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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 […]

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Highlights of Student Service-Learning in Costa Rica

Highlights from Our Final Days of Service-Learning in Costa Rica. We’re sad this is our last day with our team leader, Maggie. She’ll stay here in Monteverde awaiting the next team, while Diane stays with us until we leave for the airport on Saturday. For every student, service-learning in Costa Rica has been inspirational! High School Student Service-Learning in Costa Rica […]

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A Day of Service for High School Volunteers in Costa Rica

High School volunteers in Costa Rica – Robbie, Em, Madi, Elizabeth, and Reilly – describe a day of metal edging, teaching English, and discovering “wild life” with new Costa Rican friends. Today’s projects included metal cutting and metal edging for the new trail by the garden that we bordered and gravel-filled on day one. It looks great. We also […]

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Students in Costa Rica Find Magic Happening Around Every Turn

Fountain Hills High School students in Costa Rica – Hailey, Leah, and Harley – report discoveries on their Global Volunteers team.   Today was a long and rewarding day. Magic happened around every turn. The ‘rock mountain’ at the base of our trail-building project was successfully moved by volunteers and students of Colegio one grain bag […]

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Working in the Monteverde Forest – Our First Day Volunteering at Colegio

Working in the Monteverde Forest in Costa Rica

Fountain Hills High School student volunteers in Costa Rica – Henry, Brittany G., and Emilee G. – report on their first day of service, working in the Monteverde Forest as Global Volunteers: We began our first day volunteering at the gates of Colegio. We’re working in the Monteverde forest surrounding the beautiful campus. We had our […]

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Student Group Ready to Volunteer in Santa Elena

Volunteer in Santa Elena

Read about Fountain Hills High School group’s first service-learning day in Costa Rica Getting ready to volunteer in Santa Elena on our service assignments started today with a basic Spanish lesson and orientation to the Monteverde area. We learned about Costa Rica-specific words such as ‘mae’ (which means ‘dude’). We learned to introduce ourselves, our ages, our grades, […]

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Reflections From Madeleine!

In August 2014 Matt and Anita Wells along with their four children Eliza, Madeleine, Nathaniel, and Lydia took part on a service program here in Malevizi, Greece. They, along with thirteen other volunteers ranging in age from ten years to 64  years, split up into small groups, chose their class assignments, and got to work helping […]

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India Welcomes Us

Message of the Day – Manam irundal Maarkun Undu,  “Where there is a will, there is a way.” Today we woke up fairly early. Some of us still getting over our jet lag had trouble sleeping. As Audrey pointed out, despite our difficulties, we are all in this together. I think this statement echoes for every aspect […]

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Memories of Ecuador Live Bright Within Us

As we settle into our daily routine with the tías and the children, we’re reminded of the importance of family, the sacrifices the mothers make to provide food and shelter for their children and grandchildren, and for all which we have to be grateful. So often in our lives, the most powerful experiences and images fade with the passage […]

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April 21 – An Enterprising Day in Appalachia!

“Delay is the deadliest form of denial.” Getting down and dirty. The mission begins, everyone is pumped and ready to go. Dr. Kostroff delivering instructions and taking names. We then met Vicky, the construction leader, introduced us to the residents. The residents told their stories of struggle with education, struggles with health and their accomplishments. […]