Throughout this day we followed Sandro, one of the local tour guides through an organic farming tour where we learned about how the local people here in Rancho Verde use the environment to survive and consistently make food. Sandro is morally courageous because he took a risk by starting to become eco-friendly. He decided to give up his old life as a hunter to follow what made him happy. Sandro also shared his global view of pesticides and chemicals which are used by people creating a non-organic product, he shared with us that he is very against the use of unnatural methods. Sandro also had a view that anyone can live anywhere they want, they just have to cross their boundaries and become comfortable with the unknown. He was very wise and open to sharing his knowledge about the environment. We also spent some time with Tania who was originally from Spain. Tania was morally courageous because she left her home to be with nature. She left the comfort of Spain because she felt that Costa Rica felt more like home. She also had to become accepted by all the new people and locals in her new home which was very difficult. Another person who we met was Jessica. Jessica is seen as a leader in the town and when we asked her about how she became a leader in a place that she was foreign to and she responded by saying that she doesn’t see herself as a “leader”. Jessica shared leadership because she referred to the community as a team, not just as having one leader. Instead, she called herself a servant to the people which was very humble of her. Overall, we learned a lot on our first full day here and met many interesting people.
13th of July, 2022
Costa Rica II