Pura vida!

Samara Travel Blog

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So this summer, I took off for two weeks to Samara, Costa Rica.  Samara is a small village on the Pacific Ocean side of Costa Rica.   I was a wonderful experience!  I went through an organization called Volunteer Visions.  (You can find them online.)  I went only for two weeks, but it was very rewarding, and I would go again for longer in a heartbeat!  One of the great aspects of my trip was gettting to see how people really live in Samara.  I stayed with a host family in Maquenco, who was very warm and generous to me, even despite my lacking Spanish ability.  The project i did was 'construction and Renovation', but some other volunteers I met and become good friends with also taught in local schools or participated in community development.

Norman and I...one of the most lovely Costa Ricans I worked with in Maquenco!

On the weekends, we took mini two day trips to see more of the country/culture.  For example, we did a tour of a coffee plantation, visited La Fortuna near Monteverde, soaked in the hot thermal springs, saw the Volcano Arenal, zip-lined through rainforests, horseback rode to a massive waterfall, local shopping (of course!), and ate as many mangos and pinapples as we could get our hands on! :) There is just so much amazing eco-tourism in that country-you should really go and see for yourself-it's truly beautiful-I hope we can take care of the Earth to perserve such beauty! 

It was still  the rainy season in July, but it really wasn't very bad-each day midafternoon/2pm-ish it would rain for about an hour, we would go have lunch, and by then, the sun would be right back out again, and we would continue enjoying the beach! 

Well, if anyone has more questions, feel free to ask!  I will happily share more.  Overall, I found the Costa Ricans, so warm, lovely and greatful for what they have in their lives!  It was so refeshing to see!  So....Pura Vida!- Life is good! :)  Enjoy it!

Stigen says:
I like volunteering :) currently volunteering in Dominican republic , I don`t even need to pay a fee :)
Posted on: Mar 05, 2011
smhirsch says:
Voluntourism at it's best...and Costa Rica is a beautiful country!
Posted on: Oct 27, 2008
Schmalleen says:
what's the question? You pay a fee and that provides your housing and food(for the most part) It was an awesome experience-i would do it again for sure-maybe to Thailand next summer!
Posted on: Oct 28, 2007
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