Costa Rica

        Every year my immediate family and I have gone somewhere on vacation. The family consists of Mom- Andi, Dad- Jeff,and sister- Alyssa. Before my freshmen year I had been to Destin, Florida for  8 years. Dad's business was doing well my freshmen year so we decided to go to Costa Rica for...

Looking out the window of the 757, I could already see the familiar surroundings of the country I once called home. It was July of 2010, and five years since my family and I moved away from the most beautiful country in the world. From the secluded surf spots to the hot spring spa at the base...

VBS: Vacation Bible School. In other words, the challenge at which a group of brave souls attempts to present the Gospel in a fun manner to a large group of crazy, excited, squirmy children. Ok, so it’s not as scary as it sounds; it’s actually really fun. But when you are in a foreign country such...

Our group of high school juniors and seniors stayed up until midnight at Las Tortugas, a turtle reserve in Limón, Costa Rica.  The night before, we patrolled for four hours and saw no turtles.  However, that night I learned something from Manuel, our guide.  He told us to respond ‘sin cuenta’...

I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel all over the country. By age sixteen, I had visited New York, Hawaii, Florida, and many other  states. However, I had never experienced a true culture shock. Then, during the summer of 2010, I went on a mission trip to Los Caudros, an impoverished...

I knew I was in for an adventure when I pulled back the shower curtain in my hotel and discovered a small lizard, of at least 8 centimeters, with translucent skin and red eyes, scurrying up the walls. The run-down streets of Puerto Limón, Costa Rica are not exactly inviting; the 103º F heat and...

June 14th, 2011 5:26 PM My first time out of the country. I have arrived in Costa Rica. We exit the airport to loud people with flailing signs that I cant understand. The excitement is exhilarating yet nerve racking. The walk outside is hectic as we try to organize and group together 100...

Touch of the Tropics is a Touch of Life                                                   After a 5 hour flight from New Mexico to Costa Rica, my group and I landed in San Jose ready to embark on our quest of Touch of the Tropics, that EF tours has so kindly laid out for us. We retired to...

During the summer of 2010, I along with several friends went on a mission trip to an area of Costa Rica recently effected by a massive earthquake. We stayed in a small town of about 100 people close to the epicenter of the earthquake and were completely immersed in the culture. We saw up close...

Costa Rica, a touch of the tropics, some may say. I say it’s more of a dive, head first, into a region soaked in biodiversity and engulfed by environmental awareness, for Costa Rica is so much more than just a tourist beach get away. This last summer I went on a tour with the spanish club at my...

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