Community Partner since 1992.

Connecting With the Students

Our painted ice cream buckets for planting on campus

Team Journal Entry for Tuesday, March 8 Breakfast was delicious. I read the Message of the Day to remind us of “where we are and why we are here.” Then we heard Bill’s surgically precise journal entry for Monday. After breakfast, we walk to “El Colegio” – which is a secondary school, grades seven to twelve. […]

Our First Day of Service at Colegio

Costa Rica volunteer Barb in conversational English class with students

Team Journal Entry for Monday, March 7, 2016 Breakfast at 7 a.m. Morning message and then off to Colegio, the local high school that specializes in tourism. We met with Ana Ruth’s ecotourism class. Lots of laughs as we and they introduced ourselves in each other’s language. A student, Ronny, gave us a short tour […]

Team #233 Has Arrived in Costa Rica!

Team of five volunteers plus team leader outside bed and breakfast in Monteverde, Costa Rica

We are five volunteers and one fearless team leader. Bill, a retired surgeon, and his wife, Barb, a retired teacher are from New Hampshire. Vicki is a retired journalist from Connecticut. Sharon is a retired member of the clergy from California and Robert works for Boeing in the state of Washington. Our team leader, Maggie, […]

Calling All Chocolate Lovers!

Costa Rican chocolate

Magical Cacao Beans Most people appreciate the deliciousness of chocolate, but most are entirely unaware of where it comes from or how it becomes so delicious. While volunteering in Monteverde, you can learn about and delight in Costa Rican chocolate. Native to the Americas, the cocoa tree is believed to have first been discovered in the […]

‘Pura Vida’ – The Costa Rican Way of Life

“Pura vida” is more than just a slogan that so easily rolls of the tongues of Costa Ricans; the phrase is a true mantra for the way of life in this Central American country. Said only by Costa Ricans, this phrase would literally be translated as “pure life”, but it means much more than that. […]

Dancing in Costa Rica

dancing in Costa Rica

Ever wondered what dancing in Costa Rica looks like? Costa Rica’s central geographical location and colonial history have resulted in a varied musical culture that incorporates elements from North and South America and the Caribbean islands. Popular dance music includes tropical Latin rhythms such as salsa, merengue, bolero, and cumbia. Cumbia is perhaps the most […]

Forest Trails for Hands-on Learning

Hands-on learning through service in Costa Rica

Our host partner in Costa Rica is Colegio Técnico Profesional de Santa Elena or Technical Professional Secondary School of Santa Elena, located in a small town in the cloud forest region of Monteverde. It is called Colegio for short, which means secondary school, and houses grades 7 through 12. This technical high school has over 400 […]


Saying Goodbye to this Enchanting Land

Team Journal Entry for Friday, June 19 For our last day at Colegio, we went back to Jorge’s class of ninth graders, and then took off on the nature trail that the students and other Global Volunteer teams had helped build on the perimeter of the school. Jorge and some of the students served as […]

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High School Serving and Learning in Monteverde With Global Volunteers

Testimonials about Serving and Learning in Monteverde After spending a week serving and learning in Monteverde, this group of 30 high school students, one alumnus, one valiant teacher, and two parents from Fountain Hills, Arizona shared these parting thoughts: “We end the trip with newly developed friendships and newly sculpted leg muscles. Although saying goodbye to these […]

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Farewell to Costa Rica’s Flora, Fauna, Food and Fun at Colegio

costa rica service learning

In Monteverde, the Fountain Hills High School group discovered Costa Rica’s flora and fauna, a highlight of volunteering in the cloud forest region. Discovering Costa Rica’s Flora and Fauna Before breakfast, howler monkeys visited us from the rooftops of our hotel. We reached up and fed them fruit, and they hung from their tails as they reached for the […]