After spending a week serving the community of Monteverde, this group of 30 high school students, one alumnus, one valiant teacher, and two parents from Fountain Hills, Arizona shared these parting thoughts:
With a new-found respect for U.S. privileges, we go back to the States with a new perspective on life. From the start of our service at Colegio we encountered numerous obstacles that brought us all out of our comfort zones. From carrying rocks from one end of the trail up to the other to communicating with local people, our team accomplished our goals with positivity. We were able to accomplish our team’s assignment of completing trail maintenance with Global Volunteers, learning the culture of Costa Rica, and better understanding our goal of sustainability. We end the trip with newly developed friendships and newly sculpted leg muscles, and although saying goodbye to these friendly ticos was difficult, we will continue to communicate as a team and with the people we met.
Trails before and after volunteer group restoration
Many of us feel that we have a new understanding of what sustainability is. It was not about becoming utterly independent in a self-contained system, but that working together as an individual, contributor, but also in a community and global way. “There are no passengers on spaceship Earth. We are all crew.”
As we sign off, we need to thank Global Volunteers, Maggie, and Diane. We want to thank the community of Monteverde and Colegio students and profes (teachers). We want to thank Darwin at the Hotel 1915 and Anthony, Tatiana, and family at The Mar Inn Bed & Breakfast for being gracious hosts to our loud and crazy group. We want to thank our FHUSD leadership for supporting trips such as this. We want to thank every member of our family and friends who made a tax credit or personal donation to make our service adventure possible.
“¡Vinimos, Vimos, Servimos!” (“We came, we saw, we served!”) – Tim and Leah