Category: Costa Rica

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Across the border!

This weekend, ICDS took us on a 4 day trip to Nicaragua. We got picked up from our houses at 3:30am and didn’t get to Nicaragua until 3pm! It was only suppose to take us about 8 hours, but it we hit traffic and the wait at the border took awhile. When we finally got there, ...

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Caribbean Vibes!

This weekend we took a trip to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Some of us went to Puerto Viejo, while my group went to Cahuita, which is about 20 minutes away from Puerto Viejo. The commute from San Jose was about 4 hours long. When we arrived, our hostel was right by the bus ...

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Atenas Trip with ICDS!

For this weekend, we went on a trip to Atenas to survey the people on what they thought about their health system. Atenas also happens to be Luis’ hometown. We all met at ICDS in the morning and drove an hour away to Luis’ parents house to have breakfast. Usually, Luis said he would book ...

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Volcano Time!

For this weekend, we decided to lay low and take a break from long rides and weekend trips. We decided to go to Poás Volcano for the day. But before that,  I want to share some things I did during the week. After a long week, Tara, Allison, Julie, and I went to do yoga ...

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Lying on a Peninsula

On the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula is Montezuma. It is absolutely the best beach I have been here by far. The town has a very laid back lifestyle, carefree place, and mellow vibe. It also gives a feel of a surf town. The commute there was absolutely brutal. It took us about 7 ...

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The Costa Rican Gold

For this weekend, it was the first weekend trip with ICDS. It was a day trip to Doka Estate Coffee Tour, located in Alajuela. We met at ICDS at 8am and took us about 2 hours to get there, maybe a little less. Our tour guide was very informative and I had no idea that ...

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Trip to Monteverde!

For our second weekend trip, our whole group went to Monteverde, which is located in the northwestern part of Costa Rica. It is famous for its biodiverse cloud forest, hanging bridges, and canopy tours. Most of our weekend trips we start on Fridays since we do not have class and we always try to catch the ...

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First Week of Volunteering

Every morning my host mom prepares breakfast for me, which I am truly grateful for. There is always fruit, tea (which I prefer over coffee), and usually something different each time, like gallo pinto and eggs, toast with butter or jam, or a wrap with cheese. All very good. It is a great start to ...

Primera semana de clases y viajes!

On our first day of school, our host moms brought us to school by showing us how to take the public transportation, either by bus, train, or both. I took the bus to ULatina and then a train to Hospital Clinica Biblica where my two classes were held. I was so surprised that it took ...

2 Day Orientation

Photo by Allison Liu The day after we arrived, we had to wake up early to meet at the ICDS office. On my first day in Costa Rica, I was already running late (as they call it tico time)! Soon after I’ve arrived, we were on our way to our orientation site, where we will ...