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Final Day of Painting

Author


Sonia

02nd of July, 2022

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Active Programs

Costa Rica I

We began the day at 6:30am and headed down for breakfast at 7am. We enjoyed pineapple and mango, as well as cheese omelets for breakfast. After breakfast, we headed to the playground to complete our paintings in the outdoor classroom. Although we all got a bit messy, all of the designs ended so beautifully and we are able to leave our mark on Rancho Quemado. Soon, we all headed back to relax in our cabins before lunch. My cabin mates and I hung out on the hammocks and played with the kids, Hope and Glenda, who were around as well. Before lunch, everyone discussed our daily reading titled, “Tourism Loss Threatens Paradise.” The reading explains how, although commercial tourism can begin to change the culture of the land, it also plays a necessary role in maintaining the economy. This creates an unclear line between when commercial tourism becomes harmful, versus when it is beneficial. After our discussion, we ate a lunch of rice, beans, and pork, followed by me and my cabin mates finishing our 1000 piece puzzle! We then headed down to the soccer field for games with all of the kids in Rancho Quemado. We were split into groups with the kids and competed in a series of games. This included jump rope, wheelbarrow, water balloon fights, etc. After our games, everyone ate tres leches cake, and our donations were passed out to the kids (pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, markers). It was eye opening to see how each kid was so grateful for what they got, and it reminded me to be thankful for everything that I have as well. After more games, we ate a dinner of rice, beans, and pork. Then, we went back to our bunks to pack for Drakes Bay and go to sleep

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