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Hello family and friends of the BBN program in Costa Rica. The students are en route to Miami and they are scheduled to arrive early into Miami. We don't anticipate any delays. Please don't hesitate to call with any questions - 303-679-3412. Thank you for your trust and support.
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So, far our flight is on time as scheduled. See the itinerary link for our flight information! We'll see you in Boston!
Friday, March 17th, 2017
Dear Family & Friends,
Today was our last full day in Costa Rica. We all woke up at 8 a.m. and had amazing pancakes for breakfast. At 9, we left our hotel to go visit a beautiful waterfall near a volcano. We had so much fun, but the water was freezing. After, we hiked down an orchid trail where we saw many interesting plants. Then, we came back to the hotel and had a choice of a steak meal or vegetable meal for lunch. We packed our daypacks for shopping in the city and the Hot Springs. It was about a ten minute ride. When we arrived in the city, we split into groups of four to go shopping. We all bought many interesting souvenirs including shark tooth necklaces, t-shirts, small wooden animals, hats, Costa Rican soccer jerseys, and sunglasses. We had about an hour and a half to explore. Once again, we got lucky and we were allowed to buy ice-cream.
Next, we all got an opportunity to visit the hot springs. We checked out individual lockers to put our bags in, changed into our bathing suits, and walked to the pools. The pools were heated by magma to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit because we were right under the volcano. There were seven pools and all of them varied in a controlled temperature. Most pools were super hot, but one was really cold so that we could cool off after being in the heat too long. After two hours of relaxation, we went to the Hot Springs buffet for dinner. There was a variety of food options and all of it tasted amazing.
We got back to the hotel at around 7:30 p.m. and had our closing ceremony. We went around in a circle with a leaf and a stick and each of us had to say what we were “leaving” in Costa Rica and what would be “sticking” with us when we went home. Many people said that we would be “leaving” our fear of bugs and that our friendships will be “sticking” with us. After, we were sent back to our hotel rooms to pack our bags for tomorrow and go to sleep.
See you soon!
Jason and Catherine
Another full day. Our bloggers Catherine and Jason will give a full report tomorrow. For now we have to go pack up our rooms and get ready for a very early departure.
Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Dear Family & Friends,
Last night we packed our bags and got ready to leave Chilamate. In the morning, at around 8 o’clock, we had an early inspection and our last breakfast of the trip. Before departing, we handed out the Thank You letters to the workers and helpers at Chilamate that made our stay more enjoyable. We stopped at the souvenir shop at the Eco-Retreat, and then we took off. The trip took around three hours. During this time, we interviewed each other in pairs to learn a little more about each other. Kimia & Dylan, Noemi & Jonathan, Jason & Honor, Alex & Catherine, Sam & Ines, Colin & Abigail interviewed each other, and due to the odd number of kids, Philllip got to interview a WLS instructor named Daisy.
After a long van ride, we arrived at Ecoglide not far out from La Fortuna. Ecoglide is an attraction park which features zip lining and a Tarzan rope. After an extensive gearing up & safety session, we rode a short distance to the first platform of the zip-lining course. There were thirteen platforms standing at the base of a sleeping volcano, named the Arenal, among which there was a 450-meter long cable. The views from the zip lines were incredible, as we were able to see a great view of the rainforest and a range of mountains. Once in La Fortuna, we stopped to each lunch at a local restaurant. They served rice, beans, chicken, and salad. We stopped for ice cream in town, as a very special treat from Daisy, a WLS instructor.
Once we finally arrived at the hotel in La Fortuna, we took a quick tour, got our keys, went to our rooms, and headed for dinner. After dinner, each of us shared our personal leadership stories. These were to be reflections on one point in our life when we took on the role of being a leader or experienced a change in the way of being a leader. Every one of these stories was moving and inspirational for the whole group, and we learned that there are different ways to be and become a leader. Sharing these stories was very uncomfortable and made some people feel vulnerable. In the end, we opened up and told fascinating stories and how we ended up where we are, and became true leaders.
See you in a couple days!
Alex, Noemi, & Philllip