This past summer, 360° students proudly completed 33,068.5 hours across all of our dedicated Community Service programs, which is the equivalent of 3.8 years! This first instalment of our summer 2014 Community Service blogs will focus on our visits to South and Central America. Here is just a small glimpse into some of the life-changing experiences we had during our time in these regions.
With the help of the Costa Rica Humanitarian Foundation, travelers worked with youth in La Carpio, “The Village of Hope” teaching English classes, doing art projects, and playing soccer with the kids. While taking part in beautification projects in the village, a group of 360° students noticed a large hole in a local woman’s home. The group actively coordinated with supervisors to acquire building materials, and was able to erect a new wall in its place.
In Monteverde, travelers worked with coffee co-ops in the community planting rice and beans, while other groups lent a hand on the hillside planting trees to prevent erosion of the mountain. In the poverty stricken town of Flamingo, groups took a three day long stay and spent time with families in need. In one instance, an elderly widow and mother of three, was brought to tears after seeing how a group had painted her neighborhood in lively, bright colors, rejuvenating the spirit of the local culture. For these underprivileged residents, even the smallest of gestures can go a long way in the community’s overall wellness and quality of life.