are the questions we’re bombarded with any time someone finds out that we’re on this trip. For us, it seems somewhat silly, until we realize, people aren’t living our reality! Most… Read More