The Student Experience
Through a partnership with Global Leadership Adventures students travel to Rancho Quemado, a small settlement in the remote Osa Peninsula. Students aid the community with refurbishment projects to help build a sustainable eco-tourism industry. Community projects in Rancho Quemado include the inventorying and monitoring of animals and their habitats, review of flora, painting buildings, etc.
On Community in Costa Rica:
"Costa Rica has changed my views on what community truly means, what conservation can look like, and how we, as people, can be more respectful and kind to one other. The atmosphere in Rancho Quemado was so peaceful and it made me want to reciprocate their ways in my own community". -Beza
"There were many aspects of the trip that I was not comfortable with. The idea that I had to brush my teeth with bottled water instead of the tap because of the chance of parasites... giant mosquitoes, ticks, [and] unfamiliar food...were all things I initially had complaints about. At first, my negative attitude prohibited any chance of personal growth for both myself and my peers, and it was not until my lessons with the school children, that I was able to overcome this hurdle by adopting a positive attitude." -Wiener
“I enjoyed the feeling of getting my hands dirty to help someone who needs it. Construction isn’t a field I want to pursue, but the satisfaction I got from helping build a home for a family like mine gives me encouragement for the future.”-Ishaan
“After engaging in laborious work at the farm, I realized the importance of knowing where my food comes from. It permits me the choice of determining what I put into my body so that I have a balanced diet". -Gary