Community Service Trip
There are many environmental and community needs in Costa Rica. This trip immerses students into an environment they are not use to and gets them out of their comfort zone.
Throughout the year of a planned trip our students link up with kids at a Youth Center in Costa Rica and together they identify a need in the community and plan to solve that problem. This fosters a serious emotional investment in our students and a strong desire to see the project to completion. Bolles students learn budgeting and logistics along the way.
The group travels from Jacksonville to San Jose, Costa Rica where our in-country coordinator transports us down the Pacific coast.
Participation in the Costa Rica trip is contingent upon acceptance into the program. Once the applications are in, a committee reviews the information and selects the group. Factors of particular importance that are considered while selecting candidates are their essay, teacher/coach/advisor recommendations and their applications in general.
This trip offers:
- An amazing way to make a difference
- Community service hours
- Building relationships with kids
- Student driven
- Enacting a positive change that local Costa Rican children want and need
- Daily extracurricular and cultural activities
"Costa Rica taught me to be thankful for not only all the gifts and physical possessions I have but also for all the people that love and surround me. So often we take for granted the mentors, friends, and class mates that are right in front of us every day. The children at Forjondo Alas taught me to appreciate the time that we have with others, even if short. These children were kind, caring, and selfless, although we physically had much more than they did. Yet, their way of life is built upon relationships and leaning upon each other and helping one another. These kids’ lives are rich with love and friendship. This trip reminded me that no matter how rich with possessions and accomplishments we are, we are only truly whole with the support of others."
- Allison Hajda '17
The next planned Costa Rica service trip is for 2018. Contact Dana Bussiere at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.