Sometimes you’ll apply a fresh coat of paint on classroom walls. During the dry season, you may be assigned to outdoor painting projects. This is the tropics – paint has a short life here! If you have “handyman” skills, you can assist the maintenance worker with routine upkeep of the buildings.
“I came not knowing what to expect. But in every way I found openness, acceptance, care and enlightenment. We worked side-by-side with the Costa Rican people – even with sometimes little conversation due to language barriers – and promoted good will and a sense of friendship and understanding.”
“I made so many friendships and memories during my trip that I will keep forever. Now that we’re leaving, I reflect on so many gifts. Thank you to the students of Colegio who taught us that no language barrier can stop friendships from being formed.”
“I found what I was looking for – a richness of life that has little to do with material things, a profound connection that is discovered in doing sacred work together, a fulfillment that may come from doing small things with great love.”
“The foreman of our project came to our good-bye party. I was so moved and I told him, ‘I’m going to remember you for all of my life.’ Then I got up and told everyone, ‘The greatest gift of all is the friendship you have bestowed upon us.’ It was more than I expected.”
“It’s amazing how much work we accomplished, but we also kicked back and had fun on ‘tico time.’ We really got to know the adults we worked with as well as many of the local children during our informal English classes, and by playing futbol (soccer). It was wonderful.”
“As the sun set over the Pacific, we all knew that we were in a very special place indeed, and that the rich biosphere, deep rainforest and verdant hills truly have many gifts to offer us; we need only to slow down, look and listen to experience them first-hand.”