Bienvenidos a todos!
Hola! I am Nicole the chaperone for the Teen Program 2018! Here is where I will be posting about all the activities the teens attend! I will be updating frequently so you all can follow along with the adventure the teens are having. I will also be posting pictures as well! Thank you all for reading, I hope you enjoy!
Day 1 June 9th, 2018
On Saturday the kids enjoyed a long day at the beach! We woke up very early and headed to Isla Tortuga, a beautiful island with many activities! All of the kids got to meet on Saturday for the first time as we rode the ferry to Isla Tortuga although, to me it was more like a yacht because there was a live band, snacks for the kids, and even a pool! The kids enjoyed the ride there as the lead singer was asking everyone to dance. After the 45 minute boat ride we finally arrived to Isla Tortuga where the kids got to lay and relax on the beach. When we first arrived they all went to do the snorkeling activity, after the snorkeling activity they enjoyed a typical Costa Rican lunch (Gallo Pinto, fish, chicken, platanos fritos, and rice cake for dessert) after lunch everyone went and played volleyball! Then we all went on the banana boat ( a banana shaped tube where a boat pulls you) after that the kids were almost worn out but they enjoyed the calm hike through the island. We continued to swim and relax till it was time to leave for the boat ride again. The kids enjoyed the beautiful sunset on the way back and finally participated in dancing, where they danced the Macarena. After that dance they were warmed up and even requested songs to dance to! We arrived back to the dock and headed to Monteverde. A long day at the beach had everyone exhausted so they went straight to their host families and fell asleep.
Day 2 June 10th, 2018
On Sunday we had the morning free so the kids could rest since the day before was so full of activities. At 12 we walked to CPI Monteverde where we enjoyed a nice lunch. At 1 we went to a horseback riding tour, the kids enjoyed horseback riding through different trails than the ones they see at home. After that tour we went to a town near by CPI called Santa Elena, where the kids enjoyed smoothies and shopping! After shopping till we dropped the kids returned back home for dinner!
Day 3 June 11th, 2018
On Monday we had our first day of class! The students enjoyed class where they talked in Spanish and played games to help them with vocabulary. After class we had lunch then went to the Curi Cancha Reserve hike! The kids loved the hike, besides the beach I think that was their favorite activity so far. They had so many questions and loved learning about the nature of Costa Rica.
Day 4 June 12th, 2018
On Tuesday we were supposed to go canyoning, but the rain was heavy so we switched the activity to a Night Hike which we would of had on Wednesday. The kids loved the night hike, we saw a sloth, tarantula, walking stick, viper snake, and more. This activity was hard to get pictures of considering it was dark and one of the rules is we are not able to use flash because it will hurt the animals, so I apologize for the lack of pictures in advance. However they loved it and their goal was to see a sloth so mission accomplished!
Day 5 June 13th, 2018
On Wednesday the kids had a cooking class where they learned how to cook typical Costa Rican food! After the cooking class they went canyoning which is repelling down waterfalls, a complete adrenaline rush, but they loved it! I think we have a new favorite now out of all the activities we have been on!
Day 6 June 14th, 2018
On Thursday we went to Life Monteverde which is a sustainable farm in Monteverde. This trip was a volunteer project so the kids went and learned about the effects of certain things on the environment as well as how to better the environment. The kids were able to plant trees for Life Monteverde! Thursday was a very fulfilling day and the kids loved everything about this trip and had many questions although, I think their favorite part was the coffee! After Life Monteverde we returned back to CPI where we had a dance class! This dance class included many different Latin dances like Merengue, Salsa, Bachata, and Cumbia. The kids actually did very well, we have new professional dancers now if anyone was looking for some!
That concludes the first week of teen camp! Thank you for reading and following along on this journey with us! Now off to Flamingo!