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Learning Service

As our trip goes on, we begin to learn, focus, and practice Learning Service and how we shift our comfort zones. Seeing the group practice to understand Learning Service has been so amazing. Understanding in Cristbol & Basti that we are not here to benefit or change people’s way of being, but instead, learn about…

Settling In

We just received a message from the field informing us they have settled into their program with Give and Surf. The group arrived in Bocas del Toro this morning and, after orientation, jumped right into supporting the after-school centers run by Give and Surf. They will be staying on Cristobal Island until Wednesday afternoon, at…

A Poem of Comparison

I’ll finish the rest of the story later, but one thing that has been really fun is the construction we’ve been doing. To start, we dug a huge ring in the dirt. We brought down bags and bags of sand and rocks. We mixed it with powdered cement & water, and then it became concrete….

Reconnecting with the Piano

After our church service, I had the opportunity to try playing some of the instruments. The music during the service really touched. While talking to the piano player, he showed me several cords and cord progressions for gospel music. A couple years ago I quit playing piano, but after this I feel as though this…

Blessed

The sweet Juices of sugar cane flushed our teeth at Momma Joy’s house two days ago. Mama Joy is a wonderful and courageous woman who let my friend Mariam and I spend a night. It was a night filled with song, laughter, and chat; our tummies filled to the brim with chapati, soup, and tea….

Wheel Barrows, Pavers, and Justin Bieber

This week, I have earned a few new bruises and a few new rips in my previously brand-new pants. Whether it was moving sand from point A to point B, or following “uncle” Silas’s paver pattern, I am always left with a little something. Most often, it’s not a tear or a cut, but a…

Beginning our Trek

Today we started the day with another rare sight of Mt. Numbur, which since our first day has been obscured by clouds, an affect of monsoon season in Nepal. After a final yummy breakfast and hot milk tea, we left to begin our three day trek which will take us though different villages with hopes…

Final Day in Salleri

Our final full day in Salleri was one to remember. The day began with a delicious breakfast featuring banana pancakes which tasted like home. After breakfast we were lead on a hike by two local Nepali women who were extremely kind and well knowing of the area. The hike took around one hour and featured…

Where We Are and Where We Live

Today was a special day for the community; they were celebrating San Juan and Humisha. To contribute to the decoration of the Humisha tree, we brought over toys and gifts for the children. In the community, we helped the villagers chop wood with an ax to start the process for creating charcoal. Then, we placed…

The Drive to Meru

This post is a few days old from when the students first arrived to Meru. I am writing this a day late. Yesterday was an incredible journey as we drove 7 hours north to Meru. The drive was filled with new landscapes and new (to me) ways of life. Driving started promptly at 7:00 after…

Bonding While Working

The second day in Salleri did not disappoint. Everyone was up early in the morning again, and we passed the time waiting for breakfast by talking on the deck and appreciating the foggy views. I finally took my first bucket shower, and it lived up to my expectations. After Breakfast we got right back to…

Hope In The Challenge

One Big Idea: Today, school leaders attend to a broad influence of mental health issues in their school communities; the challenge is finding the time and resources  to address what’s upstream, where today’s problems were once in a more manageable, nascent form, and where tomorrow’s challenges simmer.     Why It Matters:  Another wave of research connects…

New Perspectives

We started by taking the trolley to the airport to pick up rental cars. We traveled a 30 minute drive to the US Mexico border on the coast. We met up with Alex and Daniel. Daniel is a Spanish teacher and an activist, supporting transnational relationships. Daniel discussed Friendship Park, which was created with the…

Learning about Plastic Waste

Today our group started out with an early morning trash cleanup. We got out to the beach and paired up to start collecting the plastic together. We learned methods of picking up trash that made our efforts much more effective and quick. After our beach cleanups, we then headed into the house for breakfast and…

Learning about Chicano Park and “Borders”

Hello, back home! We began our eventful day with a morning 30 minute walk from our home away from home, our hostel! From our hostel, we traveled to the historic site Chicano Park. Chicano Park has a profound history, as it is an important landmark for Chicano citizens in San Diego. The Chicano community in…

Qualities of an Ethical Leader

Today we went into Coyote to watch the festival to celebrate Guanacaste’s joining of Costa Rica where some of the students we’ve worked with preformed traditional dances. We then went to the hatchery for our final day of work, finishing off the mesh surrounding the eggs. Our driver, Henry, chopped some coconuts for a refreshment…

Visiting a Local School

Today we went to a local school and had the opportunity to work with the children there. We did an activity where we were able to teach the kids about insects while practicing our Spanish. Afterwards, we played soccer on their field and built bonds with the children. In the afternoon, we came back to…

Arrived safely in San Diego

The entire San Diego group has arrived safely and is ready to begin their field study in ethical leadership.

First Day of Hatchery Work

Today was our groups first day of service work! We began our day with an early breakfast from our wonderful chefs and then hopped on the bus to the turtle hatchery. We split up into groups working on patching holes in the netting, weeding to create a path, and removing nails from the posts in…

Beach Cleanup

This post is from July 21…. Today we got the opportunity to really see the effects of all of the plastic waste in the world. We started off our morning by cleaning up as much trash as we could around the hatchery, and in doing so, we saw so many things that are such common…

Arrived safely to La Fortuna

It was a long day of travel so there is no post but the leaders report the group has made it to La Fortuna and is settled in to finish the last phase of their field study.

Arrived Safely to Turtle Trax

After a long day of travel, there is no post from the group, but the leaders report that the group has made it to the field study site and is eager to begin their work with Turtle Trax tomorrow.

Jungle Mike

Today we spent time with jungle mike who is an expert with insects and gave us a good insight of how insects interact in different climates, we also went on a jungle hike in which we were able to see how different species interact with the environment around them. We were also able to eat…

Uncomfortable

Uncomfortable. I know some would like me to sugar coat it and market this trip in a way so that more people will come, but this trip was uncomfortable. While uncomfortable might seem like a weird way to describe this trip, I’d like to bring up something Neil Christansen (founder of Give + Surf) mentioned…

Final Reflections

Today our group got to meet with Alex from Mother of Corals and learn about how they are trying to restore coral reefs in this area. After his presentation, he took us snorkeling to see the coral regrowth process up close. At the Basti school center today, we got to play soccer and kickball with…

Moral Courage

oday’s morning started off by going to Bocas del Toro’s recycling center where we learned about the different types of plastics, how they recycle each type, and how “Wasteless World” was started. Following that tour, the group went to lunch at “Red Snapper”. The group then split off to either Bastimentos or to Cristobal. At…

Paralysis of Enormity

oday we spent much of the day in San Cristobal. The morning was dedicated to learning about the cultivation of cacao in Panama. I was most fascinated by the approach that the people in San Cristobal have to the cultivation and what they use the cacao for. The farm on Cristobal is completely natural and…

Creating a Game Plan

We just wrapped up our first week at the after-school centers. At the beginning of the week we went into the center on Basti Island with a game plan. We soon learned that the game plan we created was just not going to work for many reasons. One of those reasons being the language barrier….

First Impressions

Getting to know people who do not live in the same area as you is kind of hard but at the same time it helps better yourself and because we did not have out phones it made us be able to connect more, also the pressure of looking good is relaxed, the feelings of having…

Getting to Know Eachother

Even though traveling was really hard we really enjoyed seeing all of the animals and looking at all of the scenery. In addition, we enjoyed bonding with all the girls and getting to know everyone individually. We stopped for lunch(Soda) at a restaurant that had local Costa Rican food and it was our first local…

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