Eighteen Villa Maria seniors and their chaperones participated in the Class of 2016 Service Trip to Costa Rica over Easter break. The girls completed service projects and learned about Costa Rican culture. Accommodations were rustic, but the students enjoyed cultural and recreational activities such as a Tico folk dancing and singing lesson at an elementary school, surfing lessons, zip lining, river rafting, and a friendly soccer game with local children.
The girls performed the following service projects:
- Preparing and teaching English language lessons to grades 1 — 6
- Playing games with and interacting with children at the 3 elementary schools we visited
- Assembling an irrigation system for a micro-farm at an elementary school
- Planting approximately 70 trees around a field at an elementary school
- Painting a mural at an elementary school
- Preparing small trees for transportation to and planting in the rain forest through a university program in order to counter the effects of deforestation
- Beach clean-ups in Uvita
Chaperones Dr. Greg Higbee and Dr. Helen Kuroki were wonderful role models, working alongside the girls during every service project. They also provided encouragement and occasional first aid.